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So, I tried to leave the house

to go do some more work at the other house, but this house wouldn't let me. Damn inaminate objects.

I get in the car and push the auto door opener. It makes a hideous grinding and screeching sound as if someone is being chewed inside it motor. (Obviously a very small somebody.) I frantically push the button to MAKE IT STOP. This it complies with and I hear a "plopslide" then see this small black thing skid down the windshield. ~sigh~

I get out of the car, pick of the plastic half circle and it simply says "squeeze to release". No, squeezing it did NOT release my car. Humph! I look up. The weed whacker hangs behind the door opener motor. Mayhaps it is too close and was interfering. I move the whacker. I repeat the original scenario with even more noisy results, a harder time getting the damn this to stop, but no more loose pieces.

I'm now waiting for DH to come home and fix it for me. He'll be here soon.

Maybe this house just does not want us to move??

eta - plastic gear or sprocket is broken. Likely not a replaceable part w/o replacing the whole motor in which case a new one is cheaper.

eta2 - the part is available and looks easy to replace. *removal of cynical mask*


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Apr. 1st, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it looks fixable! How frustrating though.
Apr. 2nd, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
I sat there, trapped. lol I tried to lift the damn garage door. Oooohhhhh ... I didn't release the chain, so no budging for me! lol

Frustrating, but when we thought about it, the thing is about 15 years old.
Apr. 1st, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Well, you didn't get to go work on your house, but I got to go paint Beth's new kitchen. What an amazing difference a coat of fresh paint makes.

Tomorrow we'll put a final coat on the trim that was hideous red and hopefully get the dining room area done, too. We'll do that area in the same mustard gold I used in this house. It'll be warm looking, at least.

Once we get done with the paint we can start putting flooring down and then it'll look pretty good in there.
Apr. 2nd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got a lot of work done! :-)

I did get over there and got the plaster sanded in the master bath. The patch in the master bedroom was a bit thicker than I remembered putting on yesterday and started to pull when I tried to sand it. *grumble*

Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
We've got a couple patches to put another coat on tomorrow, then we'll run to town to get the cheese for pizza and by the time we get back and get the dough ready it should be ready to sand, then we can get the dining room painted.

Tomorrow the water gets turned on so we can get the bathroom clean. We'll hang curtains in there after we get everything clean. The guy who used to live there wasn't much of a housekeeper, so every step of the way we're dealing with vast amounts of dust and cobwebs. That he had the house nearly ink-black dark meant he really didn't notice the dust layers, and really, he didn't care. My allergies care.

Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
You move quickly. You'll be done long before me! ha!
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
I have a work crew. With four of us working, things get done, fast. Gen is a great painter, Tim used to work in a body shop so he's really good at fixing holes in the walls. Beth is good at cleaning and prep work. Plus she's motivated to get it done before she moves her stuff in, because she knows that if she doesn't get the cleaning and painting done now, it will be much harder later.
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
I need a Crew! hahahaha

Dave tries, on the weekends and usually one night during the week, but his shift at work is what kills him. More than 15 years of 4 a.m. to 12:30 with a nap in the afternoon and a short sleep at night has taken its toll. And me, when I am here this house needs to be kept up with cleaning, then over there to do none of the "fun" stuff like decorating just irritates me. But, we'll get there and it will be fine when we are done! :-)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Beth wanted to start moving in already, but when I mentioned how much easier it is to paint, put down flooring, etc without anything much in there to worry about she changed her mind.

Gen's motivated to help because once Beth is moved into her new house, we get to move her into the cabin. She is thrilled that she gets her own kitchenette, living room, bathroom and bedroom, not attached to Mom's house, but still right here.

Tim is only motivated because I'm a harridan about getting it done. :D Actually, we both love doing this stuff, so we're having a blast. Watching the kitchen transform from dirty yellow and hideous red to warm sand was lovely. In a bit we'll get moving and he'll get the final patching done, so that we girls can go in this afternoon and get the dining room painted.

The living room will be harder. The walls in there have that old canvas-board from the 70s, and we'll need to vacuum it, then see if it can be gotten clean enough to leave alone. If not, we may have to replace it. I'm afraid it may need to come down, because the canvas felt a little loose (the adhesive has to be as old as me, so that's not too shocking). But, that'll give us a chance to improve insulation in the exterior walls, anyway, something we'll be working on doing.

In a couple of months we'll put up insulation board, Tyvek wrap and new siding, because the house was built for summer-use-only and isn't properly insulated for the winters here. I rather hate having to cover the old siding, as it is in good condition, but freezing their butts off or going broke over the winter trying to heat the place won't fly. Besides, with vinyl siding they won't have to worry about exterior painting except for soffits and some trim.
Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
I do like seeing the end results, too, it is getting to them that annoys me. :P~ I am sure if I ha started all this in a more timely matter I'd be whining less. Or not. hahahaha

Good luck with your projects! May they all go without a hitch. :-)
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