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Old 09-17-2012, 08:50 PM   #481
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Last night, I noticed that when I switched on the bedroom ceiling fan, the LED cans would flash brighter all of a sudden. Several times. Suspecting a loose neutral at the service, I called the POCO. An hour later, a truck arrived and tests were performed at my panel. Solid 121v on both lines and they didn't move at all under testing. Technician noted that my service disconnect had seen arcing and that one of the main service lugs was essentially destroyed, so I had him pull the meter for the night and schedule a re-install for the morning.

The wife was not happy to loose the power during one of her shows.

This morning I got up super-early to go fetch a new 100A disconnect. Got to the big blue home improvement store just before opening. Forgot to buy the GraBit bolt extractor and had to make a second trip back an hour later. Once the lug was extracted, the new mains was installed in under 5 minutes. The POCO showed up to reinstall the meter around 11am.

In the meantime, put the finishing touches in the kitchen before drywall. We ran two Cat6 and one RG-6 up the rear wall, suspended them from the attic rafters using holed zip ties, and brought them back down into the hall closet through one of three new 3/4" holes in the ceiling. The whole house data wiring install begins!

Once power was restored, we got both cordless sets charged up and started on the drywall. Before starting, we had to stub out the pot filler and dishwasher, which meant the water had to be switched off, the caps removed, nipples doped and installed, and then the drywall to be bored and go up around them. Since we wanted to be able to flush and shower tonight, we did those sheets first.

The inspector wanted 6" O.C. along each stud. I hope he's happy with how well screwed down it is, as we came in at 5" O.C. plus the entire border 6" O.C. or less. In many places, the studs are closer than 16", so there's that much more.



On this wall, we hung parts of two sheets horizontally to bring us back flush to the existing drywall (beige, top right), then started hanging the second layer on top, starting from the left. This will allow for better sound insulation between the shower and kitchen areas at just over 1" of rock, texture, and paint.



And on this wall, we only rocked where we had to in order to cap and turn the water back on. In the process of fastening the drywall, I utterly exploded a Bosch dimpler (on the 10th screw, no less), wore out an Ace brand dimpler, gave up, then just used a driver and extra care to not tear the paper instead. $30 in dimplers didn't make it through four sheets... what a waste of money.

The rough looking stub-outs.



My first attempt at using a rotozip-style tool (cordless Ryobi One+) equipped with a drywall bit that had a tracing tip. I ended up stinking up the smell with the house of burnt plastic, and they're not perfect, but they get the job done.



And finally the data drop: one ethernet, two telephone, one cable/satellite TV.



Starting to come all back together. Unfortunately, the carpenter got a job today, so I'll be losing my helper soon. He won't have a start date until tomorrow, but undoubtedly he'll be back to work before we finish up for the winter.

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Old 09-18-2012, 10:15 PM   #482
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Re-typing this post because the forum ate it the first time I tried to submit it.

The workday started around 7am with me realizing that we hadn't blocked out for the range hood and that now it was drywalled over. Around a hundred drywall screws came out, a sheet came down, and we spent the next hour blocking out there and at the gas pipe. Now I have a solid 7" of nailing, allow me to hang the hood anywhere between 26-3/4" and 33-3/4" off the cooktop. The manual says to aim for between 28" and 36" above, so I'm going to split the difference and shoot for 32", which puts the screws 14" O.C. down from the ceiling line.



The rest of the day, we pumped out drywall. The carpenter measured, scored, cut, and rasped. We hanged each piece together with 2 screws in each corner. I'd mark out and stitch up the seams, then rotozip the boxes while he was working on the next piece.



We were able to restore power and water around 2pm, just in time to grill some hotdogs and take a beer break. I finished screwing down the fields some time around 5pm... way too much time on an impact drill for one day. Plenty sore in the lower back and legs, but oddly not in the arms (yet).



Hopefully we can get it inspected Thursday and start mud/tape on Friday.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:04 PM   #483
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Woops. Been a few days since I posted. Apologies.

Thursday we did get our inspection. Passed without comments.

Yesterday, we picked up on the data cabling project. I laid out the drops on each wall, drilled out the top plates and nailed in cable stackers in the attic along a few routes. We ran a few test cables all the way to the living room and they look exceptionally tight and organized in the cable stackers. I made sure to support approximately every 2 feet along their length for the entire run. It got hot in the attic and we had to quit with only a few drops finished.

Each of the 9 drops is getting four Cat6 and one RG6 cable. On the 24-port rack mount gigabit ethernet switch, that will give me: 18 wall jacks (2 ethernet at each drop), 1 router, 2 access points, 1 network attached storage, 1 test/configuration port, and 1 port left open for expansion. Each drop also gets four phone lines over a single Cat6 cable, though I'll only be installing two jacks at each location (one with lines 1/2, the other with lines 3/4) . Since telephone distribution blocks are stupidly expensive, I'll instead be punching down one long set of four pairs to each of the punch blocks on a 24-port 110-type patch panel, which would allow me to jack in up to 24 drops of 4 lines each - with over twice the capacity and at one quarter the price of a pre-made distribution block. I could go smaller with a 12-port patch panel, but they're only a few dollars cheaper, so why not? Drops are being installed at: three drops at the home theater, 4' apart; master bedroom; guest bedroom; two drops on opposite walls in the office; bathroom; kitchen. The hardest part is figuring out if I want to split out the coax for all ports hot, or have to swap later. Still planning that one.

Anyway, here's what each drop looks like. Note the 2 ethernet cables, 1 telephone over Cat6, 1 coaxial cable, and one spare Cat6 in case any of the other 3 die.



I printed up a naming convention chart with progress check boxes so we could keep track of each drop. This was the progress at lunch... we also finished both office drops before it got too hot.



We ran into fire blocks in the office and there's not enough room to get an auger cable bit in because the roof is so low that I couldn't get it down the hole. Instead, we had to take out some drywall, cutting along studs for easy patching later.





Here's what the closet looks like so far as of the end of the day.



Yeah, that's a lot of cables.



Tomorrow we only have a few runs left. I have to run two Cat6 to each of the access point locations and then two Cat6 and two coax to the demarkation point outside. Top plate and low voltage bracket holes are already cut. Already drilled through the rafter blocking as well. Hopefully we can run those before sunrise.

I also have to finish up pretty much any electrical work I ever want to do in the attic without having to crawl over 14" of fiberglass insulation, as that's getting blown in on Wednesday. In a single day. Eek!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:58 PM   #484
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Finished pulling all the data runs on Sunday. Boy am I sore. This is just the bundle going into the living room (3 drops).



Here's what my the wiring closet looks like on the other side of the drywall. That is, from the attic.



Still amazes me that I pull this much cable in two days.



Ran power to the closet for the switches, routers, network attached storage and whatnot. Four duplex receptacles going in, four on each side, about halfway down the 7U rack going in.



Here's where one of the two access points is going. The other, directly over the TV.



Finished up as much electrical as I could. Rewired almost all of the laundry room. Removed and unwired two exposed switches and a receptacle in the ceiling there. Had pulled two spare 20A lines all the way to the laundry room; used one to give the washing machine a dedicated circuit, and the other to run the wiring closet and access points. Certainly the wiring closet getting a dedicated 20A circuit is overkill, but it's what I had ready to go. And with the insulation coming on Wednesday, it was probably my last chance to use those circuits.

Also ran the range hood venting. Removed the ceiling pan, terrible 2x4 bracing with drywall screws, replaced with a burly fan-rated box tacked in with ticos, re-wired the fan off the laundry room circuit onto the living room circuit, etc. Also cut holes for and ran wire for two dining room lights.

Hopefully tonight I can find the energy to finish running the last two speakers for the 7.1 install, then put up the two dining room lights, and maybe get ready to replace the living room lights. Think I need a Redbull.
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Been a few days. Not much got done. Life has been getting in the way.

Started to prep the wiring closet for the server rack install. Most parts have already arrived. Started by removing what I presumed was the original shelf supports.

Lesson learned from the bedroom closet: when studs are in short supply (zero in this case, other than at the corners), cut them every 12" with a circular saw set to about 90% of the depth. That way, you can pry them off in pieces, instead of having to leverage a bar against brittle drywall and cause needless holes/dents.



Found underneath some original mint green paint. It's a little darker than pictured, closer to avocado.



Was going to put a two-gang box in each wall for power. Realized that would only give me the ability to plug in 4 things on each wall. In reality, that translates to 2 things per wall because of wall worts. Hating to do the same job twice, I upgraded. To two three-gang boxes, per wall. Went from 4 duplex receptacles to 12.



Cracked the drywall on the right wall using too much force with zero backing. The screwdriver here is holding the drywall piece in place while a mud bandaid is drying. Probably won't work, but have to give it a shot.
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Progress has been slow because I finally caved in to the wife. She's been asking for a dog for years and the timing has never been right. I recently realized that sometimes waiting for the timing to be right ends up prioritizing the small things ahead of the big things.

I visited the animal shelter in the next town over and found an adorable Beagle. Little is known about him. The shelter staff had been calling him "Toby". He was still on hold in case the original owners claimed him, and thus not available for adoption. Not to be dettered, I went to this county's shelter and found a small female Beagle mix. I put down a deposit on her, waited 3 days to pick her up after her spay appointment, and brought her home last night. While I was waiting for her, I went back to see Toby. He was just too cute to pass up... I was back the next morning on an early lunch break, in line 20 minutes before the shelter opened, to snatch him up within the first few minutes of his release date. Thus, we're now the proud owners of two Beagles!

The little one's taking a nap with the wife right now, so no pictures yet. In the meantime, here's some of Toby. We decided to keep the name.

First night, a little nervous.





Earlier today, pretty well adjusted other than having abandonment issues.









More coming in a few minutes.
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Finally got pics of the little one. She likes to get really close when you call her name... too close for the camera to take a picture of her in focus.

Immediately after our 30 minute walk.



Still recovering.



Checking out Toby's crate.









She's a meager ~13 lbs, compared to Toby's 24.1 lbs.
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Took all day and a lot of energy, but the wife managed to wear them out.



And I managed to wear myself out taping and mudding the rest of the kitchen, to include my first corner bead.



Tomorrow, a light sand and touchup, then prime. Normally I'd spend more time doing wider joint mudding, but it's all going to be covered with cabinets (and tile backsplach after final) anywawy, so it won't be seen in the end at all. Hence, no need to texture except on that corner bead.
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Sitting here, sipping my coffee, trying really hard to get excited for a day of sanding/priming...

...might just have to trudge through.
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Managed to get up the energy to sand and do a second coat of mud. Actually, less energy and more motivation.

My first finished corner bead:



It should all be dry in about 30-60 minutes, ready for a quick sand and then prime.

We got the insulation blown back in... last week? Realized I never showed a picture, so I climbed up to the access hole for a picture. The brown is the batts the installer used so the blown-in wouldn't fall down the access hole.



He left the measuring stick from the box. Admittedly, this one of the highest-filled areas. Funny that he'd put the stick in this spot and not the others, eh?



From the catwalk, looking into the main part of the house through the "firewall" that really isn't one.



And holding the camera inside that door. I don't dare enter, lest I scratch off every square inch of skin I have.



I won't be entering to get any other pictures. Sorry.
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Primed and waited for it to dry. Had some pork chops for dinner. Took the dogs for a walk.

Wired up six countertop GFCIs, two duplex receptacles (disposal, dishwasher), and one switch (disposal). Three countertop GFCIs to go, plus the gas stove receptacle.

Last thing to do tonight is to move a base cabinet and set up a temporary table and the new coffee maker. Ready for a shower and bed!
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Nice build! Is there a reason you couldn't make the kitchen bigger? I don't have a sense of what is on the other side of the right wall but it would be great if you could expand that way. I guess if it was possible you'd have done it by now!
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Nice build! Is there a reason you couldn't make the kitchen bigger? I don't have a sense of what is on the other side of the right wall but it would be great if you could expand that way. I guess if it was possible you'd have done it by now!
Behind the right wall is the hallway. Considered trying to expand that way, but it's the main load bearing wall, holding a huge beam to cover the living room span. I can't imagine moving it. Goin exposed beam would be difficult at best as the meat of the beam is in the attic.

In the picture you quoted, I took down the chandelier above where i stopd to take the picture and repurposed the 9x12 "dining room" into a pantry with high cabs, a hutch, and a window seat. Hopefully it helps make the kitchen feel a little larger.

You'll have to wait to see what I mean until I can afford the cabinets.
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Been pretty busy. Finished mudding, taping, sanding and priming. Not sure yet if I have to paint before passing final. We'll see.

Contractor finally came back after over a month of no contact to ask if I've finished the variance process because the insurance company is asking why it's taking me to so. Um, no, that's your job. Insurance company agrees with me.

Finished swapping the wiring in the laundry room and living room, but then lost or threw out the piece of drywall I cut out out of the laundry room wall. Finished up the living room, GFCI protected the last 6 circuits in the run, and will hopefully knock out the last of it tomorrow. Still need to pull the networking closet and washing machine circuits into the main panel and connect them up.

Installed both Access Point data plates and both bedrooms as well. Was a little shaky at first with these coaxial compression fittings on the quad-shield RG6, but think I'm doing just fine now!

Color key:
Red - network infrastructure (demarcs, switches, routers, etc)
Green - bedrooms
Black - living room (x3 drops)
Yellow - office (x2 drops)
White - spare lines (every room)
Orange, Purple, Pink, Brown - not used





Installed 6 duplex receptacles in the wiring closet. Waiting for some mud to dry before I try to put the cover plates on in the morning.

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