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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 11/9/2014

Overall I think I did pretty well with my Tanglewood Summer 2014 Plans and am pleased with where things are at present. Not everything got done but a lot got done and that's amazing considering some of the setbacks throughout the year. Looking forward, while the Saga of the New Shed will definitely need to continue to play a role in the plans at least into 2015 it's not quite "hanging over" everything as it was a year ago.

With a couple of days to ponder I've now come up with my list of Tanglewood Winter 2014 Projects:

  1. Hang up more stuff – This went a long way towards properly fleshing out the house last winter but I left it all over the summer to focus on some other projects. Time to get everything else up on the walls!

  2. Finish trim and thresholds around the house – I got a good ways with this last winter and I'm very pleased with the results, but I've decided to step it up a notch this winter. Not only do I need to finish off a couple of trim sections yet, but I'm thinking of putting up crown molding to make things a bit more interesting.

  3. Refloor the computer room -- This one came about somewhat by accident. I had to damage a couple of the existing floor planks in the computer room when I was wrestling with my big leak problem a couple of years back, and I've kinda "lived with" the damaged sections ever since. I need to replace these and since part of me hasn't been entirely happy with this flooring style in the computer room (we went with it in the rush to finish everything on time), I'm thinking that if I'm going to replace it anyway now would be the time....

  4. Fleshing out the new Shed – As noted one more than one occasion this project never seems to end, but with the move of everything a couple of months back I'm definitely on the downhill side of the journey. There are some things I can definitely do even in the partial/poor/cold winter days ahead:

  • Shelves and hooks. The new Shed has a nice big rack for the batteries and a terribly crowded table holding the computer and internet modem but there's not much real room for other stuff. Books, pens, notepads, miscellaneous currently-being-used tools--none of those really have a home right now and are instead piled high wherever there's a flat space. I need to fix that.

  • A New Spot for the Generator Propane. The old spot was a flattish area just to the side of where the backup generator used to sit. Once I moved it though I realized that the wonderful block-and-gravel pedestal I built for the generator didn't really have anyplace for its propane bottle. At the moment I've got it a flat spot right at the edge of the roofline but that's not a particularly ideal place. A spot over to the west side shows promise but I'll have to level it out first which (for once) will involve trucking dirt to the site.

  • Continue deconstructing the old shed. While I'm sure I'll save the major teardown of the structure itself for Summer, 2015 there's still plenty of rigid blue insulation in the walls over there. I can take that stuff out and redeploy it throughout the winter into the new Shed in an ongoing fashion. This will make the eventual teardown that much easier and add to the new Shed's R-value with every slab moved.

  • Better seal the new Shed's overhangs. I discovered to my annoyance while stacking insulation up in the new Shed's attic that there were still a couple of places mice and squirrels were getting in. While far and away the #1 culprit here is the old shed and I'll take care of that in due course, I could also do a better job of sealing the eaves. This activity will be somewhat dependent on the weather though.

  • Put a light in the new Shed's attic. It's really really dark up there. :(
So that's it, four major projects with some sub-projects each. Of course I'm sure something else will pop up as we get deeper into winter but at least I've got something to work towards. If I got all of these done I'd be amazed but that's okay--having some plan is better than having none!

Steven in Colorado

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