When we were in Senior Seminar, Chuck got assigned to present the chapter "More On Student Models" to the class. It always made me think "Moron Student Models," but I digress.
Today Maggie and I reclaimed wood and nails from the old wall and used them to build the frame inside the old Kitchen->Dining Room doorway. There will be pictures to follow, but not today. When I have something more exciting to show.
After a pretty decent afternoon's work, we went out to get ice cream. Then I went in search of the biggest darn pipe wrench I could find. There was a 4 foot long specimen at Home Depot, but none of the cheaper tool places had anything like that. Besides, a 4 foot long steel pipe wrench isn't something you purchase lightly. So I tried to get by with a 2 foot long wrench. I extended it another 18 inches by lashing a wrecking bar to it with fairly heavy gauge electrical wire.
The reason I need such a long handle on the wrench is leverage. It's all about the leverage.
Well, the wire lashes held quite well, but I could not budge the pipe with all my strength, legs included. I did gouge up the floor with the wrecking bar, though. Good thing we're replacing the floor.
Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to cut the pipes. They're old cast iron steam pipes... 2 inch pipes, I think. A real pain in the butt to cut.
Bah. I should try shattering it with my sledgehammer.
Luckily, I also picked up some Segrams Gin while I was out looking for wrenches. Went to the Liquor Barn in Swansea and tried to buy a .75 Litre bottle. But they didn't know the price. In fact, no one in the store could tell me the price. So I bought the 1.75 litre which was reasonably priced... and at least it was priced. So, there was a gin and tonic waiting for me at the end of my exertion. I could go for a lemonade right now...
I think I have a drinking problem. No, not alcohol -- although I do like alcoholic drinks. I mean that I just plain like to drink stuff. Lemonade, Orange Juice, Iced Coffee, Iced Tea, Coolottas, Slushies, Coca-Cola, Root Beer, Strawberry Milk, Coffee milk... the list is very long. Even water is on it. I'm thirsty all the time. I know it's a symptom of certain diseases, but I've been checked. No diseases. I'll even ask again at my next physical, but I don't think it's a problem. I just like liquids.
Now that that's said, where is that lemonade? (Thanks to Patti for the right info at the right time, even though I chose a lousy place to pull over and use my cell phone).Posted by James at August 6, 2003 12:54 AM