Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wintered Windows

We finally have a room 90% drywalled (including the ceiling) which has turned into a convenient storage room for the project.  This couldn't have come soon enough because the materials have been coming in fast the past few weeks.  The replacement windows arrived last Thursday, forty sheets of drywall last Monday, two pallets of brick on Friday, Attic Insulation tomorrow, and the kitchen suite some point in February.
The project keeps moving forward with Lynch plugging away at the drywall and making sure all the walls are properly shimmed and plumbed.  Last week I ended up running hardwired cables for phone Ethernet and Coaxial to a control box in the basement.  Hopefully by next week we can have all the spaces between the trusses in the great room insulated, and prepped for drywall.

Drywall Jack and Replacement Windows

Storage Room

The Last piece of ceiling to have plaster board added

Lynch taking a page out my jobsite safety book (it is a super stable platform to get at the wall above the stairwell)

Rooms taking shape

Insulation put in between the floors (Amber's handywork)

More interfloor insulation

Furnace Thermostat

Control Cabinet

Control Cabinet Interior

Another Octopus was sighted

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Full of Hot Air

We had a major victory today with the advent of the furnace finally being turned on.  With the help of Jim W. we installed the thermostat, replaced a fuse, and fired up all 100000 BTUs.  Within two hours the interior temperature had gone from 20 to 39 which made it almost pleasant to be working there.
Lynch is still banging out the drywall and insulation room by room at an incredible pace despite having to find and make shims for all the unevenness found in the the walls and ceilings.  It is our goal to have all the insulation finished and the drywall hung by the end of January.  There are two big challenges to accomplish this still though.  The first is finding a ladder that will work on the stairwell (there is a 20' open rise) and the second is getting the nailers and batting into the area with the vaulted trusses.   Normally Doug and I would probably try to build something to half way hold the drywall up on the ceilings, but someone from work has been nice enough to lend me a drywall jack so we will need to find another thing to half ass.
For the first time since it has started a very distant end is in site.  All the tasks left have distinct names and specific ways of getting done.  Up until recently it seemed that the house always had the upper hand in our fight, but now the downhill battle has begun and soon most things (nothing is ever really done) will be finished.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Putting the all into Drywall

Lynch Laying Drywall

Half the Master Bedroom Drywalled

Bedroom #2 Getting Drywalled

Bedroom #2 Lookin' Good

T Throwin Up the Signs of a Job well done.  I would like to note That he came to visit specifically to help me because he is a good friend.

Lynch's insulation should make for a great staircase

Cutting Drywall

If the Crap was moved out of the way it would be a good show of an almost finished room

Yet another Drain

Evidence that Doug is working as hard on the plumbing as we are on the drywall

Who Needs a Floor When there is a Bathtub Fixture