Speaking of other exercise, yesterday I spent the day in Pete's basement. We finally started laying the new floor. We got an 8'x12' section done, that's enough to put the washer and drier back on the floor. We likely could have done more, but I need to cut a pattern in one piece of flooring to go around the giant runoff pipe in the floor. Time to buy a skill saw. I'm going to take a 4'x4' piece of paper to cut the pattern and trace it on the board. We're also going to put supporting boards under the newly cut edges.
Unfortunately, we screwed up when pouring the concrete. It didn't occur to me until yesterday that we should have laid a string grid with a level so we'd know how high to make it. Instead, we had a 1" divot that made laying the cross-beams problematic. It ended up working out, but did I feel like a dope! The divot will be under the washer which should cusion any vibration.
We started out setting down the 12'x2"x4" beams on the floor and fixed them with a nail gun. Little trimming with the rotary saw needed to be done which means we measured well the first time. The nail gun is a single shot, powder fired gun. I'd extend the barrel, drop the previous cartridge into a bucket, place a nail in the end, load the .22 caliber shot, close the barrel, set the gun, compress, and hit the firing pin with a hammer. Fun! Except now my legs ache from all the getting up and down to load the gun.
Then we used 4'x4' 3/4" tongue and groove plywood to cover the beams. The beams were spaced 16", center to center and while getting the tongue and groove to fit was troublesome at times, we did well.
We should finish that side of the room in a few weeks.
Keiko went to look at the floor and said "Wow, it looks professional. Wow. Wow..." and wandered around a bit on the floor and kept saying "wow". At first I was pleased. Now I think I should be insulted! She must have thought we'd do a crappy job. We showed her! Ha!
If anyone else wants my help working on their house, I love doing it and I'm apparently fairly good. So there.