Of course, that just meant going to inside projects.
Then, we got some bad news.
About a month ago, the truck started eating coolant. We took it in to the dealer and paid a couple thousand dollars to get it fixed.
It didn't get fixed. It turns out that it is probably a blown head gasket. That sucks.
The quote to get it fixed ended up being about half the home renovation budget. I just can't do that.
So, it looks like I'm going to have to add diesel mechanic to the skills I need. I'm going to have to do it myself.
The shop manual quotes a trained technician with a fully stocked shop should take around 36 hours of labor.
I'll probably need longer than that. Not being a trained technician with a fully stocked shop and all. On the plus side, I have a garage! And, after some rearranging, the truck even fits inside it.
But, before I disappear into the garage for a few weeks, I wanted to finish a couple of in-the-house projects.
One big one in particular.
In order to be comfortable in the house, we needed a kitchen sink. We probably needed a cabinet to put it in as well. They are tough to use when they are sitting on the floor.
So, cabinet maker. Yeah.
I started out with the base.
|Measured to my lovely wife's exacting specifications.|
|I used my new pocket hole jig from Harbor Freight. Fancy, I know.|
OSB it is.
|I cut out one side panel, flipped it and marked the other side.|
|I'm learning the value of wood clamps. I need some better ones though.|
|Michael joined me for some education and to help.|
|I screwed on one side panel and built the frame to the panel.|
|That might be backward from the normal way. I don't know. I'm not a carpenter.|
|The bare carcass over the plumbing.|
Nothing is as easy as the pictures make it look.
Then, this happened.
|It's waiting for you Mom!|
|When this happens, you go out and look.|
|The sky was so crazy, it was brighter yellow than the house!|
I cut the counter top out of a 3/4 inch plywood piece I had left from doing the sub floor. Unfortunately, I was so focused on the cutting that I forgot to take pictures.
I will say, I had to do it all twice. Sarah ordered an undermount sink and I didn't leave enough room for the clips that secure the sink to the counter. So, I tossed that piece aside and cut another one. That was frustrating. But, it was also educational. The second time around, everything worked a little better. But, I was running out of days off.
|And something was still missing.|
I went to Lowe's last night and bought all the stuff I needed to make the plumbing work.
Then, today, Lowe's came to me.
|Sheet rock and 600 cinder blocks.|
Again, I was running out of time, so I didn't take many pictures. I didn't finish this project until after 9pm this evening.
|The towels were just in case it exploded. It didn't|
|There was one leak because I cross-threaded one fitting. It fixed easily|
|I even have most of what I need to hook up the dishwasher. That will be big.|
I hope I can say the same about the truck repair.
|It's the fanciest thing in the house. Except for the water heater maybe.|
Time to change gears and hats.
Have you ever wanted to know how to change a head gasket on a Duramax diesel?
Me neither. But, we will.