• Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    How to Install Insulation

    The most important part of installing insulation is prepping yourself. Wear goggles, a mask, gloves, hair cover (I wore something like a shower cap, sexy I know – I’m not into selfie’s so you’ll just have to take my word on this), long sleeves (that tuck under gloves), long pants (that tuck into husbands socks), and some form of footwear you may be willing to throw out later. For reals people this stuff sucks. The last thing you want is to let it touch you. Then you just stick it in the wall. If you have to cut it, use a board as a guide and a very sharp razor…

  • Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    The Devil is in the Details.

    When the inspector comes and pulls out a micrometer to your work things are not going to go smoothly. With that said, we finally passed combo inspection. I don’t want to talk about everything it took to get us passed yesterday. I want to talk about the one thing I woke up to yesterday morning after working a 12-hour shift and knowing I had to go to work again. It was the sound of someone exploding outside of the trailer. Literally: ex-plo-ding. Let me back up and add a little detail. Mike was at work Sunday and on Monday he came home to fix the last few items from our…

  • Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    A Down and Dirty Update

    It’s been over a month since I’ve posted an update. Some people have been asking if we’ve either given up and decided to become trailer trash for life or if we’re all moved in to the house again. Maybe in two more days. At least that is what I tell myself everysingleday. The truth of the matter is, we will be lucky in two months if we are painting and moving back in. However, in order to get through each day living in the trailer I tell myself, “just two more days and we’ll be done!” If anyone out there is a runner you probably can relate because we make…

  • Phase 5: Combo and Lath

    Hot mop, HVAC, Electrical and a healthy dose of distraction

    This month started with a bang…really. A huge bang to my head or ego or whatever. I’m 30. Yay. The last couple of weeks we have been working on the house, shopping for Christmas and trying to squeeze in a little family time. And Elfie time Can you believe this is our neighborhood? And you think we’re crazy… We’ve also been steadily working towards our combo inspection and took one day off from that to work on our lath inspection (since that one is tomorrow). See the paper on the front? That’s what’s going underneath our Hardi board. The plumbing is officially done, thanks to So Cal Shower Pans who…