Friday, September 29, 2017

Last Month


 We have been really busy around our house. We had a wedding that we made some decor for. We had a freak cold front that caused our furnace to come on, then it didn't. I also have a fence post that was sagging making my fence not close properly. We  have been making crafts to sell on the Facebook yard sale pages, and replaced the insides of two toilets. I don't know if I will ever understand how so much can done in two weeks while working full time. Somehow we are able to make it work.





We live in a great area with a little clubhouse that is commonly used for weddings The issue is if you don't live out here its easy to get lost. My favorite part is all the roads being named country club or lakeview.


After we moved into this house, we started having issues with our furnace. We had the home warranty and was able to get them out to check it out. The coil that runs the A/c was leaking all over everything. The coil was replaced and a relay had to be replaced from all the leaking. 

Fast forward a few years. This is the Control panel. It shows signs of corrosion on many of the parts and had a few broken welds .  I was able to pick up a new one and take out a few screws and swap some wires.  Quite simple really only took maybe 10 minutes.







With fall present my wife had found some things on Pinterest that she loved.  I decided that I would try it out. Note: I didn't make the wreaths that credit all goes to the wifey. The little pallet pumpkins and and tall pumpkins I cut out painted when I get home at night.

Have you ever had to leave the lid off your toilet so you could pull the chain to flush? Or you just use a different toilet? My mommies house had this issue. I stopped by there the other day and realized they had not been functioning properly for a while now. Just like any good son would do, I fixed my moms toilets. Instead of changing out the toilets I just upgraded and changed the insides of the tank.





Although its been busy, we have been having fun with all the little projects and making new friends.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I'm not afraid of the dark


I'm afraid of whats in the dark


Remember that night I decided to pour concrete super late because I was busy all day? I have had a fence post that has been sagging for a while. I finally decided I should try to take care of it so I can close the gate and maybe lock it.

 I had previously noticed that every time my sprinklers came on that all the water would flow to the gate and cause a giant puddle.  I decided to dig all around the existing post so I could reinforce the post as well as set the post in the proper place.  While digging I ended up finding an active sprinkler head buried deep below next to the post that holds the gate.



I poured concrete all around the posts and formed a curb so the gate had something to sit on. It wasn't hardening as quick as I liked so I ended up out side at 11 pm trying to finish it but hopefully this keeps my gate from sagging again. One day I may just pour a pad back there for the gate to swing on. 



So if you have saggy posts I hope this helps

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This not usable wall is now a little more usable

Mudroom/ Coat-rack


I have three little girls. That equals three backpacks, three coats, three pairs of shoes and three separate messes of random crap.  The problem is that I only have four little hooks which made for a cluster of mess. I have a sickness where I am unable to let go of things if I think they have any value in the future. I just so happened to have reclaimed some material from other projects that helped me to get this project done.  Last year we remodeled a ski in ski out lodge for a couple and remodeled there ski and boot room. In the original room was some tongue and groove bead board alder. This was going in to the garbage so I took it home. Using that and some cabinets that I had left over from redoing my kitchen in the Maeser (Click Here) house I was able to come up with the material for this project.



I built the bottom bench first then installed the tongue and groove a top the bench. I ran two rows of hooks then installed the cabinet on top to hold more stuff. Of course the colors don't match so we filled the holes did some caulking and started to paint away. 




After painting everything white I thought I would try to be creative and painted the inside of the cabinet many different colors until I found one that wasn't to bright but still added contrast. 



You can see by the differing colors that I tried yellow. I tried what Anni Sloan chalk paint calls duck poo ( a kind of green blue awesome color) and a gray. We ended up just sticking with the gray. 





We were limited with the space available. I wish I could have gone bigger. I like how it turned out but I don't love how it turned out. The top cabinet gives it kind of a top heavy feel, but in the process of some of my other projects; I have ended up removing the upper cabinet to make way for something else. It has however served its purpose well and is still better than what we had before. What do you think of the mud bench? Is there a space that you would want to convert to allow for more space?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

They didn't tell me it came in Super Fast Lamborghini Galaxy Gray

Water Heater Replacement


Rut-Row there is water on the floor. The life of a water heater is limited. If you have hard water like we do; the life of all your appliances can be significantly shortened. We have a water softener, but I am not the best at remembering to put salt in it. The date on this water heater was 2010 so it actually did make it 7 years. Not the best I have had but still not premature. I have all these other projects going on that I was going to try and get to but I also like hot showers. This is what I get to tell you about this week. 

I received a phone call just after arriving at work. My cute little wife told me that there was water all over the basement around the water heater. most of it went down the drain. I explained to her via Facetime how to shut off the water and also the gas to the unit.  Yellow one is the water and the red one is the gas. 
  























Before I went home to tackle this my wife and I had called different companies to compare prices. I walked into Standard Plumbing while on the phone with Furgeson. My wife had called RC Willey's. 
RC Willey had the best price and I was able to get the other two to match it but I can do six months same as cash at RC Willey. On my way home I picked up the heater from their warehouse and took it home. 


I went downstairs to assess the damages. I must say not a lot of damage. just a little water on the floor and a hole in the bottom of the water heater. I opened the pressure release valve on the side of the water heater and let that drain then at the bottom of the water heater is another drain to let all the water out. 




The hydro static pressure was so intense it tried to spray all over the place so I used my hands of iron to redirect the water towards the drain.  Water heaters are actually quite easy to remove and install. There is a two water lines and the exhaust vent on top, the gas line near the bottom and an earthquake strap wrapped around the middle. 



I removed them with an adjustable wrench. The vent was held on by 3 1/4 inch hex head screws. I removed those with my screw gun.  The gas line was removed with two wrenches since the fitting kept turning on itself.

As I pulled it out I leaned it to the drain to get all the water out I could before lugging it upstairs. 
I took a video of the sediment that was coming out of the bottom. The playlist I chose was from my daughters spotify account. That way all the music that may be heard by little ears is still appropriate. 



The new water heater came with everything it needed except for three things. I took these off the old one. Those things are: 

Pressure relief extendy thing (long copper pipe)

Gas nipple

Exhaust venting


I put it back in the way it came out and hooked up everything that came off.  If you look at the original water heater I notice a lot of calcium buildup and corrosion. Upon inspection I realized that the inlet water line wasn't quite tight enough and had been drizzling for awhile. this caused the build up. I also notice that there was no Tephlon tape on any of the connections. I added this as well as checked and tightened all the connections. 



After finishing my double check on all connections. I turned the water back on and let it fill up. I then turned on the gas and lit the pilot light. I had my wife go upstairs and turn the faucets on one at a time in order to let the air out of the system. We have hot water again. I only took me maybe an hour once I got the new water heater home. I am into the new 50 gallon Rheem water heater fully loaded in Super Fast Lamborghini Galaxy Gray, for around $450 and an hour of my time. 

I read the warranty information. As long as it was installed per manufacturers instructions. It has a 6yr non-transferable warranty. Full replacement on the unit for 6 years.


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Visions do become reality

The Shed ( possibly man cave) Part 2




This picture is one that I drew up while thinking about my shed. I had materials scattered and wanted to utilize them all. I ended up moving the double doors and some windows but all in all the way its panning out is pretty sweet. 



We have paper that we use under Hardi-board that not to many people use. You can see the yellow out line from under because its a two part paper. The yellow layer has a knitted hex pattern in it and goes underneath the tar paper layer. This layer is there as a protection in the case water or moisture gets in. It allows drainage of the moisture but it also creates an air gap to allow for ventilation; therefore, reducing the chances of trapped moisture causing damage to anything underneath. You will also notice that I used real plywood not osb on the walls. This is because real plywood doesn't fall apart when it gets wet or swell; whereas, osb will swell and begin to separate if exposed to water  for to long and allowed to freeze and thaw. 

Also in this photo you can see where I began doing the roof. With the roof where you have a roof line butting into a wall you should always have flashing. At the bottom of the wall you should install a diverter flashing. This flashing is used to direct the water away from the wall as it comes down. Most roofers will just cut a step shingle and bend it the problem with that is that they always have that pin hole in the corner that allows water in. We always build our diverters usually out of a bonderized metal and have it soldered so it is one piece with now holes. On my shed I  built them out of copper and soldered them. 

Also you can see where I started installing the cedar on the dormer. 









Here is a closer look at the diverter flashing. also the dutch lap cedar siding going up the rake wall. 



Back to me being a hoarder: In part one I had mentioned that I had left over Hardi panel from a job. this includes the panel but also included a ton of Hardi shingles. I finally am going to use it all up. I have carried this stuff house to house for a while now. I didn't have any batons so I had to buy those. 
When installing Hardi-board we always use stainless nails in a coil nail. For the trim we use stainless finish nails. I also used the stainless finish nails on the shingles. Sometimes the bigger coil nail will shatter the shingles. 


Another flashing that is commonly missed is a head flashing. Every time you have something below that sticks out further than something above, it needs a flashing in order to allow moisture to shed off and not get trapped. You can see the copper head flashing I put in here. It is 6" in back ,comes away from the wall the distance of the material on a 105 degree angle, comes down 1" and has a hem and a kick. Many Hardi contractors will use a simple L flashing but the point of  the hem and kick is it protects you against and wind driven rain. The kick also lets the water drip away from the window or door rather run down  and risk trapping water.

Also just for detail I added some cedar corbels to each gabel end. 


After getting the trim and batons on I had to decide on color. however I did already draw it white so I painted it white. I tapped off the windows, doors and flashing's; then sprayed away. I always paint my shingles a contrasting color. I think it helps it pop more. 



I decided on a darker gray. I love the contrast. I originally painted the trim around the shingles white, but I got gray on one of them and decided I like it better this way. I still have some touch up to do on the paint. 

Still left to finish is:

Soffit and Fascia
A couple pieces of trim
Ridge cap on the shingles
I need to stain all the cedar the same color.
Some garden boxes
A ramp to make it easier to get the mower in and out
Flagstone around the garden boxes.

At some point I am going to run power out here. Then I will put some carriage lights on either side of the door and maybe some type of light on the side for the garden. Its nice to have power in the shed too. You never now when you will need a man cave. 

Look for Part three of the shed series where hopefully we are all done with this project

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Making more room in the garage ? Or more places to put stuff.

The Beginning of The Shed




It is quite possible I am a hoarder. As long as Krissy's car can fit in the garage then the rest of the space is mine right? Wrong! It turns out the whats mine is mine and whats yours is mine rule still applies. I have a mess to clean up. With the work that I do, I often take apart many homes and am told to just throw things away. I have a hard time throwing away stuff that I find may be useful. With that I will show you how I built a $10,000 shed for a fraction of the cost. On this house that we were chasing dry rot and redoing decks, windows, doors and cedar siding; we removed about 2200 sqft of redwood. This redwood came home with me. Along with some cedar beams and other random wood. 



 I checked with the county before I began to make sure I stayed with in the limit of square footage to insure that I didn't need a permit. That Square footage is 200 sqft. I went 12x16 on my shed which equals 198 sqft.  I then checked with all zoning laws for my area to make sure the shed was in compliance. 3' from each lot line.After confirmation I Ran some string lines, set level lines, and found  square. I then set all my foundation blocks. the lot has a slight slope so you can see where my depths change on the blocks. 


I took the redwood and cut them to length. I framed the entire floor out of the redwood. Since it is so close to the ground and it was free. What better wood to use than one that is used commonly in the weather. 


With it all level and set I then Had to purchase some 3/4 Tongue and groove plywood. (no pic) I'm lame I  know.  I sheeted the entire floor. Snapped lines for the walls and started framing the walls. I had decided to build rake walls. instead of building trusses. I didn't have any studs so that was the next thing I had to buy. I built a beam pocket into each rake wall to support my salvaged beam. This beam came off another project where we had replaced a bunch of cedar beams and it had a curve cut into the bottom. If you look close you can see it.




I framed the roof on a 8/12 pitch with 2 x 6's I had lying around at two foot on center. I had originally drawn a dormer and liked the look so I built another rake wall just short enough to give me the required 2/12 slope as required by code for shingles. 






I salvaged some windows and doors from that same project I mentioned before. This is where the big savings came from. The french doors that I used need some adjustment and had some weathering. I t also needed a new support under the threshold. With some work I was able to recondition them. The replacement we bought for the house was $5500. Jeld-wen aluminum clad high efficiency doors. The windows were another $2000.  If the doors look familiar I had quite a few sets. I took the fixed panel of some of those and made a barn door Click Here for my bathroom.




I have left over Hardi panel and shingles from another project. Coming up next I will install the Hardi and get it roofed. I will be doing all copper flashing (salvaged from a job) and paint.  Stay tuned for part 2 and maybe a part three.


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