After I catch up with the current progress I will be going through the house one room at a time and post up some floorplans.
March and the tree fiasco had passed. I had been doing a lot of work in the basement and going all the way outside to get back into the thing during a severely cold April was beginning to get annoying. You can tell by this picture that at one time there had been death stairs that led to the basement(look where it is missing paint).
So what was directly above this?
The previous tenants were getting up in years and wanted a main floor laundry instead of having to walk down the cliff that was the previous set of steps. So, they boarded over the floor, made it into a closet…. and never ended up putting in a main floor washer or dryer. Lucky for me I know a guy with a hammer and a flatbar.
The stringers that were in there only existed to hold up the closet floor and were easily removed and did not fudge up the rest of the house. I took two 2x12x12 boards as stringers and instead of cutting in treads, simply put 2×4 blocks on the sides and then put 2×10’s over the top to act as a set of temporary steps. Eventually I will be running the steps the opposite direction from the living room and this will make more sense when I do the room by room update.
Alright! I’ve got new temporary death stairs! Let’s step down them carefully and see whats going on down there now.
Looks like they’re doing some kind of pirate radio from down here…. I don’t trust it… Let’s take a quick turn to the left.
Well, they’re either trying to make a kick ass robot costume or they have got a new furnace.
But I thought he was broke? Aren’t new furnaces expensive?
Right you are. I scored big time on this furnace. I was hanging drywall at a different house and replacing the hot water heater. I had moved the hot water heater out onto the front porch and let it sit there overnight. When I was working the next morning a man walked over and asked me if I needed to buy a hot water heater, as he had a newer one. I declined but said that I was looking for a furnace. It turns out that he was stripping his dead father in law’s house and planned on tilling it under. Luckily for me right before the guy keeled over he put a brand new high efficiency furnace and all new ducting into the house. I ended up with the furnace all of the ducting and hot water heater for $1500. After that, another neighbor walked by looking to buy the hot water heater so without even having the thing loaded up yet I sold it to him for $100(gas non power vent hot water heater) so for $1400 I had a few model years old 92% efficient furnace that hadn’t even been used for one heating season.
See all that white tape? That there is asbestos. Whenever I get bored of cracking open cfl bulbs and drinking the mercury I climb down the steps shake the heat ducts around while taking some deep breaths.
Moving that fat bitch of a furnace was….. a bitch. The red cylindrical drum was a giant cast iron pot. The way the furnace worked was a bunch of heating elements designed to burn diesel fuel(but now burned natural gas) super heated that thing until the thermostat told the squirrel cage fan to kick on. The only nice thing about the furnace was that when it finally kicked in and started moving air it was HOT. If you sat in front of it you started to sweat.
It is now the middle of April and it is still extremely cold outside. How am I supposed to stay warm for the next few days while I wait for the furnace man to come put this new one in?
Luckily I am used to living in cold houses, as this little heater barely kept my bedroom above 60 degrees while it was in it.
Another advantage of doing construction work for a living is having a lot of friends in the plumbing, electrical, and hvac fields. For $650 I had the new furnace installed and got an AC coil put in, so my house is all set for air conditioning once I get the outdoor unit.
Well, that’s all for today. If some of this doesn’t make sense it is because I was working outside in the sun with a heat index of 106 degrees running a jack hammer. If there is some sort of glaring error or something doesn’t make sense I’ll come back later when my brain isn’t cooked and fix it.