What we’ve been up to – Winter 2009-10 (The Bathroom Project)

Fortunately, this bathroom project isn’t caused by the presence of birds, though they like to remind us they are VERY close by, threatening to come back in at a time least convenient for us, I’m sure. No, since we’ve been in our house (almost three years now), we have wanted to “redo” our master bathroom. Not a remodel, really, but rather a cleaning up. The previous paint job was kind of rough (I’m being nice), and we wanted the color to match our bedroom. Also, like our bedroom, we decided to put up crown molding in the same manner, really making this more of a project and not just a painting job.

With the help of our great friend Norm we put up the crown in the bedroom a few months back. Remembering the tricks I learned from Norm back then, my friend Dieter and I did the same for this project. We have 10′ ceilings and we found it difficult to hang anything on our wall since things just looked dwarfed on our huge walls (no offense to dwarfs). We decided to hang the crown molding about 2 feet down from the ceiling instead of the “usual” location where the ceiling and wall meet. This gave the illusion of bringing the ceiling down a bit.

All in all, the project went great. For nerds looking for more detail on the project: We had one outside corner to assemble, and five inside corners, all 90 degrees (roughly) :-). One of the hardest parts was figuring out how to cut the boards so the corners would match up. There’s a ton of info our there on the web, but it seems like most pages offer not quite enough info, or just slightly too much so you can become confused.

Turns out for 90 degree inside and outside corners, we never had to adjust our miter saw on more than one axis. We either had to tilt it or turn it, but never both. We just had to be sure to turn the crown upside down when cutting. Using a trick from Norm, on the inside corners I ran one board straight into the wall (flush) and coped the other one, using a Dremel to back cut the wood instead of a coping saw. It seemed to allow me to be pretty precise and was relatively fast as long as I had the patience to cut awhile, then test, then cut some more.

My one outside corner didn’t line up quite as well as I would have hoped, but I was able to get it close and then fill in the rest with wood filler. You can hardly tell now.

Here are a couple pictures of the final product:

A shot of one corner of our bathroom where I installed crown molding

Finished crown molding in bathroom

The only thing left to do are a couple minor paint touch-ups. The vent fan in the ceiling is also new (upgraded from a smaller one).

GPS Tip #1 – “Whole route” screen

I figure I’m asked enough questions about GPS that I may as well assemble some thoughts and frequently answered questions together in one space in a way that’s hopefully helpful to others. Even if it only gives me a place to go when I need to remember what I’ve told other folks already, I think it’s worthwhile to document some of this.

Here we go.
Tip #1 – What I call the “whole route” or “entire route” screen.

In my opinion this is one of the best kept secrets on the Garmin automotive units. Often what happens is you’re either routing from home to some unknown place, or your routing from unknown place “A” to unknown place “B”. You find your destination just fine, either by address entry or by category (hotel/restaurant, etc), but you still feel like you’re “flying blind”. In other words, you feel like you have to trust the GPS to take you to the correct place.

You’d like some confirmation it’s taking you “the interstate route” instead of the “back highway route”, for example. Sure, you can look at a list of each individual turn in the route, with pictures and everything, but wouldn’t a shot of the whole route in a “north-up” view be nice?

Introducing… the “whole route” screen:

Here the screen shows our entire route, going from Assisi, Italy to Pisa, Italy, by way of Florence.

To get here: After entering your destination and choosing “Go”, click the green bar at the top of the map page and then click “Show Map” on the next screen. You get a nice view from the beginning of the trip to the end and a little peace of mind.

Of course, once you’re here you can pan around the map or zoom into any part of the map to see more details anywhere along your route. In this case, we can observe how the route will take you around the northeast side of Florence, rather than the southwest side or straight through the middle.