Saturday, May 2, 2009

Why didn't I pay attention to drafting in high school??

I have a closet in my bedroom that spans 48 inches wide. Previously two bi-folding doors guarded the entrance way. I personally hate bi-folds. Nothing screams your parents' old digs like a set of wood coloured bi-folding doors with wood slats.

I've been wanting to design and build my own sliding doors for about 2 years now, but have not had the gumption nor intelligence to really accomplish that feat. Plus I'm not very handy.

However in a fit of inspiration and motivation, I went to my local big box hardware store to look around and see what I could come up with.

Note, I don't have all the measurements yet. That will have to be meticulously measured out before assembling. One thing for sure, I have sourced out most of the parts needed to build what I drew tonight on MSPaint.

sliding closet door track system

Am I missing anything important? It appears that it should work. About the only thing I am unsure of is load bearing. I know I will have to anchor the bolts of the track to wall studs. Which may be a pain, because it may even require that I knock down a bit of the wall to add additional horizontal 2x4s as anchor support. I have to ask a contractor friend if that's the right thing to do.

I also realize that I may have to put spacers between the wheel and the metal plates that attach to the door itself, in case the wheel/wheel bearing I pick does not have the proper width. That didn't show up well in the drawing.

If anyone has ideas on how I can get this dream realized, or you're in the Toronto area and want to help (I promise beer and pizza). Well drop me a line: moochphoto(AT)gmail.com (I'm sure you can figure it out)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

superstar

well what was the highlight of your day?

Mine was putting in the weeping tile. I've been looking forward to putting it in for about a week now. Having the weeping tile in place means the base of my walls are done. Well nearly.

I still have a corner that isn't finished, but that's okay, that doesn't require any drainage - I think. Shoot, I might be wrong. I better go check.

Sigh.

Rain sucks.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sleep deprived

I've been so exhausted lately that I have a hard time staying asleep throughout the night.

I now knock off at the early (at least for me) hour of midnight. Building this dang blasted retaining wall is more work than I anticipated - especially when I make mistakes that I have to spend time rectifying. It's quite maddening.

Point is at the end of the day, I've barely enough energy to cook dinner, watch a bit of downloaded telly, and then drag myself under the covers.

I've been meaning to take some shots of my buddy's car, but I've just not had the time to do so. I've got several photographic projects I wanted to finish by May, and the scary thing is, I haven't even started!

But I digress. My point was that I can't sleep for more than 3-4 hours a night. I invariably wake up at 4am, and for the last two nights, I've had to resort to groggily shuffle to the kitchen, and pop two pain killers to staff off the pain in my arm.

I have really bad carpel tunnel syndrome from years of PC gaming and photo editing. Now that I've stopped playing games, I thought my arm would get better. Repeatedly hitting a mallet for 10 hours a day to try and level a brick or shoveling truck loads of gravel from a pile into a trench via a wheel barrel also doesn't help.

I don't even stress out this much on the previous night of a wedding shoot, or the night after when I think all my pictures are going to stink. At least with that I can run over to the computer, check out my shots and then contently fall back asleep knowing that I've done my job correctly.

This wall? I think I'm doing it right, but somehow in the back of my head, a little voice is chuckling maniacally, mocking my every brick, my every shovel, my every measurement with a level and chanting, "You're doing it wroooong."

I hope not.