Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Something I Need to Do Sooner than Later

Like, tonight.

Yesterday on my general blog I posted about trying to get the old linoleum off my thirty-year-old drafting board. I wrote it there because it was more about me actually taking steps towards generating some freelance architectural work, than about fixing up the house per se.

But it's turned into a houseblog issue.

Because the lino residue stinks. Badly.

And the smell is getting up my sinuses, and it hurts.

And it's giving me a headache.

And that old-pocket-door-turned-drafting-board needs replaced and dumped. Like right away. Which means it's off to lovely Lowe's for plywood this very evening!

I just hope it really is linoleum on here, and not some sort of vinyl-asbestos sheet goods. Those of you who have peeled up linoleum before, does it have a dark gray paper backing?

Whatever this stuff is, it's painful.


Cate said...

Wow! Things have been busy lately, huh? Glad your basement only need de-humidifying. :) Let's hear it for honest business folk.

Dunno about the asbestos issue. lol. Old plastic do stink.

St. Blogwen said...

Yeah, the board cover does smell a bit like rancid linseed oil, just as I suppose old linoleum might smell. Don't think they'd mix asbestos in with it-- would they?

Kate H.

Cate said...

Well, dang. I dunno. Dare I invoke Murphy? :)

Let's be optimisitc and say "no."

Anonymous said...

I have been enjoying reading your blog, including past posts. On or about October 10, 07, you posted a picture of the work you are doing on your drafting board. I noticed the long shelf (with several small drawers) above it. Do you have information about where that shelf came from? I have that same shelf (but no drawers). I bought it from my local Habitat ReStore but I cannot figure out what it used to be. Did you add the brackets that support it? I cannot tell which side goes up. Both top and bottom are nicely finished and mine has a thin panel of oak plywood on the back the whole width and length. Thanks in advance for any information you can give.
Bonnie in Winona, MN
I don't know how to give you my email without opening myself up to major spam.

Kate H. said...

Hi, Bonnie in Winona,

I really need to see if Blogger has a You Have a Comment alert widget, because it's only today that I got the bug to go into my Old Posts lists and see if I had any new comments.

But in case you should check back, that thing (which I always call "the drawer piece") was salvaged out of an old rolltop desk by my uncle sometime in the 1960s. He gave it to my dad, who gave it to me when I went to college. I wished Uncle had brought the whole desk home, but I was a little kid at the time and had no say in the matter!

Yes, I bought the brackets separately. They're a Victorian wrought iron design. My shelf piece also has a thin piece of oak board on the back, so to use the brackets I had to mount wood blocks to the bracket tops, with a gap at the wall so the lower edge of the back panel slides down between the wall and the back end of the wood blocks.

The wood blocks also extend the effective bearing length of the brackets. I install the brackets the tall way, to put the maximum bearing surface against the wall.

Be sure to use mollies or drywall anchors if you want to bracket mount yours. Otherwise you may awaken some dark night to the sound of your shelf unit rotating off the wall. Especially if you have a cat!