Little House in the Heights #3: Demo days

Blog entry by BillyJ posted 04-29-2013 10:43 PM 12876 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The demolition continues in this segment, with the jack-hammer getting the best of me. Although I rarely get the chance to rejoice during demo, this time I did. Usually I look at the job and think to myself, “It really doesn’t look THAT bad,” then find out that the concrete is 10” thick in the exact spot I am going to bust up (only because they had accidentally dug too deep and had some leftover cement). It happens to me more often then not.

I’ve had experience working in houses in this neighborhood, and knew there would be many setbacks along the way. However, this time the demo-gods (no pun intended) were nice to me. The only problem I actually had was moving the jackhammer around.

I’ll be installing a Schluter shower system and needed to move the drain over. Other then bringing the bathroom up to code, there is nothing else that needs major work. I mean – how could much more be wrong in a 5’ x 7’ closet?

Then I moved into the kitchen. The goal here was to expose enough sewer pipe and cut out a section. By doing that, I’ll be able to have three Y’s installed (floor drain, appliance drain, and sink drain).

No, I didn’t use the Bosch pup to bust up the floor – just for the delicate work around a gas line (don’t ask – I still don’t know where it goes).

Please note the water damaged rotted plate. Oh, don’t worry – the wall is non-load bearing. There were more then one stud that was not supported.

After the kitchen, I moved into the living room. The previous owner had a window air conditioner mounted in the wall. I loved how he felt cutting a wall stud was nothing to be concerned about.

I had a window sitting around collecting dust so I thought it would be nice to allow for some air flow. The picture window is the only opening and without a screen door, natural cooling is not going to happen.

Of course, the outlet is exactly where I’m running a stud. The fun never ends.

Next time on Little House in the Heights – you’ll see the installation of another window – this time in the kitchen. Also, I have more floor to bust up!

Until then, be safe and have fun.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 04-29-2013 11:14 PM

I don’t take them jobs like that any more I leave-em for you young guys… Nice wood as allways.

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posted 04-30-2013 02:12 AM

Beautiful Billy – Just beautiful! Years of sin all for you to discover. If this doesn’t make you old, it will give you those rippling muscles your wife will love.

Just a question for you. Me being the dummy. How much of your sewage set up will need to be inspected?

The other thing I was curious about. That wood looks like it had been on fire. I guess water damage will make that same cracked appearance. I have just never seen it before.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 04-30-2013 05:39 PM

Ah, come on guys – this is a cakewalk. It’s all straight forward. There can’t be too many hidden problems (if you don’t mind mold, water damage, rot, etc.).

Mark – anything I touch will need to be inspected. As I mentioned on the first blog – the city loves money and permits are all money makers. Actually, because this will probably become a rental, I need to have a general inspection before they will allow me to become a landlord. So everything will need to be brought up to code. I’m just thankful that the 2012 IRC has yet to be adopted. Once it does, and if they require sprinkler systems in rentals, apartments, etc., I won’t be renting.

My plan is to have a rough inspection for everything on one day. The underground work does need to have a separate inspection before I pour the floor, but other then that, I should be able to have one rough and one finish for everything else.

Oh, the “fire” damage is actually mold.

The cycle of water penetration – drying got the best of the wood over the past 30 + years. It could possibly be 50 + years, but I believe this was the result of some of the recent owners.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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