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Old 07-31-2010, 11:26 PM   #76
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IKEA is about 3hr away, the wife and I will most likely do that as well. How much is this remodeling costing? We. Want to take a wall out that splits the dining room and kitchen and redo the whole thing.

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In one of your posts you asked why would anyone use insulation on an inside wall. When I was building some customers wanted insulation to kill sound from bathroom drain pipes or sounds from the bathroom itself. Some would even have their bedroom walls insulated so they could sleep without sound bothering them.

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In one of your posts you asked why would anyone use insulation on an inside wall. When I was building some customers wanted insulation to kill sound from bathroom drain pipes or sounds from the bathroom itself. Some would even have their bedroom walls insulated so they could sleep without sound bothering them.

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I agree. I insulated between the bedroom walls, it helps. I also recommend insulating between the bedroom and living room in ranch style houses.
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Maybe it would help slow the spread of fire in the walls too.
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Maybe it would help slow the spread of fire in the walls too.
That's optimistic but the previous owner used 5/8" firerock for every wall in this house.
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I insulated between the bathroom wall & bedroom to cut down on noise
I'll also insulate between my sons bedroom & the walk-in closet

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I think a 3 year old designed their parking lot & entrance/exit to the store
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I insulated between the bathroom wall & bedroom to cut down on noise
I'll also insulate between my sons bedroom & the walk-in closet

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I think a 3 year old designed their parking lot & entrance/exit to the store
IKEA is much better than it used to be. When I went the first time back in the early nineties you were forced to walk through the entire store. Now the store has some shortcuts. The products are also a lot better. As with this kitchen we are using the cabinets only. Getting other parts from more mainstream manufacturers. The sink is a Kohler cast iron.

I guess since I used sound batts around the PVC drain pipe in my house in Chicago, The low volume insulation didn't seem like it was going to help sound much. This house has many oddities.
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I forgot I even had an account on this forum, but as my wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first house and looking to fix it up as well, I wanted to thank you for your pictures and descriptions of your progress. It has given me a lot of ideas and inspiration for our own home!
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I am thinking about building a large rain water collection system. I have created a sketch of what I am considering. See below. I am still trying to determine feasibility and practicality. To provide 1.5 inches of water per week to a 0.5 acre lawn in central Indiana from about mid June to Early September how much water would I need to retain? Is the amount unrealistic???

I would use one of the more advanced controllers that would use rain collection sensor and soil moisture to prevent it from using harvested rainwater until dry periods. The controller should be able to turn on the pump and incorporating a float switch should cut power to pump if water runs out.

What type of pump would I place in the "sump" to pump water into tank? I would need to make "quick connects" in order to remove all pump before winter. Our land is sloped enough to place sump and tank at least 1-2 feet below grade. Tank height I found was 97" and sump would be next to tank. Sump would have fine screen 30-45 degree angled lid. In theory rain water would flush off debris as it fills. Angle also would facilitate water getting to trench.

I have another downspout that is in a location where it is impractical to run gravity 4-6" PVC to a sump. Is there afloat activated pump that can pump from sump through 75-150 feet of 2-3" hose (PEX)

Provided tanks have knock out at bottom can connect same height tanks in series. Would just need to cut down and clear more land.

Expense may be so great I may just have to have a brown lawn...

EDIT: Using a calculation I found online and if I were able to use entire roof I can collect 30,000 to 35,000 gallons from April till September. I have found poly 10,000 gallon tank 12 feet wide 160 inches tall so would need to be able to pump to this height. No holds barred.

Conceivably could have a well water fill pipe with an "air gap" as back flow prevention since system will not be connected to homes plumbing directly.

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The house has 4 downspouts. Two of which can be connected to gravity drains and ran to a "sump" which can then pump the water to the tanks. The green lines for sprinkler system is just for reference and by no means suggests a layout. Optional area to put tanks instead are #3 but would only be able to use downspout #2. Area #4 is the location which would allow sump to be right next to the tank however during the late fall and winter the tanks would be a lot more visible than sketched location. Downspout #1 should be able to have a simple 100 gallon rain barrel connected to a drip system and should work nicely for the future flower bed.

I am going to have the well cleaned and a draw down test done. If if is near the installation capacity from 2003, it may be a lot cheaper to install new well pump and upgrade the piping from the well to 1-1/4" up to the pressure tank. Are well pumps design to run for more than an hour 4 times a week?

For scale house is roughly 30 x 98
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Great job so far! I'm really liking the colors that you chose. I may have missed it, but did you say what kind of counters you are putting it? More pics please!!
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Great job so far! I'm really liking the colors that you chose. I may have missed it, but did you say what kind of counters you are putting it? More pics please!!
Dupont Zodiaq (Quartz) Scheduled install 8/25 so will have next set of pics then.

The color is a custom color I created from the picture that I use as my Avatar.
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Well the countertop is in, well sort of for now...

We want to start by commending the two installers that worked on our job. They did an excellent job of installing the countertop under the circumstances. Initially, they installed the countertop and were about to finish up with the caulking of the sink and present me with the paperwork to complete the job. The head installer pointed out that there will need to be a thick bead of caulk in the back of the sink. At that point I took out the cutting board that came with the Kohler sink and found that it did not fit properly within the cut out. I then identified that the sink did not properly align with the cut out, being a little more than ” too far forward. Not accepting this, I informed the installers they will have to align the countertop with the sink as per its design. This required the installers to completely undo all of their work including all the silicone, shims and the four seams that were glued with epoxy. They told me the pieces could break taking it apart. Luckily they did not. In order to get the countertop to properly fit over the sink a portion of the back edge had to be cut out to match the curvature of the wall. After a few hours more work they finished the install.

Is this install acceptable, I am now uncertain? The installers did the best that they could under the circumstances. The problems all arose due to the measure. On August 11, 2010 Mr. XXX XXX came to the home to do the measure. During the entire visit I would have to describe his tone as very assuming and a little arrogant. I asked him whether he was going to do a laser line (as described by kitchen specialist as what will be done) and he said no, he does good measuring. I also pointed out that the wall is bowed. Not being a professional, I estimated that the bowing was about 1/8” so he suggested that I could “float out” the mortar to make it align with the countertop. Kohler supplied a template and I offered to give it to him, he remarked “I don’t need that I use CAD/CAM or something like that. At no point during this measure did he ask me if the sink was in a fixed location. I would have gladly told him that it was.

Subsequently, this caused a major problem with the counter install. The curvature of the wall should have been cut into the counter at the shop and NOT at our house. Since the curve is concave and not convex this would require that the deepest portion which is now almost ” to be added to the entire slab and the curvature copied to the slab so the remaining depth is 25 ” inches at the ends. The curvature also has created an alignment error that could have been avoided all together with a proper measure. The initial attempt at installation left gaps at both ends that was far greater than ” and this could not have been “floated out” in mortar before applying the backsplash tile.

When my granite countertop was installed in my previous home a paper template of the entire wall, its curvatures and irregularities along with the cabinet position was used. Nothing of this nature was used on this install.

1. Someone from Lowe’s will need to come to our home to see this installation to see its unacceptable.
2. Although the cabinets are not perfectly straight, the front edge of the counter from one end to the other should be straight, it is not.
3. The sink and cabinets are all new but existed prior to the fabrication of the countertop. The countertop needed to match the sink, not the sink to the countertop, and the same with the wall. Regardless of how Mr. XXX XXX thought it should go.
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Here it is...
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...and with a straight line. With it this close there is no excuse for it not to be straight.
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