Tuesday, August 24, 2010
And Then I Go and Spoil It All by Doing Something Stupid Like . . .
All right. Today I got back on the 3rd floor stair sanding work. The general plan was to do as many treads as I could with the shop vac at the top, then when it would no longer reach, to move it down to the 2nd floor and finish the treads at the bottom.
However. Still. Nevertheless.
The third winder from the top has a crack in it, that left the pieces on either side of it uneven. You know, I says to myself, if I just keep at it with the sander I can get that levelled off and get off the dirt that's collected in there. What? You say I could switch out and use the palm sander to do that? Oh, surely not! That'd leave a depression! I'm going to use the big dual motion sander and keep it moving and the tread will come out nice and even!
Yeah, that's right. Talk about "something stupid"! No, sanding down the rest of the tread to match is not an option. I want to be able to walk on it, after all. Nor is replacing it without mass destruction, since the treads are slotted into the stringers.
Oh, carp carp carpitty carp!
OK, let's think of something. All right. How's this: The wallpaper is going to be William Morris, and he was influenced by designs from the Middle Ages. The tile I've got my eye on for the first floor hall has a Medieval motif to it. I've got reproductions of Gothic art all round the house. That's it! I'll just tell anybody who asks that I wanted my 3rd floor stairs to look like the turret stairs in a Medieval castle! Never mind that in that case the low place would be in the middle of the tread and not at the side . . .
No use! Epic DIY fail! Now I've gone and done something that future owners can rag on me about.