August 6, 2003

More On Renovation

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
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More choices below.

Hendrick's Gin
http://www.hendricksgin.com/main.html

Bols Genever Gin
http://www.bols.com/

"What is the difference between gin and genever?
The difference between Gin and Genever is mainly that Gin tastes like juniper berries, whereas Genever does not. Genever only has the sensory features of the juniper berry."

Seagram's Grapefruit-Twisted Gin

**hard to find (wrote to Seagram's and never got a straight answer as to whether it is still being produced)

Posted by: Patti M. at August 6, 2003 11:36 AM

The guy at the liquor store mumbled something that gave me the impression Segram's has been fiddling with their product line. That's why the .75 liter gin didn't scan correctly -- it may have a different bar code. I was the first to try to purchase it since they stocked that case on the shelf.

Of course, the tag on the shelf was missing too. Convenient.

I did notice that they now have a ton of Segram's flavored vodkas. I guess htat market is heating up. I admit that Stoli Vanil is good -- especially in Coke or Root Beer, and The raspberry variety is decent as well. However, the cheaper flavored vodkas do taste cheaper.

As for gin, I am not a gin expert. My taste buds are quite happy with Segram's for the moment. With all the lime I use, it makes little differnece. I am a lime and tonic freak. I drink the stuff without any gin or vodka frequently. So the splash of gin is sometimes lost.

But I appreciate the advise of some more seasoned taste buds to help me avoid a purchasing disaster.

Posted by: JP at August 6, 2003 12:16 PM

Another idea for wrench length extension: buy a pipe that has a diameter close to that of the width of the wrench handle. Then you can slide it over the handle of the wrench and get even more length, as many feet as you can get of good strong pipe (like the pipe used for fencing). If you get the width/diameter real close, you won't have to worry about it slipping off, and it's a relatively cheap solution. I have a piece of pvc in my car because it works real well to extend the length of your lug wrench when changing a flat.

Just my two cents. Good luck.

Posted by: jfournier at August 6, 2003 8:38 PM

PVC in the car - that's a nice idea, and I have just the size spare PVC for lug wrenches sitting in my cellar!

But for the pipe wrench, the wrecking bar solution worked when it finally was applied to a solvable problem. I had to do some pipe-cutting, but eventually was able to unscrew the pipe at the source.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Posted by: JP at August 6, 2003 10:14 PM

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