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Old 07-18-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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Money Pit, The neverending story of my home improvements


I decided to just start a thread that compiles the last several years of what seems to be a neverending task of home improvements. Its funny but I made my wife watch the movie the Money Pit this year as it seems like that is what we live in, Im sure not as bad as most people, but for the past 3 years we have been upgrading/updating things around this house and it never seems to stop, so I often refer to our house as the money pit. I have done all the work myself with help from my other helper,aka wife the only things we hired out was having the hardwood floors refinished and carpet installed in our 2 son's rooms.

Lets start 3 years ago where it all seemed to get the ball rolling... attic insulation

Originally had only 3 inches of fiberglass, and some previous owner started to throw down loose wool.

I added 3 inches of cellulose to the top of the joists, then laid down R 19 fiberglass on top perpendicular. Also added stringers to make raceways for all the crazy crisscross wiring, and had to add about 60 air baffles. The original fiberglass was stuffed into the soffits so I had to pull it back then fit the baffle. The pic of the attic entrance, it was my man cave for several months, I must have made that trip several hundred times up that ladder
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:24 PM   #2
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Now onto the front door and front concrete steps...

New front entry door and storm door

Jack hammered out the concrete steps as they were spalling and starting to crumble. The town must hate me by now, but they take everything I leave out there, thats the best use of tax $$$ IMO
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:28 PM   #3
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New tile in the front foyer area and a new foyer light.

Originally there was the stick on tiles and these were starting to peel off and water was leaking into the subfloor from wet shoes.
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Started to update all the trim to hardwood oak, the wife loves oak. She also wanted wainscoting in the living room, hallway and part of the kitchen, chair rail has not been added yet, but there is a pic of what it will look like. Also painted the living room.
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The garage roof was starting to bow down more than I liked it too. There was a loft built that wasn't supported properly and was pulling down on the roof, also the main beam is made of 2 pieces of lumbar. So I added some brackets to that joint and the rafter/beam joints, added longer rafter ties and also added a cable to tie the opposite walls together as they were bowing out. I managed to "raise the roof" and pull the walls in more, I did this slowly over the course of a month. Every time I raised the shores the entire garage would creak and crack
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New siding and windows.

This is when it really started to get intense and involved. A simple window replacement job turned crazy, once I opened up my first window and discovered rot I knew I was either all in or call a contractor ASAP. Some of these pics were posted on an earlier thread that I thought I would consolidate here now.
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More siding and windows...
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Siding and windows continues Also throw in exterior grading for better drainage and new basement windows. And a new sliding patio door.
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More window and siding, note the temporary new front steps. Also forgot to mention the window wells I built all around for the added grading. Also painted the foundation. Also installed a living room ceiling fan. The double bay window is our newest sons room, updated pics to follow on that soon.
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New carpet, paint and trim in the boys rooms. There was hardwood floors under the old carpet but it was in kinda rough shape. The yellow room was where I did my very first window with all the rot. The blue room was where I did my last window, that last one only took about 3 hours compared to several weeks on the first I still havnt got around to trimming out the windows yet.
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New electrical service upgraded, went from outdated Pushmatics to Square D QO with AFCI for the bedrooms.
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Out of curiosity, why didn't you mount the panel flush in the studs and avoid using the back board?

Also, why didn't you bring the SE cable in under the meter and then run it thru the studs over to the panel? This way you wouldn't see it running along the house.
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New vinyl soffits and fascia boards cladded with vinyl. Also trimmed back the baffle vents, added 2 inch foam glued in place over the top plates, with spray foam to seal off the sides of the baffle. I doubled my ventilation doing this and now have the amount needed finally for my sq ftg.
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More siding and new doors this past few weeks... almost done siding!
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Out of curiosity, why didn't you mount the panel flush in the studs and avoid using the back board?

Also, why didn't you bring the SE cable in under the meter and then run it thru the studs over to the panel? This way you wouldn't see it running along the house.
The key issue with SE cables with unfused service entrance conductors { cable as well } the code do not have any limit on outside but once it get inside then the code do kick in most case most area will limit no more than 6 or 8 feet { few will stated 3 feet as well } but most of them will keep the unfused service conductors short as possible.

If you want to run entire SE inside the wall then you have to go with SER cable { 4 conductor type } and you have to put a main breaker right below the meter socket or side of the meter socket depending on what size it have.

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