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Old 04-28-2013, 10:51 AM   #91
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Another update.....

Now that the addition is insulated...I need to get the overhang outside covered up so the insulation is not exposed to the elements....





Initially we were going to go with vinyl under the overhang....but since the eave's are spruce T&G....we figured we might as well keep the same look....so a $200 trip to the lumber yard solved part of the problem....



Then I covered it with 30lb paper. Why 30 and not 15? Because I had a roll of 30 laying around with no use....



Nailing the T&G up is not a big deal....but since the walls are going to be stucco...I don't really care for the look of stucco just butted up against the wood....so I made some trim strips out of 2x4's....I took a 14' 2x4 and ripped it into a 1.5 x 1.5 strip...and then cut out a 5/8" groove so the ends of the T&G can fit in there...

I then routed the edge of the trim so as to not have that oh so attractive 'square look'....



One more task done....



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Is that a bomb/storm shelter? I wish my house was built that well... every time I have a 25mph wind up on my hill it sounds like the roof is going to rip off.
Amazing job and the photos are great! You're no DIYer and your work site is always so clean! Incredible job! Thank you very much for all the details.
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Not sure how much soffit you have left to do but you should run a 4-6 strip of felt on the wall up to the rafters (before soffit) then the stucco felt will tuck up underneath that eliminating cold joint.
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Kwick....are you talking about the inside corner?
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Kwick....are you talking about the inside corner?
I didn't notice that above the window at first but yes, it should be like that everywhere.
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Ok....if your talking the outside then? I am going to rip and route a strip of wood on that outside edge....it will have two purposes....one, the inside will seal the joint where the boards stop.....and yes, there will be liberal application of caulk there.

The other purpose is the provide a good edge for the stucco weep screed to terminate against. This is the part I'm still trying to work out...the type of weep screed. I can't use what I use for the bottom of the wall. Initial thought was good ol' J channel....but I've also seen some angled j-channel.

One of my concerns is water coming down the wall and then trying to wick up between the j-channel and the wood trim.

The more I research 'water leaks', wicking seems to be a major cause.
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Time for another update. I'm waiting for more quotes for drywall before I decide on who does it or if I just do it myself. At this point, it looks like I'm going to be doing it myself. Might be time to call in some favors and plan on a weekend of drywall raising. It might cost me a lot of beer.

Anyway....since last weekend was spent white water rafting with my oldest son (great weekend by the way), it was time to play catch up....sort of. Yesterday was shot....early morning task with work...then last night I took the boys to see Iron Man 3....(priorities)

So...today...I worked on getting the surround for the fireplace chimney done.

I 'was' going to just do it in stucco....but since I had a couple of sticks of T&G left over...change in plans....

This pic is of the surround with one side of T&G installed. I had already installed the tar paper as a water barrier and the z bar flashing at the bottom.



All of the T&G I used got primered prior to be nailed in place. Based on the things I've learned from this site....the first step to keeping water out is to not let it in. The second step if it does get in, don't let it get into the wood. The tar paper and z-bar should keep water out of the surround...but painting the wood on both sides should insure that the wood does not get wet.



Since the surround is one of the highest parts of the roof.....and the ceiling of the balcony is below it...I installed a vent in the side of the surround. 90% of the wind we get comes from the west. This vent is on the east side...so the chances of water being blown into it is slim. I have a good size gap between the B-vent and sheathing...so there is plenty of space for hot air to come up.



But if there is anything that is more enjoyable about getting this done today.....it's getting the TV antenna up along with my weather station. My kids gave that weather station to me this last Christmas.....not the one that was 5 months ago...the one that was 17 months ago.

But what is also enjoyable....I no longer have the antenna in my way....it's up...and out of the way.



Now I just need to finish the coax and ground. The antenna is the backup to cable.
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Time for another update.

Doors.......

Doors are one of those things that you really can't cheap out on....you can buy a budget door....and in a couple of years...it looks like a budget door. We lucked out in that we are able to guy solid wood doors directly from a local manufacture. You do not want to walk into their showroom.....if you do....leave you wallet behind.....it's the only place that I know of that makes Medieval doors...9-10' high....along with about anything else.

So...we ordered 2 sets of French doors.....now, due to a 'slight' error on my part, I got the rough openings slightly smaller than standard. Not a big deal...they custom make doors....

So....$4000 later.....I have my 2 sets of doors....



And then I find out that I really can't measure with a damn......I get the first frame assembled.....and....



My rough opening is about 1/8" too narrow and about 1/2" too short.....CRAP!!!!! Maybe my tape measure is out of calibration.

So today....all that hard work to frame out the opening....demo time...





This is the door tacked in....it was too dark to really put in the final nails....I prefer to do it with plenty of light....nothing worse that 'thinking' you have it square to only find out in the light that it's not.



One of the issues with the rough opening was that besides being too small, it was not exactly square. My sides were plumb.....but....I kinda screwed up on the foundation....for some reason one side is about 1/4" higher than the rest of the floor....what I think happened is that the forms in the middle dropped a little during the pour making the center of the addition almost 3/8" lower than the outside walls.

Note to anyone doing a big project like this....get one of those laser levels....I no longer trust the string and bubble....

So now, I have about a 3/8" gap at the bottom of the door to fill in. I'm thinking dry packing mortar is the best solution. I'll do a post about it to get your guys input.

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Quick update. I'm 'really' close to drywall....just trying to get all the little details done that come before drywall....like all the cables...phone...Ethernet, coax, speaker...etc.

As you may recall, the space under the stairs is data central....EVERYTHING goes there. What is nice is that I have crawl space access to the adjacent wall....but....it's not so easy between that space and the existing house...specifically, the attic.

So...I installed a 1.5" PVC conduit between the existing attic and 'data central'. The conduit will allow me to pull additional Ethernet and coax as needed.

Step 1. Drill a big a$$ hole in the PSL beam that is between the existing house and addition.





Step 2. Install coupling in wall to data central.





Step 3. 'Modify' conduit so that it will snake around drain pipe.



Step 4. Install PVC conduit





Step 5. Go to HD to get more cement because your existing can has dried up.
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Looking good.

Good job pre-planning and thinking ahead.

You have a second career waiting for you should you ever choose to want to do it.
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Good job pre-planning and thinking ahead.

You have a second career waiting for you should you ever choose to want to do it.
Thank you sir....but I fear I would starve at it...I'm too bloody slow....
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Dog.... I haven't made it through your entire thread yet, but it is excellent/ fun and informative reading. GREAT JOB... and looking forward to finishing it tonight. Great chronical also.

Specially interesting to me as my son and I just finished 1800 ft addition on his Dana Point beach cottage, so I can really relate to Cali building... and having to learn earthquake engineering verse snow load engineering.

Where you located in SoCal

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