Friday, July 27, 2012

The Man Cave

We've been working on the "Man Cave" area of the basement recently.  First Farmer Lynn and his older son went through the whole basement plugging up holes.  This was to keep out as many bugs as possible but also because this guy  

was roaming around in the basement ceiling one day.  If he'd stayed outside, then fine, but inside the house, nope!  So patching up holes from the inside and from the outside, and spraying several rounds of bug spray in the basement.  This has been very successful.  Although it has meant no more lizards upstairs either which disappoints the kitty cats!  They loooove to chase lizards.

Then both of Farmer Lynn's sons came and painted the stairwell, stairs, concrete floor, and walls of the Man Cave.  At first they used the extra paint we had, creating a very colorful and creative area!  The floor got treated to Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield Basement Floor Coating.  They used the gray color (it also comes in tan) and didn't use the included sprinkles. (No sprinkles for a Man Cave, for goodness' sake!)
It looks great.  One box took care of the Man Cave area.  No plans to paint the rest of the basement, either floors or walls.  Then recently it became obvious that one area of the concrete walls needed a second coat.  That's when we discovered Yadkin Lumber Company!  Wow, they have EVERYthing there.                    
And if they don't have it, they'll order it.  A wonderful place.  They carry the Valspar paint that first went up on the basement walls, but the two yellows (Sunny Daze and Hazy Dawn) had gotten "retired" so after taking paint chips home, we settled on Pineapple Delight 200-2 as the closest match.

Isn't that a cheery color?  Two additional coats of that onto the concrete walls and it's all good now!  So then back to good ole Yadkin Lumber Company for stair railings.  There are NO railings on either side of the basement stairs.  Now granted this is a one-story house so I suppose the trips down into the basement were few and far between, but STILL.  So after getting advice from Yadkin Lumber's Ann & Charles, I got the railings and supplies which they loaded into my car for me, tied the trunk down, and gave me directions on back roads to take to get home with my flashers on and a red flag on the end of the railings.  I had to wave about two cars around me, but it was nothing like the traffic I would have run into otherwise.  Besides, I learned some new roads that way, and that's always good.  Farmer Lynn sanded the railings yesterday and the day before.  After much debate about painting versus staining the rails, we ended up getting tung oil so the wood will show more than it would have with the other methods.  The railings will probably go up on the stairs tomorrow.  Then I'll feel much better about Farmer Lynn's trips down to The Man Cave!  And the stairs will still be enough to deter me (I have metal in one leg&ankle&foot from an injury four years ago) from visiting down there much (hahaha, maybe the whole point of the placement of The Cave!!!) but when I do, I can go slow and hold on to the new railings.  Excellent.  Thank you to Farmer Lynn's boys and to Yadkin Lumber for helping us get The Man Cave safer.  Eventually I'd like a small light fixture at the top of the stairs to complete the safety picture, but there are other priorities right now and the light at the bottom of the stairs is FINE, he says :-)   Also some non-stick treads ( or tape ( or -- suggestions?)  for those stairs would be nice down the road.  Any suggestions?


  1. Now that snake would have me patching and plugging areas also.Scarey!
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