Sunday, October 12, 2008

Hair Shirt

A few aquaintances have noted my monk-like existance. There are monks that wear hairshirts for penance. The insulation work I did today re-enforces those friends that opin about my so-called self-denial. Who needs a goathair shirt, or for those that read "The Davinci Code" a cilice? Fiberglass insulation will do just fine.

Back to topic, here's a photo of the newly routed gas line for the oven, and the moved 220v outlet in the event of an electric range.

Bat Whisperer

Starting with a pic' of the proVent attic ventilation product in place. This allows air flow from the eves that might otherwise be blocked by insulation. The plastic vent is a plastic channel that allows the air to travel and keep a "cold roof" cold.
After installing these in the non-standard 20" center trusses, I have trimmed and installed the insulation from below. Then, balancing act complete, I stapled the 6mil vapor barrier with the whacker-tacker. Need the insulation, was in the teens Fahrenheit the other night.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Grandpa To The Rescue!

Actually, Dad to the rescue. A kick in the arse and lots of help. For the new Rinnai instant water heater, the new gas range, and for the anticipated gas dryer in the farthest corner of this 1000 sq ft mansion, I needed to run some gas line.

The Rinnai heater needs 3/4 inch - this is because it is a 192,000 BTU unit. Remember - this is "instant heat" . These are sold as "energy savers" but I doubt it would really be cheaper to utilize this water heater with the water coming out of the ground at less than 40 degrees F.

I value this unit, as it will allow me to run a wall of cabinets and counter, in a minuscule laundry room that I would not have been able to with a tank-style heater.

Dad brought over Grandpa's ol' pipe-vise and assorted cutting and reaming tools. We hauled the 21' long sections of black pipe home, slung beneath my '71 Chevy pickup. Sorry no pics, but dad says that's the way it used to be done. The front of the pipe was conveniently passed through the lower mount for my snow plow, and the rear, tied up to the rear bumper.

A worker at the plumbing supply store said "you guys sure are handy". My father, without missing a beat, quoted Red Green: "If the ladies don't find ya handsome, they better find ya handy".

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Have moved inside, 15 days of rain in August caused an eruption of motivation. That and tent funk. In one week, I opened up the rough opening of the small bedroom window in anticipation of the new larger window, drywalled, textured and painted the small bedroom, installed the larger window and moved in. If I had that motivation all summer, I'd be done. So I am on the upswing...

I used a drywall jack to lift the 12' x4' 5/8" sheets to put a lid on the small room, rented for $30.00 for the weekend. Cool, but you will still need an assist getting the big sheets out of the truck, and again, on to the jack. Bought a Senco drywall screw gun.... oooooh so sweet. Yep that is an auto-feed strip of screws. Witnessed the drywallers using these in the house I had built three years ago and knew that I would need one someday.