Posts Tagged "our first home"

Fine Tuning the Plywood

Liz and I spent time tonight working Bob in the basement. We had him assess our work from Saturday, and he showed us how (and why) our measurements resulted in a board that didn’t quite sit right when we tried to dry fit it. While our measurements were quite accurate… we made the assumption that the top of the wall…

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Saturday Basement Day

Once we got done with our cleanup (removing a lot of trash, doing a quick pass with our shop vac), we worked on cutting up some plywood to continue strengthening up the walls.

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Basement Wall Work

After work, Liz and I suited up and headed to the basement. I have to tell you – it was not an easy or pleasant thing, to keep that momentum going. The last thing I want to do after a day of work is to come home… and then do more work.

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Measure Twice, Measure Twice Again

Everything else mostly fell into place after that, though it was a bit slow going. The first set of measurements took a while, as Liz and I talked through the logic of what needed to be recorded, and how those lines translated over to the plywood.

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Plotting the Stairs

The big cement pour was a large step for us, and the stairs will allow us to start to bring down boxes from the second floor. We’ll have to clear out more space in the basement, but the eventual goal is to relocate most (if not all) of our “things” on the second floor, down to the basement.

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Basement Cleanup

After work today, Liz and I went in the basement to clear up some of the debris that accumulated during Liz’s solo run a few days ago. She had put most of the demo debris in bags, and continued clearing out the space above where the stairs will go. For my part, I started hauling out bags of trash and drywall.

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Liz Solo Demo Run

I came home around 7:30PM, and on opening the door heard all sorts of banging and crashing from the basement. When I opened the door to the first floor bathroom (which also leads to the basement), I saw this.

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Cement Pour Prep: Lowering the Pit

The striped line on the bottom represents 4 inches (the actual depth of what we need to get). The line above with the arrows is adjusted for the height of the laser level itself. So if the red dot is hitting that line, we know we’re good.

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Opening Up the Transoms

In preparation for some work we’ll be doing in the basement, Liz started to work on opening up the transoms on the second floor. While they’re not over every door, we have them over three doors.

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