Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Mrs. Forest put a few more rows of tile in the shower area and it looks really good. Now the window and door trim needs to be stripped and put back into place so that tiling can continue around the room. Also, the wall surface right above the tub knee wall needs to evened out before tiling can continue on the toilet wall.

I also managed to pickup 9 sheets of drywall this past weekend for the 3rd floor, interim, kids/play room ceiling. They were ordered online from Lowes for instore pickup because we had a coupon that was expiring while I was out on a business trip. And I didn't think Mrs. Forest could have managed picking up drywall by herself!

Of course, I had time before my trip to get the drywall before the coupon expired, but just like the bathroom floor tile, my procrastination worked in my favor! When I went to Lowes (by myself) to pickup my order I was not looking forward to loading the drywall onto the cart then into the van. I got to customer service and was pleasantly surprised to hear "Ok, wait here and they will bring your order out." Yup, that's right - 9 sheets of drywall preloaded on the cart for me!

Loading into the van wasn't too difficult as they were only 3/8" thick and I separated the pairs before loading. Now getting them to the 3rd floor is the real challange. Rather than walk them up the stairs with the help of a family member or neighbor, Mrs. Forest and decided to try a different plan.

The plan was to lift the sheets vertically up the stairway opening with me lifting from the stairs and Mrs. Forest lifting from below. We would lift together and I would hold the sheet while Mrs. Forest ran up the stairs to my level to help lift the sheet to the 2nd floor. The sheet could then rest on the ledge on the outside of the 2nd floor railing. Then repeat lifting to 3rd floor.

Surprisingly it worked like a charm except that Mrs. Forest had to stop after 2 1/2 sheets. now we have 2 sheets on the 3rd floor, 1 sheet on the 2nd floor, 2 sheets on the 1st floor and 4 sheets still on the porch. Hopefully, it won't stay that way for too long.

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