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Sunday, April 23, 2006
Got the new AC installed on Friday. There were some huge storms blowing through Friday morning so that delayed the installation a bit. The guys did a pretty good job installing it I thought.

The new AC cools much better, although the guy said he couldn't get a really good charge on it because it wasn't warm enough outside. I guess that makes the freon freeze up in the bottle or something. There is supposed to be a quality guy come around in a few days to check their work, so I will ask him about it. Other than it making a weird sound when it starts, I am happy with it.

The new AC motivated us to try and seal up some of the exterior of the house, so we bought a bunch of stuff at home depot and got to work. We sealed two of the divisions in the driveway with some self-leveling sealer and some backer rod. This worked pretty good, but it took me 3 $5 bottles of sealer to do only two joints. I need to get some sand to make sure the backer rod is as high as it will go so I don't use so much sealer when I do the rest.

We also got on our hands and knees and cleaned out most of the cracks in the driveway and then filled them with a concrete crack filler. Some of the bigger ones we are going to wait to do once we get some sand.

We took some "Great Stuff" foam filler and filled up some areas around the 1st floor window frames. Then, we removed as much old caulk as we could, and put a fresh seal of caulk all the way around. This may help a little bit, but the windows are so horrible that we might not notice a difference. We really need new windows, and before we do that, we really need to fix the foundation... sigh...

We also went through quite a bit of effort to replace the threshold on the front door. After taking of the threshold, I realized we also needed to replace the board below it as it was getting rotten. I went to Home-Depot again and got a pressure treated board and replaced it. I ruined about 4 masonry drill bits trying to drill into the cement, but eventually we got it in. We put the new threshold on and then installed some door sweeps to help make a seal. With the foundation as it is, there isn't a 90 degree angle in the whole house, so it is hard to get a good seal on anything, but this has to be better than it was. This was the last thing we worked on, but we worked till almost 10:30. Needless to say, we all slept hard.

Looks like those storms that blew in also ripped down some more siding and flopped it over onto the roof. I will have to call a siding guy to come out and repair it and the previous damage from the hurricane, since I don't have a ladder that can reach it... sigh...

Oh, by the way, did I mention that the refrigerator in the kitchen is about to go out? It makes a loud banging noise when the compressor shuts off. Reading on the web suggests it is only a matter of time before the compressor fails... sigh...

In other, less depressing news, Neo had a great baseball game yesterday. He hit well, ran fast and was paying attention. Daddy was very proud. Also, we are going to attempt to go camping next weekend. We have got some supplies ready, and we are thinking about going to Huntsville State Park, but we are open to suggestions. If anyone knows of any good tent-camping places around Houston, please let me know.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Keith said...

Okay. I'm the guy that suggested winder units. Looks like I was too late there.

As far as closing up that gap under the door goes, well how else are the bugs supposed to get in?

We have an inundatation of fruit flies presently. But it has nothing to do with gaps under the door.

I suppose I am too late there too. But siding. Do I have advice on siding?

No.

However, I realize that siding is the stuff that sticks on the outside of the house. And it should remain stuck. So unstuckage should be remediated. Ha! If not, the siding which is no longer stuck cannot be called siding. How can you eat your pudding if you haven't eaten your meat!

Somebody get this freaking fruit fly off my 17" CRT!

Sorry Frankie! This is just what popped out. Good luck on the camping trip. Eddie is the expert around here. I think he goes to Conroe or something.

I like getting far far away. I don't know if Brazos Bend Park has campage, but that place is close and you can see some alligators.

Take care.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are thinking about a park for camping, you should think about Wolf Creek Park, much better than Huntsville State Park.
Debbie

http://www.trinityra.org/Recreation/rec_wolf_creek_park.htm

10:28 AM  

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