Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

Missed the greatest vigor of the storm last night. I got a bit of it while I was killing evil monks, but was in bed and unconscious shortly afterward for the larger, more violent portion. And this morning, still no serious damage-- all of the Styrofoam is still in place. I do have to move it though, and I'll probably move it onto the front porch this weekend. It will get used there.

This is looking to be a busy weekend. I'm hoping to have the doorway rough opening re-framed and get the door moved into the front, but that may have to wait until after the housewrap is on the front porch, and that has to wait until I get the full exterior sheathed. Well the re-framing comes first, but you get the idea. And moving the damn doorways is not a one-marmot job.

So tonight is drilling more holes in the framing for the conduit to pass through. Hopefully I can finish the interior holes and figure out a better way to pass through the gorram thick header with the steel plate inside. I think if I surrender to the concept of 1/2" ENT conduit I can drop down to a 1" hole and just spend a long uncomfortable time drilling up from the bottom through a foot of wood. It works if I make the concession to low-voltage lighting for the exterior bays (and I have all but done that already), but it still means spending some intimate ladder time with a heavy right-angle drill. This is where scaffolding would be really really nice.

Remember this for next time: pre-drill the holes before the framing.

Oh, yeah, the loan. I called and talked to the Credit Union yesterday, and I know what I need to know to get the loan app filled out. I'm pretty much decided to not do the insulation this year, even if I budget for it in the loan: there's just too much unknown after stripping off the old siding, and with it in place, the house is at least protected to a degree from the weather. Stripping off the old siding will expose the original sheathing, and that's 85 years worth of unknown damage that could be under there from old leaks and stuff long forgotten. If there are sections of the sheathing that need to be replaced, it may well mean tearing off a lot more than planned, and that's something I'd much rather do when there's a lot more time before winter sets in.

The other issue-- the one that makes me cringe a whole lot-- is that I know there is old knob-and-tube wiring in some of the walls. Now I hate knob-and-tube wiring with a fiery passion because it is really freakin' unsafe after 85 years of decay. The big issue is that if there is knob-and-tube wiring in the walls, you can't add insulation in those walls without creating a serious fire hazard due to overheating. That's gonna fuck with me in the long run, and I think I'm going to tear off the sheathing on the interior (house-side) wall of the front porch and re-do the wiring from there to see how insane that actually is. Since I'm already tearing out a bunch of stuff in the process and having to drill studs anyway, what can it hurt? It's just more work.

At least I have power tools. Seriously, trying to do this stuff with hand tools would be an insane amount of labor. For instance, there is still a large chunk of plaster up on that inside wall that has to come down, and I've been putting it off because it's such a pain in the ass. It takes a diamond-blade worm-drive saw to cut through it and cut it down to manageable chunks-- the same saw that I use to cut through concrete block. The pneumatic framing nailer is an absolute godsend when having to nail stuff together like trusses and framing and header beams. The cement mixer... well, you try mixing cement by hand for a while, and you'll see exactly why I got one. The big-ass sliding compound miter saw lets me make perfectly square and precise angle cuts in wood up to 4 x 12 thickness.

So I'm a tool whore. I don't have a CNC mill/lathe yet, but I will eventually.

There's another part of this with the electrical work: before I end up stripping the house of its sheathing, I should route new wiring where I know it can be accessed so if I'm yanking out knob-and-tube wiring, I have something better to replace it. It's always been in the plan, running internal routing channels for NM-B, Ethernet, audio, cable, fiber, and pretty much anything else that may come up in the future (the NM-B is your basic house electrical wiring, and will have separate runs), and I already have locations destined for that very purpose.

Small bits. It doesn't need to be done all at once.
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