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Old 09-02-2011, 03:53 PM   #61
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1958 Ranch Home, Full of Character - First Home, First Major Project


Was waiting for a package this morning, so I didn't want to get working on the back yard. Ended up doing more drawing work. Of course, the package never came.

This is how far I got. All doors, windows, closets are now fully framed. The garage has been framed out as well. All openings are roughed in.

I had to assume that the garage wall where the door used to be was stick framed back and the door header removed. I'll be opening that wall sometime within the year, so we'll see what I actually find there when that time comes.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:58 AM   #62
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Not much to say on the home front in the last couple of days. Been conducting plenty of research on cement paver distributors, prices, manufacturers, pattens, etc.

Tossing around layouts in my head. Specifically, trying to determine exactly what we want and how to accomplish it in phases without the whole place looking like hell in the meantime. This project will likely start in the spring. Once we get something closer to finalized, I'll add it to the drawings.

Been working on my broken down car. Think I ruled out a leak at the manifold gasket this morning, but couldn't find my compression tester after much digging. Now that I've found it, I'll probably knock that out in the morning and see if I can't get the rest of the exterior paint thrown on by Tuesday afternoon.

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Slow goings, yet again.

Yesterday was eaten up by my daytime sleep schedule. And then transitioning back to a nighttime sleep schedule. I lose about half a day each time, but end up remarkably well rested. I would stay on a daytime sleep schedule all the time, but then I'd never see the wife and I wouldn't be able to do much work on the house while everybody's sleeping.

This morning was eaten up by a meeting at work (which started late, ran late and ended late), a trip to update vaccinations (which took almost no time at all) and a trip to the grocery store (which took forever).
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:09 PM   #64
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But I did manage to get some things done!

Just changed out two light switches that were "popping", as it were. One in the master bedroom, one in the bathroom. Also replaced the receptacle in the bathroom with a GFCI. Turns out that the hallway light and kitchen light are downstream on that circuit. WTF? Another can of worms opened...

Only one thing to do... cover it with a louver nightlight.

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Also removed and capped the light switch in the laundry room that controls... seemingly nothing. It was hot, though, and I didn't feel right keeping the plate off. Still threw away the beat up switch, though.

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Here's a lovely receptacle that I found. I have no idea why this could even be here. Yet, it's live, and it seems to work just fine. The back is accessible from the attic (and only about 3' from the access hatch), so this may very well become a junction box from above and be patched over.

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And here's the paint situation that I've got to deal with. Dingy moulding, gas line running around the trim of the door, mismatched switches with oversize holes and covers, random receptacles mid-way up the wall, and the dryer circuit in conduit. I plan to work on all of it.

We're just now getting to painting some of the door frame moulding. Waiting for it to dry so I can remove the tape.

More this coming weekend, I hope.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:30 PM   #65
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Little progress again today. Was only able to work a few hours. Off to bed right after this! Hopefully this coming weekend is a fair bit more kind.

I awoke to the kitchen being shuffled around. Sure enough, the fridge was pulled out, the stone was pulled out, and the paint was in the tray. We knocked out the rear and right-hand walls of the galley in about 4 hours, giving it all two coats and cutting in all of the cabinets. I'll be re-painting when I (some day) get the time and money to re-do the cabinetry.

In the process, I found 2 more outlets behind the cabinets, staggered between the two I could see. However, these are 24" or so off the floor, so they create a zig-zag wit the ones I knew about as they go down the wall. Since they're all covered by the cabinetry, I didn't bother changing the receptacles to the new decorator ones.

A little time later, here's what came of it:

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Not too shabby. It really brightens the place up. Pay no mind to the sheet vinyl.

The other half of the day was spent going through all of the messes in the office. There's still quite a bit that needs to be reorganized, but there's now a large box ready for donation. It's got all sorts of old toys, games, electronic goodies, cables, cords, and a nice assortment of now-ancient PC pieces.

In the process, I realized that the closet doors weren't sized too large for the opening. They'd just popped out of the bottom track.

Voila, doors that can close now.

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It sound silly, I know, but they really looked like they were 2" too wide. They obviously still need adjustment, but I can get to that another day.

Here's to another day.
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Here's why I had to go in such a hurry... today was my wedding day! I cleaned up and made it into my dress blues in record time.



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We came home for a few minutes, to realize that it had heated up inside. Oh, but wait, I forgot to repair the A/C duct that broke while I was in the attic.

We decided an early dinner was in order. We had the most amazing pitcher of Sangria, an huge portions of Veal Saltimboca and Eggplant Parmisana. A nap was in order on the way home, while our driver had to detour around reported 100' flames coming from a propane train car.

(Who brought that crane and cow?)

With that, I'm off. To... well, that isn't important.
Congratulations! I'm a new follower of your posts. I just bought (also with partner) a 1959ish brick ranch in April. I have a million projects currently going on and will be starting a thread like yours soon. Good luck on all your projects!
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Congratulations! I'm a new follower of your posts. I just bought (also with partner) a 1959ish brick ranch in April. I have a million projects currently going on and will be starting a thread like yours soon. Good luck on all your projects!
A brick ranch, marvellous! This one's a mismatch of all sorts of materials. I was recently thinking that I'd love to go with some brick vaneer in place of all this damn stucco and stone (petrified wood?) vaneer. I figured the load couldn't be too much different. That seems like something that won't happen with my budget, though.

Please, do document your project. I'll probably start watching yours once the thread pops up, but please do send me a link just in case!
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A brick ranch, marvellous! This one's a mismatch of all sorts of materials. I was recently thinking that I'd love to go with some brick vaneer in place of all this damn stucco and stone (petrified wood?) vaneer. I figured the load couldn't be too much different. That seems like something that won't happen with my budget, though.

Please, do document your project. I'll probably start watching yours once the thread pops up, but please do send me a link just in case!
Started the thread - Let's see how well I keep up with it now!
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Looking good on that thread.

Well, the weekend's here! Unfortunately I had to get some sleep this morning, so I missed out on the cooler part of the daytime. I had wanted to throw some exterior paint on, but with temperatures pushing near 100F today, the North side of the house will have to wait. I'll just have to find little things indoors to keep me busy this afternoon.

What to do, what to do...
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Not all that much that I could get done today, having lost the morning and the temperature being so high outside.

I was looking at the doors. Many have a decent wood pattern and build quality, so I figured I might be able to clean them up and re-oil them. They cleaned up just fine with my wood floor cleaner, but really soaked it up. The end grain is definitely in need of some love. Unfortunately, I found that I had only enough oil left for 1 door. I suppose the rest got used on the cabinetry. Boo. Cleaned up this one, and will have a go at the others tomorrow. Maybe.

I had been waiting to get new door hardware until I decided if they needed to be replaced or not. I've since decided that I have other projects that I'd prefer to give precedence to.
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A little back story, before we begin...

When we moved in, only two windows has any sort of coverings. The dining area and kitchen windows both had white faux wood Levolor blinds in very good condition. We made sure to get matching blinds for the rest of the house, as they're not exactly cheap.

I did really want the rich, dark Walnut or even the Honey Pine faux wood blinds, but they came at a premium, and would require that I replace the two that were already here. The numbers just didn't work out. These are 2" plantation-style blinds, and they work very well to blend in on a traditional Ranch home.

At the big box, they come in some odd sizes. It has something to do with new window sizes, putting undersized vinyl windows in older rough-ins, and some other factors that I don't fully understand. The sales person told me that width accounted for over 75% of the price, and an additional foot or two in length was only a dollar or two more. It's pretty accurate. I gave the widths, she cut the shortest blinds that could be cut to that width, and we were off with a cart of heavy boxes and copious amounts of resin shavings.

Over the course of that following week, I started shortening the blinds that I'd just installed. The largest was the living room window, which is a 6-0 by 5-0 (IIRC) window, but we cut from a 74x82.5 stock. Needless to say, the shortening removed a LOT of weight. I probably pulled 15 lbs of slats off that window alone. These are definitely not lightweight like aluminum or similar thin plastic blinds.

The office was 3-9 by 3-0, but all of the rest were 3-0 by 3-0. The office and guest bedroom were done the first week. And then I never got around to our bedroom, so we've had blinds that were about 58" long for the past few months...
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You can see here that there was no shortage of slats. Why Lowe's has to carry a 37" AND 37.5" width in a 58"(ish) length, I have no idea. But that's the shortest that my store carried that would fit on a 3' window opening. I can't imagine such a window size being at all common.

Notice how long the lift cords are when the slats were resting on the sill.

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This is how far they extend when allowed to lower fully. There's certainly no need for this sort of length in this application. The lift cords are at about the right height here.

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And this is what they look like trimmed. I considered leaving an extra slat, but like the way the others in the house looked. The lift cords are in a reasonable position now.

(After I snapped the photo, I noticed that the 2nd slats where we have been tucking a blanket so I can sleep during the daytime bent the slats slightly. I removed that slat, replaced it, and then noticed that it was extremely easy to coax it back to its normal shape. Oh well.)

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I did the one behind the headboard, too. I told the wife she had 3 seconds to cover her face if she didn't want her picture online while under the weather. Forgive the mess on the nightstands - I left the tools laying there for the picture. :\

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Also moved all of my uniforms to one location. They're hanging in the office now. It's amazing how much space was leftover after we went through all of our stuff and prepared much of it for donation.

The books are messy for now because of the planned full-wall bookshelf I plan to build into the living room. I'm exploring ideas for custom closets. At 5'10 x 22", I don't have all that many attractive options so far.

Some of the tupperware will be going away this weekend. The spare computer case was acquired as a freebie in a bundle, and will be sold for half price or less on Craigslist this weekend as well.

I hope to have the doors re-aligned this evening.
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Almost forgot... got about half of the documentation created for the new circuit I ran. It's in the form of an AutoCAD 2012 drawing and 8.5x11 title block, exported to PDF for easy viewing here.

This diagram shows what to expect inside each junction box and switch box in the circuit. It probably doesn't make a terrible amount of sense without the floorplan or showing the full paths, but that will be in the next document. This is in case, years later, I have to troubleshoot.

Of course, it's 8kb too large for this forum, so... I've hosted it on MediaFire.
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Got up before the sun today for a little pintura action. Started getting taped and covering windows just after dawn started to break. It was a comfy 70ish.

You can see the dirt stains from the lack of gutters on the all sides (except the front) allowing mud to splash against the bottom part of the house. The grey stuff is stucco patch to hide a hairline crack. And the sprinkler section is still not filled in yet. The primer you see in these two pictures is almost a month old, so it needed another coat.

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A little primer (or re-primering for that one section) along the lower section of the wall helps to hide the discoloration from showing through the paint.

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