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Old 03-11-2019, 05:10 PM   #16
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"It'll cover with paint and caulk"
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The women and decorators always make me cringe when they say,


We could jump bump that wall out a bit.
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Husband wakes up in the morning, turns to wife:

"You know, I just had an idea, I think I could act as GC for the remodel. "
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It's even more fun when the contractor/sub says that.

Next one, and this is from this past weekend.

Wife: I want to get the plywood on the walls tomorrow, so we need to move that gas pipe.
Me: I just need to finish drilling the hole for the tubing to go through. We can do it in the morning. it shouldn't take long. Then we can put up the plywood.

Next morning, after coffee, watching some home improvement shows, doing one other thing, I finally got going on "finishing the hole". I had to drill though a beam but at an angle. It took me 5 hours as I was drilling overhead. One drill, which was on it's last legs anyway, burnt out. I switched to my Rigid 18v Gen iv and Gen v drills.

At 6 I finally got through the beam but I was too damn tired to do more. So, continued on Sunday.

Sunday Morning, same ritual as the prior morning.

ME:I thought you wanted to get stuff done?

Wife: Yeah, let me just finish this game.

Me: When you come down, bring me my drink bottle. I am going outside to shut off the gase.

Me, shouting upstairs, 15 minutes later: "can you bring down a hammer too"

In the meantime, I am scrounging up the parts I need, which I bought a while ago.

Me: Can you get up on the other step ladder and hold the black steel pipe so it doesn't fall?

Wife, up on the stepstool, is this the one you want me to hold? I am on the other end of it, with the pliers on it, trying not to be exasperated: Yes Honey. We get it loose and we move it out of the way.

Me: Help me run the tube through the hole. Can you pull on it when it comes through?

Yes, she asked which tube again. (I switched to CSST as I needed the flexibility.)

I also had to turn a piece of the black steel pipe 180 degrees, Thankfully, I put in union joints to make it easier.

The tool I was using to cut the CSST got dull so I went looking for a different tool. Not of the tools I had would work so I found my file and sharpened the original tool.

I finally got the clean cuts I needed, made all the connections. Made sure that the gas worked with no bubbles and that the appliances all worked ok (including my tankless units)

Wife: Now we can put up the walls!

Me: Not today, it is 6 and I am tired, hungry and the dogs need to be fed.

Wife: OK, I understand. We can do it tomorrow. ( her daughter and grandson are coming this weekend and we are making them a room in the basement.)

So, in essence:

Wife: Honey, we need to get the room ready, can we move the pipe and put up the plywood?
Me: Yeah, I just need to drill the hole and then take out the old pipe and put in the new CSST tubing. It shouldn't take that long, we can put up the plywood in the afternoon.

Two days later

Me: Ummm, Sorry honey, that took a lot longer than I thought. We can put up the plywood tomorrow night after you get home from work.

The moral of the story? Make sure that you have the proper tool for the job. Even if you may only use it occasionally.

Besides, it is always good to increase one's tool supply especially when the wife can't ***** about it.
"The proper tools for the job"? I must remember to run that past Wifie.
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