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kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I'm sorry, I laughed at that last picture. How the gently caress do you even deal with something like that? Put a sump pump in it and tarp from outside the work area to the eaves until you're done? I've been so lucky to live on the side of a steep hill, it's basically impossible for my place to flood barring a major realignment of planetary gravity... so I guess I better finish before December's monthly apocalypse rolls through?

I'm totally down for stopping by to help once in a while after we get out there... it looks like no matter when that ends up being, there will be plenty left to help on. Is there still time for me to recommend bulldozing it and starting over? Because I feel like it would be remiss of me to not suggest that. You're basically doing the same "change the house's underpants without taking the pants or shoes off" hell march I have, but with more people trying to live there.

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kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I can't remember if you've got AC tools but I have all that.
What a loving disaster. Man, at least I didn't have to dig all the way down to footings, just recap the lovely foundation I already had. Those walls look pretty much like my wreck, too.

Do you lose the ability to breathe from getting it on your skin or just inhaling it? I've found that wearing a half-face mask with n95 or p100 filters helps with my allergies to old house garbage immensely. Not that that really helps right now with that stuff backordered to infinity, but I had a stash of spare filters and poo poo when the pandemic began, maybe you have something sitting around and haven't considered using it as allergy relief? It's an extreme measure but... Totally worth it to have functioning sinuses and the ability to breathe through my nose the 2-4 days after a project.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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You were supposed to burn the house, not the saw!

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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It really sounds like you need a reseller account from ereplacementparts.com, honestly.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I don't even know if they do reseller accounts. I was mostly joking

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Honestly after you said the price you paid, I would have had them do the roof for me too. That was a drat good deal.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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If you've never cut stringers it's daunting but doable and faster than welding by far. Accurate measurements and getting good straight flat stock to start with is most important.

I would make sure that entire area of the house is on its final footing before starting. You really don't want to wrack the whole mess jacking it up right after putting it together...

Also do not do that staircase ^^^

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Use whatever wood fits and is treated for the environment when it comes to stacking things to make a slanty shanty less slanty. It's all the same poo poo, just milled to different sizes, no one's gonna judge you if you use a deck board instead of ripping exactly the same size piece out of something else.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Kinda giving me flashbacks here.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I just drill through the corners from the back using the framing as a reference then go and draw lines between them. Oh, and hold a shopvac next to the cutter next time, even if it doesn't eliminate the dust it sure cuts down on it.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Oh no

What happened, rough opening vs actual size mismatch? That's one gently caress-up I've never made.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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They hit everyone on the KP for a bunch this year even with no improvements done, so you might have just gotten unlucky.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Lol it's a kwikset/qwikpick anyways, even if you blurred it any competent lock nerd can pick that in 5 seconds, drunk, with a paperclip and a spring out of a windshield wiper blade. And any crook is going to pick the window with a brick instead. I wouldn't sweat it.

Looking good - always nice when the house holds itself up again.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Haaaaaahahahaha

Jesus gently caress even my place didn't have ridiculous poo poo like THAT going on with the floor.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Good Lord. That looks like termite or carpenter ant damage...

That door strike plate mismatch thing is dumb but there's a standard, actually two of them, clearly. I ran into the same thing. Here's the one you need. Unless there are actually 3 standards and I only know of two, that is. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003F304WI/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_inactive_ship_o0_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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sharkytm posted:

LOL. Same here. I see the strapping mark on a piece of wood flooring every time I walk by. I see every imperfection in trim, plaster, paint, or cabinetry. Invisible to everyone else, but the bug the poo poo out of me.

Elviscat is lucky that he didn't do his own roof because guess what, ever since I did mine I notice every single mismatched shingle, lovely flashing job, bad valley work, crappy weave, bodged tar on chimney step flashing, etc.

It's a curse. Meanwhile most people are happily living in houses with half inch lumps of boogery spackle in weird corners, quarter inch gaps under their baseboard shoe molding, light switches that do nothing, and not level outlets with plate screws at a jaunty 27 degree angle without a single care in the world while the rest of us twitch.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Elviscat posted:

Lol, I've probably snapped $50 of those cheap plates in my life. They do look better, the schmancy nylon ones deform and look bubbly if you mess up anyway.

Getting GFIs with #12 and a load side tap perfectly level and square with the plate sucks soooo bad.

What I'm really worried about is millwork, I'm not good at getting rough framing in spec, and I'll brew able to see every little gently caress up forever, oh and I've never done it before.

Do the room you give the least fucks about first when it comes to millwork, then expect to remove it again if you're actually picky enough to. I did my spare bedroom first and it's actually good enough to just leave it that way and I learned a lot in the process.

Framing is looking great, yours that is. Original framing - WHAT THE gently caress is with the abandoned in place stair stringer and haphazard wall framing around it? That has to be flexible as gently caress.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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One of my friends just posted something that might look familiar on my facebook wall...


Glad the truck slave cylinder bled fairly easily, guess you got it together well enough and fast enough that it didn't put so much air in the line that it wouldn't effectively bleed at all. I really wish they'd just use external slave cylinders and a clutch fork, but I guess it lasts past warranty end date which is good enough for them.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Dunno how your local AHJ feels about it, but mine here is 100% fine with me using zip tape as flashing around windows instead of Vycor. Vycor is awesome stuff but WAY more money, and zip tape seems to handle low temp application way better. I had already bought one roll of Vycor so I used it in the most exposed and windward locations until I was out, but I didn't buy more after discussing it with him.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Holy Christ, what the gently caress were they thinking there? Even my previous owners didn't pour concrete against the side of the house.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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The dust from that ceiling ought to be good for a pretty sweet sinus infection.

Jesus, what a mess. I hate to say it but I'm betting you have rotten sections in at least two joists there.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Yeah pretty much what I did with my current place. Triage, not a full modernization... Because no matter what you are never going to make it meet modern seismic, hurricane, and wind uplift standards. Or vapor barrier permeability. I did the best I could, and honestly that's about as much as anyone can expect, it's better than it was. You could strap and hanger the gently caress out of that place and there are still going to be places where you just can't win, and the foundation was built so piecemeal it won't really matter how much you tie it down, either.

Thread title is accurate once again: shoulda just burned it down...

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Elviscat posted:

it came with two (2) extra sets of brushes, which seems optimistic to me!

This absolutely is not optimistic, what they're telling you is that the brushes will burn up FAST and the commutator will probably be smoked after the first set, so plan on warrantying it ASAP. At least that's what it meant when my HF 5x5 portaband (don't buy) came with several sets.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Don't forget a lot of the water you add gets chemically included in the concrete, too.

Either way at that point they're gonna either cut the chain or move on.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Gonna fail your framing inspection on that, I don't see any hurricane ties at all.

Looks great, and awwwww catte. I guess you have two cats now.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Jaded Burnout posted:

Dunno, looks like it could handle cat 2, maybe even cat 3.

Jesus christ

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Elviscat posted:

E: I would've done a better job with the vibrator if I wasn't filming with my other hand

That's what she said

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I'm guessing it's a transformer or switchgear vibrating from the current draw, or possibly the pressure variation from the pump impeller is making it all the way up the pipe into the house (since water is incompressible, this doesn't take much) and making piping shake.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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At least it looks like you'll be able to actually put new first floor joists in properly and nice and level soon.

Holy poo poo. Honestly this is what I should have done to my house but didn't. Making good time, dude.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Same. I did sweated copper for most of my place, but ran pex for one thing upstairs last year. Way faster and easier, and doesn't corrode. The next place will be all pex.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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That sounds uncomfortably like something I said in 2011.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I'd just take the whole thing out. Toss some plywood down where you need to walk every night so you don't come down the ladder and end up in the crawlspace minus an ankle.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I'm a huge fan of laser levels for stuff like this. Set it up in one corner, mark exactly where the beam level is and write REF over it so you know which mark it is if you have to change the batteries, and start at the other end of the room. Cake.

They don't sag or get tripped over, either.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Oh gotcha, I should have figured. Maybe just toss up a reference mark for the window height and move it for the floors, then back after?

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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wait, you're sistering the new joists to the old ones still from the look of it? I'm kind of curious why you didn't go all new and put them on proper 16in centers. That's what I did in my master bedroom and drat was it ever easy compared to what you're doing - I just mounted my ledgers level going straight out from the existing floor it had to match up with at each side of the room and then hung joists on them.

e: I actually just got my new Carolinas today. Old boots were absolutely no longer waterproof, sole started coming apart and a chunk of the metal sole shank came out through the liner so it was time, they're junkyard boots now.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I'm no pro but my suggestion is use hard pipe everywhere if possible, it flows better. Dampers for every supply register because they're dirt cheap, take 5 minutes to install and make seasonal balancing easy. MARK WHERE THEY ARE.

insulate all supply ducting, ideally returns too where they go through unconditioned space.

I'm partial to nashua 324a foil tape over the duct butter because I enjoy bloodletting rituals I guess but either works. I actually bought a bucket of duct butter for mine and never even opened it.

I can't believe it looks like you're gonna pull this poo poo off in like a year or two aside from the stuff you'd already done when you started the thread. Wish I had that kind of motivation.

E: what do you have for sheetmetal tools? How much more do you have to go? I can spend 5 minutes putting together a shopping list if you want.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I bought the stock for my flex joints on mcmaster, it was pricy but worth it. 1781K47 is what I got. You need neoprene cement to join the rubber portion at the splice, B002DZRFIK on Amazon.

I'd consider a hand sheetmetal punch if you are using any pop rivets or getting frustrated with sheetmetal screws not biting on the second layer. Mine came from Amazon too, B0002T87CW

If you're going to have to make any significant number of bends for drive cleats on rectangular ducts, you should probably get a hand folding tool. Mine is a malco 12F off Amazon. Skip this if you're only doing a few, your HF brake will do most of the same job.

If you're going to have to cut round duct to length and recrimp ends on it to slide into other pieces, you'll definitely want a malco C5R duct crimper or equivalent.

If you're gonna be using a buttload of hex head sheetmetal screws (I love the brad point ones from HD, they're in a white yogurt bucket in the HVAC aisle - way easier than split point and way better than phillips drive) you should get a magnetic hex driver bit for them for your cordless drill. I got mine at my local supply house but here's a decent reversible two size one on Amazon, B07BFQCJLF

Depending on how much custom fab you need to do on your filter rack and supply and return boxes at the indoor unit, you might want to consider an hf 220v spotwelder but it's not critical unless you're making a bunch of like, wacky square to round transitions, custom boxes, etc etc.

Yoga straps are awesome for holding ducts up in place and fine tuning position before you put them up permanently with plumbers strapping. This was not my idea, I was gonna use ratchet straps, but they work great.

A magnetic wristband is awesome for holding a bunch of self tappers on your dominant wrist while you're up a ladder setting ducts because it means one less container of fasteners to knock off the top of the ladder and the screws stay closer to your work, so you can easily have a duct on your shoulder and load screws onto the drill socket blind without losing your position. Something like B07FJ6BWPQ but there are a bunch of styles.

I think that's about all the stuff I actually use. I bought a pile of clecos and a cleco tool but only used them on two or three things and only because I made my own life difficult for no good reason on my system design. You shouldn't need those.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Chimney or laundry chute.

Looks great, must be weird having a mostly level floor.

kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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I mean ALLEGEDLY it's a lot more fun to build one from bare ground instead of trying to build one like some kind of residential structure ophiocordyceps unilateralis spore

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kastein
Aug 31, 2011

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Most of my rooms are 32in door. Basement and bathroom are 30 by necessity. I haven't had an issue, I think 32 will be fine. 36 would be better but it certainly isn't a dealbreaker.

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