Home improvement: Day five

The timeline is looking a little grim, but one wall in the bedroom looks beautiful. Last night, it took me a little more than an hour and a half to lay down a second base coat on the entire bedroom. This evening, ragging on a glaze coat onto one wall…

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Home improvement: Day three

I had my first moment of “the joys of home ownership” yesterday. I’ve been digging at some of the worst cracks in the walls of the bedroom, filling them with joint compound and sanding them smooth before painting (photo right, click to enlarge). It worked fabulously on two of the…

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Home improvement: Day two

Perhaps working out on Friday evening was overkill. Every muscle in my body is sore, but most especially my traps and delts. Which I did a fantastic job exercising on both weight machines and while painting. I tried an experiment today with the kitchen. I tried out a faux glaze…

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Home improvement: Day one

Today was my first real day working in my new apartment. I took the day off, and have been reveling in home improvement since 9:30 this morning. I thought my first priority would be painting. I want to do something striking in the apartment, and the light gray/blue used throughout…

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A very good week

I own my own home now. Or, at least, a bank does, and I get to pay off a huge mortgage. I got Julia’s buy-off on what Ricker called a “black-hole” project. I learned that Dennis and I–and Roel and Thanos and the whole Oracle Java team–turned the dial. Really…

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Inspection

The inspection on Wednesday was fascinating: Faren West, the inspector, was incredibly thorough, right down to finding the rats in the attic. The tally: One broken window pane A tiny leak in the drain from the tub Broken window springs Broken seals on a couple of the double-paned windows A…

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An offer accepted, Part Deux

The sellers wanted to push back the closing date from 13-FEB-07 to 21-FEB-07. I said they could push it back even further, provided the purchase price was lowered based on my costs to lock-in a mortgage rate. In other words, the longer my rate is locked, the higher my rate.…

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An offer accepted

The owners of my new home accepted my offer. I think they were a little taken aback by the speed of my offer, however–their place was only on the market two days, and it sounds like they haven’t even looked at any new homes. They also insisted that the chandelier…

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An offer

I made an offer on a one-bedroom condominium today. I’ve seen about 15 units since I started thinking about this during Heather’s last visit in mid-November, and everything was a compromise. One unit was in a perfect location, great light and on the top floor, but the price was very…

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