On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Garage Door Restoration

Well 2012 has not exactly been a good year for house projects, but we could not let it go by without at least doing one.  We got this crazy hair brained idea to strip all the paint off our garage door and expose the beautiful cypress wood that we knew was laying underneath.

I first tried the orange stripper with some success, but decided it was going to take forever at that rate.

In an attempt to avoid having to use a stronger chemical stripper, I headed to Home Depot and purchased a heat gun.  It worked pretty well, but after several hours and very little progress, I decided this was a two women job!

I got started on this while LD was deployed to Hurricane Sandy, and the first weekend she was back I went and purchased a second heat gun. I was right, work goes much faster with two women!

We spent multiple hours over the last couple of weeks working with heat guns, a citrus stripper, a chemical stripper, an orbital sander, and a Multimax with a sanding attachment to remove two layers of paint, one layer of  primer (primer from hell), and a gray semi-transparent stain off the door.

This morning we finally cleaned all the wood with a wood prep cleaning solution.

We are quite pleased with how our Cypress garage door cleaned up.  It was a ton of elbow grease, but we decided it was certainly worth the effort.  It will be a few days before we can stain it (we need to allow some dry time), which means we need to spend some time deciding on a stain.

Come back to see how it all turns out.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

From Virginia Beach, VA to NY!

October 27th weekend I was evaluating a FEMA canine test in Virginia Beach, VA, and I was supposed to fly out on Monday, 10/29.  All the flights were getting cancelled quickly due to Hurricane Sandy!  Once the testing was done, I got a flight out on Sunday to beat it.  I never thought we would get deployed!  Sure enough within 24 hours of getting home, we (Missouri Task Force 1) got the activation to head to NY and NJ!

Phoenix and gear

I decided to take Phoenix with me on her first deployment.  She's gotta do it at some point!  As I was getting ready, Phoenix knew she was going and was getting very excited!

Travel by bus

Between our days and searches, we stayed at Hicksville High School, McGuire AFB, and SUNY Maritime College.  Many thanks to them for opening their doors to us!

Morning meeting at McGuire AFB

Phoenix and Rock having a morning meeting at SUNY Maritime College

We conducted wide area searches throughout Long Island, Lawrence, and Rockaway.  We assisted 3,540 people, checked on 4,195 residences, and covered 34 miles in 3 days time!

Considering the conditions they were in, the communities and people were strong, resilient and resourceful.  People are truly remarkable and able to come together when its tough.

Shalom - Squad 3

My thoughts and prayers are with you all this Thanksgiving.

Squad 3-Dan, Chad, Phoenix, Casey, John, Jeff