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Zachary 04-10-2012 07:54 PM

Updates to my "project house"
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Some time ago I posted this thread: and the house has remained exactly like this ever however I have a new job (I say new but I got it about 5 months after that thread :P ) and I have resumed work on the house...
Here are some pics
There's new drywall that's gone up (don't judge on the joints lol, not a pro but once it's done it'll be fine), I re-stained the siding on the first floor and, later, the trim on the second to match, I'll finish it soon. I also cleared out all the weeds and overgrowth in the front yard, changed the storm door (this new one came from the Habitat ReStore like much of what I'm using), and put in new flooring in the bathroom (peel & stick, nothing fancy). Friday I'll be leaving for a weeklong trip there where I hope to get much accomplished, such as finishing the drywall, installing the rest of the flooring, putting in the back door I have, finishing the insulation downstairs, etc

inspectorD 04-11-2012 06:20 AM

Good to see you back!!
Ready for some constructive criticizm? You know it's to help you out!:D
Your 4th picture structurally scares the HE double hockey sticks out of me.:o
You should get someone out there to help you figure it out.
And to get the sheetrock tape joints a little better, use a wider trowel, it helps to fan it out along the wall. And don't really mess with it while it is still wet, you can never get it perfect while it is wet. I let it dry, and hit the high spots with a damp sponge afterwards. Then any monor sanding after that dries.
Other than that, keep up the good work., and good luck.:)

Zachary 04-11-2012 06:40 AM

The insulation was just quickly done while I was there, I had some leftover stuff from a different's not going to stay like was just freezing and I wanted to get what I had up as quick as possible! As for the joints, I'll give it a shot

Also, just gave the 4th pic another look...if you're talking about the wiring, it's just temporary...I haven't yet nailed down the final layout for that space so I didn't want anything permanent yet

nealtw 04-11-2012 09:51 AM

Looks like fun. Have you got a plan for venting the shed roof and is the top roof vented above insulation.

Zachary 04-11-2012 11:47 AM

There are soffit vents on the second floor and will be on the first when it's finished up

nealtw 04-11-2012 12:21 PM

You want air flow from the soffit vent to venting on or near the peak and when your ceiling is the rafters you need venting between each set of rafters. On the the top you could add a ridge vent. On the lower roof you need some kind of vent on the lower roof between each set of rafters near the wall above.
This site talks about the benifits of not venting it and what could be done instead.

inspectorD 04-11-2012 01:26 PM

The floating ridge at the end of the shed dormer...and the post holding up a single 2 by with log joists is interesting. I'm just wondering what the joists are being held up with?

Zachary 04-11-2012 05:27 PM

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I'm not sure exactly what you mean ID but here is better pic of that area
Also, I think there is a ridge vent on the gable roof, the shed roof of course is not vented out at the top but it's not closed in (yet)

Zachary 04-11-2012 06:01 PM

Just gave your Q another look, are you asking what is securing the oak floor joists to the 2x6? It's got those metal brackets on it, it's all very solid

nealtw 04-11-2012 06:43 PM

I think Inspector is talking about a beam of some sort that we cannot see that should be there. Where the shed roof runs into the wall above, there should be a beam holding up the floor and the wall above and the upper roof and of coarse the weight of the shed roof.

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