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Old 06-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #16
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Crawlspace officially done!





I start work tomorrow, so I'll be taking a break for a week or so till I'm off again. Nice to be more or less done with the crawlspace now. Just need to decide how to finish the floor as it will be staying that way permanently, at least in the crawlspace.

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Old 08-10-2013, 03:46 AM   #17
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More progress, been working on this on and off, so seems it's taking long, but sometimes I go multiple weeks without touching it, due to work and other stuff that has to be done.

Framed rest of basement (these pics were taken today but it was done a while back)









Also added more lighting on one side:




Today I did the laundry room.

Before:



Plumbing removed:



And after:





Was a tricky wall to do since there is lot of stuff on top making it impossible to put the top plate on the joists. So had to get a bit creative. Yesterday I put some nailing blocks using construction adhesive and let it cure overnight, then today I did the rest.

Also had to remove all the plumbing, so terminated the hot and cold with valves so I can turn the water back on. Never hurts to have valves anyway to isolate part of the plumbing. If I was to do it all from scratch I'd go the manifold route.


Tomorrow I'm hoping to fix some electrical stuff (relocate dryer and washer outlets) and also do the plumbing, then the dricore. Once the dricore is in I can move the laundry tub, washer and dryer back. Also debating on buying a new laundry tub, the one I have is a double, and one leg is kinda loose. Might replace with a single, that will allow me to push the washer and dryer more to the side to give better access to the electrical panel.

I also plan to get an estimate to see how much it would cost to upgrade to 200 amps so at the same time I can frame behind it which will allow me to insulate. I'll also get an estimate on the cost of simply moving it as is.

Worse case scenario, I can always just put an insulated door that seals all around.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #18
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Hey RS, nice work so far. Looking forward to seeing your final product.

I see that you used Dricore. Im thinking the same thing too for the basement. Just wandering if you would share where you bought the dricore from and how much??

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did you waterproof /seal that block wall behind the washer/dryer first?
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:28 AM   #20
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In what way? Next year or whenever I have the money I'll be getting it spray foamed. I did get outside waterproofing done for most of the house last year though as there was a few leaky issues including the laundry room. Some of the blocks are "rotted" from excessive moisture so they look wet but they just stay black all the time.

Also realized I forgot to update this thread, more pics!





New laundry room plumbing... was tricky getting those in given I did not have room to crimp the elbow in place, but it gets the job done.




Laundry room pretty much finished, though once the whole basement is done I want to revisit the dricore and decide on a surfacing to make it at least water resistant. Maybe a couple thick coats of varnish or something. Want to be able to walk bare foot on it.





Here was tricky... floor is very bouncy because of sump pit, tapcons arn't any good for pull strength, tried that and failed. I shimmed it up so it does not bounce anymore but it's like almost an inch off the ground. Will have to do, it's just to give me a clean surface to walk on, laundry room will probably stay in it's rough in state, no tiles or anything.





And new laundry tub! This enabled me to push the washer and dryer further, making it easier to access the electrical panel.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:34 AM   #21
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Hey RS, nice work so far. Looking forward to seeing your final product.

I see that you used Dricore. Im thinking the same thing too for the basement. Just wandering if you would share where you bought the dricore from and how much??

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I bought it at Home Depot.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/2-ft...-of-120/813185
(I like how it says "in store only", imagine the shipping cost on that LOL)

You can buy individually or buy in skids. I bought 2 skids. My measurements called for a bit more than 2 skids, but figured I'd start with that and buy any extra I do need, as I was generous when measuring so may have ended up with too many anyway.

One skid of 120 is $836.40. They are 2'x2' so that comes up to about 2 bucks per square foot. I'll be using it as the actual floor, which is not what it's designed for, but I'll try to make it work. Eventually I will put proper floor over it, but goal of this particular reno is to simply have a clean walkable floor and insulation. So once the drywall goes up (code, due to foam insulation) it will stay that way for a while before I do anything else. I'm single, so I don't need two bathrooms, or anything like that. It would just be more stuff I have to clean.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:40 PM   #22
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Bit more progress, started on the server room stuff:





Added some cable management "ducts" for the existing server rack, put the new rack against it, and built a battery rack. Still have to finish the cable management for the other side. I added 3 ABS pipes going back to front in case I need to route cables. All exposed wood will be painted black afterwards.

Plan is to have everything fairly well sealed up so air can be forced through the equipment, and batteries. I'll be designing an air exchange system to keep it cool while also recycling the exhaust air to help heat the house. Though I will have to also exhaust it outside at certain intervals to clear any hydrogen. There will be a sensor to monitor levels at all times coming out of the battery rack.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #23
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More pics!


Battery rack bolted



Server rack bolted


Racks

I plan to paint all wood black. I may even attempt to paint the beige rack too.

The holes in the wooden battery rack will have fans in them to keep the air circulating to avoid hydrogen built up.



Today I added the intake and exhaust. I plan to have a custom hvac system that will basically grab air and exhaust air from/to different locations based on indoor and outdoor temperature. Ex: in winter I will grab air from the crawlspace under the garage and exhaust it to the furnace return. In summer when it's hot but cooler outside it will grab air from outside and exhaust outside. Though I may also add a HRV to the mix and always exhaust outside that way I am playing it safe with any hydrogen build up, and I can add as many batteries as I want without having to worry about that. With the 4 batteries I have now though I'm not too worried.
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Looks good so far . Are you planning on spray foaming everything?
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Yep next year or whenever I have the money I'll get everything spray foamed. I left about half an inch of space behind the studs too so that shoudl work out nicely. Will make the world of a difference in winter as the basement is really drafty and cold in winter considering there's no insulation or vapor barrier.

Just finished cleaning out lot of stuff to prep for dricore. Getting near the end.
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Had a bit of time off to do some more work, the cleanup actually took the longest, as I had to clear out all the basement. Once that was done I started on dricore.

Doing around the servers and stairs was a pain, but it's all going to go faster from here. Going to build the server room walls before I finish the dricore though, to get the rest of the lumber out of the way.






And a shoddy cabling job behind the server rack. That will be fixed once I'm done the rest. That hanging electrical outlet is also going to be fixed, I don't think that is to code.

I work a bunch more hours starting tomorrow though so wont be touching this for another 2 weeks at least.
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If you were thinking about using zipties for cable management, don't. Try velcro straps. Best trick I've learned in a long time.
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Yeah I only use tie wraps for permanent stuff and even then I've started using velcro as when I run new cable it's easier to just undo the bundle and add in the new cable then reput the velcro. For new runs I run a metal wire and tension it so when I'm going across joists I can velcro the cables to the metal wire and it keeps them from sagging.

At the rack, I probably wont even use much of anything as the wires will be going through the ducts on the side. There will be wood slats to keep the cables in place. Though I might staple velcro strips instead too.
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I like the metal wire idea. I'd probably never have a use for it, but it's better than those mini catwalk like trays that people use.
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Some more progress. Framed the server room and stuff.




Going to add a door for the crawlspace



Like a glove... and I did not even plan to put the file cabinet there!


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Vapor barrier + wood added. This will all be painted, probably black.



This will be closed in with plywood, probably use it for various controls and stuff, as well as voltage display and stuff of that sort. Maybe even put a bunch of buttons that don't actually do anything, just for fun. :D

Need to do lot of caulking too and even spray foam in a few spots like between the racks then once that is done I'll be ready to paint. Goal is to seal everything as best as I can to optimize the hot/cold aisle air flow.

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