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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 1/13/2018

Well now that I've got that huge bookcase upstairs (yet to be stained but at least it's on the right floor now), I figured it was more than past time to get the curtains in the Great Room hung.

I'd been planning to do this almost literally a year ago, but my gradual illness delayed pretty much everything.  After getting several things done around the house and getting the door mostly done (still got some wall work to do come warmer weather), I turned to my attention to one of the long-delayed project hereabouts--to get the curtains in the Great Room hung.  I'd bought the curtains over the course of last winter but had delayed putting them up as I my strength ebbed, and once I got on my feet again I was focused on working on the door while I could.  But with cold weather now keeping me inside, it was time to get the curtains done.

Putting them up was a bit tricky.  These are tall windows, basically 9.5 feet or so, and the longest curtains I could get were 10 feet long.  That meant once they're place above the archway of the window a bit that they'd just hang down a bit below the bottom of the upper window, about 6" or so.  There's a lower, shorter window under each of the larger windows (which I don't recall actually talking to Builder Dale about come to think of it, but leave that be), so even if/when the curtains cover the upper window there will still be light coming in those smaller ones. 

It's also remarkably difficult to get them up there and measure things accurately at that height.  I had a nice tall 20' ladder to get me up/down, but that's a lot of climbing.  Adding to that was a bit of dilemma on how to get a nice straight line across all of those windows, but fortunately there I'd bought a neat little tool I'd not really used much before--a laser level.  I'm actually not sure why I bought this puppy years ago, though I'm pretty sure I never really used it  much if at all--but I sure as heck was happy I had it when push came to shove.

So with laser level and long ladder in hand I got to work.  First I had to check everything around the window for level...the indent around the windows, the vertical levels on the windows, everything.  I wanted to make sure that we didn't have wiggles and waggles and inconsistent heights that would in turn drive me insane trying to get the curtains hung.

As it turned out things were fantastically level throughout....I was actually rather surprised.  The most variance I could find was about a half centimeter along the bottoms of the larger arch windows and I felt that wasn't much at all over that distance.  Similarly, when measuring for where the curtain rods would sit and using the laser level I took copious notes and made many measurements, eventually finding locations for each hanger which I believe at the end of the day will put the curtains at the right height.

So I was pretty pleased overall...the first step (checking everything) went well.  Tomorrow I'll get the first row of curtains up.

Progress, slow but steady!


Steven in Colorado

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