Monday, July 19, 2010

Back to real time posting

      Well it can universally be stated that ducting/sheet metal in general is maybe the least enjoyable medium to work with, but not only that the problem is exacerbated since it apparently takes six to eight times as long as expected to finish any part of the process.  That being said I do believe that we well crossed the halfway point of the process this weekend, so the arbitrary goal of having it done by the end of the month still is within reach.
     Lynch and myself started prepping the trunk line on Friday night.  This included, but was not limited to assembling the duct work, making our own duct, screwing pieces together, getting frustrated, taping over holes, swearing, cutting our hands apart and then swearing more.  Once we had the majority of things set up for Sat. we had a bonfire and got ripped. 
     For some reason staying up late on Friday and drinking ended up meaning that Saturday morning was a little fuzzy and ended up (thanks to a faulty snooze alarm and my laziness) started an hour late, despite Lynch showing up on time... That aside the day was spent putting in a few marginal runs and making the remainder of the trunk line.
     Everything seemed to come together on Sunday though.  The day was spent in a crawl space, not just a crawlspace though, a damp unfinished, Michigan crawlspace fully furnished with rocks, rusted debris, and cobwebs.  What made the experience truly amazing though was the filth that rained down every time a banding strap was put into place.  We ended on Sunday though with all the trunk line laid  and over half of the runs tied in with accompanying dampers.
    Since Sunday was the first day which noticeable progress was made with the ducting and I didn't have a whole lot of engineering work in the office, I took the day off and arranged for my buddy Tebbs to work all day.  By lunch time we had all but one of the runs set up, and Lynch showed up ready to knock off the rest of the project.  We fell a bit short because we ran out of materials (mainly 90 degree elbows), but in the end have the HVAC (havoc if you will) within a few work days of being finished.
Assembled pieces line ready to be taped, screwed and installed.
The gestalt product of the pieces from the above picture
Lynch hanging new lines
Tebbs taking enjoying the wide open spaces
 Trunk line with a reducer getting ready for the crawlspace
  If you look closely you can see two reducers...
This was the point I realized there were worse spaces than a dank basement
The trunk lives!
No explanation needed
 Probably an OSHA approved hardhat

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