sat, 18-sep-2010, 11:23
Attempting to blog on the bus back down Ester Dome. I just left Andrea at the start of the out and back around the top of Ester Dome. She'll be up there around and hour and a half if things go well. Her legs were tired, but she was enjoying herself.

tags: marathon 
sat, 18-sep-2010, 09:26
Andrea passed the five mile mark at 9:15. Still looking good and running strong.

tags: marathon 
sat, 18-sep-2010, 08:04
The 2010 Equinox Marathon is off and running. It's a chilly upper 40s morning, but the sun is shining and should be a beautiful day.

tags: marathon 
sun, 15-aug-2010, 16:59

Kitchen

The new cabin is finally starting to take shape. All the vinyl flooring has been installed in the entry, bathroom and kitchen, and I’ve finished with the laminate flooring in the kitchen area. This morning I tiled the hearth, and started working on the flooring in the living room. It’s such a relief being done with all the painting. I also put the water tank back in the bathroom, so now there’s running water again.

A couple days ago I made a short video walking through the place:

tue, 10-aug-2010, 06:07

Bathroom vinyl

Bathroom vinyl

We got all the flooring for the cabin on Sunday. We had planned on sheet vinyl for most of the areas that could get wet, but a remarkably helpful employee at Home Depot suggested we use “vinyl plank flooring” instead. It’s similar to laminate flooring in that it comes in pieces that fit together to form a solid, floating floor. In this case, the individual planks have top and bottom glue strips on the edges so that they stick to each other. The glue is pressure activated and once the pieces have been fused together, it’s waterproof. The stuff is also quite thick and stiff, so it’ll go right over variations and defects in the subfloor.

I did the bathroom installation last night. It’s difficult to get the seams completely tight, but when you’re not up close to the floor the variation in seams isn’t obvious. It’s also very difficult to cut, and I went through quite a few knife blades on this small room. Still, it’s much easier to install than getting a big sheet of vinyl to fit, and it’s so thick that it seems much more durable than even high quality vinyl.

We got two different tile patterns for the bathroom and entry area, and a simulated teak for the kitchen. The rest of the place gets laminate flooring in a simulated oak. It’s not really high quality stuff, but good enough for a rental and will look a lot nicer than the old carpeting I pulled up a month ago.


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