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Old 08-16-2013, 12:38 AM   #136
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You, Sir, are AMAZING!

I've been working on my home (well, actually, mostly NOT working...) for over 5 years. You inspire me. Absolutely unbelievable.

Good luck getting it done! (and I have NOOOOO doubt you will!)

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Old 08-16-2013, 08:26 AM   #137
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Look at all the wonderful dirt,,gosh wish I'd known,,,,could have used here in Fl. to help stop these sink holes here. Who shoveled all the dirt into the dumpster,,,,what a back breaking job for someone,guess you(hope) rented a little bobcat.. I think you already said you did. This sure enough is a labor.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:56 PM   #138
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MAJOR milestone completed.....the stucco....it's done. I can't say enough about the contractor....even cleaned up completely when done....







I like how the soffet for my meter came out....





I have some minor touch up to do over the next couple of days. I want to get ALL of the up high stuff done so I don't have to worry about breaking out the ladder any time soon. (I hate heights).

I'll take down the scaffolding this weekend....put it on CL and hopefully it will be gone soon. Then we can start getting our yard back in order.....

This is such a relief....Roof...walls....Windows....no more worries about the rains.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:46 PM   #139
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Major milestone today....the scaffolding is down.....in reality, I think it was easier to put it up than take it down. Going up, everything was clean....coming down..well, all the dust and dirt also came down...and screw heads stripped....and nails didn't want to come out.

Except for some minor trim details...the outside is done.....

Ok....so I have one section of scaffolding still up....I'm using it to stand one while I finish that small part of the roof....that couldn't be finished because one of the legs of the second layer was going through it.





That is a big wall....the small window for the shower makes it look even bigger....





Our balcony



This is a narrow space on the side of the house....but see that strip of rough cut wood on the wall? I'm going to attach some wrought iron hooks to it so the plant can grow up on it...I figure that in about a year the space will be totally covered.





Now I just have a crap load of drywall to do.....but the most important thing is that I don't have to worry about the rains now....
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Old 09-14-2013, 10:43 AM   #140
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Update time....

Scaffolding is down....area outside is cleaned up....now we have another task...patio and grass....and it needs to be done before the rains....

Started doing drywall upstairs...

After doing the drywall in my sons room, I found out just how hard it is to do gentle angles....90's are easy....they have a tool for that....but not for 33.5 deg.

Now that I'm ready to tackle the master bedroom with it's 11' high ceilings....and knowing how I hate heights....and how bad I am at angles....I'm trying something here.

As you can see in the pic....I have a flat section of ceiling (37" wide) and then it angles with the slope of the roof (22.5 deg).



So rather than cut the drywall 37" wide......I scored the backside down the length at 5.5" on each side.





Gave it a gently little break.....



And lifted into position....



With the supervision of our cat Josie....



I must admit.....perfect seams....or lack of seams....but rather a perfect crease....or, what ever you want to call it....



I do have one 'less than perfect' spot where it meets the wall...the drywall did not break cleanly and my line went off straight a little....I'll see how bad it is when I get the sides up and some tape on the corners....if necessary, I'll cut the crease and tape it...it's only about 6"....but with the other lines absolutely perfect, it kind of stands out.

Side note...I tried the same method on 90's....no go....you have to be perfectly square....and when you go to screw the other piece, it pulls on the board and pulls the paper away...my guess is that anything more than a 45 needs tape.
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Nice trick- I'm surprised that the paper didn't away on the ceiling board as well, especially when working against gravity
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Nice trick- I'm surprised that the paper didn't away on the ceiling board as well, especially when working against gravity
That is what happens on angles greater than 45 deg.....

On the above, I didn't break the drywall seam completely....so as I pushed it up into position, the side boards pushed against the rafters.

When I did my screwing, I started in the center and worked out. Then I pushed the sides up really good before screwing.

I'm happy with how it turned it....it's going to save me a crap load of time....those long seams where the drywall is thinner are real easy to tape and mud....typically by the second pass it's almost perfect. I won't even have to touch the angles.
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Very well done sir!
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That was a great idea . dorf dude...
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Wow, you are moving ahead! The stucco looks complete. A welcomed big difference.

On another note.... before you drywall the lid/walls, pull the stapling flanges (leave just enough to hold it up) from the sides of the studs (inset stapling) because it creates air channels there forcing convective looping and the empty spaces give heat/air transfer to the ridge from the lower areas. Pages 45-48;http://www.buildingscienceconsulting...Measure_Up.pdf

In order for air-permeable fiberglass (creates many small dead-air spaces) to be most effective, it needs full contact with the drywall; pp.2 "Making contact"- http://www.advancedinsulationinc.com...Insulation.pdf this will stop any air movement there giving a reduction in R-value. It requires an air barrier next to it. ADA the drywall for optimum performance; http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/...rtight-drywall

http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...wall-approach/

The drywall material itself is the air barrier, with a gap at the hinge of the slopes, the paper alone is left to stop diffusion/infiltration/exfiltration. At least reinforce the joint with additional paper tape/mud because the material now has a void area which is the weakest link of the continuity of the air barrier. The hot outside/attic air will condense on the thin paper joint with the AC on, causing wetting; especially as your thermal barrier doesn't follow the air barrier but continues up the slope leaving a big attic area with extra heat from the air spaces left in the cavity corners depositing there. Is the asphalt coated paper code required for your location? Fig.11; http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...vapor-barriers

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Dawg.....wow looking really good. Glad to see that things are moving along.

It's great to see a major milestone completed. I hate doing the piddly little stuff that takes forever but has to be done. Like it when you get a biggun done.

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Dawg.....wow looking really good. Glad to see that things are moving along.

It's great to see a major milestone completed. I hate doing the piddly little stuff that takes forever but has to be done. Like it when you get a biggun done.

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Thanks.....

I'm getting ready to get into a period of extensive travel....I've already warned the wife....I'm trying to get all the drywall done so she can paint and tile while I'm gone.

As you well know, it's those 'piddly' things that take so long....

Come Christmas time, I'll most likely be off for about 3 weeks....1 week via work...and use up 2 weeks of vacation time (and still have time left over). That is when I plan to get some serious wood working done....I have 3 vanities to make along with some above toilet cabinets....and get a good start on the Pub.....

The Pub is going to be the hard one...I'm not going to do a hack job on that one....and as any woodworker knows, stain and varnish are very time consuming tasks....when I do my wood....I want it to look like your looking at glass covered wood....with every wood detail visible....and you will not find any softwood in the pub....hardwoods only...none of this 'plywood' stuff....real hardwood....
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Everything looks perfect to me. You have remarkable skills. Plus, I know it takes a lot of patience and determination.
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An overdue update. I've been busy trying to finish the drywall. But, we are about to get into our rainy season so I needed to get some outside work done in order to control water and mud. We have this 'trench' between the driveway and house.....it likes to collect water....so...I needed to fill it with concrete.

Here is a better view of what I was wanting to put concrete in...





As you can see....not very wide...the biggest area is the spot under the gates. Basically, we are trying to control dirt and prevent the dog from digging out.

My initial plan was to use 30# felt.

Guess what? I didn't use anything for expansion.....I tossed down a couple of #3 bars the length of the trench....and dumped in the concrete.

I have a material supply about 2 miles from my house....$156 and I get this bad boy filled up with a yard of concrete...



Towed all 5500 lbs of it home with my jeep....and started pouring...
Pretty cool setup....it keeps the concrete mixed....when your ready to dump some....turn the knob until it starts to rotate the other way and tilt it down....

Note....be ready to turn it back fast or you end up with more than you can handle.



Finished result....yea, I know, it's not perfect....but I have maybe 8 hours into it including prep....it's flat....with enough slope to push water away from the house....

I'm sure it's going to crack....but the cracks won't be any bigger than whats in the driveway.

About 2-4 years from now when I have the $$....it all comes up and a proper and 'straight' driveway will be poured.

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I'm out of town on business......extended out of town....to the tune of looking at 6 weeks....already into week 3...so no progress on the house....and I'm so close....about 90% done with getting all the drywall hanged. I'm hoping I get to go home this weekend so I can finish the last 10% and then I think I'm going to cave in an 'pay' someone to do the tape and mud....but by doing so...when I get back....we will be ready for paint.....and maybe, just maybe....we can be moved into our addition by Christmas.....that would make for a nice Christmas.

Since I don't do drywall for a living...I hesitate to spend to much on special tools....so I have gotten kind of 'creative' on what I use for templates....the lid from a 1 gal can of paint is just the right size to mark the hole for a 6" can light...

And this beer bottle is just the right size for my sink drain.....I don't like oversized holes...I like a tight fit on my drywall...







This is the large wall next to the stairs.....because I realized that my framing accuracy is not to the 1/16" of an inch....I put up this piece first....got it squared up....it made measuring and cutting the ones above an below it a lot easier since I now have a good reference to measure to....



And our interior doors arrived....just in time for me to NOT have time to install them....

Solid core....the bathroom doors have the frosted glass...the bedroom doors are solid knotty Alder...now I just have to figure out what color I want...





In case anyone is wondering.....the doors were a little over $300/ea.....yea, more expensive than what you can get at HD....but guess what? They don't look like doors from Home Depot.....

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