Part 2 of this bathroom redo. Here’s the link to the first part with some before pictures:

The problem is not all the nails are rusty. This old style plank subfloor was nailed down without glue. The trouble is that you get nail pop which leads to squeaky floors. It’s unusual to see diagonal plank subfloors in a house built in 1971. However that’s the case here. Usually houses built from the 1970s on have sheet OSB subfloor. I’m finding a lot of outdated building methods in this duplex

Solution: check all planks with hammer slam. pull loose nails and screw down

checkpoint subfloor cleaning

I call this a checkpoint. Every project needs checkpoints. Some people do these without even thinking about it. ( See @johnataction for business coaching.) It’s usually when I pull out my vacuum cleaner. I check to see if there’s any items that have been missed; possibly additional costs. Measurements are taken at this point and plans for the new build, material options are considered – basically “Are we on track with this project? ” After I’ve done this it’s time to go shopping. If it’s a paying job I enjoy it since I’m spending someone else’s money. In this case it’s my own bathroom. In either case I’m very conscious of value and price of materials.

I took a short-term contract with Statistics Canada working on the national census that is carried out every 5 years.  I thought I’d do my part by syndicating on of their videos that they produce to educate Canadians on what the census data is used for.  I gotta say that the back-drop for the video reminded me of a kid’s show.  Maybe we should NOT start acting our age?

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a slump in the oil prices around my neck of the woods. Alberta, Canada that is. Frankly I haven’t a clue what the prices are doing around the world. It’s been quite a while since I was working directly in the oil patch. My go-to source was “The DOB”, the Daily Oil Bulletin which was delivered daily to my place of work.

I took a look at the DOB online just now. West Texas crude is under $50.  Yikes!  It doesn’t matter if you work at Walmart or Syncrude, the oil industry affects all Albertans. It’s the biggest industry in the province, agriculture being next biggest.  I make websites and do small carpentry projects.  The chances are that my clients are directly or indirectly working for the oil industry.  That makes me indirectly affected by the oil industry.  So yes, I’m concerned.  People can loose their income right in the middle of a renovation and that “budget” the customer and I talked about is flying out the window.  Getting paid on time is questionable.

It comes down to trusting each other, which I’ve wrote about here. I trust my clients in the same way that they trust me to do a good job. There are con-artists out there but not very many.  I think most people are good and want to be fair.   I use an online system to send out automatically generated reminder emails, and if necessary, calculate interest charges for late payments.

Most credit houses have no problem leaving their sympathy in the trash bin.  I can’t do that…easily.  but If I’m borrowing money to cover materials my client has not paid for, then I’m going to add it to the clients bill.  That’s fair.  A business coach told me “leave the emotion out of estimates and billing”.  It’s hard to do for me.  I know lay-offs happen in the oil patch – I worked there.  It’s not helping when interest charges are added to an outstanding bill.  I/we/they are not doing it to be nasty or mean – except for Banks, VISA and MasterCard.

There’s good news!  Gasoline prices are under 80 cents a litre, (I’m not going to convert that for any people in the USA.  Or apologize!  Sorry)

I thought I’d do my part for a friend who is putting together a lecture for the benefit of anyone interested in law, first nations studies, and Alberta Heritage.

Ruth Gorman is the person-of-interest in this lecture.  A book about her work with First Nations has been published:

Behind the Man: John Laurie, Ruth Gorman, and the Indian Vote in Canada
About the Author

Dr. Ruth Gorman, O.C., B.A., LL.B (1914-2002) was a proud lifelong Calgarian. She enjoyed being the editor and publisher of the magazine My Golden West. Throughout her professional life, Dr. Gorman willingly provided volunteer services for Aboriginal issues, the disabled, and others in need. She was honoured with the title of Queen Mother of the Cree and Princess of the Stoney Indian Tribe of Alberta.
Frits Pannekoek is the president of Athabasca University. He has published extensively in the areas of western Canadian, Aboriginal, and Métis history, as well as information and communications studies.

There is a lecture going on at the Royal Alberta Museum. Free and open to the public, the event is targeting law students who are focusing on native issues. Most of the land claims and socioeconomic issues surrounding Canada’s first people are hinged on the laws we create in Canada. Hopefully this lecture will educate me and anyone else who attends. I hope you’ll join me.

Did I say it’s free?

Ruth Gorman Lecture at Royal Alberta Museum Sept 20, 2014
Ruth Gorman Lecture at Royal Alberta Museum Sept 20, 2014

The Book Listing from Open Library

Tweets from Royal Alberta Museum