Life, with some cycling.
OB, if you keep being so real and so honest, well, I might just have to start riding my bike again. :-D
It's all about the here and nowthe thenand the futurethe who, the what, the maybebut not aboutthe shouldright?
BESIDES, get out and spin! Got that Sachs yet??
...and the whatifit's also about the whatif....
Good work, OB. Find any secrets waiting behind the vents? Notes? Pennies? Dust? -CP
In the course of the whole house project, I've found playing cards and game pieces stuffed behind floor trim and at the bottom of the intake vents...I also had an interesting wallpaper excavation that took me back through each decade from the 90s to the 40s. Old houses are interesting, but also time-consuming.
yesit looks a lot better without the catdefinitely better without the catwe had a mouse problem in the basementsome one recommended getting a catI thought it sounded like the old woman who swallowed a flyas I would not know which would be worsea mouse or a cat
ohI never started cleaning my basementbut I want to
In a word, NO. Richie is behind schedule. Then again, with winter coming, I can wait just a little longer before I kiss so many greenbacks goodbye. :-D
Gwadz -- furry fish are always a warm, snuggly addition to a home!MICEare worseTrée -- it'll be worth the wait.
We had heat vents like that in our old place. They were painted a dark brown. Ugly, but they didn't show dirt or dust, so we left 'em alone. Yours look great!
What brand of cat remover do you use? I can't even see a trace in the first "after" picture.
hey HEY!...careful there...
Thanks Pete...if only I'd been so lucky. These were gunked with globs of snot-green paint that collected dust, grime and spills...bleck.
Our house is large but ancient, and the 'before' is an exact reproduction of the heat vents. And although Hub and I have searched and searched we have never found any new covers to replace the old ones. Everything we've come across is a different size. So boy, did you luck out? Was the source a shop that I might find in Canada?You did a very fine job. Looks good. I'm bloody ripped with envy.
Roberta, I searched high and low looking to replace these, but I couldn't find sizes I needed (and the ones I did find cost nearly $60-70 for ONE). SOI figured I had nothing to lose by trying it myself so I started in on them with paint stripper out in the garage...a gloppy, gooey mess!THENA friend recommended I call a metal fabricating or finishing company -- said they could probably strip them for me. So, I headed to the Yellow Pages and found Kangas Enameling -- $70 for dipping five vents. They'd have powder coated them for $130, if I remember right, but people in my neighborhood had spraypainted theirs and I figured I could do the same.I did have to first coat them with a spraypaint that actually incorporates the rust into a paintable surface (Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer) because I'd waited too long after having them stripped. Then I did several coats of white spraypaint -- light coats, much patience (and I'm still not done, but the weather turned cold, so I'll put a couple more coats on in the spring).Some company could make a killing offering these in a modern design for $25 per. There are a ton of old houses out there with beat-up vents -- I assumed it would be a minor thing to replace. Wrong!
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