Sunday, June 18, 2006

As the wood pile turns...

boards sans nails

You may recall our wood pile's earlier days up in the 2nd floor freshly ripped from it's hundred year ancestral home. Well, wood pile has moved on and is adjusting quite well to it's new home in the garage.

I've decided to call this portion of the project,
"The Saga Of The Wood Pile" because after three full days of removing nails -it feels like a saga.

No, it's not a miniseries nor a short film. In fact, if the wood pile was a film it would be more along the lines of Gandhi or perhaps Reds (the director's cut) with just about as much suffering in it's own right.

Now the wood pile is residing in the garage awaiting it's next tribulation in which it will be branded with a label stating it's location in the 2nd floor. I don't know which of us will find this process more tortuous wood pile or me.

You might notice the wall-mounted sinks at the far end. We picked those up down the street for a mere $45! And I thought deals like this could not be had in Chicago.

Can anyone guess the purpose of the tennis ball hanging by a rope? And bonus to anyone who can guess why we had to put it there.

8 comments:

ben said...

the tennis ball is to alert the driver that the car has cleared the garage door. When the ball touches the windshield, the car is properly positioned in the garage. Of course, some people use golf balls, but they've been known to drive with cracked windshields too.

I'd guess it was installed after someone tried to drive through the back wall of the garage, something our PO had done.

shawn said...

My guess is that the upstairs renters weren't any better at parking than at cleaning their apartment.

jm@houseinprogress said...

Argh, the labeling of the wood. I liked how someone in the history of this house labeled the storm windows (they got something right for once!) They used numbered tacks. AND they also carved a rough Roman Numeral into the side of each storm. Maybe you can make up a chart (and keep a copy in a VERY SAFE PLACE) that numbers the location of the wood in the rooms and just use numbers for labeling. Easier than whole words. For all I know, you were already planning to do that, but just in case...

allison said...

This contest has my name all over it. The tennis ball is to show you when to STOP your car when driving into the garage. In our previous house we had a one car garage that our car JUST fit into. My husband would say that you could just fit a Sunday newspaper between the bumper and the door. I would drive ever so slowly until I gently tapped the end of the garage, then stop. I was happy that we moved before I went sailing through the garage and into the yard! Whew!

Scott in Washington said...

Its too bad you can't put a copy of your labeling schema under the floor somehow for the next people who need to take it up. I've been thinking of what sort of time capsule I should leave in the wall upstairs while I have it open.

gnewfry said...

i'm reading back quite a bit! i'm wondering about pulling the nails. are those all finish nails that you pull through the back? i've been disassembling some drawers and trying to reuse the wood. those nails have heads on them and they are really hard to pull out the front!

Jocelyn said...

gerri, If you pull nails out the front, it will damage the wood face. I pulled all nails out the back using a vise grips. Some came out easier than others. I highly recommend wearing leather gloves to protect your hands from any slippage

Dave and Sue DeJonge said...

The wood trim looks fantastic. We're getting ready to tackle a similar project in our circa 1886 home in Grand Rapids, Mich. However, we're having trouble finding someone who will strip the wood. It seems the local place is out of business. Would you mind sharing the contact information for your wood guy?