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Old 10-16-2009, 08:13 PM   #16
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:14 PM   #17
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:48 PM   #18
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I just had to post this. The tin work that offsets and continues around the steel is a work of art.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:21 AM   #19
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Couple of questions:

1. Should I leave the existing insulation on the wall and set the frame about an inch away from the wall? Or should I take it off and put it back between the studs after framing the walls?

2. If you look at the pics of the HVAC ducting, in two instances where the ducts are about a foot away from the wall, should I just go straight to the wall from the bottom of the duct or should I go up to the ceiling 2 inches away from the duct?

3. Any other suggestions for a better layout based on the plan I posted?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:20 PM   #20
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Suggestions anyone?
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:34 PM   #21
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Wow you have a huge project for your first go. Im not a professional but a homeowner finishing a remodel that went horribly over budget so I have experience doing a lot of different projects with little experience like you will if you take this on. I can't really stress that the success is in the details, try to know and understand everything you possibly can before you start. Don't pick up a hammer until you know the details down to the finishes and color of paint

Most importat what is your anticipated Budget for this project and since your a newbie plan on being 50%-100% over (Its not uncommon for ones done by professionals to be 30%). IF you can't afford this contingency Don't do it I can't stress this enough.


General Things to know and plan for.
*Plan for it to take you at least 2X or than the most you expect it to take.
*Make sure your Budget includes allowances the tools you will need (saws, air compressors, nail guns, drills, etc) buying them is funnest part of the whole project
*Try to find a professional that you can hire hourly just to come and help keep you on track someone who can give you advice or work with you on difficult things requiring more than one person if you don't have help.( I am finishing a huge remodel and this has kept me from making big mistakes).
*Don't expect alot from friends who offer their help unless you know they are dedicated people. Friends mean well but they have a life too

A couple things I noticed about your project.

The hardest thing I think is going to be the cieling since it has to be suspended to allow for all the ventilation, maybe you can look into suspended cieling systems, this is probably more expensive than hanging drywall, This is a detail you need to know solid before starting.

I would use an engineered floor you can float in. Easy to install and will work over the concrete pad.

Make sure you do this right with proper building permits the inspectors will keep you from doing something wrong or dangerous.

Good luck your on the right track asking here but find a professional that you can pay to give you some expert onsite contruction experience
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:32 AM   #22
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Thanks for the great tips rocketdoctor!

We started framing on Saturday. What do you guys think so far - http://www.facebook.com/hameed.bhatt...8391642&ref=mf

If you don't have a facebook account and are interested in seeing the pics, let me know and I'll post them in here.
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Old 10-26-2009, 12:23 PM   #23
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looks like a good start. What are you going to do about the cieling? you going to leave ductwork exposed?
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where do you plan on putting the home theatre? please tell me that's in the plan right?
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Old 10-27-2009, 02:44 PM   #25
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looks like a good start. What are you going to do about the cieling? you going to leave ductwork exposed?
We are considering suspended ceiling for now.

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where do you plan on putting the home theatre? please tell me that's in the plan right?
Home theater will be in the large area to the right............
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My shoulders are killing from the two marathon days of framing this past weekend.

The screws for the lumber keep getting worn at the head whenever I am drilling above my head where I cannot put enough pressure on the drill. Is there some special drill bit I can get that "grabs" the screw head better than the usual drill bits?
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My shoulders are killing from the two marathon days of framing this past weekend.

The screws for the lumber keep getting worn at the head whenever I am drilling above my head where I cannot put enough pressure on the drill. Is there some special drill bit I can get that "grabs" the screw head better than the usual drill bits?
Robertson screws are your best bet
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Go out and get yourself an impact driver those things are awesome for installing and removing any type of screw. Makita makes a kit for $250 where you get an impact and standard cordless with batteries that charge in 15 minutes.
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Robertson screws are your best bet
They are robertson screws.

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Go out and get yourself an impact driver those things are awesome for installing and removing any type of screw. Makita makes a kit for $250 where you get an impact and standard cordless with batteries that charge in 15 minutes.
That unfortunately is out of my budget...............

Is the kit available on it's own without the drill?
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:03 PM   #30
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DeckMate Screws are awesome I use them for almost everythign I build that won't be inspected. They have a combinatin square/phillips head and come with tip to use. later on if you loose that tip you can still use a phillips on them as well. However note if your framing is being inspected they might be expecting to see a certain size nail.

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