Our house was built in 1980. The structure has strong bones and suits our needs just fine. But in 2004 when we bought it, it was clear that the doors and woodwork were tired and needed updating. Besides that, I really hate those hollow doors made of cheap plywood. In 2006 we bought interior solid 4-panel pre-hung doors for the entire house including all rooms and closets. Those got finished and installed within a few months (see photo). The baseboard and casing trim woodwork was the next project. After careful measuring and re-measuring, I ordered over 3,000 linear feet of fir trim which was quickly delivered to my garage. It was about this time that the symptoms of RA began creep in. Before being officially diagnosed, I had surgery on both Achilles tendons. The surgeries, coupled with increasing fatigue put all woodworking work on hold.
The pile of wood in my garage ate at my psyche…I wanted it done and installed. But RA had caused a change in those plans. Finally this spring, one of my sons and I began to tackle to job. Stations were set up and I taught him how to finish the wood which involved numerous steps. Piles of high quality finished wood began to appear (see photos). I was proud of my son for his attention to detail. With a few days off from work planned this week, my other son and I set out to start installing the trim. Yesterday was spent teaching him how to remove the old trim wood. A large pile of old junky wood was created. By evening, I could barely move. My wife warned me to take something for either pain and/or sleep when I went to bed but I promptly ignored her. By 5:00 a.m. I was awake and stiff as a board. With all of the old trim removed, I was determined to start installing the new wood today. My wife gently reminded me to take it slow today or even take the day off. My type A personality got in the way and I again ignored her.
Now I sit here with pain in every arm, hand, fingers, knees, and ankles…stiff as a board and with no energy. Getting out of my chair is downright difficult. Alright, I’m hard headed and refuse to learn. I still think that I’m healthy enough to tackle any project. I never learn my lesson. Sure, I’ll take a day or two away from the project. But I’ll likely “forget” and be right back in the same place tomorrow…the deck needs its annual staining! So much for the recommendation for RAers to “pace yourself”.