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Service upgrade and move

Posted 05-13-2011 at 12:11 PM by WillK

First off, I'd like to start by thanking everyone that contributed in answering some of the many questions I've had in various threads I've started in the process of planning and doing this project. Anyone else considering similar work would likely learn a great deal reviewing these discussions:
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Warm weather ruins weekend.

Posted 03-06-2011 at 09:58 PM by WillK

At this time, the I've been working on this house for 7 months, Work during the first 3 months was done with the greatest intensity. The work since has been while living in the house. I'm not as enthusiastic about work and we had a contractor out to quote the crawlspace beam job.

Really that's not what I'm here to talk about, but since it's part of the weekend I'll touch on that briefly. The estimate we received was that it will cost 10x what materials would cost to do myself. As I...
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The history of my house in permits

Posted 03-04-2011 at 09:29 AM by WillK

I don't know that in my case there was much value to my current work in researching the history of my permits, but it was interesting to do this in terms of learning the story of my house. Very interesting actually.

I was actually anticipating, given the quality (lack of) of repairs that I might find that I'm the first person in the history of this house to have pulled a building permit, but there would probably be plumbing and electrical permits. It turns out I was more wrong than...
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Kitchen & Various DIY Projects Progress

Posted 03-02-2011 at 09:16 AM by jamiedolan


I just wanted to share a quick update on myself and some of my DIY projects.

February went by stunningly fast. My dog Akiva, broke his front leg early this month and had 3 weeks of quiet time where I carried him around. Though he really rapidly recovered and was walking normally within about 10 days. It will be 4 weeks on this Thursday since he broke his leg. I took him out for a walk yesterday, and he was running with no sign of distress, so I think it healed...
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Further renovation summary

Posted 02-25-2011 at 12:03 PM by WillK

By November, moving out of my parent's house had become an imperative. Structural work was de-prioritized in favor of restoring function to the bathroom and kitchen, in particular hot water, a new gas stove and adequate insulation to keep the kids bedroom warm in winter. These goals were achieved on time to move in the weekend before Thanksgiving, but with more regular use of plumbing we discovered that the drainage system was obstructed. I rented a power auger and was able to cut and remove roots...
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