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.


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