I managed to clean all the rain gutters. I assume this was the first time they've been cleaned since I found roofing nails and bits of shingles in them. I also repaired a seam in one of the rain gutters that was dripping onto the deck and ruining the eave.
I had a 5KW garage heater installed, because we store canned goods in the garage, and I'm not sure how well the garage refrigerator would work when the ambient temperature got lower than the temperature I want my food kept at. So I set the thermostat for forty degrees. I hope that works out!
And lately I have been (finally) trying to get the shop a little bit more organized. It's a huge process, because half of what's in the shop either doesn't belong there, or needs some storage. However I have made a start! I wanted to begin by setting up my workbench and organizing the tools somewhat.
For the record, I am NOT a fan of pimped-out, polished diamond deck cabinets for my crap. I think that's a relic of the housing boom easy-money years. I'm miffed that I can no longer buy cheapie cabinets like these - just eye candy that costs 10 times as much. Thanks a lot, you Martha Stewart shop rats.
Lastly, there is a big 15x30 foot room in the basement that we are having finished. The exterior walls were not framed, so that is in progress. After the electrician addes a few outlets to these new frames, the drywall can go on.
This will be a storage/exercise room after we have it completed. I would have tackled this job myself, since I think I have the skills to get it done. However, between work and the holidays, we would be halfway through 2013 before I would have managed to get it completed. Instead, I hired the job out, so it will be completed in another week.
We want to paint the new walls, coat the floor with an epoxy, and add baseboards like so...
...and then FINALLY get all these boxes out of the garage! Ugh!