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#3978: Looks like a beautiful week ahead

Temps in the 70s as far as the eye can see, no rain, no excessive heat. And you know what that means!

Time to get after the garage again. Yeah.

The most recent thing I managed to accomplish out there was to get the two huge bags of trash from the last effort into the new trash toter. That toter arrived August 30th, the Friday after I ordered it; the trash that went into it went out the next week (on Saturday the 7th because of Labor Day).

It's been four weeks since I did any work on the garage. *whimper*

In my defense, it has been either stinkinously hot, or raining, or else I've been too busy with other things for me to get out there and work on it.

The stove turns out to be worth perhaps $200 if I'm lucky, since it's got a lot of broken parts and needs restoring if it's to be used as anything other than a decorative planter. I know of one piece of furniture out there which could be safely scrapped, and if I do that I can then put something else where it is and clear that much more floor space. There are two large ceramic crocks which could also be put up for sale. The rest is mainly sorting and tossing trash; I've got to go through the rest of the old magazines and toss whatever is tossable, then neaten up the shelves back there and rearrange everything to take up the least amount of floor space.

Probably my next destination should be the antique shop in town; go there and ask, "You know anyone who would buy...?" and list the things I want to be rid of.

And once the garage is done, I have to turn my attention to the basement. *sigh*

In the basement, among other things, is an old console stereo vintage 1973 or 1974. It's old enough that the electronics are based on transistors and transformers. There are no ICs in the thing whatsoever and the amplifiers are built from discrete components.

...and the speaker suspensions have rotted away, so the speakers need rebuilding; and if you turn it on it makes a loud 60-cycle "PHBBBBT" before the circuit breaker trips. Someone who really knew what he was about could fix the thing and have quite a nice console stereo; but I have neither the time, the energy, nor the patience for doing that when I have a perfectly servicable modern receiver which I haven't even turned on in nine months. Yeah.

But console stereos don't sell for much money unless they're from the 1960s, and even then it's hit-or-miss which models are popular. I don't want to cut this one up if I don't have to; the cabinet is hardwood and very nicely appointed.

Well--I'll worry about that one last. There's plenty of other junk to worry about first, and at the rate I'm going....

* * *

Around all that, then, there's another wonderful task that I get to work on.

The main bathroom in the bunker was remodeled in about 1991 or so. That's 22 years ago; and the tub surround is dying.

Just now I cleaned the bathroom a bit, including giving the tub a much-needed scrubbing, and I've got drywall caving in and tiles coming loose. Hooray! You know what that means?
1) Get the shower in the master bath working

2) Carefully de-grout and save as many tiles as possible from the tub surround (I am not optimistic about this step)

3) Fix the drywall with good water-resistant drywall, then prime it with Kilz or something that will also be water- and mold-resistant

4) Re-tile and re-grout the bathtub surround

5) Re-caulk the bathtub surround
It won't take long at all! *whimper*

On the plus side, while cleaning the garage I found about half a box of tiles for the tub surround--and I put them where I can find them again, easily!--so I've got a supply of matching tiles to replace the ones I can't salvage. On the minus side, I can't match the grout unless I re-do the whole thing, and I am not going to do that. Certainly I am not going to tear out the entire thing and re-tile it; and right now the idea of tearing out the tile and replacing it with a surround is simply off the board entirely since I can't afford that.

Have you ever watched home improvement shows? Grouting is a pain. In fact everything I have to do here is a royal pain; but since I lack the wherewithal to pay someone else to do it, guess what?

And leaving it is not an option. The last thing I need is for this to get worse.

So it looks like my week just got a lot more interesting...and a lot less beautiful.
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