Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Apartment,.......Is it done yet???

That's the question I get asked ALL THE TIME.
Unfortunately the answer is,....almost.....

Here's a visual tour of the apartment as it stands now.

The front door and entry hallway.

The family room off the hallway.

Medium bedroom off the family room.

Smallest bedroom off the family room.

The kitchen, also off the family room.

The dinning room, off the kitchen.

The guest bath, also off the kitchen.

The master bedroom.

The master closet.

The master bath.

What's Left
Putty a million holes in the trim.
Somehow clean the tile and grout.
Hang curtains.
Paint touch ups.
Finish installing the wall plates.

We thought we had it rented but it fell through...such a bummer.
So, now we're looking at a Dec 1st move in date.
If anyone knows anybody looking for a nice 3-2 in Alameda's Gold Coast
please let me know.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tis The Season

Hello Everyone,
Its October and you know what that means at Chez Neumansky....That's right Halloween!!!!!

We got our candy order from Amazon.

Lets zoom in on that yellow label.
That box is just full of, HEAVY, lift with care.
If I counted right I ordered 2000 pieces and we will probably run out.

Saw this wheelchair at a second hand store....they want $150 for it...sigh...
I could make such an awesome prop with that....ghost wheelchair that moves by itself
while emitting a spine tingling cackle?

Here's how the front yard looks so far.
We decided to switch things up a bit this year. The old exit is now the entrance.
Bob's spider web will be across the driveway where there is a larger space for
people to gather.
The overlay theme this year is g-g-g-g-g-ghosts!!!!! As Shaggy would say.
For the first time ever we've had to buy white sheets, and material to make ghosts.

Here's my favorite.
This picture was taken Sept. 24th...
GAG!!!!!!!!! Just in case you can't tell that case is full of egg nog! I literally
gagged thinking about drinking egg nog on a hot Sept day.

Happy Haunting Everyone!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How To Crack Everyone Up On A Jobsite

So yesterday I was installing the last of the new ceiling lights.
I was cutting a particularly gloopy caulk bond.
I was right underneath the light working with a box cutter to
cut the old base away.
Right underneath with my mouth open...
When the light canopy finally gave way a bunch of old dried
caulk and drywall dust and just plain gunk fell into my open mouth...

Where I ran outside where my water was brushing my tongue off with
my fingers and yelling.

'I've got caulk in my mouth, I've got caulk in my mouth, and its nasty!'

Yep, that's how ya crack everyone up.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Horror!!.....The Horror!!!! Color!!!!!!!!!!

Color on the walls!!!
The horror, the horror!!!!

Wow, I gotta say, I am completely blown away by the super strong negative
reaction the colors we decided to paint the rental apartment have engendered.

As a straight male science nerd I never really have a strong opinion on what
colors are on the walls.

We are not white/beige wall people, if-ya-know-what-I-mean.

A Review Of The Horror
 I've been told that this is baby poop color?

 I've been told that this blue is: horrible, electric, goes horribly with the yellow.

I've been told that this green is nauseating, too bright, just plain wrong.

We like the colors and if you don't, geez, you don't have to rent the place.
Should I even say that the drapes are going to match the walls?

Instead of ragging on me how about a single, helpful suggestion besides, 'Repaint
it all off-white.'

Monday, August 25, 2014

Help With Our Windows

The downstairs apartment has its original windows still.
That's good and bad. Good, because they allowed me to
actually get the permit finaled. Bad, because they don't
work so super great.

The Windows
See that classy piece of wood.....
They were all built originally as single hung windows
with no weights or counter balancers of any kind.
Because of this they take the strength of Hercules to
open and they won't stay open. They also get cock
eyed in the openings and jam up, ALL THE TIME!

Went to Pagano's and told the folks there my tale of woe
and they had two products there designed for just such a use!
Yay!! Pagano's!

Spring Steel Solutions?
 This unit screws into the window track.

This unit screws into the top of the window sash. To use this product
I'd have to remove the sash from the window opening....something I really don't
want to do if I can avoid it....with the fresh paint and all.

Those are my two options right now.
Does anyone have any other/better ideas.
I want the windows to be easier to open and stay open.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stain Grade(?) Trim Anyone?

Well, along with overloading my truck with the flooring I also stopped at
White Brothers Mill in Oakland to pick up the trim order.

This trim isn't officially 'stain grade' its poplar but we've used it before and
with a light stain it looks pretty nice. We did this at our first house and it
turned out great. I told people that it was 'rustic grade' maple and they totally
believed it...The other options from the mill in official stain grade are maple and
cherry....which were waaaaaay outta our budget...

Okay enough blabbing, pictures of trim.

This is a picture of the window stool material and the moulding that
we are putting under the stool...have no idea what that's called...

These little guys here are the fancy shoe mouldings for the baseboards.

Here is a piece of window stool. Right next to it is what we are going to use as
casing around the windows.

This, is a horrible picture of the baseboards.

Here is a better picture of the casing moulding. This is going to go
around all the doors and windows. Mitered corners, no plinths or

Here is a shot of the picture rail.

So that's baseboard, shoe, window/door casing, and picture moulding.
No crown, decided it wasn't needed. I believe that the picture rail is needed.
Its a rental and with the picture rail tenants can hang pictures on the walls
without making any holes in them. Handy for the tenants, handy for me.

Now all I have to do is sand-stain-finish all this trim...yay!!!! Should take at
least an hour or so....actually, I haven't figured out how-where I am going to
do this...anyone wanna help?

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Well, we've made a decision about the flooring.
After much, much discussion and research we've decided to go
with a strand-woven bamboo product.

The research I've done was really depressing...lots of people very, very
unhappy with their strand-woven bamboo floors. Lots of problems after
the professional install like gaps and buckling and companies telling
customers to take a flyer with no after sale service.

What I've realized is, the difference between the $7/sq ft stuff and the $3.50/sq ft
stuff is probably the after sale service.
Knowing this I went in with my eyes wide open and will hopefully not get screwed.

Dang, even 'cheap' flooring still adds up...we only have ~900 sq ft of flooring but wow
I just spent nearly $4k just in flooring supplies.

Enough Gabbing Pictures of Flooring
Here's some shots of the different floors we were considering.
 I like this tiger strand stuff.

 This is actually strand-woven eucalyptus.

Natural Strand Woven Bamboo.
And the winner is, The Natural Strand Woven Bamboo.

Here's a shot after we unloaded and stacked the flooring in the front bedroom.
That's 41 boxes of flooring. Each box weighs 50 poor truck...

Here's a shot of the front side of the flooring.

Backside of flooring

With the side view you can see the strands.
The plan now is to let it set for two weeks while we do everything else. By that
time the moisture content of the flooring should be normalized to the environment.

We are going to use an underlayment called Delta-FL and we plan to float the floor
with the tongue and grooves glued together.
There was something weird on the official instructions.
They say that the wood has to acclimate for at least 24hrs. But they tell you to leave
the wood in the boxes!?!?!?!? The wood is shrink wrapped-sealed tight???
How in the world can the moisture content equilibrate? It makes no sense. If those
are the instructions people are following then maybe that's why they are getting the
buckling and the gaps??
I plan to leave a healthy gap between the flooring and the walls...