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Unread 08-12-2013, 07:09 PM   #646
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Lol. I was lucky to get the trench as deep as it is! Best to quit while you're ahead (and the boss is happy).
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Unread 08-13-2013, 10:00 AM   #647
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Grow light? When's the harvest and subsequent party?

I trenched a line about 25 or 30 feet out to install an outlet in order to power a water fountain/bird bath/squirrel watering hole, controlled by an indoor switch. For the misses. And I misses not receiving due (read: constant) kudos for the effort and convenience.

Not pressing my luck though, else I'll find myself trenching 50' out to the shed for a reading light.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:57 AM   #648
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Grow light? When's the harvest and subsequent party?
Funny, I thought the same thing when CX poked me me about the measly 20A circuit. "What? We aren't growing medicinal herbs on a industrial scale, just starting a few pepper and tomato plants"

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And I misses not receiving due (read: constant) kudos for the effort and convenience.
I get that from Mrs. PC. too. "Ok, the bathrooms done, I like it. Do I have to tell you every time I use the shower?" "Uuuh, yes?"

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Unread 09-24-2013, 05:29 PM   #649
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Starting Master Bath Renovation

I finally completed the honey-do list of tasks completed and started the demolition of the Master bath. All went smoothly and will be pulling up the floor to re-frame the structure to increase the deflection rating to L/360 and level it out (currently has +1/4" hump down the middle of the room).

Also need to frame the walls for the new windows.

Question: I have R-MAX sheathing on the home, a Polyisocyanurate sheet which acts as a vapor barrier. The siding was nailed through the sheathing and a Tyvek layer added when the siding was replaced ten years ago. There are plenty of small holes from the siding throughout the panels along with a few large ones left over from the builders.

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I am planning to punch several small holes through the RMAX (but not the Tyvek) in the areas behind the shower wall. Does this sound adequate to ensure the area behind the Kerdi is not a moisture trap?


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Unread 09-24-2013, 06:03 PM   #650
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PC, in remodel we sometimes just hafta do the best we can. I think pokin' some holes in that R-max might be a useful idea if you can do that.

I doubt you'll find any consensus on that, though.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Thanks for the advice, CX. That RMax sheathing is a challenge during renovations, no structural value but great at holding moisture where you don't want it. On the plus side, poking a few dozen small holes through will be no trouble at all.

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How thick is the RMAX, PC? Appears there are some good size blister/bubbles - is that foil over top of some kinda foam substrate? Is the foil the VB? I'd just pop and peel those blisters off.
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Hey Dan, both the foil and the foam are barriers. The large blister in the photo arr not uncommon but don't seem to hurt anything. The RMax is 0.5" thick and was used in all the homes in our development instead of plywood sheathing as a insulation energy savings in theory. In reality, the additional insulation of the panel is defeated by the huge holes knocked in the panels during construction. The tyvek house wrap I installed really reduced the drafts in the homes.

Since the foam is not structural the home has wind strapping installed. You can seen one of the straps on the left wall, I'll have to move that strap when I frame out for the new windows which are going in on either side of the vanity sink bowl.
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In reality, the additional insulation of the panel is defeated by the huge holes knocked in the panels during construction. The tyvek house wrap I installed really reduced the drafts in the homes.
I know what you mean. Mine was done with 3/4 "brown board (but corners were done with 3/4" ply) that was largely defeated by stupidly large holes. Well installed Tyvek made an enormous difference.
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any time you can reduce the "chimney effect' you're much better along.
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Quick question to the remodeling professionals; any tips on removing top plate of the old walls with drywall when you have "blown in" insulation overhead?

I've taken down two walls and need to pull the top plates and patch in drywall but would like to avoid an avalanche of the old paper insulation
(of course I'll need to up in the attic to pull the old wiring and plumbing vent first).

1) Maybe slide rosin paper in from the attic side,

2) pull the 2x down a inch or so and slide the drywall in?

3) pull the plates and deal with the mess.

4) Another option is to use the reciprocating saw to cut off the 2x flush with the existing layer of drywall and add another sheet over it all. The existing ceiling has been subjected to almost 30 years of shower humidity so could just sandwich another layer up like the hall bathroom.


Not a show stopper challenge but thought I would ask before I get coated in the itchy stuff.

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Quit whinin', PC. Just man up and do #3.

Or fur down an inch and a half over the existing ceiling and put a new ceiling in the whole area.

But removing those two top plates carefully will likely let you patch those strips without loosing all that much insulation. You'll always be able to see where they were, though, unless you're a particularly good hand with the drywall knife.

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Unread 09-27-2013, 08:33 PM   #659
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3) pull the plates and deal with the mess.
That is part of the charm and the beauty of remodeling work.

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Thanks for the quick response guys. Looks like unanimous decision from the experienced (and presumably itchy ) pros!

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Quit whinin', PC. Just man up and do #3
Funny, my original bullet for #3 started with "suck it up and...." so I can't say I didn't expect some ribbin'.

I'm pretty good with the drywall blade but it can be a challenge getting invisible patch with the semi gloss paint I prefer to use on bathroom ceilings.

Other than the cosmetic issue with patching, the ceiling drywall seems in pretty good shape so I can just double up on the screws in the ceiling and leave as is.

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