Posted by: kwa0430 | May 26, 2009

Jane is a stoner too !

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

We did it! It took Jane and me about 24 hours of labor, but the job is done…almost

On Friday after work we managed to get all the walls prepped and ready to apply the stone. That involved tearing off the remaining boards, putting up the felt paper and then the metal lathe.
Jane .... master grouter!

Jane .... master grouter!

Saturday started off with a 6:30 breakfast at Perkins and then we worked until about 7:30 that evening. At that point we had finished the two small sections of wall in front of the garage and just started the wall in front of our kitchen.

Sunday morning started bright and early with a trip to Lowes to pick up lumber to build a planter box that will go in front of the kitchen. After that, it was a solid day of putting up stone and grouting. We completed everything by 6:30 that evening. Our neighbors enjoyed the entertainment value of watching us work over the past few days so they invited us over for a bonfire and a couple of pain relieving beverages.
The finish line

The finish line

We’ve both got various aches and pains, but it was worth it.

As I mentioned, we made a run to Lowes to pick up some lumber for a planter box. Since we have some stone left over, we’re going to use this to face the planter. Once that job is complete we’ll be done with this project.

Posted by: kwa0430 | May 22, 2009

And the fun begins

It’s not that I’m impatient, but when I have a project to do, and all the stuff to do it is at hand, I like to get started. So, last night Jane and I started our adventure with putting up the stone veneer.

So far, so good…sort of. We took all the boards off in front of the kitchen and, much to my surprise, the wood underneath is still OK. The felt paper is up and one sheet of metal lathe is in place.

It does look like I’m going to need to do some plumbing though. The tap just doesn’t look like it is going to extend out far enough. It looks like it was a hack job when it was installed so it may be a pain getting it off. I need to remove the tap, extend the pipe about three inches and then solder on a new tap. So much for never doing plumbing again. (Memories of the bathroom redo are still too vivid)

Also, the boards extended down a little further than I had thought. When I removed them, it turns out that they extended beyond the wood backing and lay over the concrete block by about 4 to 6 inches. It’s not major, but it does mean I’ll need to attach some metal lathe to concrete. Out comes the drill and concrete bit. Oh well.

Most importantly, I bough beer last night. I explained to Jane that it is a vital component of a summer outdoor project such as this. You need it to either celebrate the end of the job, or to drown your sorrows when you get to the point where you realize you’re screwed.


Posted by: kwa0430 | May 21, 2009

I’m going to be a stoner

I’ll try almost anything at least once so; this weekend I’ll be installing a stone veneer on the front exterior wall of our house. It’s been years since I have done any masonry work; and then it was using bricks. This is a totally different procedure.

Jane and I made a template of the wall and we’ve laid out the stone so that we have all the spacing figured out already. We’ll start on Friday night by removing the existing wood siding and prepping the wall for the stone and installing the top sill. Saturday will be a day of mixing mortar, cementing the stone in place and then grouting. With a little luck and a lot of prayer, we should be done by the end of the day.

GreenLakeWEThis picture is similar to the actual stone will be using. I’ll be adding pictures of our progress – or lack thereof – sometime over the weekend.


Posted by: kwa0430 | May 15, 2009

Canadian Bacon … NOT

OK, I need to set the record straight for all my American friends. You have been lied to, deceived, led down the garden path, hoodwinked, and made to be the laughing stock of all Canadians.

The stuff you buy in the store or get on your pizza that they claim to be “Canadian Bacon” is nothing more than ham, plain simple ordinary ham. A Canadian would recognize this fallacy without even blinking. Our bacon is just like yours; long, thin, and great with eggs. There is no such thing as Canadian Bacon!

What we do have in Canada – something that you are all the worse off for not trying or being able to buy in the local grocery store– is Back Bacon (otherwise known as peameal bacon).

In my efforts to educate and enlighten you, I have found this website which not only describes this purely Canadian delicacy, but it also allows you to order some. (Note – Being made in the US, I cannot guarantee it will be as good as the real stuff from north of the border eh).

I suggest you order some, slice it and fry it, stuff it into a bun, get yourself a

Back Bacon on a Bun....Canadian Eh !!!

Back Bacon on a Bun....Canadian Eh !!!

 beer (Canadian beer is best) and have yourself a real lunch. You’ll never think of bacon the same way again.

Next, I think I’ll get some of my Canadian friends living here in the US to join with me in launching a class action suit against Hormel and others for false advertising, defamation of character and slander against Canadian Bacon.

( End Note – In Canada we can get “American beer” …. We call it tap water 🙂 )


Posted by: kwa0430 | May 15, 2009

Let Summer Begin

Well, English 1111 is now a thing of the past. Not only was it not the terrible class I had imagined it would be, but it was actually a really enjoyable experience. Catherine Carlson, our instructor, deserves kudos for an excellent job of making the class interesting and instructive. Her vast knowledge of English, her encouragement and her sense of humor made a huge difference. Anyone considering an English class at North Hennepin should definitely try to get into a class that she is teaching.

I’m not taking classes this summer, but I will be taking an English test. My plan is to take the CLEP exam to satisfy the other 3 English credits I need for a degree. IT’s 1/3 of the cost of the class and it would free up the time in the fall to take something different.

On the home-front, I made and installed the corner shelves in the kitchen last weekend. Our next project is about ready to begin. The faux stone is now in and we’ll be putting it on the front of the house over the Memorial Day weekend – weather permitting. It’s been a long time since I did any sort of mortar work, so this could be interesting. As with most home projects, I expect that something is going to throw a curve at me.

The next thing I need to do is get my paperwork submitted for my US citizenship. I wonder if, by having dual citizenship, I can celebrate holidays for both countries. I just realized that this weekend is the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada. As a Canadian, I think I should be able to have the day off and I would have pointed that out to my boss; however, she may agree and then cancel my Memorial Day holiday since I’m not a US citizen.

This weekend is a neighborhood Bar-B-Que and then hiking on Sunday followed up by grilled lobster tails for dinner. Gotta love summer (and spring).



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