First, it's mostly been a demolition phase, going through one side of the duplex and systematically prepping for plaster patching, painting, electrical work and floor refinishing.
|an exhaust fan will replace this fixture in the bathroom|
All of the doors in the upstairs had weather strip tacked with nails and glue or a silicone caulk. Argh to glue and caulk, especially when I found it in the keyholes. Seriously? Saving how many degrees do you think? Any? I'm not sure how I'll dig that out yet.
Also every bedroom door has door sweeps on each side. I've been sitting on the floor in front of each one, scooting along and removing them all. It's one of the ways of becoming close to a space; getting down close to every surface and seeing it from every angle, including the lowest possible ones. It's a closeness that comes slowly and without overtly trying or making it happen. It just grows as you work, spending time and handling all the pieces.
Some good news is that this linoleum in the bathroom is in good shape, even along the edges, and gets to stay.
|purple-trimmed bedroom outside of door|
|purple-trimmed bedroom inside|
Too bad about the dog scratches that will need wood filler. Notice the variety of door sweeps, though. Who knew?
|west bedroom outside|
The drag of the door sweeps dig into the floors.
|east bedroom outside|
The tools for the job: a screwdriver with interchangeable bits (because every sweep has a different screw size, of course) and a little cat claw for prying and pulling tacks and nails also in the sweeps.
|door sweep drag disgust|
Having a sweep on each side of the door makes a long tight sandwich to trap dust, lint and hair. And lots of it.
That just ain't right.
Stay tuned for more on "the good bones project" as I remodel a 100-year-old duplex in the University District of Missoula, Montana.