Everyone Needs a Bath and a Meal!

All day long, Thomas Oden’s declaration has been running through my head: “Everyone needs a bath and a meal!” I kept repeating it to myself as I installed the tub faucet and shower head. In fact, after about an hour of work, I could have just turned the water on–cold, mind you–and taken a bath. But its not yet time for that.

The week began on Monday with installing the fresh water lines–what a way to spend Memorial Day (We did have a cook out in the evening with the Philip Going family). Finished that up on Wednesday and began hanging drywall on the walls of the two bathrooms–the master bath and the laundry/half-bath. I had to remove and frame in the open space from two window and a door in order to make the laundry/half-bath.

Before the drywall could be hung in the half-bath, I had to finish some electric wiring, so wrapped that up on Friday. Now it was time to begin hanging the 22 sheets of drywall that I had purchased on Wednesday.

Oh, yeah, remember: “everyone needs a bath and a meal!”

By LATE Friday evening, I had completed the drywall installation on the walls in both bathrooms. Since we want to finish those two rooms first, I worked all day today in those rooms–finishing some electrical hooks, installing the tub/shower faucet, and then taping the drywall joints. These tasks give much greater satisfaction than busting out old plaster and removing stud walls. FINALLY, it seems that we’re making some progress.

So, tonight as I write this update, the joint compound is drying on the drywall. Next will come the joint finishing of the walls and ceiling. Then priming and painting the rooms. Then the tile flooring followed by installing and painting the trim. Then mounting the lights and electrical outlets. Then setting the toilets and lavatories in place. Then moving in the dryer and washer. Then installing the storage cabinets. Wow! There’s more to do that than meets the eye.

EVERYONE needs a bath and a meal! So says Thomas Oden.

Okay, let me explain. In his noteworthy textbook, Pastoral Theology, Methodist theological Thomas Oden used this expression in introducing his discussion of the theological significance of baptism and communion. In Christian baptism, penitent sinners find they faith in the forgiveness and mercy of God to be as refreshing as a cleansing bath! In Christian communion, those who come to Christ’s table in faith enjoy a spiritual meal that nourishes the soul. A bath and a meal! Two sacred moments in the Christian walk.

There I sat in the dry bathtub installing the faucet and shower hardware pondering the notion that “everyone needs a bath and a meal.” Soon, Dianne and I will have facilities to provide both for our family and guests. And my prayer is that you and I will also regularly enjoy that spiritual bath and meal that the Lord Jesus so graciously offers to his children.

Enjoy your bath and meal! Goodnight.

Ray

Plumbing Finished: Now Moving Forward

Earlier today, I made the final connection for the cold water supply line to an outside water faucet. The plumbing in the ole farm house is now FINISHED! Wow, what a good feeling! A clean, reliable fresh water system of pipes to serve cold and hot waterto the family also feels good! Just so you’ll know, these items now constitute the system I installed:

  • Kitchen sink
  • Dishwasher
  • Water for ice maker
  • Washing machine
  • Toilet for half bathroom
  • Lavatory for half bathroom
  • Lavatory in master bathroom
  • Toilet for master bathroom
  • Tub/shower for master bathroom
  • Fifty-gallon water heater
  • Three outside water faucets
Compiling this list brings to my mind a comment that David Gyertson shared with the leadership graduates at Regent University: “So what! Now what?”
So what? Hey, its a MAJOR deal to have reached this milestone. The old was not serviceable at all. The new will make life here more enjoyable and healthy. Just take a look at the before and after pictures of one section of basement where some major plumbing converges.
Now what? That’s what Dianne asked me this morning:

“what are you going to start today?” Well, two projects are now underway–one inside and one
out. I started painting the exterior. Look at the pictures and see if you can tell where the new paint is. Make note that no section of wall has been completely painted. What do you think of the new color?

A second project now underway is hanging drywall on the master bathroom and closet walls. The laundry/half-bath will also get drywall on ceiling and wall. Tonight I completed the master bathroom and walk-in closet. If I stay focused on drywall tomorrow, I should be able to have the laundry/half-bath completed.

June 1st has now arrived. We’d hoped to be moving into the house this month. Don’t think I will meet that goal. But gonna keep pushing forward. I guess you could say that I’m going to mimic the Apostle Paul: “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3.13-14).

Join me in pressing forward to the goals that God has planned for us! They are worthy of our efforts.

Ray

Plumbing–Learning New Skills

Plumbing! Where ever did that word come from? I understand the word “plumbing” comes from a Latin word, plumbum, which refers to lead, a soft metal that in the early days of modernity was used to make water pipes. Lead has fallen out of favor these days among plumbers and national health regulators. Supposedly, its bad for your health.

We moved into this restoration project with the intention of replacing the entire plumbing system. Most of the fresh water piping was galvanized steel. The drainage system contained a mix of older vintage cast iron and newer vintage PVC pipe. Furthermore, we were relocating the bathroom and adding a half bath. I began the task of removing the old and installing the new system last week. A couple of hours tomorrow and I be finished with the rough plumbing installation!

Let me share some of the lessons that I have learned! Remember, I am NOT a plumber! Far from it. I have never designed and installed an entire water system in a full house before. So, I had some ‘learning curve’ to climb. Here’s some of the highlights of my learning:

  1. The plumbing system in a modern American house actually contains three elements: a drain system to remove waste water, a fresh water system to provide potable water so essential for maintaining life, and a ventilation system that removes odorous and dangerous gases from the home. These three systems must work harmoniously together in order for the plumbing system to function as it should. Let any one of these three elements get out of order and the household suffers. Humm, I suspect there’s a life lesson hidden here! Think about that!

  2. The power of gravity can take a small advantage and turn it into a mighty movement! Without getting too graphic, a 3″ sewer line needs to be only 1″ lower at the down stream end of a 10′ pipe. So, for example, if you have a 30′ pipe of sewer under your house, it needs to be 3″ lower at the end closest to the final destination. The force of GRAVITY moves the liquid and solid waste down this very slight decline. Doesn’t take much slope for gravity to do its job! More decline is okay–the waste will get on down the pipe much faster if the slope is greater. Just remember, the unseen force of GRAVITY is what makes the drainage system function correctly. Mess with the force of gravity and you’ve got sewer problems.


  3. Kinda reminds me of another unseen force that impacts the lives of us all–the GRACE of God. Ever present, ever persistent, this benevolent generosity of a Superior is lavished on we Inferiors even though we do not deserve His loving kindness. Yielding to the grace of God will solve the dysfunction that we encounter in our relationships, our careers, our families, our daily lives.

  4. Wow! at the considerable variety of plumbing parts and pieces that go into making a full system. The size matters–3′ or 2 1/2″ or 1 1/2″ or 1 1/4″. Gets confusing which to use where. The joint pieces will challenge your memory: the tee, the long-slope tee, the wye, the elbow, the 45 degree elbow, and the 22.5 degree elbow. The list could keep on going but I think you get the point. Just look at that stack of parts. I’ve not mentioned any of the parts for the fresh water system. The other day, Steve at the local Home Depot said, “I’ll see you tomorrow” as I concluded picking out a basket full of plumbing parts. “Invariably,” he predicted, “there’s something that you need but will not know about it until you get further along with your project.” I’ve made several trips since then to the Home Depot!


  5. There is no single plumbing piece that does it all! I also suspect that most every kind of piece is used somewhere in the plumbing system of a house. Transfer that notion to life and see if it has application. If you need some priming, read I Corinthians 12!

  6. Plumbing can be DIRTY work–especially if the work must take place in the crawl space under the floor. I can speak from personal experience. The master bedroom and bathroom do not have a basement under them. Nevertheless, there is where most of the new plumbing needed to be installed! I cut a temporary hole in the bathroom to give “easier” access to the crawl space where I could crawl–mostly belly, elbows, and toes–to the points where plumbing parts needed to be installed. After coming up out of the crawl space, I looked like a coal miner covered with brown coal dust–if there is such a thing.


  7. Dirty, yep! But someone must do it if the family is to enjoy the comforts of life. Don’t be hesitant to tackle the dirty and difficult tasks just because they are hard. If they are the right things to be done, get about those tasks! You’ll wash off and clean up! I did!

  8. There is more but I’m tired and want to go to bed! Just the honest fact.

Go make a difference in someone’s life by tackling the difficult and let God’s grace enable you to succeed! Good night.

Ray

Restoring the Ceiling and Building a Legacy!

Installing twelve-foot pieces of drywall on nine-foot ceiling challenges one’s muscles and work ethic! In planning for the ole farmhouse restoration, I had concluded that I would hire a drywall contractor to come in and do the job for me. That’d save on the muscles but hurt on the pocket book!

Then, my son, Bryan, and his family came by for a week following his graduation from Regent University. He’s no stranger to drywall “hanging,” the endearing term used for the process of installing drywall. I asked him if he’d be willing to help me do the ceiling. “Sure,” he affirmed, “whatever will help you the most while I am there.”

So, I called my brother, Paul, to see if he still had a drywall “lift” that would make hanging drywall on the ceiling much easier. Paul said, “Yep, I’ve got it stored in the garage. It is like an ole man–kind of slow and crippled. But give the ‘ole man’ time and he’ll get the job done!”

“Can I borrow it?”

“Sure, come on up and I’ll dig it out of the garage.”

Bryan and I piled into the pickup and drove the 75 miles to Frankfort to get the lift. I had seen this lift before. In fact, I was five years old when my Dad designed and built this lift! As a first grader, I saw him use it to hand ceiling drywall on the church he was building. As an eighth grader, I had teamed up with my older brother, Keith, to following the coaching of our Dad and hang drywall in a new house in Spiro, Oklahoma. I’m still amazed that a 12-year-old and a 14-year old could do this drywall work! Our Dad patiently coached us through the process of using this drywall lift to do the ceiling of a three bedroom house.

Imagine the joy I now felt in bringing the “ole man” to the farm house to assist us in this present project. My grandchildren–Jacob, Ben, and Sarah–accompanied Bryan and me on this jaunt. Their great granddad had made the tool. Now they had opportunity to see it in operation.

The first piece of drywall went up in the master bathroom. Bryan and Jacob, as you see in the accompanying photo, guided the lift and perfectly placed the drywall into position. No straining, no grunting and groaning on our part. And the ‘ole man’ just stood under the drywall and did his job. Sure, kind of slow and creakity. But we gave him his time–he did the rest!

Thanks to Bryan and Jacob’s help, we’ve now got new drywall in the master bath, walking closet, master bedroom, hallway, kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, and study. Wow! Am I ever so happy to have that job done! And it did not cost me ‘an arm and a leg!’

Now, it’s time to tape and finish the drywall; a task I will start today or tomorrow.

In the midst of this work, I constantly thought about the legacy that

my Dad has passed to his great grandchildren. Jacob, Ben, Sarah–and the younger four, Emma, Josanna, Elizabeth, and Sophia–have all been given a rich heritage by their great granddad, Gordon Easley. The older three got to know him before he stepped into the sunset of God’s eternal morning in January 2007.

He was a man of faith, integrity, ingenuity, hard work, patience, and perseverance. How very interesting–I can see these qualities embedded in the drywall lift, that ‘ole man’ that has served the Easley family’s drywall needs for 55 years!

My prayer for my grandkiddos it that they can embrace the legacy handed to them by their great granddad and become young men and women of faith, integrity, ingenuity, hard work, patience, and perseverance. And I pray that for your youngsters as well! Let’s leave a GOOD legacy to the younger generation.

Gotta go work on the ole house!

Ray

First Night in the Ole Farm House

May 16! Yep, that’s right. Tonight, Dee and I are spending our first night in the farm house. Earlier today, I had finished wiring the master bedroom for lights and wall plugs. Also this afternoon, Bryan and his family drove in for the week and need a place to spend several nights. The solution? He and the family will sleep in the RV trailer that has been home for us for the past three months. Dee and I will use our “new” bedroom for the first time. Kind of like camping out inside a rustic cabin!

How do you like our temporary headboard?Nothing like a BIG cardboard box serving as the headboard for an air mattress. This bedroom can be set up and taken down in a matter of minutes! Let the air out of the mattress and I have room to hang the drywall on the ceiling–a task we will try to accomplish while Bryan is here this week.

With the bedroom now wired for electricity, that makes six rooms that I have finished the electricity. Just have the kitchen, half-bath, laundry room, and back porch to go. I have learned a lot about home electrical systems during this process.
My schedule last week took me away from work on the house Monday through Thursday–did not get anything done on the house. Then, Friday we went shopping for replacement windows for the house. We need a specialty window that is dark wood grain vinyl on the inside and white vinyl on the outside. Of the places we have shopped–Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, and a window company in Hot Springs, Arkansas–only one store carries this combination: Menards. Our search will continue to let us gather more information so that we can make a good decision.
To switch topics, how ’bout those peach trees! In late March or early April, we planted three Red Haven peach trees that were in full bloom. Can you believe the at these blooms have turned into little peaches that arenow about the size of a small pecan! I wonder if we need to remove some of the peaches from the branches–I estimate each tree has 80-100 peaches. Any thoughts?

I know of four robin nests around the house and barns–I’m sure there are several more that I do not know about. The parent robins have been BUSY carrying worms to the nests filled with baby birds. It’s hard to imagine how full the nest becomes when four baby birds reach their “ready-to-leave-the-nest” size. No wonder they have to leave the nest. I suspect Mom and Dad Robin also rejoice when the youngsters leave–their hunt for worms can slow down!
We have had some incredibly beautiful sunsets recently. Tonight’s sunset painted the western sky with the most awesome blend of salmon pink and shades of gray. The beauty lasted about two minutes and then was gone! God has daily and

multiple ways of displaying His glory and power. Who but He could have created such beauty in a matter of seconds and on such scale that millions of people could view the masterpiece. And then in two minutes, close it down and let the color be overtaken with the night sky of blackness punctuated with diamond-like star-lite and slivery moon scape! Tomorrow, He will repeat the magic with yet another unique display of originality and beauty!
I close this musing with the words of the Psalmist David: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky a

bove proclaims his handiwork. . .” Then David concluded the Psalm with an earnest prayer, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, My Strength and My Redeemer.” (Psalm 19.1).
Look for something beautiful around you, drink deeply of it’s beauty, and then give God praise for His glorious creation.

Ray

Master Suite Comes Into Shape

Started the week out with a focus on finalizing the plan for the bed and bathroom design in the ole farm house. Using a simple web-based, architectural design tool, Floorplanner, I asked family and friends to comment on the ideas we had in mind. The accompanying diagram illustrates the final plan that we have adopted. Thanks for the feedback several of you have given—we listened to you and took into consideration your insights. ‘Tis been a joy to have the input from family and friends even though you have never set foot on the property or walked through the house—that, by the way, must change! Come on by and take a look. If you come soon, bring your hammer and lend a hand!

With the plan established, Dianne and I launched into the removal of two walls and a closet door. Just check out the picture on the right. I spent Tuesday morning doing the demolition with Dee scooping small plaster pieces into five-gallon buckets for disposal. She gave me the job of hauling the rubbish out!

In the afternoon, using 2x4s from the removed walls, I framed in the new bathroom, walk-in closet, and a closet for my study. These three areas now occupy what was originally one of the two back bedrooms.

Before this change, the structure contained two small bedrooms (11’6” x 12’) and two small closets. Now, we will have a relatively larger master bedroom (11’6” x 15’), a master bathroom, and a 6’x6’ walk-in closet. Additionally, I opened a new doorway from the room that will be my study to create a storage closet for office supplies and materials. If this were a new construction project, these areas would most likely be larger. However, I have to work with the total space given by the ole house!

On Wednesday, I began the arduous task of running electrical circuits to the bathroom and closet. This part of the house does not have a basement under it—just a small crawl-space. Like a gopher, I bored my way over the dirt and under the floor joists to drill holes in the exterior wall for electrical outlets and light switches. When I surfaced from “underground,” my jeans and shirt looked like a coalminer’s uniform—though brown rather than black!

The window seen in this photo will be at the foot of the bathtub! I suppose, actually, I know, that it will need to be removed. Hate to loose the window benefits but couldn’t find a way to work around it.

Need your help again. Which is best for a shower/tub combination: (1) a one-piece, molded tub-shower enclosure or (2) a tub with ceramic tile installed on the walls above? Do you have any advice or recommendations to offer? Naturally, we will have to factor in cost and time. But, I’d really like to make this the best I possibly can.

Gotta shut this down. We are getting ready to land at JFK airport in New York City on our way to Virginia Beach, VA (we’ll wave at President Obama as he is at Ground Zero today). Our son, Bryan, will receive his Ph.D. diploma on Saturday morning from Regent University School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. Mom and Dad just could not stand to be absent for this momentous event! So, we’re taking a break from work on the ole farm house and going to go celebrate with family. Congratulations, “Dr. Bryan” and Leslie, for enduring five grueling years and reaching this significant milestone. We’re proud of you!

Ray

Five Key Words

As the jet lifted off the runway in Ft. Lauderdale last Thursday, I again marveled at the ability of a man-made machine to place 140,000 pounds (or 70 tons) in flight! Watching out the window, I could see the jet engine bouncing underneath the wing. In fact, as the airplane encountered wind currents, the wings flexed up and down much like a fishing pole would in the hand of a skilled angler. The unknowing passenger probably thought the wing was going to break!

On the evening before, three colleagues and I had visited the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fr. Lauderdale. Our visit with the Senior Pastor had been invigorating–he had stepped into the office vacated by the death of the founding Pastor, Dr. James Kennedy. In the mid 70s, Dr. Kennedy had orchestrated the construction of the exquisitely beautiful Coral Ridge edifice. My iPhone camera did a respectable job of capturing the awe-striking tower at sundown.

With these two images in mind as I headed toward Atlanta and then on home to Indiana, I pondered how men and women had been able to make significant achievements like the development of an airplane or construction of a place of worship. Five key words came to mind:

Imagination. Where do ideas of beauty come from? How is it that a person can envision an object that serves the needs of humanity? One answer to these questions is the human imagination. I believe this quality comes as a reflection of the very image of God, in whose image we are made.

Observation. Man’s early efforts at flying were influenced by observing the structure and shape of a bird’s wing. According to an ancient Greek legend, Daedalus and his son, Icarus, made wings of feathers wax. Where did they get this idea? I suspect they spend considerable time observing birds in flight and on the ground. We can improve our way of living by improving our observation skills.

Investigation. The Wise One of Old Testament times said there “is nothing new under the sun.” And Solomon did not have the benefit of Google.com to support his assertion! Imagination and observation should lead one to do some exploration to see if someone has already answered questions or provided information that will assist in what is presently underway. Skills in research and investigation will serve you quiet nicely if you want to make something of your life.

Experimentation. I’ve been reading a biography of Thomas Edison who discovered the processes that resulted in his building the electric light. His experiments were multiple and relentless. WD-40 is a lubricant so named because it was the 40th formula in an effort find a compound that would displace water, hence WD [water displacement] 40! Don’t be afraid to experiment and test your hunches, your hypotheses. Of course, be wise in developing these experiments! Foolhardiness can be harmful.

Perseverance. Don’t give up. Keep trying. Let your imagination, observation, investigation and experimentation fuel a determination to push on through to the desired end. History is filled with stories of men and women who achieved significant accomplishments simply because they did not give up.

Five key words! Do they have anything to say to you in light of what life circumstance you are facing? As Dianne and I work on the ole farm house, we’re finding ourselves looking, asking, testing, listening, and, most significantly, praying for wisdom and strength to persevere. Though not as impressive as a jet engine or church spire, this home project is what we are given and we have a determination to press through to completion!

Trust you have a blessed day.

Ray

April Showers!

With all the rain that we have been getting this month in Indiana, I have frequently remembered the childhood riddle: “If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?” Remember that one? Of course you do! Go ahead and post the answer as a comment for the youngsters who need to know!

April showers come in awesome forms! This threatening cloud carried, humm. . . I wonder if it had one million gallons of water ready to dump on Jessamine County, Kentucky. Dianne and I had just arrived in the Lexington, Kentucky area to spend Easter with our son, Brad, and his family. Using the ole iPhone camera, I snapped this picture from the van window. Observing no serious rotation in the cloud wall, I told the family that we were going to be safe! What, what did I know! Then the rain came down!

This coming week I have to take a break from the ole farmhouse transformation. I am headed to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to lead an accreditation committee in evaluating Knox Theological Seminary. Consequently, don’t expect any home construction updates. I and three other educators will be working away in the sunny South! I should be back home in Indiana on Friday or Saturday.

Following a blessed Easter, I trust you have a very, very good week. Go in the power of the Resurrected Christ!

Ray

Turn On the Lights, Please!

When we took possession of the ole farm house here in Greenfield back in March, darkness and cold permeated every room as well as the basement. No need to request, “Please turn on the light!” There WERE no lights. No electricity. This place was dead! But please turn on the lights!

Interesting that we cannot live without electric lights here in America. My family and I have become so accustomed to the conveniences of electricity that we feel constricted when there are no lights.

Now here’s a thought–where does your electricity comes from? Any idea how electricity is “made?” It starts in a mass of copper wire spinning inside a magnetic field that harnesses the power of nature to produce electricity. Upps, can’t get off on the physics of electricity!

Last Monday, my brother, Paul, came down from Frankfort to help me get the electrical system rebuilt in the ole house. Back in March, I had installed the meter base and the main switch box that can hold up to forty circuits. The time had now come to get those circuits installed.

Paul and I worked until about 7:15 p.m. Monday and made significant progress on mapping out the system and getting the first group of Romex wires strung through the walls, basement, and attic. Since Monday, I have used my cell phone numerous times to call Paul for continued advise or instruction on how to proceed. Thanks to him, I have now nine circuits completed. The wall plugs and ceiling lights now work in the study, the dining room, the living room, the family room, the porch, and both rooms in the basement! I’m pleased with this progress in three days.

The remaining portions include the kitchen, the bathroom, two bedrooms, and the laundry room. Three or four more days and these can be finished, I believe.

As Paul would explain a certain process, I’d grab my pencil and scratch a sketch or note on the wall. These notations proved valuable yesterday and today when Paul was no longer around.

To make room for an electrical wall plug in the rooms, I had to carefully cut through the lath and plaster and install an outlet box. Later, the electrical wire would be attached to the plug. When the circuit of 5 to 7 outlets and a light or two was completed, I wired the breaker switch in the main switch box. Flipping the switch to “On,” I had power. And I had LIGHTS!

As I was finishing up tonight, Paul sent me a text message: “A night picture of your house from outside with the lights on would make a good photo, I think.” So, I took my iPhone out of my pocket, turned on ALL the lights and headed to the front yard for pic! Yes, Paul, I think you are correct–it made for a good picture to share with my friends and family here on the blog.

Light! We CANNOT live without light. If you have doubts about that, just give it a try! As we approach Good Friday, the day when darkness covered the whole earth for six hours as Christ hung on the cross, we should joyfully remember His words, “I am the Light of the World!” Just as light is helping to transform this ole farm house, so the light of Jesus Christ shining into my heart and yours will produce a life-invigorating transformation. Just ask Jesus to “turn on the light, please!” He will!

By the way, I will not be posting a blog tomorrow night or Friday. I’ve got to do a couple days work in Indianapolis to make some money to pay the bills! So, will see you in a couple of days.

Thanks to all of you who have sent emails expressing your enjoyment in the pictures and posts. I am pleased that you find them interesting.

Good night.

Ray

Two Stairways Now Ready to Serve!

About 9:00 p.m. last Tuesday I launched into the two-stairs project–building one set of stairs into the attic for future expansion; the other into the basement for safer and easier access to a children’s play area and the mechanical equipment for the house. Thirty seven and one half hours later, I had finished both stairways.

Thinking you mind enjoy seeing something of the progression of this project, I have posted a series of pictures with a comment or two under some of the pics. Hope these make sense to you.


Using the hallway wall as a writing pad and junior high school algebra as a tool, I calculated the size of steps necessary to comfortably move a person from one level to the next. The optimum configuration for steps is 7″ rise for each 11″ of run. In other words, the horizontal measurement for a step should be 11″ with the height of the step 7″. As you might be able to detect from the picture above, my rise had to be 7.2″ in order to get from one floor to the next.

I framed a wall three feet into the study to make room for the two sets of stairs. Here you see the steps going from the main floor into the attic. These attic stairs have a temporary 1″x12″ tread screwed to the stringers to provide immediate access. Eventually, I will replace these boards with oak treads and give them a stained and varnished finish. Will look very nice!

After the attic stairs were completed, I removed the flooring and floor joists under the attic stairs to make space for the basement steps.


From the basement, I cut the 2″x8″ floor joists to allow the step stringers to descend from the end of the hallway into the south room of the basement.

The top two steps are actually triangles that make a 90 degree turn to the right for passage through the door into the hallway. If you study the picture below, you might be able to spot these two “turning” steps.

I placed 2″x12″ treads on the basement stringers. These will be permanent. Since the basement is not going to be finely finished, the stairs as you see them in this picture will serve our family well into the future.

Two stairs now visible: one on top of the other. One leading upward and the other leading downward.


Humm! Lets sit and ponder that for a moment! Leading UPWARD or leading DOWNWARD! I guess its a matter of choice as to where you want to go. Today, you and I will have opportunity to make a choice about an upward path or a downward path. Join me in choosing to walk upwardly with Jesus!

Actually, since its raining outside, I need to go down to the basement to be sure the sump pumps are ready to remove any water that might find its way in!

Have an “upward” day.

Ray