Sunday, July 12, 2009

More house progress

Still in the demolition stage, but finally getting to a point where we can start painting soon.

The kitchen tiles are also in. This is why I want to learn to do this stuff myself, it costed me 600 in labour + about 400 in materials. I will make sure to NEVER drop something on that floor. :o



Did quite a lot of work and here is some of it:

Mold in the ceiling. $$$

Have to move the electrical boxes which may be a task as it seems most of the kitchen is fed from that box. Debating on installing pot lights instead of two fixtures, but think I'll stick to track lights just to simplify things. Now would be a good time to put pot lights though, given the ceiling is open, and I will need to remove and replace the insulation.

Did lot of work in the crawlspace such as started adding more light sockets, and removed all the bricks. I still need to conquer the dungeon though, that is a sub crawlspace which has tons of spider webs and is overall nasty.

Almost done cleaning crawlspace of spider webs (still need to go through again to broom it better)

The dungeon

Heater in the dungeon.

This heater needs to be there to keep the foundation from freezing up and collapsing. Back then they only dug 6 feet for foundations, now they dig 8 feet which is below ground freezing level.

Light box. 4 total have been added, to make a total of 6 100w lights in there!

One light installed, 3 more to go.

All 4 are now installed as of today, just one remains to wire and the two others are wired but the center light box has so many wires and wire nuts that it is unsafe to close. I will look at it further tomorrow to figure what will be the safest way to deal with this box. May need a junction box. It almost looks like the previous owners used this box as a junction box for a completely unrelated circuit.

Bricks gone!

Stacked the bricks in the garage.

Removed the old dryer few days ago.

So got to clean up there. Looks quite nasty, there was about 3 dead spiders on the ground from all the raid I sprayed previously.

I'm also very anal when it comes to labeling at work. There is so much stuff that is not labeled properly or undocumented. Well, I'm the same way here. Labeled a few things such as the wire that goes to the heater and added a note that it needs 240v and 30a. I need to verify that it really needs 30a as it probably only needs 15. Also labeled the breakers that are off, and why they are off (so I don't go and turn them on at a bad time!)

Lastly, we even started to remove the wall for the washroom enlarging. This was also done yesterday, and started the week before.

None of the work posted was done in posted order. We just kind of jump around and get things done.

Right now what's left to do is

-Fix the mold problem by removing old insulation and cleaning or replacing that part of the vapor barrier, then move the light sockets, then re put the drywall.

- Clean the dungeon area so it can be safely walked in without having spider webs near by (spider webs creep me out, it's a phobia of mine). I kept a 10 foot curtain rod for this reason.

- Finish crawlspace electrical and also figure out what some mystery wire is for. There is also another mystery wire in the kitchen where a plug used to be. It's just hanging there, hope it's not live. :o

And tons more, but the above is priority at this point.

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