19 March 2010

Busy Work

I've been doing some woodwork at the Refuge lately.

Before everyone moved back home we were going from room to room remodeling. The Refuge is a manufactured home, which means it is a fancy double-wide that the wheels were never permanently attached to. It was brought in on a couple of flatbeds and put into place.

Because of that the interior woodwork is pretty basic, and not real wood. The wife wanted real wood and she wanted to lessen the "trailer house" look of the windows. I accomplished that by putting up window trim around the windows right against the steel frame. Of course once the curtains go up all of that is hidden, but it looks better.

We got one room done and started on a second, getting as far as taking the old "wood" down and painting the walls. About that time the little boys moved in with us, so work on the room was suspended. Now that they are back in Florida and Middle Daughter is getting married, we are going to be playing host to the future in-laws for the wedding. This means that the wood trim work had to be completed.

I got as far as putting up the door and window trim and the base boards in, so all that is left is the crown molding. The room has one 45 degree corner and a slant to the ceiling of about thirteen degrees, so it will be a lot of fun figuring out how to do that.

I also put a pair of Topco LED lights in the kitchen fixture, they are 7 watt bulbs that put out as much light as 60 watt incandescents. They are expensive but work very well in the fixture and should last almost forever. One of the good things about LED lights as opposed to CFLs is there is no mercury to worry about if they need to be disposed of.

(Standard disclaimer, I work for the company that makes the LEDs for this light; not the bulb itself but the LEDs that go into them.)

That's how I spent my "weekend" this week.


Aaron said...

Something I learned a few years back, when working in a room that is not all nice, easy right angles, measuring twice is not enough.

I got to the point of using a protractor and a grease pencil, works pretty well.

Larry said...

I don't know the name of the tool, but there is an adjustable square that is used for measuring angles. I'll have to get one.
Thanks for dropping by!

Aaron said...

I know what you're talking about, but can't remember what it's called either.