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Old 06-12-2020, 09:08 PM   #106
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Today I reorganized the snarled cables that I found under the hallway floor. AKA this disaster that comes from the networking hub in the office (backside of that panel in second picture) and routes downstairs to the basement, game room, kitchen, and two of the bedrooms:

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Generally speaking it's not a big deal to have loose coils in the wall/floor, the exception being if you're running over, under, or beside electrical wiring (romex, and whatever the official name of that thick grey sleeved feed is called.) It causes interference which can mess up your picture quality, slow down your internet speed, and even prevent IR remote control's used in other rooms from working (newer receivers let you say watch a movie in one room and cable/satellite in another, so you want to be able to change channels in the "second" room.)

I had cables over and under the two romex in there and that grey feed so it turned into a if you're gonna do it, do it right situation. Ended up pulling half the cables up from the downstairs so I could detangle from the electrical wires. After a couple of hours of clean up I ended up with this:

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Much better, but again, if you're gonna do it, might as well do it right. The grey feed and one of the romex's is laying right on the cables so I screwed a little cleat to the joist and put in a strip of scrap to make a kind of track or riser to lift the electrical up off the the cables below. Side view shows the little cleat as well:

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The last couple things I did were deeper under the floor (basically right under the network hub,) so I stapled some of my cables above and below a romex feed through the joists (right side), and secured all the cables that run down into the basement to the vent stack with some zip ties to keep them lifted off some romex (left side). Zip tie is black so it's a bit hard to see but here's how it looks under there now. As you can see I've got a bit of a rats nest of cables way back there but I've already made sure those loose coils aren't near any electrical:

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Then I hit it with the shop vac to clean up the 20 years of silt and dirt that's acquired between the joists upstairs (amazing how much can manage to sift through the carpet, then work it's way through the gaps between subfloor sheets.) I've been vacuuming them all out so maybe we'll have cleaner air in the house or something - at a minimum when we remove the ceilings for radiant heat I won't get who knows what in my hair

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Old 06-12-2020, 09:32 PM   #107
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Oh I almost forgot, I finally had time to design my desk and get it into my 3D program:

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I'm going to fiddle with the smaller stuff a bit more, but this gave me most of the measurements so I know how much/what size wood to buy. I'm hoping to dig out the trailer over the next month so we can go pick up a house worth of plywood

(I'd posted these a page or so back, but this is what I'm going to build on my husbands side of the office)



Which reminds me, the second little couch we'd ordered came in and is now the pair of em are blocking me from doing any painting/staining or building in my garage, and generally being pills. We'd ordered two because husbands mom, brother, and sister in law were supposed to come visit last May (the sofas have air beds in them.) I was planning to build our desks /after/ that visit, but they had to cancel due to Covid. Now I'm stuck with two sofas and need to find a home for at least one of them. Husband's been trying to give one of them away for a week now >.< (First world problems )
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Old 06-15-2020, 05:03 AM   #108
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We decided to take advantage of the upstairs hallway floor being open to replace the old noisy fan in the downstairs powder room. As usual, the "onion" house strikes again... I should just plan on everything we do taking twice as long as expected heh

So for whatever reason the old fan was installed on the wrong side of the joist bay - it wasn't centered in the bathroom, the vent was easily moved over to the other side of the joist bay, and there were no clearance or other issues that we saw. They just installed it on the wrong side for whatever reason so we had to cut a new hole on the correct side of the joist for the new fan housing. Old fan position vs new fan position:

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We had to run additional romex up from the switch to control the new fan. We ran two romex taped together up from the switch using the old romex in the wall, then belatedly decided to run a third romex for the night light (we were originally going to skip the night light, but figured we might as well install it since we were in there - wasn't worth, the night light is basically useless.) In any event the nightlight romex we stuffed up through the box then fished out of a new hole in the top plate upstairs, was a bit of a trick, but we managed it. Here's the new fan, and the hole I'll have to patch up - which means I get to practice my texturing in another spot that's hardly noticeable and not real important

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Sooo the down side is that we've got 4 romex inside a single gang box, a normal sized single gang box... I think we'll replace it with a double gang box now and put a filler plate over the open gang until we remodel the powder room this winter-ish. I wanted vanity lights in there anyway so it's not a big deal.


Onto other things though. We finally got to play with our new ladder from Xmas. It works great, very solid and flexible to use on the stairs - this is great cause I'll finally be able to paint the stairway comfortably - 16' ceilings are hard for me to do with the long stick roller

We had a couple hours before husband had to get to bed, so we got the drywall pulled off the ceiling and the wall over the new stair landing. Progress! (Last picture is looking down the stairs, I couldn't back up enough to get a good enough perspective to really tell what it is off hand)

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This next week is probs going to be boring, we didn't get the hallway floor put back down so I can't finish laying laminate. I think I'll either be painting wainscot or doing some outside stuff, have to see what the weather is like.
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the red one is amazingly beautiful, and so your skilled in DIY more like professional!
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@Two Knots

I finally had time to get a picture of an "immature" Alaska Birch for you:

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They pop their bark when the trunks expand outward and then it peels back like paper to expose this beautiful red toned bark underneath. There's a saying up here that our birch trees "bleed red" because of that young bark underneath - like if you damage a birch, or it splits, you'll see the red hue down in the crack. In any event, the bark bleaches out over time and turns white as the trees mature. I think they have to get somewhere near 10" diameter before that orange/red/pink bark goes completely white. When the younger ones are growing like this one you get pink stick trees for a couple years :P


I also got a better picture of The General out front, he's looking particularly fluffy this year as he poofs out to take over all the extra sun from having removed the huge blue spruce.

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And a better picture of Dead Tree Growing out back as well, it's a far larger tree than it appears to be in the other picture I posted

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I'm really looking forward to cutting down Dead Tree Growing. See these black nodules?

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Those have a high chance to have grown what's called "curly" grain patterns. Usually you see curly maple, but I think curly birch is WAY cooler looking! Check out these samples (first one is oiled and absolutely amazing, the second is a more typical curly birch slab with a bit of spalting on it as well):





I'm going to have a local specialist guy come over and cut it into slabs for me when we fell him. I'm hoping to make tables for the outside deck and maybe even some countertops for in the house.
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Birch is a beautiful wood. Your future projects with the birch will
be wonderful. We made a nice big try with birch, and I love it.
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Current project: Installing a roller garage door

How's it going? Terribly. Husband tried and failed, me on the other hand now reading the handy online guide.

I'll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck.
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So I basically took the week off my remodeling projects as there wasn't anything I could do on my own. This weekend we had to make an "emergency" run out to the valley to pick up new toys:

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Dewalt's 20V trimmer and pole saw. Mostly I just wanted the boxes for my long wood scraps

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Of course, when you get new toys like this, you gotta play with them! So husband went around the whole house, the sides of both driveways, and all around the back deck to clean up all the stuff the mower couldn't get to. I won't bore you with pictures of that, but the trimmer works great, even with slightly damp grass. We didn't wear out the 5Ah battery either, still had a bar left even after doing everything (I didn't time it, but I believe he was out there weed wacking for a couple hours)

As for the pole saw, I've been complaining about a branch that comes off the big birch (The General) out front cause it was preventing a spruce behind it from getting any light. Husband went out and fix't that:

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After:
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The offending branch was 3-5" across by my brief guesstimate of size - the pole saw had absolutely no problems what so ever taking it down.
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Other than that we ran around the entire lot with the 20v chain saw taking down dead trees and pole sawed a couple other branches that I didn't like the way they were growing - including clearing out a big clump of willows near the shed on the second driveway that were blocking the pine I'm worried about and another clump on the main driveway that looked pretty ratty. Maybe I'll get pics of that later on.

Also, put a new chain on the 20v chainsaw; husband had dug it around in the ground to clear out roots for planting the baby blue spruce and dulled it pretty bad.

In addition to cleaning up the yard, we also managed to screw down the upstairs hallway subfloor. Later this week I'll screw down all the leveling sheets and possibly get the new flooring down. Will have to see cause I'm feeling a bit under the weather today :/

We'd planned to get some 2by for headers to raise that landing ceiling, but their wood cutting saw was out of service so we couldn't fit them in the subaru; not for such a long drive anyway. We'll have to get them from town next weekend.


Here's a sneak peak at another "not small" project I'm planning for next summer.
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