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Room preparation

Posted 09/17/2011 at 09:24 PM by Spaced Cowboy
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I moved into this house about 5 years ago, and it's never been decorated since, so with the tank and stand ready and waiting in the garage, it was time to take a long hard look at where we were going to put them. The room is 10’6” wide at the end we want to place the tank, so the tank will take the lions share, leaving gaps at both sides of 15”.


Before any of that can happen though, we needed to get the room ready. The old tank had scuffed the floors, and there were holes in the walls where pipes had been taken to the old “fish room” (an otherwise unused toilet). The holes were to be patched, and the entire room (35’ long by 15' wide for the most part) was to be painted so it looked nice and fresh.

We chose an off-white colour (“silky bamboo”) that has the curious property of changing colour depending on the light shining on it - it looks either yellow, green, or tan at different stages of the day. Sometimes one wall looks green and another looks yellow - at the same time - because of the lighting...

Getting started at the tank-end of the room. We figured that if we screwed up, at least it wouldn’t be visible (!)


In the (pre-paint-job) photo, you can (perhaps, just about...) see there are two 20A circuits just for the tank - one with a GFI, one without. There is also a wired ethernet port to connect the tank network into the rest of the house network.

This turned out to be an amazingly lengthy task. It’s not so much the painting that takes the time, it’s the preparation. We really didn’t want paint on the nice hardwood floors, so there’s lots of painters tape, newspaper, drip-cloths, etc. Then there’s moving everything out of the way and back again. It took about 2 days to gives this room two coats of paint, between the two of us...
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