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Aug 6, 2008 -

Discoveries

I went back to Miranda tonight to hopefully finish the floors. I almost got done before I ran out of light and steam. I’m at the ‘really finicky lots of measuring and fitting of itty bitty pieces in a tiny space stage’, which is not fun at all.

I’ve made two discoveries this week.

Until Sunday, Miranda had a secret basement compartment with a door I couldn’t open. I tried every key and had my friend try, too, when she came last Tuesday. Neither one of us could get that door open. Sunday, I decided to try again and I got in (wish I could remember what key I used). Guess what I found behind the door? An outdoor shower!!! YES! *score*! And there I was disappointed that not only do I have a rig without enclosed tanks, I also don’t have an outdoor shower. My rig is truly awesome! 🙂

Second discovery came from spending about an hour sitting on the entrance steps. I looked up and noticed a switch under the kitchen counter, just above the drawers. I’d of course seen it in pictures, but hadn’t really clued in to the fact that there was something there. Curious, I hit the switch. Miranda roared to life. Yes, folks. I found the on switch for the generator. I had no idea that a generator could be turned on from inside! There’s even a little counter that keeps track of the generator hours. I’ll be filling up the tank on Friday and will exercise the generator this weekend.

Tonight was the first time I turned lights on in the rig and doing so caused a shift in consciousness. Miranda is parked by her lonesome in a rural setting, by farmland, and surrounded by trees. Soon as the sun set, the crickets came out. As I turned lights on in my current metal tube on wheels set in such a familiar setting, I was instantly home. I can’t wait to move in.

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Aug 3, 2008 -

Sore, Very Sore

Wow, my body has really forgotten what these sorts of days are like. I really don’t have the stamina for weekend-long renovation bursts like I did when I had the house. I could barely move when I got up this morning, so I puttered around a bit until I limbered up. Then, it was off to North Gower by way of Home Depot (needed another box of ‘chocolate’) and more carpet ripping out until I couldn’t move at all any more.

Please visit the page about the lounge for pictures.

First order of business was to finish ripping out the carpet in the study. That done, it was time to rip out the carpet in the dining/lounge area. That proved to be… fun. I can’t remove the chairs so I had to cut around them. Same thing for the dinette benches. Have you any idea how much work (and blades and dust) is involved in cutting carpet?

Before I started, I looked at the bar.

Not entirely useless (there is a table), but almost. I opened the door and discovered that the bar was attached to the coach with only four screws. Away with it!

EEEP! I thought the carpet was in good shape. This really showed me how worn and disgusting it actually was! I kept the bar for parts but will most definitely be putting a bookcase between the chairs. Unfortunately, Ikea has the very thing I’m envisioning, so I’ll have to go there.

This room isn’t finished. By the time I got done with the half I did do, I was beat. What’s left will involve a lot of cutting, measuring, and fiddling, so I felt it best to leave it for next week. I just put wax paper down over the stick strips to keep dust off them.

What about the desk, you ask.

Next week. I’m taking the shake down cruise of all shake down cruises: going to Montreal’s south shore to visit family. If I can traverse the island of Montreal in one piece, I will have nothing to fear after. My mother is much more skilled and creative than I am in matters of carpentry, so she’ll help me put together a desk. While there, I’ll also dewinterize the coach (it’ll be SO NICE to have the bathroom working, LOL!) and possibly wire the back up camera monitor.

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Aug 2, 2008 -

The End of a Dream

This morning, as I slowly eased Miranda into a parking spot at Home Depot and then shortly thereafter began to rip apart the back room, I realised that a lifetime’s worth of dreaming had come to an end. For better or for worse, I have begun to live my dream. And, thus, the dream is now reality. What will I dream of now?

*pauses*

So, I made it to Home Depot this morning. I decided to forgo the backup monitor installation and leave it for next weekend. I’ll be taking Miranda for her first overnight expedition and that will be a nice project to undertake then.

Visit the page about the study to see pictures about the flooring installation.

Step 1: Get the mattresses out of there

Step 2: Dismantle the right-side box

After taking apart that box on the right side, I decided that I didn’t want to muck around with the left-side box as glue is involved. So, carpet removal and floor installation would have to go around it.

Step 3: Carefully remove any trim so that I might be able to reuse it.

Step 4: Marvel that the coach has wooden floors. Which explains why it cost twice what the mobile house cost.

Step 5: Check to see if the room is square. It is. Blink.

Step 6: Install flooring. Takes about an hour and a half once you figure out the best way to lay it out.

Step 7A: Waste only one piece because you can’t measure.

Step 7B: Pat yourself on the back.

This is Allure flooring in ‘chocolate’, available exclusively at Home Depot. It is a combination of floating floor and peel ‘n stick tiles. You get a strip of three 1’x1′ vinyl tiles (so the strip is 1’x3’) with sticky tabs that interlock. It’s quite easy to work with, although getting tight joints is tough. I’d give my results a 9 out of 10. To cut, just score deeply with a utility knife, bend, and snap (like drywall, only tougher). So, it’s a really easy product to work with and produces results very quickly.

Step 8: Reinstall the trim you saved and the little threshold thingie that creates a joint between the hardwood and the vinyl.

Don’t they look nice together?!

Left to do in this room is to rip out the carpet on the upper portion of the floor and then finish up the trim. I wanted to wait until the desk was in before doing the final touch ups. Plus, by the time the floor was in it was 3:30 and I was exhausted!

Tomorrow, I’m going back there to look for desk materials so I can finish up this project. I stopped off at Ikea on the way home (literally on the way) and was reminded that I hate to shop there. So, hopefully the Home Depot will have the necessary materials to build a nice desk area.

I stacked the two mattresses on the left side and discovered that the ‘sofa’ is going to be pretty high up off the floor. I’ll live with it that way since I don’t want to get rid of the second mattress at this time.

Today’s mileage: Another 30km!

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