We are going to have to do a lot of cleanup, painting and fixing odds and ends, but it looks very doable! We found a small wood stove that should heat the house safely and it will be delivered on the 10th. Mom is getting the flooring guys in for replacing the bad flooring. Mom and I bought a new bathroom vanity and faucet for just over $100.00. I donated a 2 gallon bucket of Kill Z to start the paint job on the house. I see the tar and smoking stains on the walls and while cleaning helps you need to seal the dry wall before you paint or those stains will bleed through the paint.
Speaking of paint True Value hardware stores have semi-gloss paint for sale this month at $20.99 per gallon. This is great paint that is easy to clean. Many latex paints tend rub off dry wall when they are cleaned. More good news is some of the blinds will fit the windows of the new house. While Mom’s house windows seem to be air tight I have a lot of weather proof plastic and tape that will make all those windows air tight this winter.
On the vanity in Mom’s bathroom, I think it came from a RV salvage yard. The good news is they installed all new plumbing hardware to make the RV vanity work. So it should be dead simple to replace the vanity and the faucet to give Mom a great little sink, faucet and a small vanity for storage. I’m no plumber but I can do some simple DIY jobs around the house.
We need to install a doggie door and Mom got a very nice doggie door on sale. Also we need to start adding gutters to the roof to move the water dripping so close to the foundation. I think I can install a gutter so that it feeds water to the stone planter beds in the front of the house.
I loaded the Kia Mini-van with 2 pallets for the camper to rest on and now the mini van is semi full of bathroom vanity and ceiling fans that need to be installed. Once we drop the Arctic Fox Camper, we will have the 1 ton dually pickup to start moving stuff. If we can unload stuff we are good to go! Unloading a 400 pound stove is a bit beyond us but once it is at ground level we can maneuver that sucker into place. Once the wood stove is in place Mom can get get plenty of dry fruit wood to burn via the orchards.
I do not recommend buying “kiln dried wood” as a replacement for seasoned wood. Kiln dried wood simply opens up the pores of the wood while in the oven and when stored out doors that wood soaks up any and all moisture. The pine is seasoning/drying after 2 months in the wood racks and seems to burn well after seasoning. I will use about half of my wood stack on racks this winter. It will be interesting to see how Mom stacks her wood.
While I won’t claim success. I think things are looking semi-positive. Now it is just doing the work and adapting.