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Old 11-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #46
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Just a quick update.....

As most of us know....the killer is in the details.....framing goes up somewhat quick.....but it's the guts that takes time. At this point I figure I'm about 90% complete on electrical. All that is left is one bedroom and the other half section of smokes and CO2 sensors. Plumbing...I'm going to call it 75% (maybe 80%). Most of it is going easy....I just have one part that will be a real PIA....so much fun sweating copper in a crawl space between floor joists.

One of the big items done is that I have moved the water heater from it's original location at the front of the house to its new home in the back. In realative terms, it's about 20' closer (as the pipe runs) to the existing bathroom.....and because most of the bathroom stuff is located in a central location....it's about as clean as you can get it.

One of the more challenging tasks was the vent stack for the gas water heater. I had to make a soffet for the exhaust pipe up the side of the house (NO, an ugly exposed pipe is NOT an option)

Old location...



New home......notice the nice 14g stainless steel base?



Water Heater in place....



Soffet for exhaust pipe....



Here is an example of some of the copper plumbing....I'm proud of it now....before I turn on the water.....




But the real news is that the inspector bought off the roof nailing.....I can now put on shingles. Had a couple of guys come by last week for quotes....gave the job to one of them tonight. Assuming all goes well, I won't be "Singing In The Rain" any more....I do NOT want to go through what I did this past winter with the rains.

We ordered and recieved all our windows.....I'm slowly installing them now.

I'm taking the week of Thanksgiving off with hopes that I can finish ALL the framing, electrial, plumbing and mechanical by then...then get my observation report...which means the buy off on framing....which means I can turn loose the stucco guy and I can start drywalling the b!tch...

If all goes as planned.....our kids will be sleeping in their own bedrooms Christmas day....they might have paint buckets on the wood floor...but they will be in their rooms (We are SOOOO tired of the kids fighting)

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Old 11-07-2012, 05:07 PM   #47
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Nice update.

You crazy Californians with your outside water heaters hehe.

Just kidding / I'm sitting in Southern California right now, the weather here is rather impressive.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:31 AM   #48
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I have a ROOF.........yes....after 18 months of construction.....we have a roof. And not a day too soon. We got drenched in rain yesterday evening....but that's ok....we have a roof.....no more running around a 2am with buckets and a shop vac trying to contain the water....no more plastic to buy to try and keep the water out....

No more of this.....


On Wed they got the low slope are membrane torched down......the decision on torch down vs hot mop made for many a night of browsing the web and asking quesitons on DIY.....many thanks to roofmaster, joecaption and others for the input.



This is where the existing roof joins up with the new section of roof with the low pitch. The roofing guy ran the membrane about 18-24" up under those shingles.....



And this is what the base layer looks like....this is the new synthetic stuff vs the old tar paper....it feels and looks a lot like tyvek.....but is really tough....and according to the roofer....is actually cooler than the black tar paper...even when the shingles are on it. Seeing how I have vaulted ceilings and the ceiling will be unvented...cooler is good.



And shingles.....real shingles...



Fireplace surround and skylight....and no, I am not done with the fireplace....now that the flashing is in place I can finish the outside....I purchased the flashing kit to go wtih the deck mounted skylight....makes for a cleaner and tighter seal.



And the overall view......the color of shingles we had were discontinued about 5 years ago...(about a year after I bought them)...so the new shingles are slightly different...but not so much that it bothers me.....I have a roof....at this point I wouldn't care if they were pink.



The next 2 weeks are going to be fun.....I'm about 95% done with electrical....80% with plumbing....98% with framing....the windows are here...I'll start putting those in....by Thanksgiving the house should be pretty much buttoned up. This winter is shaping up to be a lot dryer and warmer.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:11 PM   #49
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Nice update.

You crazy Californians with your outside water heaters hehe.

Just kidding / I'm sitting in Southern California right now, the weather here is rather impressive.
Yeah, what is with that????

I've lived in VA my whole life.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #50
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Time for a quick update....seeing how I most likely won't get a whole lot done tomorrow except eat too much and kill off a few brain cells.....

I'm starting to feel like that it's going to be a house....I got the last window set in the new construction part. (I still have 4 windows to replace in the existing house)

Not only do I have a roof....but now windows...no more plastic covering up holes to keep water out.

Windows are one of the items that going cheap on is not so cheap. These are Milgards....yea, I know, there not Anderson or Pela....but these are fiberglass on the outside (means we can paint them later if want), vinyl on the inside...Low E...Argon, UV blocking...etc.

The last one came in today....as you can see it's an odd shape....it is for the stairwell....



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There was actually a lot of planning that went into windows and placement....one of the features I wanted was the ability to get on the roof without a ladder....hence, these windows are casement...just crank them open and step out. Additionally, we think it helps to keep the addition from looking like a stucco block from the street.



My wife has lots of plans for the area by these windows....with all the natural light, she will be able to do a lot of her artsy stuff...

Well...time to go get started on the holiday....cheers everyone and have a great Thanksgiving.
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whoa!!! nice!!! roof and windows, amazing! I've been following your thread and quite amazed at your work. At this rate you'll be done soon....what are we gonna do once you're done. no more thread to follow. very nice
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whoa!!! nice!!! roof and windows, amazing! I've been following your thread and quite amazed at your work. At this rate you'll be done soon....what are we gonna do once you're done. no more thread to follow. very nice
Once a DIY'r......your never done.......I'm sure I'll find something.....actually, the list is already starting to get long....

Anyway....considering that this is Turkey day, I didn't think I would get any work done....but, we were back from church by 10:30.....wife had some cooking to do before we went to her parents house....so....I 'sort of' finished a project....the closet for the water heater....

From above, you might recall this...



Well....it helps to have access to things like this.....
12' shear....


Plasma cutter....



10' Brake....so I can ben it....This is the 'top' part of the closet.



One of the two sides being primed.....



And I got them up today.....



I still have a little work....but at least the water heater is not exposed.....

Need to make a couple of brackets/stops. Need to attach a latch for the door. The door (part with holes for the vent covers) is on a continous hinge. The other side is screwed to the wood frame. If I ever need to replace the water heater....I'll just need to open the door....take off a few screws on the side panel and I end up with access on two sides.....

BTW....it's 18g aluminized steel. Much better than the paper thin POS ready made closet they sell at HD.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:58 AM   #53
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Well.....if you saw the above pics....then you will know this wall.....this is the wall that is on the other side of where the water heater is. This room 'used' to be our master bed room. The only reason it 'could' be called the master bedroom was because it was a few square inches larger than the other bedrooms. For those wondering about acutal size...how about 13.5x11.5.

In it's new life....we call it the "Pub". To the right of the pic (out of view) is the stairway to the 2nd floor addition....on the left is going to be my bar...the place where us MEN hang out while our wives tend to our needs (make us food).



I had a lot of drywall to remove...and have what I consider a good method......

I cut down the wall about 20" or so from the edge of the intact drywall....



It's then a simple step to pull of hole chunks of drywall....translation....a lot less mess...



Once all the drywall was off and the old window out....I found some minor water damage....I'm going to speculate that it is very old damage. The PO at some point had the old windows (1950's) removed and replace with double pane AL windows...(the window seller must have been one of those door to door guys)...so I think the water damage happened with the original windows.



As with most projects....clean up is a significant factor.....well...my 10 yr old likes to help....so he got to pull out nails.....as recorded by my camera with a dirty lense....



And this is the wall stripped...floor cleaned and new window installed.

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Awesome! nice job getting work done on thanksgiving!
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Looking good! Don't forget to terminate the pressure relief valve outside the tin, for safety. Is that a ventilated crawlspace intake right next to the gas WH intake, any safety concerns there?

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Looking good! Don't forget to terminate the pressure relief valve outside the tin, for safety. Is that a ventilated crawlspace intake right next to the gas WH intake, any safety concerns there?

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The PRV pipe is on my list....I'm looking for a compression fitting to put on the pipe so that it's easier to remove if I have to....the other option is to just use a union....

As for the crawl space vent....good question...I'll see if the inspector brings it up...if not...I won't worry about it.

I was doing to 'calculations' the other day....I think my water heater is about 10 years old....so I figure I have maybe another 4-6 years of life out of it....considering some of the new technology that gas water heaters are getting....me thinks that I should maybe install an outlet near that water heater....before I close up the wall on the other side....
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I was doing to 'calculations' the other day....I think my water heater is about 10 years old....so I figure I have maybe another 4-6 years of life out of it....considering some of the new technology that gas water heaters are getting....me thinks that I should maybe install an outlet near that water heater....before I close up the wall on the other side....
Mine is manufactured in June of 1969 - are you saying I should consider replacing mine
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Mine is manufactured in June of 1969 - are you saying I should consider replacing mine
43 years old? It must have been made before they figured out that if they didn't make them as well....they could sell more of them.
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Nice work. We got Milgard vinyl windows about a year ago. So far so good. I think they help, up here in the Valley we have a bit more temperature variation than the South Bay, and I have not finished my ceiling sealing project, so I have quite a bit of air leakage at the moment. So its hard to tell their real impact. But I like the fact that they reduce the UV sun damage to the interior furnishings a lot better than 1980 single pane. And the noise reduction is a plus.
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M3....I think that once you get the leakage issue fixed.....you'll be in good shape. I've been impressed so far with the reduction in noise and temp with the windows.....and I have LOTS of leaks.....I don't even have insulation and drywall yet...

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