November 16, 2004

Lisa: matters to attend to posthaste (like, maybe as soon as Gilmore Girls is over)

Here's what I still need to get done in the laundry room. The sooner this all happens, the better, because I am getting pretty tired of the constant emptying of the pipe-drip-catching bucket and not being able to use our new washer and dryer. This small section of the overall house to-do list is probably the most urgent, but is somewhere on the fun continuum between "go through boxes of papers and address, pitch, or file each item" and "plan vegetable garden." Unfortunately, I have checked all the good "buy plastic bins"-type items off the list already.

  • Cut off leaky water softener pipes soon after they branch out from main water pipes
  • Sweat-weld caps onto the cut ends of the pipes
  • Locate concrete-busting mini-jackhammer
  • Bust concrete out of potential drain pipe
  • Roto-root cleared drain pipe to ensure proper drainage
  • Attach drain cover with holes to top of drain pipe
  • Cut drain opening in linoleum squares
  • Lay linoleum squares back down and seal around drain with caulk
  • Wash linoleum and lower part of walls (heck, go crazy and wash all of the walls)
  • Fill cracks at bottom of walls with alarming expanding spray foam
  • Trim excess foam globs to create a flat wall surface
  • Glue rubber baseboard stuff along the bottom of wall, flush with floor
  • Repair torn dryer hose
  • Install washer and dryer

    For the next entry in the saga of the laundry room, click here.

    Posted by lisa at November 16, 2004 10:40 AM
  • Comments

    Dude. You already tore your dryer hose?

    Posted by: Sarah on November 16, 2004 10:59 AM

    Seriously. It was so torn when we moved in. I think.

    Posted by: lisa on November 16, 2004 01:14 PM

    So, no one has a mini jackhammer? Maybe we can rent one from Home Depot.

    Posted by: lisa on November 24, 2004 10:30 AM

    Ohmigosh! You've marked SO many things off of your list already!

    You should be able to rent it from Home Depot. Get earplugs and an EXCELLENT face mask. Know where you gas lines and other floor plumbing are before you dig if possible. I'm not familiar with digging out old drains by I know that sewer gas coming up a dry drain can be pretty bad. Keep a big old rag tied with a string nearby to stuff in the drain when you get it even a tiny bit aren't going to want to chase after concrete that falls down that hole and tries to clog the drain, plus you're going to want to get it out later (hence, the string.)

    If you have questions before you begin, hop over to the Breaktime Board and Fine Homebuilding and do a search in the Archives. If nothing comes up, ask the guys/gals there about this. They are extremely helpful and very experienced.

    Take good care!

    Posted by: jm on December 3, 2004 08:22 AM
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