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Old 02-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #181
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:04 PM   #182
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Well I am back!

Been busy around here and I finally was able to get back to work on the house.

A couple of problems have shown up. The stove pipe was leaking. Turns out hubby did not get the pipe sealed completely. Got that fixed.
The doors are still leaking. Called our builder and talked with them and he told us what we need to do to stop it from leaking. Hubby is going to fix that after he gets our spring crop in the ground.

I just finished getting the house wrap around the pony wall. Boy is that tape sticky! Only took me a few hours. Guess most the time was spent trying to find where hubby had put certain tools I needed.

I got a part time job in town so I am saving up to buy all the sheet rock we are going to need to do the walls. Going to get another Nu Heat pad for the kitchen. I really just want tile in there, but I do not want the cold floor.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #183
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cold floors suck. I could not agree with you more on that topic. Looks great by the way.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:31 PM   #184
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Well it is pouring rain here. The stove pipe is not leaking but the doors still are.
I called Pella this morning about coming out and pulling all 5 doors and having them re-installing them differently then our builders did.
Got to do something before the sub floor is completely wrecked in the house.
Hopefully they can get out here after things dry out.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:25 PM   #185
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Been pretty busy.
To catch everyone up to date the Pella guys came out today and we FINALLY found out why the double doors were leaking. There was no caulking under them. I am po'd!
They looked at the other doors and said we needed to pull them and run flashing under them. That should stop the leaking. Thinking of having them send out their installers and just have them do it.

Hubby has started running vapor barrier on the upstairs ceiling. I bought some more Roxul to put between the wall studs of all the rooms.

On a different note I got a town job so we can get into the house quicker. Going to start buying the 1/2" drywall at 10 sheets a week once the ceiling upstairs is done.
Hubby wasn't happy about me getting a job but it is helping us get stuff we need to the house.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #186
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^ Yeah, you got to do what you got to do! Looks like things are coming along fairly nicely!
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:12 AM   #187
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Far better to use one of these instead of a bunch of flashing.

How close is the threshold to any soild surface such as a stoop of deck?
Most codes call for at least 4".
If there's anything level with the threshold water is going to take out the subflooring and walls.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:44 PM   #188
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Putting Roxul in between the wall studs


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HD lost my order for the R-15 that is suppose to go in the rest of the walls. Had to have it re-ordered.

Got the gable end vents up on the house along with the house wrap. Vents sure made a difference in the attic.

joe no deck on the house yet.
Talking to hubby about renting a concrete saw and cutting the slab off the basement in front of the basement doors and drop it down and slope it away from the house. He is not crazy about the idea but that is something that was suggested by the Pella guys. We can then put flashing under the basement door or a pan to keep the water out. The slab in front of the basement door is somewhat level with the door so that is why I am pushing to remove it and re-lay it.
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If that vent is this; http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051 140NFVA X 2 = 2sq.ft. of exhaust venting for a 1200sq.ft. attic. Or do you have ridge vents?

How to figure: http://www.airvent.com/homeowner/pro...it-specs.shtml

Did you air seal (canned foam/caulk) the wiring/plumbing holes to the attic/basement through all top/bottom plates? http://www.wag-aic.org/1999/WAG_99_baker.pdf

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This may be a dumb question, but is there no insulation required on the inside of the upstairs walls? Are the logs themselves insulation enough?
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GBR there is a ridge vent on the roof peak. There is a gable end vent on each gable end. The south one is facing the prevailing winds for our area.

I have been stuffing Roxul around the bigger holes around the sewer and vent pipes. Bought a can of Fire Guard Great Stuff to use around the smaller holes. Just gotta remember where I put it.
Coconut Pete the logs are good enough themselves. The bottom log is 12 inches in diameter and the top log is 8 inches in diameter.
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Roxul is air permeable, use better than that around the pipes. Pete, the 8" log is R-10, at the chinking- probably 4" thick= R-5. I hope you have soffit venting....

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Not til we put the porch on all the way around. We have already spoken about that.
The exterior of the logs are caulked and interior is chinked.

HD just called and the rest of my Roxul is finally in.
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Just read these 13 pages, I like what I see. Its my ultimate goal to build a log house, so I'm interested in seeing it done.

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