My current huge project

Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:34 am

My new structure does not contain any sleeping rooms. I'm sure that is why the old part of the house is exempt from the wired-together smoke alarms.

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:52 pm

LsFarm wrote:Well, the electrical inspector came by yesterday. We didn't get into a fist fight, but I was sorely tempted to deck the guy, or at least try to. ........

Just be thankful you don't live in MA! :lol:

All my father tried to do was install a coal stove .... and the inspector had to come back 3 separate times to disapprove of my father's installation! :roll:

I can imagine doing what your doing in this state! They'd probably make you rip all the wiring out & start over!!

You'd have gone off the deep end! :lol:
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:55 pm

I was home for a few days, and managed to get the kitchen insulated, and the drywall up. The drywall finishing crew is there today, I'm in New Yuk.

I had to add more spray foam on the walls, finish using low-expansion foam around the windows [greatstuff blue can] Then put up unfaced firberglass. The walls now have 2" of foam and 3" of fiberglass. The foam is r-7per inch, the fiberglass r-13, so I have R-27 walls.

I installed the ceiling drywall, then went into the space above, and sprayed a 1" layer of foam on the back of the drywall, around the light fixtures and around the perimeter, and filled the truss heels where they rest on the walls, with appropriate air passageways from the vented soffits. Even with the minor amount of insulation, the ceiling was much warmer [measured with a laser thermometer] than the areas that were still unsprayed. I'll either add fiberglass or blow in insulation to bring the ceiling up to r50 or so.

The heated floor heat is working very well with a ceiling over it. quite comfortable in the kitchen now.


Below, a few pics of the kitchen.. Time elapsed so far, demolished old section on August 28, so roughly 3 1/2 months.

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:56 pm

LsFarm wrote:, and filled the truss heels where they rest on the walls, with appropriate air passageways from the vented soffits.

Yer doing it right :up:
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:43 pm

Yeah, the building inspector likes my 'over do it' attitude with construction and insulation.. now if I could just get the electrical inspector to get on the bandwagon too. :o :x


And,, Before anyone comments.. the tall butt joint where the ends of the sheets of drywall meet, [between the windows] they are behind the freezer/fridge, so the only portion of that butt-joint that will be visible will be above the cabinets,, and they are tall, so only the top 14-16" of that joint will be visible..
If that were an exposed wall, I'd have staggered the butt-joint so it wouldn't be so noticable.

Take care

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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:57 pm

LsFarm wrote:And,, Before anyone comments.. the tall butt joint where the ends of the sheets of drywall meet, [between the windows] they are behind the freezer/fridge, so the only portion of that butt-joint that will be visible will be above the cabinets,, and they are tall, so only the top 14-16" of that joint will be visible..
If that were an exposed wall, I'd have staggered the butt-joint so it wouldn't be so noticable.

a good spackler/sheetrocker will make them disappear.
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:37 pm

The rough electical inspection is APPROVED. That monkey is off my back. Next is the rest of the plumbing inspection, probably this afternoon.

I'm insulating and drywalling the cathedral ceiling over the main entryway foyer. I've had to build a temporary platform over the foyer, to allow enough height to the peak. With the stairs on one side and a balcony all around the rest of the perimeter, scafolding would only be in the center, not allowing a very good work platform.. so with the false floor just above the balcony floor, I'll have a nice level, sturdy platform for the drywall jack, the ladders for the mudding crew as well as for me to paint the place and install the entryway light from the peak.

Photos sometime tonight.

Greg L
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 3:07 pm

Good deal! Making good progress there! :up:
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:10 pm

OK, both the Plumbing and Electrical rough inspections are done, now I can finish the wall insulation and drywall.

I had some fun and installed switches and bulbs for the ceiling lights in the kitchen, to see how they look and to use some compact florescent lighting instead of the big 150 watt work lights. It sure feels good to have the new panel powered and to be using the new electrical system instead of extension cords.

Greg L

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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: franco b On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:44 pm

LsFarm wrote:I had some fun and installed switches and bulbs for the ceiling lights in the kitchen, to see how they look and to use some compact florescent lighting instead of the big 150 watt work lights.


I like the choice of words; there is nothing like the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes from work of this sort. And it will last for years.

Richard
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:47 pm

I've never seen a green sticker before ..... they're usually red out here .... toothy :D
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:01 pm

When the plumbing inspector showed up, he had a clipboard with a red sticker on top. I looked at him and said 'I hope you brought some green stickers not just red ones'.. He grinned and said yep, got a few green ones too.

That inspection went well. The elecrical inspection still has a few 'speed bumps'. He can't seem to figure it out that I'm living in the old sections of the house, and my buidling permits and his jurisdiction end at the interface of the old and new. But I got all the new approved, so I can keep trudging along, and when I decide to finish work on the walls and doorways between the old and new sections. I'll have to call him back for another 'look-see'. Even though I provided wiring, boxes and locations of future switches and outlets.. since they aren't the actual ones intended for use, he won't 'approve' them..

But what is funny, now that he's gone, I can change just about any box or switch if I want, or add more or different lights etc. And he won't know, since he didn't take notes, or photos. So once he's out the door, it all can change. pretty silly system.

I've already decided to add another light along the stairs, the light fixtures I found today are not bright enough to light up the stairs to my satisfaction, so I'm moving the 'approved' light box, and adding another one... I don't think I'll call him for another inspection :lol: :mad: :shock: :roll: :x

Yes there was and is a great sense of satisfaction to power up the house.. FINALLY .

Greg L

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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:08 pm

SMITTY wrote:I've never seen a green sticker before ..... they're usually red out here .... toothy :D

My Dad was a building inspector. I remember driving with him, wondering which sticker he was going to pull out. Sometimes, he pulled out the "BIG" poster-paper that read "STOP WORK" :shock: The local police usually followed up with those.
I learned how to do everything "By the Book" while still in grade school.
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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Dec 23, 2009 11:24 pm

There would have been a reenactment of the Waco stand off if someone tried to get me to 'stop work' on my own house, that I'm still living in. I'm a hard-core believer in 'my home is my castle'. And 'Don't Tread on Me' .

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Re: My current huge project

PostBy: Cap On: Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:12 am

From what I understand regards to building inspectors, ( or thought I understood ! ), inspectors were typically easy on the DYS'er while they would brutilize the contractors in order to look out for the homeowner. In NJ, when I added a kitchen addition to my home, I was forced to upgrade to hardwired smokes throughout the entire house. He also inspected my main electric circuit panel but it had been previuosly upgraded to a 200A, he put the green sticker on the panel.
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