Now that that creepiness is over : Here’s what I got done in a few hours tonight.
Now that that creepiness is over : Here’s what I got done in a few hours tonight.
It is now mid November, the height of the “oh shit I should have stopped procrastinating on finishing this house” season. Outside high temperatures are around 30 degrees and will only be falling. So whats new since my last update?
Well, I finally put a front door on the house. It is really comforting being able to actually lock your house instead of hoping that none of your neighbors have a crowbar and a pill addiction. The door is fiberglass, which means it will take stain like wood and is very well insulated. My parents both came over and just swung it open and shut jealously. That’s what they get for buying a crappy Mastercraft door from Menard’s. The best part is that this door was only $350. The pictures don’t really do the glass in the window justice. I love how it looks.
After the door went on I started to demo the second bedroom. I don’t have a lot of pictures from this part but imagine shit getting knocked onto the floor and me shoveling it into a trailer.
With moving the walls to make the bedrooms bigger I was also forced to move a lot of the ductwork around. Crawling on my back with a spray bottle filled with water, a VOC mask on, then wetting and removing asbestos tape has inspired me to never get into HVAC as a career.
With the ductwork all moved I then ran new ceiling stringers, put in drywall nailers, pulled wire, placed outlets and switch boxes, insulated the exterior walls with closed cell spray foam, insulated the interior walls with R13, and then hung drywall. It all sounds so easy when squashed into one run on sentence.
Yesterday I had my friend come over and help me blow cellulose insulation into the attic. I put in around 16 inches of it, which according to the packaging, should be near an R-60 . I now have the furnace set to 65 and the house holds the heat incredibly well considering the fact that 1/3 of it(the kitchen and bathroom) are still basically uninsulated.
So what’s next? The two most expensive rooms in the house.
Here’s a video with my nasally childlike voice giving an updated walkthrough of the place.
Got a lot done on the house since my last update. I now have all of the drywall hung in the living room and I have the second bedroom nearly all demolished. I also have a new pedestal installed on the outside for where I will be running my new power. I currently have 60 amp service, but will be upgrading to a 200 amp breaker box.
Here are some pictures :
I promised and promised a walk through of the house, and now I have two!
This first one is from August 18th, before the majority of work got done.
This second one is from today, October 30th.
In other news : Even though I have no insulation in my ceiling and one room in my house is completely gutted, the house is staying around 55 with the furnace running only a few times a day. I also still need to put a front door on. I decided to wait until after Halloween so that I don’t have to deal with trick or treaters. I was thinking about sacrificing a neighborhood child as a warning to the others not to bother me.
Here’s me in my Halloween costume : “dusty guy who still thinks it’s cool to give a thumbs up”
So what did you guys do this weekend?
Here’s a bonus video of me enjoying myself(pants on)
This is what my living room looked like a few hours ago.
This is what it looks like right meow.
What you are looking at is a little over $500 worth of spray foam. Expensive? Very. I’d like to think I’m worth it though. Once again I used our touch n seal cpds closed cell foam. It was cold, and I had limited time, so I didn’t get the optimal expansion, but it turned out okay. I sprayed around 2 inches, giving me an air tight, moisture proof r14. I could have filled the entire cavity, but opted not to for cost reasons. I’ll be picking up some drywall later and throwing that on.
I had an opportunity earlier this week to use another type of closed cell spray foam so I figured I would share my experience. What I used was Dow chemicals refillable set up. I’ll start with what I liked about it first. The cost per board foot of dow’s chemicals is cheaper than what we are paying right now, the applicator gun feels more expensive and does a better job at keeping a 1 to 1 ratio, the tanks are larger so there is less down time swapping out product, and they had a much longer hose reach.
Now, the negative. Instead of an air compressor with a doubler like our machine has, it uses a nitrogen bottle as it’s propellant. Setting and maintaining equal pressures in each tank was kind of a hassle. The tanks are refillable, which means that there is the possibility of some jack ass pounding to much product into a tank at one time and creating excess moisture in the tanks. The problem with moisture is that it makes the chemicals crystallize and not mix properly and clog up the system. Finally, it seemed like there were more air voids in their foam than ours. Granted, the foam was a few months old, but it just didn’t seem as rigid as what we are applying.
All in all though, I wouldn’t have an issue with using either product but give a slight edge to our touch n seal based on my familiarity with it.
This house is so out of square it is driving me insane. It is over 3 inches out of square in a 23 foot long run. Frustrating, but a good drywaller is capable of hiding nearly anything. I am by no means an expert drywaller, but I can sure as hell try.
My house is old, therefore there is no plywood on the walls, but instead 3/4 boards. You can clearly see the daylight coming in which means as cold as it is outside, it is in my house. Will be insulating the walls later this week, so it won’t be long until I can turn my furnace back on. I am super excited about that. I’m sleeping in my bedroom with a space heater right now. Sleeping is fine and a comfortable temperature, but getting out of the room and using the bathroom is a nightmare. I’m afraid I will end up getting my ass frozen to the toilet seat soon.
As you can see I tore out the carpeting, carpet padding, and removed the door. Hopefully should have a door in in a day or two. I am having some issues on deciding what I want to do with the floor. I have a few options. I love the look of hardwood, but there are some parts in the floor that need to be replaced. I could try to tie some new flooring in, sand, and re stain the entire floor for not a lot of money. New hardwood flooring is around $3 a square foot, Laminate flooring is also a fast install-able option, but it is starting to look really cheap and trashy to me. I refuse to purchase carpeting for the main portion of the house. I’ll allow it in the bedrooms, but that’s it.
I’ll post more pictures as the progress continues!
Working construction all day and then working on my own house can sometimes start to get tedious. Luckily I have the mind of a child and am amused by simple things. Here are some pictures I wanted to share but have no real theme.
My Baby! It is a 1972 Ford Fairmont Wagon.
Less than 43000 miles!
Seventies Sexy…. Or as sexy as someone in their seventies.
My hillbilly tub surround/shower head.
I’ve found the best way to make art classier is to put Power Rangers window clings on them.
I didn’t buy a dumpster to NOT play in it on uneven surfaces. I thought this was America.
Someone really liked their Red Dog.
I really don’t know what to say to this one… Thank You?
If you’re a nerd you’ll get the joke in my title. If you don’t get it, congratulations, you probably have friends. Regardless, I put some new windows in. 6 foot wide by 4 foot tall. The old widows were 5’5″ by 5’5″. I am not a fan of windows being close to the floor. I like having them above average groin height (which I’ve found to be three foot tall). The reasons for this are simple: 1, if you wake up hung over and have no pants on, you can’t be called in and wind up on the registered sex offenders list and 2, if you are drunk and fall over you won’t be as likely to fall completely through your window. Now I know this place will never have a huge resale value do to it’s limited square footage so I went with cheaper vinyl windows. Something interesting about windows is that there are only a few companies that make the actual glass. What you are paying for is whatever companies hardware that surrounds the glass. So if you need some new windows, and can only afford the cheap vinyls and not the fiberglass or wood framed ones, don’t worry about it. You’re still getting a high quality well insulated window, it’s just wrapped in a not gorgeous looking piece of plastic. If you’re not completely lazy you should be framing out the windows with pine boards anyways, so the finished project shouldn’t look like a crappy apartment. Having said all of that, here is a picture of the new windows.
I later removed the window to the right and currently have it all boxed in. Tonight I was having fun in my crawlspace pulling wiring. I should have all of the wiring and insulation done for the weekend and then it’s drywall time again.
No, I am not deceased, and no, this blog has not been abandoned(yet). It has been a few weeks since I made any major progress with the house because of a variety of reasons. One, I am lazy at times. Two, It being the fall season and me being relatively young, I had a large number of friends returning to college, so I wanted to spend some time out with them before they left to further their education and leave me behind(so lonely). Three, FANTASYYY! With the reemergence of the NFL season my addiction has me scratching my arms until sores show up. I used to play a lot of World of Warcraft when I was in college(keyword being was) and stopped. Fantasy Football is simply a different drug with the same effect. Luckily for me, watching football is a socially acceptable time to get polluted and drunk drive through a Little Caesar’s. Finally, we have been doing a lot of roofs lately and the absolute last thing I want to do when I get home is work on my house when I have been on a roof all day. I am willing to bet that my hands are filled with an abnormally high amount of fiberglass.
So now that I explained why I have been not working on my house, let me explain to you why I have been reinvigorated to finish this thang. IT IS FREEZING INSIDE OF MY HOUSE! Turns out that removing the insulation and ceiling of your house will lead to all of the heat leaving at a quite rapid rate. There is no point in running the furnace because guess what, that heat rises just like every other type of heat ever. I am unashamedly typing this at my parents house because I will not sleep in a house that is 48 degrees at 6am. The first night it was kind of cool because it reminded me of sleeping out at camp. The second night sucked because I had gas and was basically dutch ovening myself because my head was freezing if I left it uncovered. The third and fourth nights were a lot like the second. Tonight, the fifth night, I had to make a stand. And by make a stand I mean leech off of my parents. It’s nice here. There’s food in the fridge, its warm, it has wifi(my place doesn’t because I forgot to pay the bills last month). Why the hell did I move out? Too bad that they’re out camping and will come home tomorrow morning, it’s a pretty sweet setup I have going on here.
My goal for this weekend was simple :
Get bitches and smoke trees. Make some progress on the house.
With one bedroom done I decided to take the demo into the rest of the living room.
I extended the wall down the rest of the length of the room to expand the dimensions of the second bedroom, took down the ceiling, cleaned up the ceiling, and then started kicking some ass and knocking down walls.
You can’t really tell it from here, but the entire ceiling of the kitchen has the rafters running the opposite direction of the rest of the house. I was pretty lucky that that ceiling didn’t fall and crush me while I was knocking the wall out. I won’t let faith alone hold the ceiling up though, so I put in a header to carry the weight.
So that’s how I spent my Saturday. What’d you guys do?
My next steps are to put some new windows in, pull wires, insulate, and drywall.
Everytime I work on my house I feel like I’m turning into Don Draper working on Sally Draper’s club house. That is, I generally get decently loaded when I am doing something I find to be monotonous. I love LOVE rough framing. It is so much fun to take nothing and create something. Then, someone comes along and says that it isn’t pretty enough, and has to paint it ugly colors that will go out of style in a fashion season. If I wore white clothes(I don’t because they always end up stained) I would definitely wear them after labor day, just to spite people. If I were a more ballsy person I would have also left the unfinished drywall hang, but being a semi-sane human being who still is trying to get some action, I hung drywall, finished it, textured it, and painted it. So, I now have one bedroom nearly done, with only the flooring and trim left to do. You can mark my words though, there will never be a gaudy decoration in my house that has the words LIVE LAUGH LOVE on it. I hate this crap. Why do middle aged women insist on hanging these things everywhere?
Picture Time :
With walls up the next step is to pull wires and insulate this place.
This house has rough cut 2×4 walls so the R21 Fiberglass option is out. R13 Fiberglass could potentially be the way to go, but I want a way to eliminate air movement in my walls. If only there were some kind of magic material which had double the R value of fiberglass, was a moisture barrier, and I have access too.
Closed Cell spray foam insulation! R7 per inch(4xR7=R28). Very expensive to install($1.05 per board foot our cost) but it will pay for itself in 3 years due to no air movement knocking the heat out of my house. The only problem with this stuff is that you have to make sure you have a VOC Mask or even better, supplied air. It is a 2 part foam that loves moisture, and guess where there is a lot of that : your lungs. If you start spraying this stuff naked your lungs will be candy coated.
The spray foam that you see in Holmes on Homes and other DIY shows(spray 1/8 inch and it expands outside the walls) is an open cell foam which has the same R value as fiberglass and allows moisture to pass through, but is roughly half the cost. I want the highest R possible in my thin walls and I feel that closed cell is always the best option. We’ve done a lot of jobs tearing out improperly installed open cell with huge air voids so I simply don’t trust that product. An interesting fact about icynene brand spray foam : It can not stick to itself. If you spray it, cut it with a hot knife and there is an air void(which there can be a lot of) and you spray some more in, the product will not bond with the previously applied foam.
Next step : Hang drywall, climb up into the attic, spray the top of the drywall to create a 100% airseal.