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Old 09-17-2012, 12:35 AM   #76
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I'm looking for the pendant light to go over the butcher block. So far, this one is the front runner.

I think it picks up the color from the window shade and the glass ties in with the backsplash.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:17 PM   #77
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Been gone a little while for surgery. All better. No cancer! Yay!

Kitchen backsplash is still waiting for the last finishing row of special cuts. That is holding up the sink install. But since hubby took such good care of me after surgery, I won't get too grumpy.

Today, we decided that since the new washer arrived, it was time to have laundry again. We pulled out all of the old dryer venting from under the house (yuck). I'm so glad we went with the washer/dryer combination unit (vent less).

We turned off the circuit, separated the old 220v, and capped it off. The electrician will use the other half for some of the new kitchen wiring. Since that line was already run and the wire is up to code, we just moved it about 4 feet to get it into the laundry closet. We will install a GFCI since it is close to the supply hookups.

Turned off the water and crawled under the house (well hubby did...I was the assistant today). Since we were moving the water line about 4 feet, he said it was a simple plumbing connection. So then we go to test the plumbing line to check for any leak. Note: Always a good idea to SHUT OFF the supply valves. He turned the water on and I hear this Niagara waterfall and then I see the cat streaking out of the kitchen and water shooting after him. I got totally soaked but I got the valves shut and grabbed a bunch of towels to sop up the mess.

Needless to say, a fun day at our house. The install is almost done. We are going to get it hooked up temporarily just so we can do some loads, then disconnect the washer and finish off the laundry room details (paint, install shelf and clothes rod). By tomorrow I should be able to wash clothes!

Pictures tomorrow!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:29 PM   #78
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Birthday and Anniversary!

A working kitchen sink! Yay! The hot water dispenser is installed too, but have to wait for the electrician to finish the wiring in order to use the disposal, the dishwasher, and the dispenser.

But I am thrilled! Sink looks great and no leaks. We even installed two P-traps for better drainage and two 45 elbows to reduce the noise.

Best birthday and anniversary present ever!
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Congrats on both your health and your kitchen!!! Looking good!
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We turned off the circuit, separated the old 220v, and capped it off. The electrician will use the other half for some of the new kitchen wiring. Since that line was already run and the wire is up to code, we just moved it about 4 feet to get it into the laundry closet. We will install a GFCI since it is close to the supply hookups.
Not sure how 2-phase lines can be separated safely and to code without running new wiring.

Can you elaborate more on this? I'd really hate for something to happen to your house.
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Not sure how 2-phase lines can be separated safely and to code without running new wiring.

Can you elaborate more on this? I'd really hate for something to happen to your house.
Maybe I didn't explain it well enough. This is a single phase 240 wiring not 2-phase. Basically the electrician said that two 110 circuit breakers are barred together. We simply removed the wire from one bar and capped it. It now acts as a 110 breaker.

The electricians will replace the barred together circuit breakers with two separate circuits when they return.

The second one will be attached to newly run wire and used for something else in the kitchen.

The remaining wire from the 240 line will just remain capped off in the box.
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This makes much more sense. I was getting worried that you'd leave both conductors hot and hooked up, and just throw a wire nut on the unused one, then pigtail off it from there.. As long as it's disconnected on both ends and the common trip is removed, it's not going to be a safety problem.

I'd be concerned that somebody in the future may do something stupid. Personally, I'd probably cut back the second hot in the panel to the point that it was not reusable. But I doubt it'd be required of you to do so.

BTW... your disposal looks to be a 1hp InSinkErator Evolution... is that correct? How do you like it?
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This makes much more sense. I was getting worried that you'd leave both conductors hot and hooked up, and just throw a wire nut on the unused one, then pigtail off it from there.. As long as it's disconnected on both ends and the common trip is removed, it's not going to be a safety problem.

I'd be concerned that somebody in the future may do something stupid. Personally, I'd probably cut back the second hot in the panel to the point that it was not reusable. But I doubt it'd be required of you to do so.

BTW... your disposal looks to be a 1hp InSinkErator Evolution... is that correct? How do you like it?
We'll probably have the electricians cut it back.

The disposal is the 5/8ths hp evolution space saver. It's extremely quiet and efficient. We tried it with an extension cord since the under cabinet wiring is to be completed by the electricians. We are in the home stretch.
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The fun part about the home stretch is doing all of the finishing work, punch lists, and design stuff.

While we wait to save up the last bit of money to hook up the gas, test it with MLG&W, and have the electricians finish their part, I have been working on the details.

We went thrift hunting on Saturday and look what we found! A steal of a deal on a Mid-Century Modern Broyhill Premier Forward '70 china breakfront and credenza from the early 60's. WOW! It is hard to find well-made furniture like this anymore. It is solid hand-rubbed walnut and in very good condition (a few scratches are to be expected on a 50 year-old).

This will make a great display case for my mom's china that I inherited. Plus the great storage below will house some of my wedding gifts that have been boxed up in the attic for years!

For now, we are going to use it along the pantry wall in the kitchen because the dining room is holding tools from the remodel project and the garage tear-down. Eventually it will reign supreme over our dining room.

Better photos posted now. Too tired to load it tonight.
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Well today's project is not part of the kitchen but it has to be done.

When I went up to the attic to bring down the boxes of stored kitchen items and dishes (yay!), I discovered that we had had a visitor in the attic. Wondering how it had gotten in, I went outside to investigate. We had just replaced the siding and painted a couple of years ago. Recently, however, our neighbor had workers over repairing her siding so I got to thinking that she might have displaced a critter.

Upon careful inspection, I finally found the two holes that the bugger had torn into the attic. It tore through an older piece of siding that we hadn't replaced because it wasn't rotten. After determining that it was indeed gone from the attic, hubby fixed the siding as well as another possible future point of entry too. Might as well fix them now rather than suffer the consequences later.

Now the task was to figure out what had been up there so that cleanup is safe. The scat is too large to be a rat or a squirrel, so I was thinking raccoon or possibly (not likely), an opossum. I googled pictures and it is raccoon scat. It turns out that raccoon scat can be very dangerous and the cleanup should be in hazmat suits with a respirator. UGH!

The good news (if you can call it that) is that it appears the visitor stayed only a short time by the number of piles counted. I know...it is gross. So today, I wear a disposable coverall and a respirator and take out the gross.

The really good news is that after that is done, we are putting in brand new insulation! Might as well start fresh, so I will be scooping all of the old insulation out. It wasn't much anyway. Back in the 50's, they just didn't insulate. In fact, the insulation is probably 4" thick at best of old paper particles. I don't think anyone has put new insulation since then.

Anyway, it's 7:30 am and off to HD for my supplies.
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Well I only got half of the job done, because well, it sucks to be in an attic fully suited with a mask and pulling out raccoon scat insulation. At least it is fall and the weather was cool. My hubby was suitably impressed that I stuck with the project working mostly by myself hauling those full bags down the stairs and to the street.

After I was done for the day, he mixed up a Xylene solution for me. I sprayed the walls, floor, and the top of the ceiling drywall. This should kill any raccoon roundworm eggs. Actually down here in the south, only about 14% of raccoons are carriers so I think my precautions coupled with the Xylene spray should be fine.

I also spoke with my neighbor today and she said that she had hired a wildlife removal service and they did trap 2 raccoons so we think the critters are gone for sure. At least with our repairs, they can't get in again.
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That's pretty good news.

After our attic fire, we toyed with the idea of cashing out the de-insulation. At only about 6" deep, how hard could it be? Less than 100 sq ft later, we gave up and hired it out.

You just can't compete with a vacuum truck using a 8" hose unless your shop vac is the size of a woodshop dust collector bin. Plus, everything we hauled out had to go out through the roof trusses, so large bags were out of the question.

Glad it's working out. Stick with it!
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Hey y'all. Ever feel like you lost a year of your life? Well that was 2013 for me. Happy new year in January 2013, you have cancer. The whole year basically consisted of surgery, chemo, radiation, and recovery.

Then my brother, Lt. Cmdr Alan Patterson, died in the Navy EA-6B Prowler crash outside of Seattle last March. It was a long and drawn out ordeal while they searched for remains. We finally were able to arrange the military funeral at the Naval Academy last April. It is hard to believe that it has been a year.

Anyway, I'm back and I see that there are lots of new threads to read. My own project was put on hold somewhat, but we did get a few things done. We put up a driveway gate to add privacy for our back door (the neighbors would come up and knock at the back at all hours and the door leads to our bedroom...totally irritating at 7am when you are trying to recover from a chemo treatment).

Now the dog has the run of the back yard and she likes that for sure. So anyway, sorry for rambling. I'll be in and out as we gear up for summer projects.
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Well I just can't do inside projects during the summer. I want to be outside this year after losing most of last year.

We are building a new greenhouse. Right now we are trying to design a rocket thermal mass heater system so we can be mostly off the grid for winter heating. The winter heating bills were killing us.

Also, I am working on the grading since we have had so much rain. Plus I put in a garden and a french drain. Lots of projects. I am definitely getting back in shape.
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And more photos of the greenhouse project. There were a million parts. Lots of arguing trying to read the directions and following an on line blog.
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