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12 Jun, 2012

Reno post #31: studs

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Home/reno

The title of this post does not refer to the guys who frequent our construction site, but to the wall studs. Wall studs carry the vertical load of the house. So when you hear someone say the house is “down to the studs” it means that the drywall has been stripped away and the “sticks” are showing. They’re called sticks because this kind of construction is also called “stick and frame” (I AM SO IN THE KNOW) and in case you’re wondering, their purpose is to keep the walls parallel and from bulging all over the place.

So that’s where we are right now, down to the studs. It’s so neat to see changes finally happening. (Compare to this short video for full effect!)

Last night we had our first sweltering sleep with no AC. We prefaced it with an extended picnic dinner in the park and left lots of time to play in the shade afterwards – dog included. There was no rush to get back to the apartment because it was stinking hot in here.

The whole experience was reminiscent of the many years I lived without air conditioning, in student apartments and the like. The difference is that my tolerance isn’t the same as it used to me. It is a slow, uncomfortable, sweaty death march. How did I survive those days? Thank goodness the heatwave was such a short one.

We have an old tabletop fan, but I think the girls will need a standup fan in their bedroom sooner than later. Perhaps I’ll make a run out to Canadian Tire today. Speaking of fans, have you seen the new bladeless ones by Dyson? They look pretty cool. (No pun intended. Haha!)

5 Responses to "Reno post #31: studs"

1 | Molly

June 12th, 2012 at 9:28 am


I bought a fan for the store before the a/c was working – you are welcome to borrow it for the summer!

Kinda like this:

2 | Fiona

June 12th, 2012 at 10:52 am


I can highly recommend the TurboAire floor fans from Canadian Tire. They can be pointed up to the ceiling to move air around which we all find most comfortable for sleeping, and these fans are pretty quiet. They are expensive though, but we still have our original one from 13 years ago.

Also, the JCC Outdoor pool opens this Friday. Its a great place to get cooled down in the evening and it gets pretty breezy there after the sun goes down, so that we are sometimes shivering before we head home and get the kids right into bed.

3 | Valerie

June 12th, 2012 at 11:53 am


wow – you’re doing more than I realized. Here’s hoping for moderate weather over the next while…

4 | Harry Nowell

June 12th, 2012 at 5:20 pm


Wow!! Great to see. Is there any insulation behind the walls? That’ll help with the AC!

Good luck!!

5 | Carly

June 12th, 2012 at 7:24 pm


So exciting. Hoping you manage to stay cool this summer without the A/C.

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