Yes, you read that right, I kept busy till the end, needed the distractions.
Because of last minutes paper work snafu, waited anxiously for some papers to arrived from Quebec, just to find out, need another?? Wedding is supposed to be on Wednesday, Monday is a holiday (Thanksgiving), Tuesday AM we will be at the door of the Vital Statistic office for the province to get the final piece of the puzzle. Note to readers, when you die, make sure your estate fill all the required paperwork's please. :-(
Besides lots of re-arranging , clean ups, the only two big undertaking I took on was to install the chandelier medallion (only had it for about 8 years now :-), and moved the TV Flat screens around.
The current TV in the living room is a Panasonic 32 In, we often talked about upgrading it. In the mean time it has been wall mounted in that corner for over a year now, and the biggest this space would accommodate is around 40 ish inches. So the biggest and best screen in the house, in the Man cave, is coming upstairs to replace it.
Which meant some small repair on the wall were the wall mount was for the 32 incher, going down to the gym.
Between waiting for drying, mud coats, primer, paint coats, took a few days
In the mean time the 50 incher was removed from its wall mount in the Man cave and installed on its pedestal upstairs. Had to run temporary cable connections, would need to change it later. I am closer to antenna, but using extension from former TV corner to here. Waste of Dbm if you ask me :-)
The chandelier was awaiting all that time, what we were going to do with our textured ceiling. We long thought it would be best to scrape it flat, but that for sure would entail some scraping, sanding, purging, sanding and etc. Which would have meant living in a cloud of plaster dust for a while, not happening. We even considered drywalling over, but to make it look straight would required furring strips or knocking the stalactites flat all over the ceiling.
Years ago Heather experimented on one of the hallways end some scraping techniques, we just knocked it down flattish, not trying to remove it all. Jean and I finished the job by finishing the hallways first before tackling the living room, dining room. Happy with the results, looks a lot better to us, but still had the chandelier with a loose hanging cover cap (left room for medallion).
So, time to finished the job :-)
But first it had to come down.
It is a tad on the heavy side, so it is solidly attached to the electrical box which is in turn, securely attached to the rafters. Yah, won't go anywhere :-) But it is no fun for your partner (not married yet :-) to hold it while I disconnect power and detached it from the ceiling.
You wanna test a relationship?
Do some renovations together :-)
So after I was done prepping the ceiling and had the medallion secured to the ceiling, I came up with a better plan to re-install it...
NO pics, since we were both a tad busy :-)
I had slide the dining room table close to the medallion under it (still need room for ladder), put on a coffee table on it (Ducan Phyfe), then a smaller side table on top (pie crest) to finally deposit my prepared chandelier on top of it all. That OSHA's approved apparatus (Hey, you guys lowered most of your standards so it should be approved :-) held the chandelier high enough to enable me to work on passing the wires up the tube after taking time to line up all my required hardware in the right order...
Meanwhile, all she had to do was to put a hand on it to make sure nothing is going anywhere. A lot easier on her than holding the whole thing. Oups sorry Babe should had thought of it sooner.
By then I had figured out that I would need a three inch rod, but I only have a two and four inch rods.
So cut, filed the rod then screw the mounting plate and rod securely, locked in place
During this time, our youngest grand daughter's got dropped off here for a short time, and kept asking me if I was done... If you know me, you know I have lots of patience while I am busy working :-)
Put it all together just to realized, I forgot to unscrew the final nut from the fitting before installing it before the cover. Which meant, cannot screw cover, it has to all come down and re do it all over again, fishing wires and all. At that point the chandelier was still on top of the tables, so thankfully it was not a biggie but... Ohh annoying miss-steak, if I ever had one :-)
The hardest was to refrain to swear in both official language while she asked again: Are you done yet :-)
Gave her my best smile, Soon sweeties :-)
Why her rush? She was anxious to play on Gramma's phone, she knows better than ask Grampa for his phone :-)
Second time went without a hitch, cleanup my messes, re-arranged some furniture...while my Fiancée went shopping with the grand peanut. Thanks Sweeties :-)