The Slowest Project Ever

Progress on the upstairs bathroom ceiling is ridiculously slow. Other things keep getting in the way, and we're not such inconsiderate neighbors that we will whack away with power saws at 10pm (though we do, damn us, not tiptoe around the yard after 8pm like the inconsiderate scofflaws we are).

Before I started blocking certain people, every time we'd slow down on something or have life or careers get in the way of doing non-stop labour on the house I would get hate mail telling me I was a lazy, shiftless know-nothing, and our house would be a ruin forever. I decided I didn't need that crap and now I never see it. It's hard enough trying to juggle a couple of demanding careers, personal projects, and basic maintenance with working on these things without having hecklers.


One of the recessed lights with fans

We're putting two recessed lights with exhaust fans in the upstairs bathroom. One right over the shower (I recommend this when it is possible, because it really helps cut down on moisture problems and it provides nice light in the shower), and one roughly centered on the rest of the room. So where to put the ceiling joists?

We took out one of the lights and Noel measured the distance from the center of the light to the nailing attachment, and then we climbed up on the scaffolding to do some measuring.

Laying out the ceiling joists

The process was pretty simple: first we had to mark where the shower ends relative to the (future) tile wall. The wall will be about one inch thick, probably a little thinner. But since the ceiling will not be tiled we don't have to go for great precision; we can let the light be a little less than centered.

Marking the wall

With the shower measured out, we only had to find the center of the shower, then measure out to the edges of the light fixture. A couple pencil marks, and voila.

And then, of course, it was well past bedtime and too late to do any more work on this.

posted by ayse on 04/06/13


Wow, some people have a lot of nerve! They must be the same people who tell me I have no right calling my blog 'travels' since I'm not on the go every day!

I love following your snail pace because you guys do things *right*. You have taught me that 'getting it done' isn't always the right mentality.

Your house is going to be not only beautiful one day, but also structurally sound. Someone is going to enjoy it 100 years from now.

Haters on a home improvement blog? There are actually people in the world with so little to do in life that they send nasty-grams about your home improvement progress? I guess that will keep me from blogging about our work on a 1987 townhouse that I was going to name "DIY in Slow Mo"! I LOVE seeing what the two of you (and friends and an occasional professional) accomplish and I'm certain you'd prefer to have it done sooner than later, but then what will I do???? :-)

Oh, yeah. There are haters everywhere, especially for women (ask any mommy blogger). I just don't need that kind of energy coming in from total strangers.

And I hope we're doing things right sometimes we half-ass something to get it done and it doesn't always work out the way we'd like, but for the most part it's working out better than it would if we'd had the money or time to do it all in the first year.

Those exhaust fans works wonders in a bathroom, I totally agree with you. I installed some in our bathrooms about 3 months ago and they really get the moisture out. I also prefer to take my time on these projects, I'm not the most skilled but I would rather make sure I do it right. Good luck with yours.

Wow, I can't imagine anyone heckling you. I think it's amazing you do the work yourselves over time on such a large project. You'll get nothing but admiration from me

> though we do, damn us, not tiptoe around the yard after 8pm like the inconsiderate scofflaws we are

You horrible, terrible people. WHY WON'T PEOPLE THINK OF THE CHILDREN??!?1?

I am amazed at how much you get done. I have trouble finding energy just to post pictures and answer email sometimes. I finish work and sometimes have barely enough energy to fix dinner and then knit or read until sleep. You are an inspiration, seriously. Thanks for all your posts. I love seeing the transformation of your house and garden. Myself, I likely would have curled up in a corner long ago, sobbing about barbie pink and asbestos.

Poo on the haters. I appreciate what you are doing and that you are willing to share it with us. Thank you.
With that out of the way:
Something to consider for your exhaust fans, if code will let you. Use PVC pipe instead of sheetmetal. It lasts longer with all that moist air going through.

It's amazing how someone always has something negative to say. Funny, if I don't like a blog I just don't read it.

I was out in my garden today and started thinking I hadn't checked yours in awhile, I love seeing what you have got accomplished :)

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