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Warm weather ruins weekend.

Posted 03-06-2011 at 09:58 PM by WillK

At this time, the I've been working on this house for 7 months, Work during the first 3 months was done with the greatest intensity. The work since has been while living in the house. I'm not as enthusiastic about work and we had a contractor out to quote the crawlspace beam job.

Really that's not what I'm here to talk about, but since it's part of the weekend I'll touch on that briefly. The estimate we received was that it will cost 10x what materials would cost to do myself. As I said, I'm getting burned out on DIY, and as such the extra cost would be worth it. But we're not financially in a position to get a loan due to the short sale on our previous home. We'll investigate financing and go forward with a contractor if we can secure financing, but it seems likely to be a long shot so I'm also planning to do this work myself.

With that said, I went into the weekend with two other weights on my mind. First, since my wife is getting burnt out on my time working on the project, I planned to have a babysitter watch the kids so we could go out to dinner and a movie on Sunday. Second, at work I was asked (late on Friday) to do some work on Sunday. I even had everything worked out very well so both would fit on Sunday, and the overtime would help offset the expenses so we wouldn't really have to economize on our outing.

The only drawback is that it left Saturday only as the time I had available to work.

Therein lies the problem. Finally, the temperature rose into the '40's again and the snow began to melt away. Hold that thought.

As I said, money is tight, so I need to operate on a schedule of what I'm going to do and that schedule depends on when money is available to get materials, and once I get materials it fixes my path on a particular sub-project. For example, This weekend I could acquire more jack posts and build more temporary support so I can remove cement blocks to dig more footings. OR I could reroute my plumbing stack so I have a clear path for the beam once that starts building.

I bought materials to work on the stack. The stack is the low point in the crawlspace. Apparently, this is also where the water from the melted snow can come up from the ground, so the area around the stack on Saturday was flooded, thus I was unable to work on the stack Saturday - and money having been spent on materials, I could not do alternate work which required materials.

So instaed, I spent time researching drainage. I had thought about it before, but had been of the opinion that I'd rather not complicate my plans. At this point, I'm seeing that drainage may be why the house is what it is: outer supports seem sunk in while inner supports perhaps are where they were placed to begin with, all of which adds up to the crowning that the house has now. Maybe drainage is more important than I had anticipated.
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    In that meter socket it looks like you could use a bushing on the conduit that goes into the building.
    Posted 02-12-2012 at 02:18 PM by rrolleston rrolleston is offline

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