Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Finally, an update!

It's been forever since I've actually written anything about the house - this is mostly because the house projects are moving forward at a snail's pace. My general contractor has been moving at the speed of molasses and I haven't felt too motivated myself recently.

The contractor has finally started work on the slate, and I'm told that one of the new gutters will be here today, I think - I'll believe it when I see it.

I've finally finished the drywall on the ceiling in the library - I hope to start working on the crown moulding in there tonight.

Further, I've learned something that I wish I knew earlier. It can be just about impossible to get the old glazing out of steel casement windows - unlike wood windows, there seems to be less chance for humidity to get into the space between the glazing and the frame - so the glazing is often rock hard. I learned that a bit of heat, from a torch, will soften the glazing up enough that it comes out quite easily!

Hopefully I'll be able to make a post later this afternoon illustrating all the progress on the house.


Mr. Kluges said...

If your experiences are anything like ours, the projects will creep and creep and creep. And then all of a sudden in the space of a few weeks, there will be a whirlwind of activity. And then it will be back to creep, creep, creep. So what's the story with the new gutter?

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

It's more than that. We paid for the materials for this project in April, and have just been getting one excuse after another after another. I will address this in detail shortly.

There are a couple sections of gutter that have to be either repaired or replaced due to ice damage. These are K-style gutters, made of copper. It is further complicated by their profile being different from what is standard today. The city is requiring that we address this - they were among the violations we agreed to address when we purchased the house.

Christine said...

And? So where are the pictures?

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

There are no pictures because I spent all my time going over the contractor's work and realizing that he wasn't doing things right. I've got some pictures of the areas that he wasn't doing right, and I hope to post them tomorrow. Argh.