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I ceased to struggle and things go to poo more slowly.

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So I walked to the health food store to buy vitamins. It was like buying gas -- $42 and I could put the three bottles in my jacket pocket.

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I thought breath mindfullness was about weirdness like alternate nostril breathing but it turns out the trick is to just keep your mouth shut. So I concentrated on keeping my mouth shut.

I also held my thumbs and middle fingers touching as per the Teachings of Don Juan.[citation needed]

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Old 04-09-2022, 02:01 PM   #112 (permalink)
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How do I insulate the last ≈25 square feet of the shed?

I replaced the 3 joists and had my brother help me move the drywall into the shed on Thursday. I wasn’t able to work on it yesterday, but I saw 5 clients, mowed both lawns, and bought stir sticks and drywall clips.

I have insulated everything but the front, which I plan on changing, and the outer 2 spaces on the back wall.

It seems narrower than 24" and I need to put in 2x4s for drywall, so it will be a couple of inches narrower, but still much closer to 24" than 16".

The easiest solution so far is to buy a $105 bag of wide batts, cut the top at an angle and a couple of inches from the side.

Then I have 8 complete batts and no use for them.

The cheapest solution is to buy a $26 roll of narrow insulation, cut around 10 25" strips, remove 1.5" of insulation from each end, and mount them sideways.

Cut, trim, and install 10 pieces.

I had thought that I could fill in that area with Great Stuff, but I tried to look up how much volume one 16-ounce cans made and this page had several people giving wildly different answers and arguing about it.

I got lost in all of the math and arguments, but it looks like the person who came up with
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Using basic math volume formulas and the detail that a 16 ounce can of Great Stuff will make a 1/2" diameter bead, by 232' long, the volume of foam in that bead is ~0.31 cubic feet or an equivalent block of ~12" x12" x 4".
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[N]o he was right. (((0.5/12)^2)/4)*3.1416*232 = 0.316 cuft
Using Google's volume calculator, I put in 0.02083333' for the radius and 232' for the height and got V ≈ 0.32.3

Now that the sun is out I went out, leaned over a crooked pile of drywall that I need to magically shift over to actually put in drywall, and the wind blew the doors closed.

Whenever I lean something onto the doors the wind still blows the doors closed, and the prop falls on the insulation, ripping the paper.

From what I could tell, the gap on the left is 20.5", and the one on the right is 19.5

Oh goodie.

So, I need to fill 19 and 18 inches.

That is just as close to 23” as 15”.

Anyway, Great Stuff. .316 cubic feet = 547 cubic inches.
12 x 12 x 4 = 18.5 x almost 8.5 x 3.5

I put my clamp edge guide on the door and measured the right side: 78.5” and 69”, so 74”

I would need almost 9 cans per side.
Would you want to use 18 cans of Great Stuff?
Big Gap Filler is $5.37 in bulk, so $96.67 and torture.

I could buy more foamboards. I need at least one more to insulate the floor, which seems to be less than 12” on-center. I could get 5 9.5” boards and use Great Stuff to seal the gaps.
If I buy one more 4x8 board I would have one 9.5” strip left over.

If I buy a board for the back wall I could cut it to shape, but a little small, and fill in the gaps with Great Stuff. The board would be $50, but I guess that I would cut it in half to fit in my car.

That actually sounds pretty good.

Lowe’s has a big box of spray insulation, but it is a couple times as much as I need, and $388.

One thought that I had was to spend $33 on a sheet of foamboard, cut it into 3.5” strips, put 4 on the left, 3 on the right, and then use 15” batts, but I would only use about half of each.

I could spend a little less on a half-inch board and cut twice as many times, but one piece of foamboard to rule them all sounds much better.

My sister is supposed to drive up today and we are finally celebrating Xistday with my niece and nephew(s).

I celebrated it with the midgets, but I wasn’t able to do anything I wanted. We watched “Canadian Bacon” which was all right.

Hanging out with the kids was the best part.

The next day we watched “Into the Spiderverse” and they destroyed my piñata.

On Saturday I made a vanilla cake from a box and added 3 cups of sliced frozen mangoes and Mom, my brother, and I loved it.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned, Mama Midget didn’t talk to me and complained on my birthday and repeatedly afterwards “If you loved me, you would have…!”

By her logic she didn’t love me.

Weird how that didn’t work out.

At least once my sister and her kids slept in the shed. At least once they slept in a tent in the backyard. I am fixing up the shed and have a big tent set up, but they are staying in a hotel.

My niece is the same age as the younger Alaskan and the 13-year-old actually seemed less mature, so the 3 of them would have gotten along infinitely better than the mother and I did.
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I cleaned out the rest of the shed, moved the drywall, put stir sticks over the insulation in the corner, cut and screwed in 2×4s, and removed a board Dad must have screwed in.

The previous owner cut a rectangle out of the siding in the back corner and used it as a doghouse.

Dad used 2×4s to reattach the piece.

I removed one, screwed the piece into the new 2×4, screwed a smaller 2×4 into the corner one, and screwed in the patch.

Then I took my brother and Mom's car to fix a slow leak.

Of course they could not repair it.

Of course they couldn't find her warranty in their system.

Of course I had the paperwork on me.

Her tires are a couple of years old, but she only drove 3,000 miles last year.

I have only driven Gramps less than 5,000 miles since Luther Vandross's birthday, although I always tried to drive my Accord.

I told The South Pole Elf that she could continue driving my car as long as she doesn't insult or criticize me.

She asked if she can drive my car until Monday when parts are supposed to be ready for whatever she will be driving.

Apparently she will be doing non-emergency medical transport. I didn't ask with which company, but I found this:
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Pay is .90 cents a mile. You can expect to make at least (up to) $250 a week, but it will probably be much more than that, even up to $1100 a week if a full time driver is on vacation.

-This is not a CDL position. If you are already a Door Dasher or Uber Driver, this will simply be one more app to get business from. Except when we call you, you will rarely make less than $30.00 an hour. More often than not, a lot more. Some routes can take three hours and net you over $300.
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Up to is the opposite of at least!

I cannot find anything about how much part-time drivers actually earn.

I figured that I pay $13.25 to drive to Holbrook and back, but the pay is supposed to be $87.12, which is about what I earn driving out and seeing a client.

Waiting on a customer and helping them get in and out of the car sounds easier than an hour of speech therapy, but do you need to wait there?

Waiting on someone who needs help getting in and out sounds worse than doing speech therapy.
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So, another Xist day.

I guess that calling a grumpy midget from so far north a south pole elf doesn't work as I wanted.

It was rather windy at Lowe’s and I struggled horribly with the 4x8 foam board. I thought that I would just cut it in half, but that was still too big.

I cut the foam, but left the plastic intact, so it just folded, but it kept peeling off, so I should have cut it.

I had almost finished cutting the last piece of foam when my sister finally arrived. I had planned on making yet another birthday cake earlier in the day, but when Mom kept saying that my sister would get here later and later I focused on the shed.

The thirteen-year-old Alaskan didn’t want my birthday cake because she only eats chocolate cake.

Who turns down cake?!

I had wanted to mix a box of Jiffy chocolate cake mix and a vanilla one of Duncan Hines, fold up some foil, and make a 3-layer cake that was one-third chocolate and two-thirds vanilla.

However, I cannot find Jiffy cake mixes anywhere around here.

I planned on buying a box of chocolate Duncan Hines and chopping it in half with my machete, but we walked to Dollar General after I dropped off Mom’s car.

They kept sending me texts, but nothing important.

However, I received a notification that they called, which was weird, because it never rang.

They also didn’t leave a message.

I received a text that Mom’s car was ready before we reached Dollar General, but when we walked back they said they needed to replace the tire.

Huh. I had planned on saying “Don’t worry about it. I have an old can of knock-off Fix-a-Flat. We will be fine.”

So, they didn’t do anything while we walked to the store and back.

They changed the tire while we waited.

My brother wanted confetti cake.

He isn’t choosing the next time!

Anyway, I hugged the kids and mixed the cake with my 8-year-old niece on my shoulders, then once it was in the oven I blended the watermelon chunks that I cut up and froze earlier in the day.

I don’t think it was a particularly sweet watermelon and somehow I didn’t realize how expensive a $1-per-pound watermelon would be.

Hint: It weighed 19 pounds.

I worried that it wouldn’t be sweet enough, but I didn’t boil it like a purist would.

I mixed it with one of those packets for flavoring a half-liter of water.

I bought every flavor that Dollar Tree had, but they didn’t have watermelon, so I may have made watermelon lemonade sorbet or something.

I was trying to split it six ways when my sister rushed her kids out to the car. I brought their cups to their vehicle and they rushed off.

I told her that the cake would be out of the oven in a minute, but she just drove off.

I came inside, had a small taste of my watermelon lemonade sorbet, and the timer went off.

However, it wasn’t cool for quite a while, although putting it in front of my fan would have sped up things.

They stayed a little over an hour and I went out.

All that I wanted to do was put up the first sheet of drywall. I had wanted to put in the first 2 boards on each side, which I wouldn’t need to trim, but I need to start with the back.

I think that I needed to use much more spray around the old dog entrance and then since the foam board needed to be in front of 2x4s, I needed to seal more still.

I sprayed the right side and, as fast as possible, went to spray the left, but right then my headlamp died!

I just changed those batteries the other day!

I didn’t have the time to run inside and change the batteries because the straw would become unusual, so I removed my glove, turned on my cell phone light, put my glove back on, and resumed spraying as fast as possible.

I worried that I hadn’t been fast enough, but I was running out!

I tried to keep my bead thin and even, but ran out after doing the long side and the top, so I did a little more than half, except there is a big gap in the outer corner.

I rushed into the garage and removed the straw. I had another can in there, so I shook it as I rushed back, put the first straw on the second can, and stared disappointment in the face.

I tried the second straw. I squeezed until I broke the trigger.

My Great Stuff expired!

I may have another can or two in the garage, but it wouldn’t be any newer, and I wasn’t running to Walmart that late.

I just needed to spray the corner, the shorter side, and the bottom, then cut a sheet of drywall, and put in some screws.

I could have put in the rest of the screws on Monday, but I needed to call it a night.
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Day 3,072 days: Still no drywall.

I realized this morning that I never wrote my progress reports for the new agency, so I figured out those, including some new stuff that wasn't included last quarter.

A second person let me know that we have authorization for my newest client--in Show Low!

I still haven't scheduled that client.

I really should!

My brother slept until 11:30. I made him breakfast and took him to Lowe's for the fourth time in 4 days. I bought a half-inch foamboard and 2 cans of Mediocre Material and finally cut the board in a zigzag, but wasn't smart enough to cut the board before walking into the wind.

I should have had room for two 2" boards on top of the 2x4s holding the patch in place, but I forgot that I needed 2" of foam, so I didn't push the foam in, and then the Great Stuff held it firmly in place, so I cut a piece of half-inch board to fit where I couldn't fit 1" board, cut the 1" scraps to fit in the rest of the gaps, and never used any more of the half-inch board.

I screwed 2x4s over each piece of foam board and pushed pieces of wood in between to hold them in-place.

Then I went around, removed the screws from the dog entrance, removed it with my crowbar, and ripped the foam off the patch.

Then I put a big piece of 1" board back there and the foam I ripped off the patch, attaching everything with spray foam and sealing all of the gaps.

I left that to cure and sealed all of the gaps on the inside. Since I used scraps there were tons of gaps, but I still had enough foam to go back outside and fill the gaps there.

I reinstalled the board, which will now be difficult to remove, ripped off the foam that came out of the first empty can, shoved it in the left corner, and emptied the second can around it.

I just saw my one Monday client, so the seals should have cured, but the other corner of the tent came loose, and I need to buy another long pry bar to secure it and the stake loop in the middle.

I should probably buy pry bars for the other side.

We have an extreme wind advisory.

Hopefully the rest of the tent holds!

I found a broken cargo strap and temporarily secured it to the base of the nearer apple tree, but I am going to drive the pry bars before returning to the shed.
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I don't have any idea how to hang drywall with studs 24" on-center.

I can only find one page telling me how to do this, but it claimed that you put a 4x7 grid of screws into a 4x8 sheet of drywall, but if you have studs 12" on-center you make a 4x9 grid, and a 4x5 grid for studs 24" on-center--except it says 15 screws, which would be a 3x5 grid.

However, it did recommend upgrading to 5/8" drywall.

Increase the weight and decrease the fasteners! Brilliant!

However, I should hold off on this.

I feel that I should buy a 48" straightedge and a non-serrated knife, 2" foam board from Home Depot, strap my board to one of those flatbed carts, start cutting 32"x9.5" blocks, and toss them through the window

I will slide 3 into each gap between joists, slide a 2x4 between the foam and the 4x4s, and then apply Great Stuff into all of the gaps.

That is going to require several cans!

Then once I have the floor insulated, I jack up the front, remove the extra cinder blocks, carefully lower it, and repeat with the back.

I keep thinking that I should really set the shed in its final position before installing drywall.

I just really want to install the drywall!
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Well, this was a great use of an expensive rental!


My brother and I spent so long at Home Depot that I asked him if he wanted to get a soda.

Unfortunately, I spent so long at Walmart that I ended up playing tug of war with my brother, and despite me being taller, I now weigh less than him, and I don't wear good shoes to Walmart, so tug of war is an ill-advised option.

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