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Thursday, June 15, 2017
The remodel is wrapping up, time for handyman services
While the contrator has picked up another job before completely finishing this one, I am often left with just a 1/2 day of his time, or, like today, only the assistant to work here. He is keenly aware that he will not be paid what I am calling the balloon payment until all of the work agreed upon is completed, per the written contract, and the final building inspection. Mostly it is now finish work, painting,touch ups, msc. If he actually dedicated a full workweek to my project, he's be done. This is not uncommon in this trade, sadly. Moving on: I removed some "extras" off of the agreement and have engaged a local handyman. Priority number one: getting my garage back, which has been ground zero in the construction/remodeling process. First up was to remove the long (as it it went almost completely along one side of the garage interior wall) handicapped accessible ramp, and sort the wood.
After stacking the wood, and cleaning the years of dirt from underneath, he set to making me this set of steps, which we have now decided to add a side railing to. I have the lumber so no worries.
A second ramp was removed off the deck and once again, the salvaged wood reused to make a step. More wood remains and will be sorted further tomorrow and tucked away in the garage for future projects. He will return in a few weeks to power wash the home, deck, and them use s Behr oil based, stain with color (in a chocolate brown) and "paint" the pressure treated wood.
He has also been helping me to organize my garage:
Here's one (we later added a second one right next to this)strip of salvaged wood used as a cleat to attach a push clamp system for my cleaning tools
On the opposite corner of the garage is where a tool holder system was created, again repurposing wood, and using metal tool hooks. Shelves were also added in both of these areas, since the photos were taken.