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Old 09-21-2012, 12:40 AM   #211
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Wow, more progress! Looking good...

On a side note, how long are those floor trusses spanning; from the double-door (or wide cased opening) to the out-side wall, running with the trusses in the basement? 23'? Left-to-right as you come down the stairs. Where exactly is the porch going? Will it be vented to the gable for air-flow?

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Old 09-21-2012, 09:24 AM   #212
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GBR since they are here I borrowed their 6' level and went into the basement. What you guys were telling me about the trusses over the basement windows is coming to pass. Checked all the north and south windows.
I held the level on the floor truss that goes right over the windows and it wobbles. I would say about an 1/8" to 1/4" drop there.
Really wish we had put the concrete over the window boxes, but hindsight is 20/20.

Since they are already here I am going to have them re-inforce the window frame's before it drops anymore. Hubby keeps saying he will do it but he is so busy he has no time to do it. I'm paying for it so he can be quiet!

The doors that they have fixed open much better. Surprisingly they were able to save the interior trim that I spent so much time on staining and polyurathaning. Just need to fill in the nail holes with some colored wood putty.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:15 AM   #213
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Looking good, y'all have come a long way. Just a word on the Pella installers check behind them pretty good. If they are like the ones here they aren't too conscientious. When I was in business several times I got calls to go in behind them and correct their goof ups.

The aluminum pans under your exterior doors is the way to go, you won't be sorry of that.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:06 PM   #214
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While the crew is there... check the header size for the 8' opening=== 2-2x8's (as pictured?) or 2-2x10's? If those are 2x8's...

IF 2-2x8's (and there is room above because they added another plate above the built-beam; instead of below to strengthen it) they could use 2x10 by removing the lower top plate/top filler and adding filler there.

If the plans call it out, what do they show?

My concern is maybe they didn't pour the concrete to the tops of the panels and your ceiling height is 1/2" too low--- other-wise a 2x10 header would fit (without the added third plate). The difference between the two beams is 1719# if 1/2 the span in the large room is 11.5' added to the 3.5' in the small room, OR 215# per lin.ft. shy. Simply check the plans for the header depth= 2x8 or 2x10?

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So much work so little time to cruise through the site!
Gary the plans called for a 2x10.

On another note hubby was finally able to get the sheet rock lift that our friend offered to let us use. He has started to hang the sheet rock in in the living room. He has gotten a 1/3 of it done. He is double screwing it. Has a little guide stick he made. Has marks on it every 12 inches and he marks on the sheet rock where he needs to put the screws. Making sure he lines it up with the trusses too.
He taped the seams on the vapot barrier too.
I will have to download the pics I took. Been so blasted busy not too sure where I am at on some days!
Did take some time and went to a flooring store and we finally agreed to get a hard wood flooring. Picked a hickory.
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Never-ending work on a new house, you are doing a great job.

Did the workers replace the doubled 2x8's over that doorway? Looking at Post #207- pictures, it appears some sag below the header in the center of the span. Did they put a level or straightedge on it to check. I wouldn't harp on this if not important. Drywall fastener pops, hairline structural cracks, etc. will show in about a year or less unless fixed now... call them back to fix it.

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They replaced it all around the doors.
Like I said before we screwed up and there should have been concrete above the windows.
I did show them with their own level.

Hubby got a row done in our bedroom. Hope he gets more done while I am gone for several days.
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Took some pics.
Photobucket changed so here goes a try to post them









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"Gary the plans called for a 2x10."------------------- isn't the installed header a double 2x8? Over that wide opening in the basement. That would be a problem for the load/span.....

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It is a 2x8. The window is framed with treated 2x8 also.
Builders put a 2x10 inside the window frames.


Trying to explain to hubby that if the mud knife makes a clip noise as you pass it over the screws in the sheet rock the screws need to be put in a bit deeper. He said just put more mud on them.
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Hubby has got just over half the ceiling done. When he stopped for a break I stole the ladder and grabbed the mud and scraper and tried my hand at mudding the screws.
Thanks to this site and some friends it wasn't too hard. Only took me an hour.
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Hubby has got just over half the ceiling done. When he stopped for a break I stole the ladder and grabbed the mud and scraper and tried my hand at mudding the screws.
Thanks to this site and some friends it wasn't too hard. Only took me an hour.
Done with the first pass. Dont think you get off that easy. :P
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Oh I KNOW I'm not off that easy!
That was just the first pass. Then the sanding, then the next mudding, then the next sanding and then the last mudding and sanding.

Hubby said he is going to do the taping.
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Oh I KNOW I'm not off that easy!
That was just the first pass. Then the sanding, then the next mudding, then the next sanding and then the last mudding and sanding.

Hubby said he is going to do the taping.
Tape is usually set on the first pass.

You didn't tape it?
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The sheet rock is the 4x8 sheets. I was just mudding the screws that were not on the seams where the sheets meet.
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