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Days 251-254: Taping Stuff & Supply Plumbing

Monday, 3/21
While trimming a furring strip to allow the endcap panel to slide behind the arched panel, Brian came in contact with some of the deep cellulose and found it to be damp still.  It’s time to ramp up the drying efforts so that the moisture doesn’t stay in the wall forever and harm the Smartside.

With the HRVs still set to summer ventilation, we plugged the space heaters in at ground level to run overnight.  Come on cellulose, dry already!

We caught wind of a high wind advisory for our area and found out that we should expect continuous blowing of 30-40 mph on Monday and Tuesday with gusts up to 55-60 mph.  That’s pretty intense.  The last word from the insulation installers before leaving had been to completely seal up the bottom since it gets windy here.  Our end game is to install plywood and close up the insulation-bloated netting,  but considering the magnitude of that operation, we decided to use tape immediately and plywood later; perhaps while the tile guy is working and we can’t do anything in the house.

Brian spent some of the day doing the usual hardware store tour to find temporary closure caps for the water supply lines that will go to sinks.  He found that the brass caps were $6.50 each (!) and that a local store had a sale on quarter turn stops for $2.99 each.  Sold!  Once that was done, he taped up the netting gaps under the house.

While I was there in the evening for dog duty, I helped Brian move the kitchen cabinets into position.  It’s exciting to have them in place because now we can get a feel for that ‘room’.  It’s nice to know how much space we have between the door and the cabinet.  Even though we knew what it would be from our paper diagrams, it’s different having the true feel of it in the physical realm.

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Bathroom ventilation: activated.

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Tentative shower mixing valve placement.

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Brian found one void under the house and filled it in with a bunch of scavenged cellulose.

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Trimming the furring strip so panels can fit behind it.

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Panel cleaning station with box of recovered cellulose.

Tuesday, 3/22
We let the space heaters run all night so hopefully we’re close to doing panels.  In the meantime, we have the following tasks –

  • Connect interior supply plumbing
  • Prep the panels (remove the already-installed panels, wipe down foil, re-install)
  • Tape the remaining seams

A few things that we neglected on our “Still to Purchase” List.  We forgot that we have to buy a refrigerator ($300), our induction burner ($110) and the plywood for under the house ($240).  Our fridge number is a guess based on 1.5 minutes on the Sears and Home Depot websites.

It was an insanely windy day and the bulk of it was spent taping seams and chasing debris.

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Taping around the cross beam to seal off the space between the foil layers.

Wednesday, 3/23
Okay, it’s clear that we aren’t going to make it by the end of the month.  We are grateful that our landlord is allowing us two weeks into April.  The day was dedicated to supply plumbing (featured at top of post).

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Heatworks Model 1 on demand hot water heater situated in sink cabinet.

Dead space created by the arched wall.

Dead space created by the arched wall.

Thursday, 3/24
Brian clampified most all of the existing PEX he dry-fitted together yesterday and finalized the shower valve placement.  After thinking he had painted himself into a corner with some PEX fittings he couldn’t access to clamp, he discovered that he can – in fact – rotate them.  This is a bonus characteristic of PEX.

While he was hard at work with all that, I was running the business and working on graphic design for our new beans.

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The shower mixing valve.  The black ‘plasterguard’ piece should butt right up to the shower enclosure wall; it will bolster the wall stiffness a little and help the shower control mount solidly in place.

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Mock up for setting the proper depth.

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Mixing valve as viewed from the kitchen.

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