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DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 08-04-2007, 08:24 PM
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Posted By Begreen
Yes, don't you love contractors that come in with...

Yes, don't you love contractors that come in with no structural regard for the house. What a bummer. I'm a little confused about the final goal todomi. Can't that main beam be replaced without...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-20-2007, 09:55 PM
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Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Hard to say LJ, this is a tough decision. If the...

Hard to say LJ, this is a tough decision. If the house has good bones, it may be worth saving, especially if it has such great memories and history. Does it have unique period trim and detailing? If...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 07-31-2006, 11:48 PM
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Views: 2,901
Posted By Begreen
First thing I would check is that the coils are...

First thing I would check is that the coils are clean. It might be that the air handler coils dirty and are icing up and need to defrost before cooling is available again. If that's the case, have...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 07-23-2006, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,839
Posted By Begreen
The eBay route was interesting, However, most of...

The eBay route was interesting, However, most of them are just extensions of similar budget heating and cooling websites that offer lesser efficiency systems at a reasonable cost. I lack the vacuum...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 07-16-2006, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,839
Posted By Begreen
Heating with a heat pump

Iím starting to rebuild our forced hot air system after getting the house on a new foundation. All ductwork is now well insulated. However, before having a new plenum made up, I am pondering either...
DIY Home Repair Forum: HVAC 07-16-2006, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,996
Posted By Begreen
Yes, I've used this for several years on the...

Yes, I've used this for several years on the interior of several large windows. It works well assuming that you don't have big gaps to the outside that you are trying to cover. Caulk those gaps...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 07-16-2006, 04:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Getting back to normal

Systems are getting back to normal now. Patio system should be in by end of the week. We rebuilt the kitchen entry. It was originally a porch, which then got windows added and eventually became...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-17-2006, 03:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
foundation questions

OK, the forms are coming off. It looks like we are getting some voids and errors. But never having done this, I'm unsure how to call this. One is in a highly visible location. The other is under the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-16-2006, 09:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Houston, we have a foundation

Foundation walls were poured today. Woohoo! Now we can start cleaning up this big mess and begin returning the house to a normal life. We'll still need to restore the patio and have a lot of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-12-2006, 11:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
I'm told that won't work. Here, one must go to...

I'm told that won't work. Here, one must go to the DDES office and meet with the plan engineers to get an exception. They'll sit and nod their heads at $132/hr. for as long as you want to rant. Then...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-12-2006, 09:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
The plan engineer wrote that we need 21 vents for...

The plan engineer wrote that we need 21 vents for 1563 sq. ft. That's twice the number that are required in your neighborhood. Ten is bad, 21 is downright silly. I'm trying to catch the inspector...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-11-2006, 11:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Actually, I was hoping for a little creative...

Actually, I was hoping for a little creative thinking on this. The county is wrong. It's not a little extreme, it's a lot extreme and at the home owner's expense. One shoe doesn't fit all. That is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-11-2006, 08:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
progress report and question

Footings are now in and wall will be in by the end of the week. It's good to see some construction after all the destruction. We spent the day relocating the trunk supply duct for the heating. It...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-01-2006, 03:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
If it were 10 years ago, we might have gone for a...

If it were 10 years ago, we might have gone for a full basement, but no real need now that the kids are heading for or already in college. It will just be a crawlspace. There is a basement pit for...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-01-2006, 11:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
The lift went well. Robbins crew was very...

The lift went well. Robbins crew was very professional. They terrorized the house the day before yesterday, and then yesterday, up it went. Estimated weight about 65 tons all sitting on 3 - 40ft. x...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-01-2006, 11:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Where are you at Drivesme? We're on Vashon Island.

Where are you at Drivesme? We're on Vashon Island.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-22-2006, 09:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Spoke with the large company rep first thing...

Spoke with the large company rep first thing today. He thinks it may be as I suggested, an extra day got tacked on by the crew foreman who hasn't been to the site. He says as soon as crews are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-21-2006, 08:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Both are considered the best in the area,...

Both are considered the best in the area, experience is about equal. The one whose estimator came out and has the 33% markup is a big firm that has done lots of jobs. It's Robbins & Co., they are an...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 05-19-2006, 09:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
proceeding

No results yet, but soon I hope. It's taken time for getting a permit, lining up excavator and foundation contractors and deciding on house lifter. We thought we were all set there until today.

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DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-10-2006, 11:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
I meet with Tom of Robbins and Co. next Wed. to...

I meet with Tom of Robbins and Co. next Wed. to get their costs and approach. In the meantime, the contractor is examining a more conventional approach of temporary supports with cribbing. I'm hoping...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-04-2006, 08:38 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
We're on the same wavelength. I spoke with the...

We're on the same wavelength. I spoke with the contractor today and we are going to contact local house lifters to get estimates for lifting. One of the names that came up is on the iasm list for WA....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-04-2006, 10:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
old house foundation

The soil is glacial till, somewhat sandy down to about 8 feel then below that clay. This does 'seem' like a butt covering exercise at my expense. :confused: The engineer did have a house collapse...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-04-2006, 10:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
old house foundation

duplicate post, can't delete
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-04-2006, 12:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
Nobody's proposed laying block yet. This is pour...

Nobody's proposed laying block yet. This is pour and pump that they are proposing. The last to bid contractor has not done a job this big. He requested that an engineer specify how to do the job....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-03-2006, 09:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 65,487
Posted By Begreen
I should add that the house is remarkably level...

I should add that the house is remarkably level and true, so all we're trying to do is get it on a good base. The reason being that right now the crawl space is horrible, no one wants to work under...
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