20070726 – staining – another unsafe ladder set-up (mid) – IMG_2840
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
One of many hassles was covering everything up so that nothing would drip onto it. Fortunately, as we horde and re-use anything re-usable, we absolutely do not ever throw away a plastic Peapod (small/thick) or Diet-To-Go (large/flimsy) bag. Our surplus was just beginning to become semi-unmanagable, when all of a sudden we used just about every bag in the house to individual cover our spiral stiar rails! Other items used in covering included some newspapers given to me by my co-worker, a green bathrobe, a purple button-up womans’ shirt bought during our "rag quest" (yardsaleing for cheap rags to wipe stain on… A shirt would only last an hour or so), and 3-5 dropcloths throughout the project.
We learned that plastic worked better than paper, but paper had definite advantages, like being able to wipe excess stain onto it, and being rippable. Sometimes we used both at once. It just depended. But with the stairs, you had to TAPE everything down. Very annoying. At least painter’stape is re-stickable.
You can also see the current unsafe ladder placement, and the carpet-on-the-stairs from the previous unsafe ladder placement. We left it there since it also served as a dropcloth.
BACKSTORY: Anyone who reads our contract (link below) can see that it specified to move the closet and built-in shelves. But Virginia Design Builders‘s workers — the workers hired by Daniel M. Lopez — were unable to properly move the closet without destroying it. And they "accidentally" threw away our shelves. They also broke the trim at the edge of the closet.
And then guess what? The asshole refused to stain ANY of it, despite the fact that the only reason the color now didn’t match was due to their inability to properly execute a contract. (It was a 3 month contract and was not finished for over 3 years.) This left us having to stain WAY more wood than we otherwise would have. It was quite literally a difference of several months’ work, as we both had jobs (at the time), and spare time at home has been in deficit for awhile.
STAINING IS A PAIN: Just for reference, proper wood staining is a MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR pain in the ass. The wood filling, the sanding, the pre-conditioning, staining, the wiping, the dropcloths, the multiple coats of everything, the (4) polyurethane coats [which often required holding a lamp in one hand, to reflect light on it to ensure evenness], and the final sanding. And don’t get me started on the timing: Stain 20 minutes after pre-conditioning, but only for 2 hours; stain in 20 minute cycles consisting of 4 sub-cycles: stain area #1, stain area #2, wipe area #1, wipe area #2. Then break, get new gloves, and start over. A 20 minute cycle might equal 2 shelves, or 2 boards from ceiling to floor. Our spreadsheet had over 200 cells. At the end of the day, the only way to get stain off your skin was to apply paint thinner directly to your skin in violation of the instructions, common sense, and one’s best interests…
bath robe, ladder, newspaper, painter’s tape, plastic bag, spiral stair railing.
upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.
July 26, 2007.
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LEGAL: To see an official VA DPOR sanction of 0 (+0) against Dan Lopez and Virginia Design Builders: clint.sheer.us/download/filedump/2008/daniel-m-lop… … These people were suing him for 0K last time I checked.
To see OUR contract with Dan Lopez / Virginia Design Builders: clint.sheer.us/download/filedump/2008/daniel-m-lop… … Just in case anybody doesn’t believe me./B>