Remodeling a quaint little farmhouse in Oregon, and getting loads of splinters along the way.
Monday, August 28, 2006
These pictures are what I got done this last Saturday by laying out what it will look like prior to mortaring it. The chocolate lab in the picture above is my super cool dog, named Scully.
This is about the only thing that is postable for this week - my bay window / door getting stuffed with insulation. It's amazing how much insulation you can stuff into an area. Even with the smallest quantity of insulation you can buy, I was afraid I'd have all sorts of leftover insulation that I'd have to deal with but it wasn't the case here.
Friday, August 25, 2006
An Embarrassing Side Project: Office Wire Fix
I didn't think to take a picture of the actual cut wire until after I ran the new line. This is before I stapled the wire to the stud:
I could have sworn I had plenty of distance from the blade to the wire, but apparently the blade must fly around while in action. I still really like my sawzall though, despite the rework I had to do. I decided the easiest and most unnoticable fix was to just add a j-box to connect a new wire to the existing old, rather than rewire the entire line. I had also found a splice in the existing line which was removed with the new wiring fix. The j-box is placed on the office side also. This way it can't be seen when you walk right into the house.
I took my time patching by doing one step each day.
The acoustical texture (aka popcorn) spray was pretty wild. There's a very good reason why they tell you to cover EVERYTHING in the room when you use it. Remember the part in the "Exorcist" when Regan suddenly vomited all over the visiting priest? That came to mind upon triggering the texture spray.
And the final result, or at least final for now. I still need to paint the entire ceiling in the office. But later.
Monday, August 14, 2006
But instead, I decided to blast a hole in the entry way ceiling with my new Sawzall! Not quite the porthole to heaven, but it was the only way to get the attic.
This is the before insulation: And after (I probably should have straightened out that existing wiring but I just wanted to insulate, and get out!):
Here's a sequence of the porthole patching:
Friday, August 04, 2006
I really started this blog to share progress with family and friends from out of town. I haven't done much lately, except get this pile of lathes down into the basement. Whoop-ee.