Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bookcase - Further Update

Did not really get that much done today. We did a tour of the Goodwill shops in the area and apart from Lynda getting a load of stuff for her crafting, I scored a stereo console for a future project. I do not have a picture of the unit but will get some pics in when it comes home

The bookshelves are now in and just need to get those damn backs in from the 'Depot'

Bookcase Progress


Progress to date on the Bookshelves involved demolishing the existing false wall, cleaning the poop, removing the studs and vacuuming the dust.

Layla is not squeamish regarding dirt and poop, so she has been an invaluable help from actually demolishing the wall to riding the vacuum cleaner. Granted that the latter was not helping 'per se', but a kid needs to have fun as well. She has sort of owned this project and I find that amazing from a six year old. Unsure if this is the right tack that we are taking with this child - but who cares.

I need to make time today to go to the 'Depot' and get new hardboard backs cut for the bookshelves. The 80 unit came with a cardboard rear and the backs of the 60 units seem to have been lost in transit.

By tomorrow I should have the first four units in place.

Insh'Allah!!!!

The Complete Peanuts 1950-2000




What will probably be the most ambitious project in Comic publishing history is "The Complete Peanuts" series spanning all of Charles Schulz's creations from inception till 2000 when he passed away.

The first album was published in 2004 and went straight to the New York Times Best Seller List. The last album will be published in 2016. In total, 25 books will have been published.

I managed to get my hands on the first 2 albums which are now almost out of stock and hope to work my way through the collection.

Remember, Birthdays - Anniversaries - St. Athanasius Day - Christmas - Hanukkah - New Year, This is what I want!!!!

Indiana Jones - Omnibus 1


In the run up to the May 22 release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Dark Horse comics will be releasing 2 Omnibus publications - the first in Feb and the second in time with the movie in May.

Got to get both as I missed out on the original releases of the individual comics which are now out of print and not so cheap on Ebay.

Size IS Everything - Or Measure Your 'Billy'

Having based all my calculations on the Billy dimensions from the ikea.ca site, I worked out the following configuration for the bookcase. 80-80-40-80-80. The top portion of the last 80 would be sacrificied as a false panel for the Electric Switchboard with the last shelf of the 40 unit being the incomer for the gas line.

Yesterday I pulled out the 3 Billy units that we had carried with us from Bahrain and which in their previous life held Lynda's shoes. I assembled one unit only to find that it was 60 cms. WTF????? A quick dash to Google reveals that this was from their now discontinued line. Inter-esting!!! Thankfully apart from the widths, the heights are all the same.

Anyways, rehash the entire project. The 40 unit becomes spare and I need to get myself to Ikea to grab the Billy unit that I saw in the AS-IS. I will now have the configuration 80-60-60-60-80 with doors only on the bottom parts of the 80 units.

C'est la vie!!

Lesson learned. Don't leave things up to chance. Constantly measure your Billy!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sheepskin

So I did the Lee Valley (Cheap Screws), Tirecraft (Avi's shredded tire courtesy Theresa) and IKEA run this morning. It was bitter cold, -25 with the wind chill but clear as a summers day.

Lynda needed one more sheepskin throw for the bay window. The cashier asks me what it was. 'Sheepskin, I said'. 'Is that the name', she asks me. 'No' I say 'it is the skin of a sheep'. A minutes silence followed by 'I thought wool was curly'. 'It's probably treated' I reply. 'What do you use it for'? she asks. 'Well' I reply 'it is a throw, but we are using it as a seat pad in our bay window'. 'Wow' she replies 'that is such a cool idea'!!!

To her benefit, I was probably her first customer and her brain had not yet thawed from the cold.

Shouldn't IKEA be giving their staff an orientation on their product lines?????

Poop!

In an older house that has been lived in by various families (Second-hand; some might say) one tends to find all sorts or surprises when renovating. What one does not expect to find is Poop. Yes you heard me right. Poop!!!!!

So I'm in the process of removing the false walls that were built by one of the POs. We still do not understand the need of a false wall that robs the basement of a foot of floor space.

Anyhoo.. I digress. So I tear out the wall and there is a load of petrified poop behind the entire wall. Unsure how that got there or what decade it is from. It too big to be from a rat so....

Did not show it to Lynda as she would be squeamish about it. Craftsman 5.0 HP shop-vac - How I love thee!!!!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

DIY Decora Speakers

In my quest to keep the girls' computer workstation as streamlined as possible, I tried to source out miniature in wall speakers to install on either sides of their monitors. These do exist if only from one retailer and at 50 bucks a piece (times 4) is a little bit too dear for my liking.

So I got myself 2 pairs of Logitech S-220 speakers at clearance from Canadian Computers, 4 'Carlon' Old Work Boxes & 4 Generic Decora wall plates from the Home Depot. Total price - less that 50 CAD.

I sealed the cable ingress with silicone sealant and have left it to dry out and air out for a couple of days. After that I will make 4 face plates for the 2" speakers from the Logitech Satellites and then fabricate some sort of grille to cover the decora face plates.

The Logitech unit comes with a wired controller that has in addition to the volume control, a power switch as well as a headphone jack. This will be installed onto a blank faceplate in line with the rotary dimmers (sort of echoing the rotary theme)

Watch this space for updates on the build.

Pimp My Billy

Thanks to 'Billy' from Ikea, Lynda and I will finally be realising our dream of having a wall full of bookshelves in the basement. For just 100 CAD more, I will add one 80 cm width and one 40 cm width units to our 3 existing 80 cm units.

Lynda would like to have a ladder and therefore I am compelled to find a way to put one in.

I will be adding moulding to the top and bottom as well as fluted trim to covered the bayed seams making the wall look like a custom built-in job.

As usual, halfway through my current project, I am already making plans for the next one and the ones after that.

Can't slow down!

Monday, January 14, 2008

New Windows

Our new windows went in this morning. Ivan and his assistant (whose name sounds like a grunt) did a fantastic job of getting the three windows including the Bay installed and trimmed by 2.30. Here's my attempt at time lapse photography.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

It's Baaaaaaaaaaaaack

Wow. Just when things were going well enough..... Things get better!!!!!

American Idol is back!!! January 15 & 16.
The best part is of course the auditions with all the tone deaf losers.
All in a great show that we can all sit down and enjoy as a family!!!
Better still. It's on CTV. And it's free to air.....
Stick that somewhere, Mr. Rogers!!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Avi came Home


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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Lynda's Work Area

While moving towards Lynda's work area with the flooring, I decided to pull out the false window + crayon scenery that had been put in by the PO*. I managed to get Lynda another 16" of space. Come summer I will recover yet another 17" of dead space after I get a technician to reroute the AC condenser lines and I reroute the dryer vent.



For Lynda's new desk we will repurpose a stock 8' Kitchen countertop in matt white from the 'Depot' supported by the walls at either end and by a single leg in the centre. The top section will be shelves that I have lying around the place. I plan to install fluorescent lighting at the rear of the bottom shelves to wash the work area with light. I would love to go with LED's for the entire project, but I fear that the light will be insufficient.



The work hit a sort of a stop this weekend as I had to get down to IKEA to get myself an additional 3 boxes of Laminate flooring. Full speed ahead on Monday.



Below is a before picture followed by a current picture of the area in question.




I am going to town on this space to give Lynda every possible convenience that a Crafter could possible dream of!!!!! Dad's Typeface drawers never did have a better raison d'etre as much as they do now......

Friday, January 4, 2008

Autopsy of a House

It's great to be able to tear this house apart. You tend to see a timeline of what was done to the house over the past 30+ years.

For instance, I found out that the laminate in Lynda's area was installed without a vapor barrier. That's a no no when installing laminate in the basement.

Worse still, the wall that I attached my work surface to and that is now holding all of my electronic gear is actually unsupported!!!!!!

As for the wiring....... less said the better.

I have a fairly optimistic vision for this house and I intend to get it there sooner than later.

Can't wait to pull down the old ceiling and redo the lighting!!!!!!

Perfection is a Curse

So Lynda decreed that we would do one major project over the Christmas holidays. We both agreed (Lynda, for me) that the basement floor needed attention as it was downright depressing and we envisioned spending most or all of our spare time down there.

After measuring (twice) and doing a real time mock up in Excel, I went to IKEA and bought the laminate so that it could acclimatize to the conditions in the basement for two days.

Prep - The carpet came off rather easily with the underlay disintegrating into a fine yellow dust which I tried hardest not to ingest. The second carpet was the most ugliest Green with and even uglier and degraded underlay, more noxious than the first. Finally there was vinyl tile that came off in places but for the most part, refused to budge. In hindsight I could have gone over the vinyl tile with the Laminate flooring, and forgotten completely that there was vinyl beneath. But I would know and I is hard to please.

So trip to the 'Depot' was on the cards, where I picked up a floor scraper and spare blades. 4 days later, I vanquished the old vinly and started laying the Laminate.

Three quarter of the way through, I decided (all by my lonesome) that if we were going to do the basement, then it was all or nothing!!! So out came Lynda's work area. That means another trip to IKEA to pick up more floor.

Work is still in progress and photos will follow.

I'd like to say that it looks good so far, but that would be doing myself a disservice. It looks spectacular!!! This is one of those times when anal D'Souza genes are most welcome!!!!

BTW did you know that Ingvar Kamprad is the 4th richest man in the world??? Dude!!! I made you that way!!!!!

A Comment worthy of a Post

This was Dinesh's comment in response to my Post "To Dinesh - My Brother". I thought that it was very post worthy!!!! I have taken the liberty to explain what may initially seem pure "Dineshness", but actually does make sense. This time!!

A laugh (mostly laughs)
A few tears (from laughing too hard - about all those aqueducts on the way to Mt. Abu)
A box on your ears (I remember this clearly - me trying to read the one remaining unread book over your shoulder)

A chipped tooth (1982 - Gorbandar - 221 Bus Stop - You convincing me to allow you a test of your strength - Me stupid - Rest, history)
A big ball
Or two? Can't recall (Just the one actually - of what I remember you unceremoniously lifting my gown to a coterie of confounded Cathay cabin crew)

But Of this I am sure
And I'll make this quite clear
I love you - little brother dear

And I you!! My dear Brother. And no harm done really, just galvanized me into bigger better. You will see when you come here. As it was said, "If you build it.... They will come....."

Thursday, January 3, 2008

To Dinesh - My Brother

I used to record my 'inventions' in a diary - until Dinesh one day got hold of it and laughed at me. I believe it was regarding one of my more inane imaginations entitled 'Blinker'. A simple rotating can with strips of insulating tape demarcating the live areas. This was to make a filament lamp blink. I believe the same could have then been achieved with a circuit that would've fitted on the head of a pin. But I did not know better.

But hey!! It was MY invention and you laughed at me!!!

Anyways, from the ashes rises a phoenix etc. etc.

I have bigger and better inventions now. But alas no diary for you to peruse and laugh at!!!

Just you wait Mr. Higgins - Just you wait!!!!

Things that I'm Grateful for!!!! - 2008 edition*

I've a lot to be grateful for. (* - Some things that I'm grateful for may be subject to change at my own discretion)

For starters, Family - Immediate and Extended, without whom moving to Canada would've have been a traumatic experience. For my Cousins, close and far; some physically present, others mentally absent!!!

For securing my full Graduated Licence on the 2nd day of 2008. जी हा!!!

For Lynda, who lights up my day and keeps me giddy headed enough to convince me that I still need to impress her with everything that I do. And I believe that I do!! Impress her, that is!!

For Aaliyah and Layla who have been unwitting volunteers for routine testing of my patience and parenting skills.

For my Mother and Father who redefine 'Work Ethic' and who have given me the best that they could afford, topped with copious amounts of Love as well as Patience and Understanding that any set of parents having a Son like me would need.

For my brother who is everything that I'm not. And I am so thankful for that. Two anal people in one family would just not do.

And then there are other things that I'm sort of grateful for -

Lipton Yellow Label - Tea Bags Edition

This potent herb, wielded by the right hands can take you to a whole new level!!! And it does!! We are so thankful for this being available in Canada.


Tintin

If I must explain this.... then you would not understand. Let's just say that everyone needs one (at least) Fetish!!



Popular Science & Popular Mechanics

I have been reading these magazines since 1976 and maybe even before that, courtesy of my good neighbour Mr. Robert Dango. Later on I picked them up from the second hand store enroute to the bus stop at Shivaji Park. I recall Grandma giving me some pocket change b4 Christmas and Summer for painting her walls in Dadar. All of that went towards the mags. Still great reads.



My Rotel RB991 & RB993

Never has one man loved 2 Amplifiers this much. 1kW of power can do that to weak willed souls!! You see now why there is no upper limit to my fetishes!!!


Parts Express

For having what I want, when I need it!!! Just 2.5 years my dearies and I will personally make the Pilgramage to Dayton Ohio!!!!

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