Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ok, I did not know that…

Recently, the Dewitt Community variable message sign had details about an upcoming ‘Cornhole Tournament’ with double elimination.  If the ‘cornhole’ part wasn’t intriguing enough, it went on to say it was ‘double elimination.’

Of course, I had to find out what the hell they were talking about.  Turns out its just an (overly?) elaborate game of bean bag tossing.  Almost sounds fun, except for having to learn all the related vocabulary.

Mega Playground

Finally took the kids to the recently revamped playground at the Jewish Community Center near our house.


That climbing tower with slides is pretty cool, but a little too scary for our small fries (not that they weren’t all over it anyway.)

Drywall Transport

How do you get a full sheet of 5/8″ drywall home from Home Depot when you’ve got a midsize sedan?

Well, if you need the full sheet uncut, you’re probably out of luck. But, I only needed pieces 37″ wide.

So I cut the sheet into trunk compatible pieces right in the Home Depot parking lot. Manhandling the full sheet onto the cart alone was slightly challenging, but everything else went fine.

Surprisingly, I’d venture to say they were my straightest drywall cuts ever, even factoring in that I was using 2×4 as a straight edge.

Doh, who needs hot water?

The hot water heater cashed in its chips sometime yesterday.  Wasn’t a catastrophic failure as predicted;  sitting directly on the crawlspace floor, the base is pretty well rusted.  We were pretty the bottom of the tank would let go and dump 40 gallons everywhere.

But, it seems that the thermostat seems to be toast.  The pilot light is out.  I tried to relight it, but either I’m a complete idiot, or something is blocking the gas.  Even if its just the thermostat, we’ll probably replace the whole shebang due to the previous crummy install job anyway.

So, today will be fun trying to coordinate replacement.  Which, of course, is non-trivial.  The new furnace we had put in a few years ago is bigger than the old one and blocks access to the part of the crawlspace where the hot water heater lives.  So, replacement will likely require cutting a temporary hole in the wall to swap the tanks.  Of course, my HVAC contractor says they can do the demolition, but it’ll be up to me to drywall stuff back up.

So, to start the day, I just took a no hot water shower.  Mercy, that’s pretty exciting.  I almost thought with that kind of wake up that I wouldn’t need coffee today. But, 10 minutes later, its time for my first fill up.