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I spent today doing some painting. And removing wallpaper. I made a… - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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skywhisperer
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I spent today doing some painting. And removing wallpaper. I made a pretty big dent in the kitchen wallpaper, although there's still a lot to go. The enzyme stripper is working pretty well, but it's an awfully slow process. Home Depot has steamers for $50. I'm not sure if it's worth trying one and seeing if it goes faster, since I just don't have that much to do.

I'm debating if I want to pay someone to do some of the painting. It's going to be tight getting it all done before I move in on the 22nd. On the other hand, it seems important to do it myself - in much the same way that it's important that a new owner fly his first airplane home. You lose some part of the bonding experience if you pay a ferry pilot, and I think I feel the same way about paying a painter.

Of course, it might be acceptable to pay someone to do some of it, as long as I also do some of it. I'm still thinking about it.

In other new-home-type news, I'm going to do wireless again. My current wireless router has to be rebooted every day or so or it stops working. Most people I know with wireless routers have similar problems. I'd like to avoid that - does anyone know a wireless router that will really work without needing a reboot every day? I'm going to have DSL, and I'd like a firewall, but I can do 3 seperate boxes if I have to.

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 3rd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
are you using really hot water with the enzyme stripper? because when i did it, i found that using the hottest water i could get out of the tap, and letting it stand for a while, resulted in whole strips of the wallpaper coming off almost by themselves. and, obviously, the wider the scraper you use, the more you can remove in one stroke.

as for painting the place yourself... when you move in, you're going to have a lot of stuff in boxes that isn't going to get put away immediately. if you put the boxes in one or two rooms, you can throw dropcloths over the boxes, and paint the room(s) around them. (but if you're going to paint inside the closets, definitely get that done before you move in!)

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 3rd, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
This stuff doesn't take water - you just spray it on. I found towards the end that it worked better if I let it sit longer, so I'll try that tomorrow.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 3rd, 2006 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
good idea. give it like half an hour.
pilotgoddess From: pilotgoddess Date: April 3rd, 2006 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
late congrats on your new place!!!
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 5th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 3rd, 2006 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Airport Express

My Apple Airport Express doesn't need rebooting every day. It's not actually the wireless I got it for (but the wireless is handy for my laptop) - I use it mainly because of AirTunes - it plugs into my hi-fi and iTunes can send music through it. I don't think I've put a CD in the CD player in over a year - I just use AirTunes (which works through both the wired Ethernet and wireless). It's nice to curl up on the sofa with the laptop, and use the laptop as a rather fancy and expensive music player :-)

However, it has an ethernet socket, and does not contain an ADSL modem. But that's easy enough to do - get an inexpensive Ethernet-equipped Netgear ADSL modem and have the AirPort connect to that.

Oddly enough, the big Apple AirPort does _not_ do AirTunes which I find rather bizarre (I'd prefer the big AirPort for wireless because it has a proper antenna and undoubtedly puts out a stronger signal).
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: April 3rd, 2006 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
...and home improvement is ALWAYS a slow process. You'll find that any job takes about ten times longer (even ones like removing wall paper or painting) than you expect. Doubly so for anything where you have to build stuff (and then it goes over budget by a factor of 3 too)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 5th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so it's just like airplane maintenance.
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