Archive: Condo1718 electrical updates and mirror thoughts

Posted By on July 18, 2019


I’m archiving the last few photos from my iPhone from this past weekend updates to Condo master bathroom. I finished what I was able to do without an extra set of hands and will do the rest the next time Brenda is in Florida with me (it is hard to set a toilet with a wax ring/mounting bolts all alone). With the plumbing finished and vanities set and caulked (posted yesterday) … the switches and plugs were next on the list. Previously I had moved the wall razor/hairdryer plug so as to be able to fit the planned corner mirrors (layout photo below/right for height and width above the faucet).


One of my favorite appliance items in this older condo is the bathroom heater/exhaust vent made by NuTone. Besides the superior quality of the "older" versions of the NuTone products (and Broan/NuTone products), which are repairable unlike newer plastic versions, there is a "name-sake history" with the RalphPatriciaCorbett_CCMcompany’s founder J. Ralph Corbett. NuTone was a hometown Cincinnati-based company, and once the "largest American producer of home electrical products (starting with a simple door chime).

Ralph and Patricia Corbett were perhaps the best known philanthropists in Cincinnati. With their Corbett Foundation, they benefited many local arts venues, including Music Hall, the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Riverbend Music Center and Northern Kentucky University.


The condo master bathroom is slowly coming together

Posted By on July 17, 2019


Finished up the vanities in the master bathroom at the condo this past weekend and all went well in putting in 5 new valves and 2 drains. I shocked even myself in that all “went as planned.” Unfortunately the struggle began when mounting the polymer rather than wood molding across the back to top off the bead board and create a clean edge against the less than perfect back wall. The photo above shows the creative clamping when using adhesive rather than damaging the molding with nails. It actually looked pretty good “until” I started to add a bead of silicone caulking to fill the tiny gap and prevent any water/dirt from the marble sink tops and behind the wall. For some reason the 1 year old silicone would not bead smoothly and balled up … it was nearly impossible to clean back off and reapply new. Oh, well … I guess this proves I’m still an amateur?


The exterior painting project that has been completed on a few of the other buildings has started while I was in Florida and unfortunately that meant that I had to keep the hurricane shutters down and park my car in a different lot. Oh well, at least I was able to supervise a little bit.


Archiving a “before painting” photo below with the windows all taped with plastic.

Fifty years ago NASA launched Apollo 11 in our race to land a man on the moon in the 1960s

Posted By on July 16, 2019

In the space race with the Soviet Union (USSR) during the 1960s, the United States “rocketed” ahead on July 16, 1969 as NASA sent the three men of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into space at 9:32AM EST.

The Apollo command module and Lunar Module (LM) sat atop the huge 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket which weighed in at 6.5 MILLION pounds. I sat mesmerized in front of our small flickering, round-cornered, Zenith TV as a 10-year-old with my mom, grandmother and brother (dad was at work), just as I did for the moon landing four days later. It was an amazing time to grow up.


Why not just stick with American Standard, Delta or Moen?

Posted By on July 15, 2019

My wife does not appreciate the common everyday American branded sinks, vanities or faucets … and wanted something a little more unique for the Condo master bathroom (sort of like the other bathroom update last yearsee photo at bottom of post). I really didn’t think that much about it until realizing that not all plumbing overseas is to the same standard as in America … but it is working.


Not that it is bad, just different. By taking my time and slowly fitting and double checking the flexible fittings, rubber o-rings and special gaskets for the waterfall faucet and push-pop drains, I was able to get both new vanities and sinks working  I took a seasoned plumber’s advice though and added putty and Teflon tape to the downpipe gasket and nut. Smart move …  all is working and no leaks for all 5 new valves and two new drains (converted from one sink/vanity to two). I’ll post and update the condo master bathroom remodeling later this week.

This is the guest bathroom done with the kitchen that I finished in 2018,
hopefully the master bath will turn out as nice this year?

Music Monday: A one hit wonder – Oh, Oh, Oh It’s Magic

Posted By on July 15, 2019

Heard this one-hit-wonder this past week and thought it would make a great addition for Music Monday. The once Bay City Roller members, David Paton and Billy Lyall, formed the group Pilot in 1973 and in 1975 “Magic” hit the charts.

Book: Moondust – In Search of the Men Who Fell to the Earth

Posted By on July 14, 2019

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon in 1969, I’ve been enjoying both television anniversary shows, articles and the book Moondust – In Search of the Men Who Fell to the Earth. The Andrew Smith book, in particular, has been enjoyable as it blends events from the author’s memory as a young boy at the time with the historic challenge of landing a man on the moon.

Smith’s memories as a kid reminded me of my life and my thoughts as a young boy in 1969. I can still remember sitting in the sun porch with my parents and grandmother (my grandfather died 4 months earlier) watching the small round-cornered console black and white television as the blurry men in spacesuits bounced around on the surface of the moon. It was an amazing achievement for the time … and considering we’ve never returned to the moon since the 1970s, it stands amazing to this day.

One of the points in particular that hit me (even today when reading this article), were the thoughts and logistical obstacles Michael Collins had as he orbited the moon. He waited alone and was responsible for the rendezvous with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they returned from the surface aboard the LM (Lem) to the Command Module.  He contemplated returning alone in the event something went wrong. Collins in Moondust remarked that the Lunar Module’s limited 3500 pounds of thrust had to rocket the Eagle, 2-men and “moon rocks” (my addition) back to the rendezvous altitude. Collins pondered that he could orbit only to about 50,000 feet, but that any lower would be too risky considering that the highest mountain on the moon is over 35,000 feet (Mt Everest on earth is 29,000 feet).

All in all, if you are looking for a great book about the astronauts “who fell to the earth” and a few of the authors’ memories of the time as we near this month’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, you will like this book.

Art: “Inner Beauty” can mean different things #stingray

Posted By on July 13, 2019


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