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Days 335-340: Finishing the Under-house Plywood

Monday, 6/13
Jeff came back to seal the grout and Brian worked under the house on attaching plywood.  While we are super excited to get back inside the house, it has become clear that delaying the plywood any longer would mean bad things for the insulation.  The mighty winds and horizontal rains that we’ve recently encountered (and that will only increase as we approach monsoon season) are dislodging staples and setting free the cellulose.  Thus, plywood encapsulation comes first.

Each of the two spaces between the floor girders fits 6 full plywood sheets.  The west side now has all six; four pieces to go on the east side, four of which will have cutouts for the plumbing entrances.  After that it’ll be time to attach smaller filler pieces.

Here are a few more completed tile pictures –

View to the south wall

View to the south wall

View to the north wall (bedroom nook to the right)

View to the north wall (bedroom nook to the right)

View toward the bathroom entrance.

View toward the bathroom entrance.

Tuesday, 6/14
More time spent under the house.  Brian also worked on cutting the toilet pipe down so the toilet flange sits flush on the finished floor.  Additionally, he found a few tiles that were too close to the walls (no gaps) and scheduled Jeff for a quick visit to cut them to size with his diamond wheel.

Brian completed the two more difficult plywood pieces – the ones that required holes for the plumbing.  He doesn’t take his phone under the house because it’s likely to be crushed in his writhing.  Therefore, the next few pictures are unrelated.

This tile is too close to the wall.

This tile is too close to the wall.

Toilet thingy.

Trimming Ditra / chipping thinset to maintain gap around toilet pipe.

Remaining tile - 5 full boxes plus 5 extra equals 85 extra pieces. If we were to return them, we'd recoup ~$30. We've decided to hold onto them since they're good for outdoors as well.

Remaining tile – 5 full boxes plus 5 extra pieces equals 85 extra tiles. If we were to return them, we’d recoup ~$30. We’ve decided to hold onto them since they’re good for outdoors as well.

Sydney is indeed a strange dog. She sought out my foot to sit on it.

Sydney is indeed a strange dog. She sought out my foot to sit on it.

Birds, birds, birds.

Birds, birds, birds.

This is also a bird. Fred bird.

This is also a bird. Fred bird.

Wednesday, 6/15
While working at Bean Vivant this morning, we came across an email promoting a local hardware store’s Father’s Day sale.  The timing couldn’t have been more ideal.  We need –

  • Counter-top
  • More screws for the plywood
  • Rope
  • More clear caulk for the bathroom joints
  • More PVC cement
  • Diamond core bit for making holes?

We got 20% off everything.  Woohoo!  Brian followed his shopping visit by having a much needed hair trim.

Countertop - $64 after 20% discount.

8′ VT Industries ‘Travertine’ formica countertop with Tempo edge profile- $64 after 20% discount.

We wanted to show the insulation issues so we made sure to get the phone under the house today. You can see here the material holding the insulation in place is missing a staple or two, starting to sag and insulation is now exposed to the environs.

We wanted to show the insulation issues so we made sure to get the phone under the house today. You can see here the material holding the insulation in place is missing a staple or two, starting to sag and insulation is now exposed to the environs.

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Typical plumbing cutout.

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Joist location marked by sharpie; 1/8″ gap enforced by nail.

Thursday, 6/16
Brian finished the big under-house plywood pieces.  On to the edge pieces and the 7″ filler pieces.

Friday, 6/17
Brian completed the edge pieces on the east side as well as the 3, 7″ wide filler pieces on the east side.  Jeff came around 5:15pm and cut down the too-tight tile pieces and promised to come back on Saturday to drill the holes for the toilet flange.  Before Brian called it a night, he cut the 3, 7″ wide filler pieces for the west side and drove in the spacer nails where needed.

Stunned circada that struck the house and fell to the ground. He eventually flew off.

Stunned cicada that struck the house and fell to the ground. He eventually flew off.

Yucca starting to bloom.

Yucca starting to bloom.

Saturday, 6/18 (Part 1)
First things first – finish the darn plywood pieces.  Jeff came in the afternoon and used a Bosch SDS plus mega hammer drill to make holes for the toilet flange (btw I think this was the same model we borrowed in hopes of driving in the grounding rods).  After he left, Brian went back under the house and finished attaching the 7″ filler pieces.  We wrapped up the evening around 6:45pm after attaching the remaining 3 edge pieces on the west side.  There are a few bridge pieces Brian would like to add to secure some unsupported edges but for all intents and purposes, the under-house work is complete.

Carb day pizza pickup.

Carb day pizza pickup.

2 Comments

  1. Just saw a short story about the Bean Vivant in the New Mexico magazine. Very cool.

    • Thank you!

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