Floor installation:

So it’s loud. They finished removing the floor on Friday. Because the old floor was put down to never ever be taken up, they needed to remove everything down to the original sub floor. I don’t know how or why I didn’t get a pic of that but I didn’t. Kate says it was too tramatic. You know how it is just planks with about a half inch between. You walk on it and have a clear view into the basement….. tramatic indeed.

Saturday we stayed out of the house as the new floor was going in. It was very loud, lots of banging, cutting and pounding. Poor ButtFuzz just had to suffer through it.

We looked at tile for the shower walls and went into the city to Tribeca to look at the School House store. We are buying a lot of our fixtures from them so it was good to see most of the product in person.

Sunday they put the stain down. We went back in the records to find the stain we used for the rest of the house. It’s called Provincial. I’ve realized as I’m writing this that the floors in the rest of the house used Duraseal and in the kitchen they used Minwax. Hmmmmm this could be a problem, let’s hope not…. PS don’t tell Kate. She dosent read the blog but I know that some of the readers communicate with her after reading it. Just do me a solid on this one. No, it’s not lying if you don’t tell her. Just act as if you skimmed this part of the post. It’s fine…… Right?

Let’s step outside of the remodel news for a moment….. It has been brought to my attention that in the last post I may have made an insensitive racial blunder….

I used the term “Mexicans” to discribe the people that came to the house to buy our old fridge. Now it may be fair to say that I was not 100% certain of their nationality so could be misrepresenting who they are. Ok…. On the other had I very much enjoyed the experience and wanted to share it on the blog. As you know the blog is here to remind me of things as my memory is so terrible.so watch out because this thing is out if control….. Jon..

Demolition: Part 2

Floor: Yesterday the floor guy did his very best to demo the tile floor in the kitchen. It looked like a real struggle. That tile looks like it was bonded to that sub floor for life! I talked to him this morning and he said it was a killer. The plan is to have the floor finished by Sunday! I can’t wait!

We got rid of the old white fridge in a bit of a panic. The day before the floor demolition started we realized we didn’t want to move the old fridge into the living room. It would thaw out and most likely leave a rotten puddle where ever we put it. Kate put the fridge for sale on a site called swap and in and hour there was a Mexican family over at the house to pick it up. Everyone came along. I was ready to help move the fridge but the guys took one look at me and laughed. They exchanged some words in Spanish of which I can only assume were flattering to me.

They had the fridge out in no time and into their van. Moments later the door bell rang and there was a request for jumper cables. They left the lights to the van on while we moved the fridge. Owning my own van I had cables at the ready and we had that van jumped in 5 minutes. So glad to get that fridge out of the way. We have one in the basement we are using for the moment. The new one will be here early next week.

All in all things are progressing well. Lots more to do!

See the crazy bonding agent by the door. It must have been a buster to get that tile up!

Demolition: Part 1

As promised progress reports have started! Monday and Tuesday saw the first steps of the kitchen project take form. Doug came by and ripped out the island and removed all the decorative elements of the lower cabinets that might impeed the installation of the floor on Thursday. You will also see that the wine fridge got delivered and we moved it into place to see how it fit. It fits like a glove!
Notice the range and cabinets that bumped out are now flush with the rest of the kitchen!

The holes in the floor are due to the sink that was in the island. We removed it because we didn’t use it and it was not helpful.

Guys, it’s on.

We are in full on go mode for the kitchen. On Saturday we got the downstairs shower situation figured out. We wanted it to be huge porcelain slabs. We went to the warehouse whete such things are stored. It was impressive but a bit “too much” for the small space that is our bathroom. That said we found some more restrained large tile that should do the trick.

This is the porcline, too much! so you can see.

Sunday we went to look at the countetop Kate picked out. The guy that works at the countertop place was great. Possibly too into Stone and Quartz but that should work in our favor in the long run. Now here’s the thing. I think a 1/4 chamfer would look great on the edge of the countertop. Kate wants just a radius. This is a tough one. Haven’t decided yet.

Demolition starts this week with the removal of the island and much of the added embellishments that make our kitchen so gaudy. The floor goes in Thursday so look for some more progress reports.

Here is a new render looking at the cook range and the hood straight on. I think it is kind of a helpful view.

Lastly, (this might be hard for some of you to watch) we took ButtFuzz out on the porch as we have been doing with some regularity lately. I mentioned to Kate that maybe we should take her down into the yard to get those little paws on some grass. It’s been almost a decade and thought it might be nice. As you will see in this short video, that was not the case. What’s weird is that ButtFuzz seems to take off without any provocation. She just bolts for the door. That poor little turd just wants to be inside.


The 2018 Kate and Paul Diehl kitchen project is moving forward! After a devastatingly high estimate from the contractor we recorrected and went to plan B. Find our own sub contractors. Kate called the carpenter who did our porch and stairs. He’s going to do all the nessessary demo and tile work. We got the name of our neighbor’s floor guy and had him over which resulted in a very reasonable estimate. Kate found a countertop supplier and we picked that out. I have updated the spreadsheet and have started to order the tile and fixtures. I sent drawings to a fabricator to get the range hood made and got a quote back. All we have left is to find a painter for the cabinets. This is the big one. If we don’t find a good painter for these cabinets I’m worried the entire project may fall apart.

Before you label me a dramatic let me explain. We have a lot of cabinets in that kitchen. If the paint job looks like a paint job, and not like the natural color the cabinets have always been, then all the other improvements we have spent on will look cheap by association. Trust me on this one. That said if you know anyone in the NJ area that is famous for painting cabinets sent me that contact!

I did another render of the kitchen with the wider sink we ordered and now have in the basement. Demo starts next Monday the 11th. I will post regular updates. Wish us luck!


Friday, Mets Vs Cubs…..

We went to the Met game last Friday with Lisa and Mike to see the Mets lose in classic fashion to the Cubs. This is a frustrating season for the Mets. The bullpen is a disaster. The last 11 games the starting pitcher has done well to put the Mets in a position to win. The bullpen comes out and in a matter of 4 pitches loses the game. It’s stupid. Friday was no exception. Wheeler pitched 6 great inning and Paul Seawall came in and blew it instantly. Mike took the picture below of a Met youth doing what the entire stadium was feeling.

Other than that it was a beautiful night. Great weather. Nice to see Lisa and Mike. Always great to get to a game at Citi Field. Plus it was free shirt Friday. We got the Conforto jersey seen below.


Kate and I drove into the city to do a few things and then head to Megan’s house warming. In February she moved from the LES to Brooklyn Heights. She has a lovely place and it was fun to see everyone.

We stayed over since we drove. Early Sunday morning I got a call from our home security that the internal sensor was triggered and the alarm went off. ButtFuzz was messing with the Hibiscus tree and it tripped the alarm. Apparently the cops came and it was a mess. Kate was worried about ButtFuzz since the cops had been there so we raced home. From BK Heights to West Orange in 33 min. Crazy!


Lastly, we get home on Sunday and Kate tried to use the washer.That sucker is broken! Come on! It’s 2 years old. Come to find out it’s out of warranty. Crap! So now I have to take a day off during the busiest time of the year to get it fixed. What the hell Samsung. (Sorry for this last bit, it was purely complaining)

I was looking online and one of the issues may be the cellinoid switch that let’s in the water. I tested it with a multi meter and it seemed ok. Errrrr crap

Last weekend:

We went to visit every parties guest of honor, Jenn Norwood. We drove up to Providence RI on Sunday morning. <Tangent> I hate I95! What the eff man! I don’t even have a coherent thought about it. It just always backed up for reasons that will remain unclear to all of humanity for the rest of our time here.</Tangent>

The point of the visit was to see Jenn, tell dumb jokes and sing Karaoke like fools. All those objectives where achieved. We had a private room which is not the norm for these excursions but worked out quite well. We sang a bunch of songs that the general public would not know or care to hear. We even sang Steely Dan’s “Cousin Dupree” not easy. These visits are short, they are meant to encourage maximum fun in a achieveable burst. Meaning, I’m only capable of being fun or funny for about 4 hours at most.

Providence is a cool place man! It has the youth of a college town. The growth of millennials moving back into cities. It also lacks the shine soulless gloss of a major city that had it’s renissance some 10 years back. Cough, cough bk. They have rehabilitated many if the old factory’s to lofts and with that has come new restaurants and shops. Kate and I went to this place called North for dinner. It was delicious, check them out. Smart planning by Jenn, Boom Box the Karaoke place was right around the corner.

Thanks Jenn!


After all that winter hate, I thought it was time for some spring happy. Today is a beautiful day here in the nj/ny metro area. I’m writing this whilst standing on the platform at the Brick Church NJT station.

I’m trying to post here once a week and it’s kinda tough as there isn’t always something to talk about. So today instead I’m posting a video.

A few weeks back whilst feeling a little down and out I purchased the DJI Osomo Mobile 2. For those of you that have known me a long time I used to make videos for this site. My best bud Ian Swanson used to do the filming and I’d come up with the concepts and do the editing. It was a pre-youtube era and we had a good time. We stopped because Ian (in an effort to shurk his filming duties) moved to the other side of the world.
That said I dont make videos anymore. I thought this might inspire me to at least do better visual s for the site.

Tough week last week. Followed by a rainy, sleepy, working weekend.

That said 2 highlights I managed to wiggle out of this newsless time.

1. I went to Racine WI last Thursday. The campus as you may or may not know was designed by the Great American Architect Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright. I think I’m always taken by his ability to play with proportion in a way that creates the appearance of thin elements in otherwise large structures.

2. Holy crap our Japaneese Maple. This sucker came out of this winter ready to party! Everytime I go outside I’m shocked by how impressive it is.

3. (Oops surprise, I have a 3rd) I was walking to meet Kate downtown Friday night and I saw the great Ariana Grande taking pictures with her fans on 17th St, just up from Union Square. I did not get a photo because I’m not particularly a fan. Although she seemed to be very kind in possing with people. She was hanging out the window of her giant black SUV. Made all the more giant looking by how incredibly tiny she is.

As you may or may not remember, this blog was made to track the tasks and experiences of everyday life. So I give you, a standard weekend.

I worked pretty late on Friday so that was a bit of a wash.

Saturday I installed a new, less traditional ceiling fan. I enjoy this kind of thing, although relativity simple it provides a sense of accomplishment. This can be difficult to come by in the everyday monotony, so it’s nice.

Our neighbor was having a birthday party roasting a 60lb pig. It was impressive and it was nice to see all the neighbors from the street.

The pig had a rough day.

Sunday was a work day, sucks but what can you do.

This morning I took a pic of the house as it’s nice to finally feel as if winter is over. The leaves are out and things are green. It keeps the sadness away when the sun is out.

Enjoy your week.