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Old 11-27-2012, 09:38 AM   #61
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John, you got it going your way now, that does look good. I know you are happy to be in the dry now.

I checked out your Jeep build, man I broke out in a bad drool, that is a fine machine. You got a killer deal on the engine and trans also. I couldn't post on that board so I just posted here. You did a fantastic job on your Jeep. Do you do any rock crawling out your way? You should see some of the rock crawlers here, just unreal. Sorry to hi jack your thread, I couldn't help myself being an ole time mechanic.

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Old 11-27-2012, 10:18 AM   #62
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Thanks Jim.....chances are I know some of the jeepers out in your area. There is anther forum I'm on that is just for jeep....a lot of TN guys are on there. What's really cool about some of those rigs is that there is no Bolt On Bling (I call it BOB)...just good ol' backyard fabrication skills.....non of this off the shelf lift kit or long arm kit....

I used to wheel a lot....haven't since the frame-up restore...jeep is not finished. I have a D44 Flat top sitting on the driveway....knuckles are cut and drilled...I need to chop off 4" of the axle on one end...then figure out which locker...since I have air....ARB is in a sligh lead over a Detroit....and I think I need new gears...4.56 to go with the 35's....

But first...I need to finish the house.....and my boys are getting old enough now to want to work on the jeep....my boys will not be the 'take it to a mechanic' types.....
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:57 AM   #63
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Thanks Jim.....chances are I know some of the jeepers out in your area. There is anther forum I'm on that is just for jeep....a lot of TN guys are on there. What's really cool about some of those rigs is that there is no Bolt On Bling (I call it BOB)...just good ol' backyard fabrication skills.....non of this off the shelf lift kit or long arm kit....

I used to wheel a lot....haven't since the frame-up restore...jeep is not finished. I have a D44 Flat top sitting on the driveway....knuckles are cut and drilled...I need to chop off 4" of the axle on one end...then figure out which locker...since I have air....ARB is in a sligh lead over a Detroit....and I think I need new gears...4.56 to go with the 35's....

But first...I need to finish the house.....and my boys are getting old enough now to want to work on the jeep....my boys will not be the 'take it to a mechanic' types.....
Your boys are going to love helping you and they are learning things that will stay with them for life. My son is a grease monkey still and loves it.

Here is a video of one crawler climbing a hill on Aetna Mountain which is about 2 miles from our house. I love the sound of his engine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDoy9...eature=related

The city just annexed the mountain this past week and no one can use the mountain to crawl now.

Sorry to get your thread off topic.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:01 AM   #64
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Time for an update before the year is over.

In summary....I poured the concrete for the foundation in July.....of LAST year.....at this point, I'm about 99% done with the frameing....I have a roof....all the windows are in (new construction part)....doors should be here in a couple of weeks......about 90% done on the electrical.....I still have some 'mechanical' (HVAC ducts) issues to resolve....and as of today, I'm about 95% done on the plumbing. What's left is the easy part....today I got the remaining hot & cold pipes completed and tied in to the existing plumbing.......and NO LEAKS.

This is where the upstairs ties into the downstairs plumbing......it ain't pretty....but it don't leak.....



It comes up here.....



And gets a bit more ugly.....(but no leaks)



Where it feeds a bathtub...shower and 2 sinks.......and before anyone comments....I'll be doing a soffet in this area to hid the pipes....



The last leg going upstairs...



The plumbing for the shower.....I'm really glad there was no leaks......when I was doing the final nailing I forgot about the 'no nail zone and was afraid I may have hit one of my pipes.....I'll be doing a shake test tomorrow to make sure that I don't have any leaks.....right now it's 'Miller time'....



I really hope I don't have to work on this any time soon....it's getting crowded....this is the vent, drain and water to the wife's bathtub...



And this pic is for fun......I call it the "Christmas Tree".....it's where a shower, pub drain, bathroom sink and toilet all come together.....and yes, the inspector bought off on it....



Well.....it's just a few days until the new year.....while I still have a lot to do...I doubt there will be any pictures of worth....

So....I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.......and Happy New Year.....

I'm looking forward to not letting this thread go past 2013....
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:25 PM   #65
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Final update of the year......It's been cold....and I must admit....I've been enjoying a bit of play time with the kids.....so badly needed from both sides.....

Yesterday I completed the remaining waste plumbing....finished one of the tasks I had been putting off....tieing in the upstairs drain to the main system. It was not easy pushing the pipes far enough apart to get the T in. But it's in....and looks good if I say so myself.

Today I got the outside of the water heater painted and the grills on. Except for the latch....my custom water heater closet is done....








So.....since I started this addition in July (of last year)....I have gone from just grass in my back yard to a little over 1000 additional sq ft....I have a roof....I'm 100% complete on plumbing, 95% complete on electrical, about 98% on framing.....

At this point, I have about 12 simpson straps that need to be hammered in. I have two BA bolts I need to drill the holes for. One OSB panel to cut and repair, run the HVAC duct over to the addition and route, 8 floor joists that needs hardware, finish up the T&G soffett on one side (bare with me guys....just thinking out loud).......Some blocking between the roof rafters on the outside, box in the load center, install the rough cut beam on one side (purely architectual).....and one last pass looking for the shiners and making sure all my panel nailing is correct.

Then I'll be ready for my rough in for electrical and plumbing....and I can get the observation report for the framing. Once that is done and the inspector buys off on it (which he will since my architect is stricter than he is)....I'll be on the down slope.....insulate....drywall....wrape the outside....stucco....

Once the drywall inside is done....my wife gets REAL busy.....she is doing all the tile.....(I just end up lugging the stuff in)

Well.....Happy New Year Everyone.....I'm looking forward to 2013 being the year we get to actually live in our new addition...
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Looks good!

Love the carpet pattern under the "christmas tree"
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:43 AM   #67
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Update time.....The past weekend had some much needed great weather....high 70's.....the holidays was rough....down with the flue and I'm only now getting my energy back...so it was time to tackle some of the tasks I had been avoiding...mainly because I don't like heights...

One of the last outside tasks is finishing the boards under the eaves......in case anyone is wondering...I'm doing the T&G lap board so that the eaves on the addition look the same as the existing house....I think one of the tackiest looking things is to see an additon to a house where the style of the addition does not match the existing house. I feel any addition should look it was a part of the house from the begining....





Forgot to take a pic of the final result....I'll do that tomorrow...

It's a lot of work cutting those strips at the angle....lots of climbing up and down the scaffolding....did I mention that I hate heights?

I also finished the lights in my crawl space.....not sure why I wait until I'm almost done with all the work down there to get something finished that would have helped me a lot with all the plumbing....oh well...at least I have light now....



This is my pull box.....I have a conduit that runs from my load center under the family room slab to this box....then from here it goes to another pull box under the existing house....and then up to the attic where those THHN/TWHN wires you see connect to the existing wiring of the house.....each set of wires is about 80'....and yes, I did run a few spares.



And I have enough space for a few more wires.

Those terminal blocks connect to my 'utility' power...it's a GFIC ckt to power the lights and a couple of outlets around the house. As soon as I have time, I'll install a couple of outlets under the house so that I don't have to run an extension cord down in the crawl space every time I need to use a power tool.

This view is the conduit going to the existing part of the house....plus I knew Conconut Pete would want another pic of my carpet...



About 2 more days and I think I'll be ready to have my rough-in inspection for electrical....
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Quick update....

Passed Electrical rough-in.....I should be ready for the plumbing rough-in inspection this coming Monday....and maybe even the mechanical.....after that.....the architect can do the observation report.....

Once I have that....I 'should' get buy off on my framing....which means I can insulate....drywall....outside can get wrapped...hell...it means I'm close to having a house that is usable....

My wife is stoked....she now feels like she can go shopping for tile....(she is laying all the tile herself)
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That some nice looking pipe work----

I hope the inspections go well----It'll be great to get the drywall and finishes started---
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Quick update.....passed plumbing rough-in inspection. Initially, I thought it was a PIA to have to block off all my DWS pipes and fill them with water......

Then.....while sitting on the roof late at night filling the pipes with water via the water hose while my wife was downstairs on leak watch duty, I was thinking to myself, "I sure hope there are no leaks"....and then it hit me...."That's why you test for leaks".

I have no worries now about my plumbing....I have NO leaks....
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You got it on a down hill drag now buddy, looks great.
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Another quick little update.....

Back when we were designing the house, one of the import design features was to have the load center flush mounted in the wall. Unfortunately, the only wall that it could be mounted on is a C shear wall...hence, I can't have a hole in it that big...so it was surface mounted. But I hate the look of a 2" conduit pipe going up the wall.

Over the weekend I got the box built around the load center and pipe. When we do the stucco, this will all be stucco'd.



The only thing left is to make a door. I need to order some stainless steel hinges...anything else will look like crap in a year.



If you look to the right of the box (your left), you will notice that the box does not extend all the way to the wall. This was done on purpose...actually, it was the wife's idea....that 'notch' is large enough for the rain gutter....hence, we don't have to look at the rain gutter coming down the wall. The box around the load center is also high enough that we think we can get a rain barrel under it.
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Another quick update.....working on some interior framing.....

This wall is where we are going to hang the TV. Behind it is the space under the stairs. It's going to be data central...all the cable and Ethernet comes in here...this will be where the cable modem, router and other comm gear is.

I put in the 2x12's between those studs so I have a solid place to attach the wall mount for the TV.

The space below is for the reciever, DVD player and Wii....which means I'll have rear access for cables. I'll also have room for a couple of drawers for misc stuff/DVD's...etc.





One of the things I need to figure out...cable connections. Instead of doing wall plates for power, Cable and HDMI....I'm thinking of just putting in a couple of large holes so I can pass the cables through.

I think my 7 year old daughter is trying to give me a hint......like, maybe the construction is going at a 'snails pace'? She made this little snail for me....

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Looking good! Love the planning you can do when its all a blank slate.
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Another milestone reached.....I got buy-off today on my mechanical....translation...HVAC ducts, Vents and gas lines.....

Next step....I have about 2 more days of work and I'll be ready for my architect to come out for the observation report. With that in hand my inspector comes back out for the framing inspection.....if passed....I get the green light to insulate....drywall...wrap the outside and start stucco....

Ya know.....I just might get this b!tch done....

A few progress pics...

This is where my FAH comes in. (my unit also has an evaporator...but this is California...I'm 4 miles from the beach....don't need AC)...
I made the plenum (that metal is sharp)....I have a 12" flex duct from the FAH coming into it....going out the top is an 8" duct...out the bottom a 7" and 6"..



The upper duct feeds air to the master bath....I hat a Y so I can feed some hot air to the adjacent bedroom...but I'm thinking we won't need it....will have to see...



This the bottom floor end of the duct....7" goes to the family room....5" to the bathroom....another 5" to my oldest sons bedroom...



Duct in my son's bedroom....



And the duct for the family room....



I did quite a bit of searching on duct size....by normal standards, most are going to say that our 70K btu FAH is undersized for our new 2100 sq house.....however, based on past experience, I think we are going to be just fine. The house will be insulated much better than it was before. Even now we get sweated out of the bedrooms...it's oversized right now...as soon as I hook in the addition....I'll know for sure. We don't need that much heat now...so I'm sure we are going to be ok.

One last pic.....the B-vent for our 2 sided fireplace upstairs....one side faces into the master bath...other side into the bedroom....if it gets cold enough...we can just crank it on....


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