Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Insulating, Wiring, Sheetrock

My good friend Joe stopped in (twice) to help me strap the ceiling, insulate, and sheetrock. His help was invaluable. In fact, this the first time someone has shown up to help out on the site. It was a great two days of progress. I owe him.


On to the stats:
The old ceiling was 2x3s on edge, 24” o.c. It sagged about 3” in the center, mostly from the creep of weight over time. It also had significant water damage from a leak around the chimney.

I reframed the ceiling by finding a low point in the center and shooting a laser line around the room, then notching and cutting 16’ 2x6’s in the same direction as the previous ceiling joists. Technically, they are sistered; but they are also load bearing, spanning between the existing entry wall to the master bedroom and a new wall I built in front of the exterior.

Since this still leaves me with roughly 24” spacing between ceiling joists, I decided to strap the ceiling with furring strips at 16” o.c. perpendicular to the joists. Not only does this allow for closer screwing on the ceiling sheetrock (I was worried about 1/2” rock spanning 24” without sagging), but it also creates a nice catchment for the insulating.

I went with the conventional pink stuff for the ceiling insulation. Owens Corning R-38. These puff up pretty big. I decided to go with the max that the home stores carry. Blown in would be nice, but I decided it is not worth it at this stage since I still have live knob and tube at the end of the house that I can’t cover up yet. For about 220 square feet of coverage, it didn’t seem to make sense to rent the giant FORCE-3 machine and make that level of mess. I don’t even know if that machine would fit in my house!

It is amazing how sheetrock can transform a room. It’s a big milestone.



2x6's sistered to the original 2x3 ceiling joists.  Once I got a level plane, I then strapped at 16" OC since the spacing of the original joists were uneven.  This allows for easy installation of sheetrock.

Joe is trying to escape.  But there is no escape from the site! MUA HAHAAHA

Where have my morals gone? I should buy stock in Owens Corning


Who wired this mess?

I asked for a push broom for xmas, and all got was this Rollie Fingers guy.


First level surface in the entire house.  Was it worth it? Who knows

I have a good support system

Look at the foreman lounging on her cushy comforter.  I can't wait until I get into management.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Building walls, installing the built-ins, wiring

I insulated the first of the double wall with (2) two pieces of 2” Rigid, yielding a total R-Value of R-20. In hindsight, I should have just used the conventional paper backed stuff. Rigid is expensive and a real pain in the ass to cut (I cut on my back slab, then walk it up. Usually I make a giant cut-list for all pieces… but it still takes forever even when cutting with a circular saw with blade reversed)

Used a laser to help me plumb/square/level my shelves. They are turning out decent. Even though I think they will only hold smaller books, I think they will add a nice accent to the room.

This piece of wall is clamped to the ceiling joist. It didn't really look good in that position so I decided to move it.

Just another few feet

This place needs a ton of help

If only this laser could cut the wood for me too


How did Owens Corning actually buy the rights to this loveable guy? Oh yeah, with cash


The conventional level comes in handy is well.  Stabila is the only way to go.  I clamped those straightedges up there to help establish a plumb line.




oooh ahhhH!

 I like to swing the laser left and right and pretend I'm Knight Rider

How many bundles of shims can I throw at four shelves?



I had to go up to the MarketPlace Design Center to pick out this fancy light fixture.  Those are hand-hewn, free range pieces of lathe from long grain pine that have been tastefully re-purposed.