“Where Have You BEEN?!”

June 21, 2010

framing, kitchen, The Crazies

Oh my word. After a frenetic flurry of posts for the past few weeks, I see that I haven’t said a peep here in a WEEK! I am still here! I have been busy, as usual. But I did get a break for half a day. šŸ˜€ It was definitely too short.

When I last left off, we had an inspector here, from the local codes department. He told us a few things:

We could leave the plumbing in place, if we wanted to. It was old, but the drains were “grandfathered in” and the copper pipes looked OK. Still, we decided to re-do the water supply, with PEX. The copper is very old, especially in the upstairs bathroom above the kitchen. And I’m uncomfortable leaving the old pipes in after we install the new kitchen below it. Plus, the washer, kitchen, and dishwasher all need brand-new lines. So we’re redoing it all, using a PEX manifold system in the basement.

The inspector said that the rough framing all looked good, except for one thing: with our new partition walls, we created a “chase” which is a fire hazard. A chase is basically a tunnel through which air drafts (and fires) run up through the walls between the studs and into the joists, unimpeded. Balloon framing itself is such a hazard because of the chases– the studs are straight up from foundation sill plate to the attic rafters. Fire stops are required. The inspector said that sheetrock would be fine. So that’s what we did.


I have to make an appointment with the electrical inspector. Of course, we have to wire all the electric in first, haha. It’s time-consuming.


Half the time is spent figuring out how to get the wires where we need to place them. Wow, it’s tougher than you think. We have all sorts of impediments– 8-inch beams, brick nogging, 10-inch sill plate… whew. The other half of the job is spent drilling holes and running wire. It’s very easy to box things in and strip the wires/connect them.


We also have to build out various walls. To build them out is to add an additional layer of wood in the existing studs. This gives you more room for the narrow electrical boxes, and for the addition of insulation. It does add to the expense. My ceilings are over 9 feet high, so I have to buy the 10-foot studs and waste 1 foot of them. :S


And we’re still doing dishes by hand, in the old sink.


But not for long! TWO MORE MONTHS til I have a dishwasher!!! I haven’t operated a dishwasher in 28 YEARS, people!! It will be glorious.

By the way, my daughter doe snot wear glasses– those are fake. She was acting a “nerd.” LOL. Anything to make the dish-washing fun, I guess. Because right now, it’s NOT.

We also have ELECTRICITY in the upstairs bathroom!!! Woooooohooo! The first time in 3 years! We have a working light with a SWITCH! We have a GFCI outlet! And we have a newly installed medicine cabinet. I tell ya, modern living is RICH people, RICH.

This week on the schedule:

Wire the son’s bedroom upstairs*
Wire the bathroom ventilation fan/light fixture*
Install electrical boxes for kitchen, to prepare for the wires coming in
Prepare washing machine for plumbing area
Insulate above small area above dining room that leads into the garage
Install wiring for exterior light and switch
Install dryer vent hole through the wall
Install stove range hood vent hole through the wall
Buy more supplies
Do the plumbing (The Hubs is handling most of this)

* I have to go into The Attic to do this. Cry with me, my friends. It is a HORROR up there! šŸ™ šŸ™

More to come!

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6 Responses to ““Where Have You BEEN?!””

  1. Miss Szymanski Says:

    Hey, it’s great to hear from you again! šŸ˜‰ Awww… I knew you were busy, but it sounds like you’re up to your ears in it now… BUT you ARE making progress, and that is wonderful! Keep up the good work, and know that I’m still praying for you guys. šŸ˜€

  2. Lin Says:

    Well, it looks like it is coming along nicely. I do love to tune in to see the photos of your “helpers”. They are hilarious! Uh, my daughter sports those glasses these days too–what is with that???!

  3. Carole Says:

    I am exhausted just reading about all you have done, and all you still have to do! I hope the weather doesn’t get too hot with all that you still have to do. What a tremendous accomplishment and how much you will love all your modern conveniences when it is complete (like…electricity upstairs! šŸ™‚ Your new kitchen and window and renovations are going to be GREAT, and you deserve it! Just persevere – you WILL get to the “finish line”! Maybe try putting on the glasses your daughter was wearing to make it “more fun”, LOL! Now THERE’S a picture I’d like to see, tee hee! šŸ˜€

  4. Renee Says:

    Oh, now I remember… The Attic *creepy organ music*!! Oh my, I’m sorry about that! I wouldn’t want to go up there!

    Well, you guys are doing amazing! I had no idea you were still washing dishes in the same sink! Wow, you are going to have the time of your life when your kitchen is done and you have a dishwasher! Woohoo!

    I’m glad you now have light with a switch in your bathroom!! Enjoy living rich! šŸ™‚

  5. Janiss Says:

    Yay, I’ve been wondering when we were going to get an update! It sounds like things have really been moving along. I do NOT envy you having to go into that attic – ick!

  6. Marg Says:

    Glad you got a little break. Sounds like you are working your butt off and everyone else is too. At least you are on your way and making a little progress. Just keep thinking how much fun it is going to be when it is all done if that ever happens.
    We are so excited that your upstairs bathroom has a light and a switch. We know you don’t know how to behave with that modern convenience.
    Have a great week. Don’t work too hard.