Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > Project Showcase

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-27-2011, 08:20 PM   #46
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Quote:
Originally Posted by coderguy View Post
Yep, I left my neighbors a five day notice. Who wants to wake up to that?
Precisely.

Besides, aren't they supposed to grind em flush to grade, or even below?

They left at least a 12" mound. Maybe that's their advance notice that they need to wake me up again.


Last edited by Thadius856; 08-27-2011 at 08:35 PM.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2011, 08:35 PM   #47
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


As predicted, lost most of the day again. Several hours scouring Kohl's paid off. We ordered her $39.98 worth of work pants from the in-store kiosk. They were "marked down" from $36/pair. We all know nothing's marked *down* at Kohl's until it hits the clearance racks. But it was the best we could do since they never seem to be able to keep short sizes available in anything under $35/pair. Also picked her up 3 tees, one button up, one additional pair of work pants, a tee for me and a button up. All clearance, except the pants. $52 after tax IIRC. Cashier was nice enough to scan a $10 off because I showed my military ID with my charge card. Works for me!

Swung by Lowe's to pick up some more hardware. Twelve 8x3/4 wood screws to reattach the keyboard tray that fell off the desk this morning, and to assemble the wife's. Ten 8-32x3/4 machine screws to hold my car's passenger mirror on (also fell off today) and assemble our mail organizer. Also priced metal gutters at about $10/10ft, plus $6/corner, $1.50/cap, $8/spout hole, $12/10ft downspout. With it being a ranch-style home, the all-hips-and-no-gables looks like it's going to cost a lot more because I have to install gutters both sides as well.

Picked up some eggplants and Parmesan on the way home, so I'm *hoping* that means Eggplant Parm tonight.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 11:14 AM   #48
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Yesterday went to hell in a handbasket. The bolt I put into the car mirror was the perfect length and even though the head was slightly larger, it still fit fine. The hole was pretty obviously metric size once, and it was very tough getting it through the last 1/8" of plastic. After thoroughly stripping out one bolt head, I got it worked out, and installed a fresh one. The bolt wasn't what pissed me off... it was the neighborhood kids still riding their bikes, scooters, etc. within inches of me down the sidewalk with the car door open. Scared me pretty good thinking one of them could get hurt.

Also noticed after remounting the computer desk keyboard trays that there's an air gap because the thread on the screws I bought stop 1/8" short of the head. Picking up a new set of screws or some plastic bushing to take up the slack today.

Drive 30 minutes into town to buy that 11 gallons of paint yesterday as well. I don't know how it happens, but the paint store was out of paint. They're supposed to get a shipment this afternoon, mix it up, and call me. But by the time the shipment arrives, I'll be asleep before work. Hopefully somebody else can pick it up for me. They did have five 1-gallon cans, but refused to sell me them at the 5-gallon price. Wouldn't let me pre-pay either. -.- Fine, while I was in town, I decided to pick up some free Blockbuster Express titles with promo codes found on Slickdeals.

Bought a second low-voltage bracket, this time the plastic type with wings. Same size. Why is a bracket made for a larger drywall hole than a box?

Spent 30 minutes with a can of raid Raid and an electric flyswatter killing a wasp nest in one of my eves. PHO thought it would look better to sheet them closed with some sort of composite board, so it's very difficult to get to it. Had to rely on spraying into the entrance crevices, running away for a minute, then coming back to finish them off once the defenders hit the ground.

Also spent copious amounts of time looking through the Belgard online catalog, as well as the websites of Basalite and Calstone. We definitely like a certain style pavers (Belgard: "Holland", Basalite: "Mission", Calstone: "Mission", Oldcastle: "Holland"), but would flex a bit for sales. So far, herringbone is winning out in the 4x8 size, with a soldier course. I like the 45, but think my low skill level will probably call for 90.

Tried to go 3D in AutoCAD. Having trouble with PUSHPULL freezing when it tries to detect the plane I'm wanting. It's odd, because it seems to be the same action as hatching, but that never crashes it. Is especially doesn't like calculating a plane that contains a hatch. I'll try again, but last night it was crashing so often it wasn't worth even trying.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 09:38 PM   #49
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Been working on the 3d modeling in AutoCAD. Apparently I had the viewpoint so that one or more of the axises was severely skewed, which caused the plane detection to go all sorts of wonky trying to determine boundaries far off-square. It all just happened to look proper from the viewpoint that I was working in, so I've resolved to watching 4-5 viewports while I draw: 3D NE, NW, SE, SW Isometrics and 2D Top. I find I draw in the NW Iso most often.

The grading was easy, as was most of the concrete pours once I got the hang of it. Much less freezing once I killed every hatch in the drawing.

I apologize for the renders not being that high detail. I haven't yet downloaded the "Medium Material Image Library" or some such, so they're low-resolution textures applied. Good enough, perhaps, considering the last one took 4 minutes to render.

Name:  Render1.jpg
Views: 89
Size:  14.1 KB

Here you can see an early version of the property grading and fencing. North is approximately up. Note the hole indicating no crawlspace grading yet.

Name:  Render3.jpg
Views: 90
Size:  16.0 KB

By this point, I'd added both the house footing and the garage slab. I mistakenly modeled the outside of the exterior walls to be flush with the outer-most portion of footing wall. I ended up with a foundation that was 3" too short on every side and wasn't lining up with the sill plate. I quickly learned that while I knew what I wanted to do in AutoCAD, I just didn't have the skill to dissect merged 3D models and expand individual sides without scaling the entire object. Ended up starting over, this time building from the sill plate down.

Once that was done, the sill plates, rim joists, stringers, and pier blocks lined up pretty darn well. And all matched the floorplan. Thank god.

Name:  Render4.jpg
Views: 96
Size:  36.4 KB

You might be able to notice in this short that the garage's sill plate doesn't physically touch any wood on the house footing. I found this to be the case when I had to open a small area for an electrical outlet right there. So far, so good.

Name:  Render2.jpg
Views: 83
Size:  5.2 KB

This was my first attempt at a live section. Everything you see here was generated from a plane I drew across the house. It's much more detailed as a wireframe, so I was a bit disappointed with the render. Note the grading under the house is now 3" short on all sides because of the footing expansion I had to do. It was corrected after I saved this shot.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 10:27 PM   #50
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


It was at this time that I noticed just how much the wife's camera phone blew mine away. Even being released in 2009, the 3GS had a pathetically underpowered camera. At least it was a step up from the camera in my 3G, and a free upgrade without contract. Thank you, Apple Care. But her Galaxy S utterly destroys mine. Unfortunately, the forum uploader crashes every time I try to upload one of hers. Allow me to attempt to use ImageShack...



This was taken last night as a test shot. You can definitely see that my camera never captured the wood properly.



This was taken just after a fresh wash with Murphy's. It turned out to be a very dirty bucket afterwards.



The cabinetry all got a fresh coat of orange revitalizing oil. I wish I had gotten a before picture. It's night and day.



The living room finally got its second coat after I picked up the (hopefully last) 11 gallons of Duration. This is "Impressive Ivory", I believe, with a slight off-white on the baseboards. You can see the contrast between it and the other baseboard's dingy color. I suspect that they were just left in their primed state. Or maybe they were just so talented with paint that I can't discern a single brush mark on any of the baseboards.



And here's a break we found in the sprinkler line. It was causing a slow drip to hold moisture against the house. It never dried out, being in the shadows of the patio overhang. It was replaced, but I haven't taken an after-picture yet. Not until I'm positive it's holding.

Wow. Massive size. I'll try to re-upload at 640x480 later.

Edit: Resized!

Last edited by Thadius856; 08-31-2011 at 02:01 PM.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 11:19 PM   #51
Work Hard, Play Harder
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 244
Rewards Points: 150
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


When you upload to imageshack or other image sites; you can have them resize down to 800 X 600 or 640 X 480... looks nicer. I'm on a 25 in widescreen and the pics are pretty big....

I like your renders; i use google sketchup for my stuff and I'm slowly getting better. Nothing like yours though...

Seems to be coming along well.
coderguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2011, 11:37 PM   #52
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


I'll definitely be resizing them later. On other forums I have typically used the {img width=x}URL{/img} method, but it seems to be disabled here. The shorthand {img WxH}URL{/img} seems to be disabled as well.

Right now I'm behind a firewall that filters imageshack, so I can't re-upload them. Perhaps tomorrow.

Thanks for letting me know!
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 01:36 PM   #53
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


What a morning! I was a bit irritated after having to stay almost 2 hours late at work, but when I came home to this gem, my spirits perked up quite a bit. I had the following letter waiting for me in my mailbox.

Quote:
Whistler
<My Street Address>
<My City>, CA

Whisler,

On behalf of all of our neighbors; please stop the loud whistles and chirping.

Municipal code #.#.# - Prohibited Noises

'The following acts, among others, are declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in violation of this chapter, but said enumeration shall not be deemed to be exclusive:

D. Yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, or singing on the public streets, particularly between the hours of eleven p.m. to seven a.m. or at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort, or repose of persons in any office, or in dwelling, hotel or other type of residence or any persons in the vicinity'

Law enforcement has not been asked to assist yet.

Thank you,

Resident
<My City>, CA
I got quite the laugh out of that. Yes, the bolded sections were bolded in the letter too.



Woops, forgot that I'm not allowed to do that.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 01:49 PM   #54
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


To be clear, I find it funny not only because of the ridiculousness of the letter's body, but the other statements it gave. It was mailed, quite purposely, from another zip code. It's completely anonymous. It quotes municipal codes. And it's from one of two neighbors who have never introduced themselves, and live less than 100 feet away.

If somebody came to my door with a complaint, I'd understand completely. Hey, we're all human. Approaching me nicely in person with a concern would show a great deal of decency. I'd respond by doing most everything in my power to make sure it was taken care of.

This, on the other hand, shows a lack of testicles (or... ovaries?). I'm not exactly an unapproachable person. It makes me want to get up extra early tomorrow and whistle every song I can think of until my face hurts, less than one foot from the property line.

It's certainly not from either of the immediate neighbors. To the southwest, the nearest house is vacant and for sale. The next house further down is a rental with noisy children that love to crank up music. To the northeast, the nearest has four kids and a dog that loves to bark in the middle of the night. One house further up is, again, vacant and for sale. I seriously doubt anybody across the street can hear me whistling from my back yard. Plus, I've spoken with all of them, and we're on a first-name basis. That leaves only two occupied houses - the two whose back yards abut mine.

I don't plan to do anything different until they grow some cojones and come speak to me.

Last edited by Thadius856; 08-31-2011 at 02:02 PM.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 02:53 PM   #55
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Good night, sun. Good night, moon.

(But mostly sun...)
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 02:02 AM   #56
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Not a very busy day, I must admit. I came home this morning to the laundry room getting a good one over. The first coat of paint is on, and that's no small feat considering it was done without removing the washer or dryer, and everything visible behind the water heater is done!

Unfortunately, I didn't get to prep the living bejebus out of it like I'd hoped to before its first coat. There are random receptacles in the ceiling. The odd gas line T's off the water heater, lies against the wall as it goes over the door, drops back down, and then hangs next to the dryer. Yeah, I bought an electric after all. It's circuit conduit is just about as horrid. There's a switch that we have no idea what it goes to. Ironically, there wasn't any lighting in there until I installed a 12" Alabaster and white enamel flush mount fixture. All of the plates are oversize, and you can still see the holes behind them. It's going to be a work in progress... I'm halfway resigned to the idea of a laundry room being the one room that's allowed to look bad. Trying to fight that urge to just let it go.

Only got a few hours of sleep before the wife awoke to the UPS guy at the door. She was bouncing up and down on the bed with our new bedding set. Not much choice but to get up and help her make it. Bet you can guess what happened next... I couldn't fall back asleep. Seems to be a pattern.



Anyway, this is how it looks. It came with a 2" tear at the bottom stitching of the comforter. Not impressed with that for $160+, but otherwise loving it. I'll call Kohl's tomorrow and see what we can do, short of shipping the whole set back. Sooooo cozy. I'm sure she'll want to use my Amazon gift cards to get the 20x20 Euro Square shams filled, as well as the 2nd set of King pillows. We currently have 2 King and 2 Standard, with the pillow cases folded over. I guess that's better than it rotting in my wallet. Though I'd kind of wanted some a cheapo multi-tool and a cheapo miter saw. *shrug*

Looked at the finances today and decided that I absolutely will not be buying any more materials until I finish the projects I have going. Unless of course I absolutely need them to complete that project. That should give me a little time to build the nest egg back up.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 02:14 AM   #57
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Managed to make some progress on the junkiness of the storage area in the back yard. Noticed that a "FREE" sign had been added to my pair of boxsprings I'd been on the fence about donating, so I took it a step further and posted it on Craigslist in the free section. Zero bites, I'm floored.

On the other hand, I also posted on the flagstone the wife pulled out of the path. And some other masonry we had pulled up when we moved in to alleviate a drainage issue in front (along with other remedy steps).

This is what I posted:

Quote:
One 4' x 5' x 1' pile of flagstone. Various sizes from 3"x4" to 18"x30".

Nine 12"x12"x3" masonry blocks.

One 1'x2'x1' pile of concrete pavers shaped and painted to look like petrified wood from the factory.

Twenty five 2' brick border blocks. 5" tall?

If you see this listing, it's still available. In <city>. You load. Bring a wheelbarrow or helper if you need one. Email, text or call _______ for address.

Thanks for viewing.


One response in 30 minutes said they're leaving their house for here immediately. Before they arrived, I had at least 5 more contacts. Thankfully, they took it all. I'm left with one half of a brick and one work glove. Wish they would have taken the box springs too. Boy, that 3/4 ton was sagging something awful.

I felt bad because they arrive just after dusk. I have no lighting on that side of the house. I popped up a LiON Rigid area light, but it died quickly on all of my uncharged batteries. Ended up having to set up two of the flashlights that came with my Mikita set. Not quite the same.

They were also older. And much larger. And very sweaty. While I leaned against my oak and sipped my lemonade.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 02:38 AM   #58
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


As a last note, I did manage to get a fair bit done on the drawing today as well. The digital 2x8 tongue-and-groove subfloor is laid, the four main exterior walls are framed and up, the second top plate is installed, and several windows were framed out. I managed to get a couple of the windows in, but I'm still missing 3 of them. Added a couple pockets for the interior walls, but again not many. The transition between the original home and garage is what's hanging me up, but I think I've found a solution. I'll sleep on it, then see where that goes.

Here's a sneak-peak. Didn't want to wait for a render, so you get a sketchy wireframe with the grading turned off.
Attached Thumbnails
1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project-render5.jpg  
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2011, 08:15 PM   #59
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Had the house to myself today. That usually means it's the perfect opportunity to do something that involves shutting off the electricity. And that's exactly what happened.

Keeping only the A/C and the new circuit I added hot, I set about to figure out what was going on with the fridge. I recently replaced the counter receptacle with a GFCI. The fridge's receptacle is on the load side of it, and the fridge kept tripping the GFCI after random intervals (2-30 minutes). Made for some very soft ice cream.

Hauled the fridge out, climbed behind, didn't see anything wrong with the receptacle. It was backstabbed, so I suspected that was an issue. Couldn't find my backstab tool, so I shoved a small screw driver tip inside and twisted until it split. Much easier than busting it up using lineman pliers. New tamper-resistant decorator receptacle installed. No problems, yet.

Was able to remove the extension cord going to the GFCI on the opposite counter. I'm sure the wife will be happy to see it's gone. She wasn't digging the neon orange accents.

Also installed a new kitchen light box. Yeah, I never did get around to putting one back in the wall til now. Wired it all back up, with a replacement switch. No more "popping", and now the kitchen light can be shut off. She'll probably be happy about that too.

Removed the switch box that I had used temporarily to mount the cable to. Slightly enlarged the hole, popped in a metal low-voltage bracket, and put it all back together. I'd have preferred the plastic old work kind, but the little wings wouldn't unfold on one corner without taking a massive piece out of a brace.

Had to go into town for a work meeting. Turns out they booked a room that holds 80 people, and closer to 500 showed up. Parking was a nightmare. And then they cancelled it. Ugh. Picked up a couple cases of groceries on the dirt cheap while I was out... Hamburger Helper and Snack Packs for weeks! At $0.60 a box and 7.1 cents a pudding cup, I couldn't pass em up.

Putting my feet up while I frame out some more windows and doors on the model. Sometimes it feels like I could do it in person faster than I can work with these 3D objects.

Night shift gets their pick of tasks: replace old receptacle in bathroom with GFCI, cook dinner, do the dishes, paint the laundry room, or mop 1100 ft of hardwoods.
Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011, 04:33 AM   #60
Member
 
Thadius856's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 921
Rewards Points: 500
Default

1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Made a little progress tonight. Washed dishes, cooked two night's worth of dinner and tupperware'd them. Did some recycling. Unloaded the car.

Managed to finish "laying out" the original house's exterior walls. All windows and the front door are roughed in. Adjusted header height to 80" on windows, 82.75" on doors, added 1" on left and right side of door rough-in. Framed out and roughed in both bedroom closets and doors. Laid out all remaining bottom plates, top plates, and cap plates.

Too tired again for a proper render to load. Hope this screenshot helps.
Attached Thumbnails
1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project-render6.jpg  

Thadius856 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
mobile home service to bond or not to bond rikmac Electrical 35 03-17-2010 04:47 PM
Attic insulation in ranch home lchilds72 Building & Construction 6 11-29-2008 12:04 PM
Anyone have a sample materials price list for 4br ranch home a re-wire job? ehoez Electrical 4 09-24-2008 02:00 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.