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House accomplishments for the year

2009-01-04 04:35:29.516754+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

One year in the new house! Things we've done:

Yard and Garden

  • Cleared out the shade structures in the back yard
  • Turned manure into the flower beds
  • Planted boysenberries, herbs, dwarf Meyer lemon, tomatoes, peppers, kale, chard, parsley, fennel, cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots, peas
  • Installed pop-up automatic sprinkler system, in the front and back
  • Built a lattice for climbing plants
  • Installed wood for copper surfaces for snail control in the side flower beds
  • Removed Rhododendron from the front beds
  • Tore up plastic under flower and vegetable beds
  • Re-did bike shed so that it would fit in the shed structure
  • Built limestone and fir table
  • Built workbench

House Exterior

  • Installed a new front door
  • Built a new front entrance
  • Had roof replaced
  • Examine rain gutters, cleared downspouts, replaced section at bottom of back left
  • Removed fence and gate with rot in the back left
  • Painted and caulked the east wall.
  • Painted and caulked the south wall.
  • Filled hole and painted over old electrical connections on the west wall.
  • Replaced the back door
  • Had solar attic fan installed


  • Removed carpets, and had floors refinished
  • Pulled down faux paneling and painted living room
  • Put in a new closet, and installed cedar linings in that and Charlene's closet.
  • Put new shelves and tracks in the hall/bathroom closet.
  • Built and installed two of the new kitchen cabinets
  • Built drawers for those two cabinets
  • Shortened main countertop to let dishwasher roll in beside fridge
  • Milled and finished baseboards for the living room and hallway.
  • Changed out all door handles and locks
  • Reworked Dan's old workbench into temporary entertainment center


  • Ran phone wire to better place.
  • Had new electrical panel installed
  • Rewired socket in living room for air conditioner


  • Installed a hot water recirculator
  • Flexible connections, water and gas, to water heater.
  • Replaced kitchen faucet
  • Put in new shower head


  • Put up shelving in the garage
  • Put up new flourescents
  • Built the Systainer cart
  • Installed new router in the router table
  • Put up clamp racks


  • Installed jack under broken beam in crawlspace
  • Cleaned organic material out of crawlspace
  • Set up new sump pump pipes to outside.
  • Ran GFI connection for sump pump
  • Put insulation on hot water pipes.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2009-01-04 10:04:39.849362+00 by: DaveP

Wow. That compares very favorably to what I've gotten done in five years in my house.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-01-04 13:15:49.036456+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

Dan, you make me sick. Congrats!

#Comment Re: made: 2009-01-05 14:53:53.989641+00 by: andylyke

I'm certainly impressed!!! Excellent work. (Not merely the quantity, but by all observations, the quality!!)

#Comment Re: New Home made: 2009-01-05 17:13:44.537888+00 by: jeff

I was thinking of dropping you an e-mail asking if you felt fully settled into your new home, and I think the answer is a resounding YES! Well done, Dan!

#Comment Re: made: 2009-01-05 20:34:19.876538+00 by: m

Because I am retired I can average 20+ hours a week on gardening, woodworking, firewood, maintenance, and so on, But you have made it clear that I am naught but a slacker.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-01-05 22:51:31.849975+00 by: Dan Lyke

It looks like a hell of a lot more work than it seemed like at the time, except, perhaps, for those little lines like "irrigation system" (3 days with the jack hammer) and "front entrance" (if only because that required yet another hour or three to put another coat of oiling on last month). Even the phone wire thing, which involved me discovering how the house is laterally braced (something that's giving me nightmares as I look at how I'm going to do the re-wiring, and making me think I'll go in from the bottom rather than down from the top) has faded to a check on the list. And it's also just house stuff (although some of the garage storage list is pushing that definition), it's missing things like my office chair.

I think what that really means is that the house tasks are actually, for right now at least, fun!