Unboxing the HVAC system

Elite Heating & Air Conditioning delivered supplies and equipment yesterday, see photo above. More arrived today.

Furnace in biggest box closed to camera lens, coil in the top box, Aprilaire air exchanger in box at rear.
Furnace in biggest box closed to camera lens, coil in the top box, Aprilaire air exchanger in box at rear.

The framers laid out sheets of plywood to create a flat deck in the attic — the mounting platform for the air handler and furnace.

Heavy lifting of very big equipment -- this is how the new furnace made its way into the attic, through the access where the attic stairs will go.
Heavy lifting of very big equipment — this is how the new furnace made its way into the attic, through the access where the attic stairs will go.
The new coil -- clean, unboxed, ready to go up to the attic.
The new coil — clean, unboxed, ready to go up to the attic.
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Framing the master bath

Yesterday, Ron Dahlke and the framers asked Steven where to put the shelves in the shower, and where to nail up blocking for the vanity. 24 hours later, the lumber is nailed up — and the plumbers have already drilled into the subfloor for the linear drain.

The shelf in the shower runs 48 inches along the left wall, turns right, then runs under the location for the shower head. Plenty of storage space for soap and shampoo. The subfloor is already drilled for the linear drain that waits in the box propped against the framing.
The shelf in the shower runs 48 inches along the left wall, turns right, then runs under the location for the shower head. Plenty of storage space for soap and shampoo. The subfloor is already drilled for the linear drain that waits in the box propped against the framing.
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Plumbing inspection 1

Emerald Hill passed its first plumbing inspection — rough-in at the first floor slab — the pipes that will be encased in new concrete as the slab is patched and sealed.

Follow the white PVC pipe up the wall, across a ceiling chase, then up to the second floor for a straight run to the upper roof.
Follow the white PVC pipe up the wall, across a ceiling chase, then up to the second floor for a straight run to the upper roof.

In the kitchen, Barry, Art and crew configured this new vent stack at the kitchen sink. They tied into the existing stack, ran the PVC pipe in the gap between the back of the exterior brick and the new vertical studs, up the wall on the opposite side of the studs, into the wedge under the lower roof, through a stud bay, up to the second floor, through a second stud bay and then up to the second-floor roof. This is the art and science that ensures “air behind water” without cutting apart the structure of the house.

Why do we not cut structure?

When the house was built, the plumbers cut through two joists that hold up the second floor. All they had to do, instead, was run the pipe between the ceiling joists to get a clean exit. How this passed inspection when the house was built is a mystery.
When the house was built, the plumbers cut through two joists that hold up the second floor. All they had to do, instead, was run the pipe between the ceiling joists to get a clean exit. How this passed inspection when the house was built is a mystery.

The original plumbers cut so much structure from two parallel beams that everyone wonders how the house did not collapse. It explains why the second floor dipped. Ranserve and the framers have now “sistered” in an LVL to hold up the second floor.

 

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Hanging siding

The framers moved outside the house to start hanging the fiber cement siding from James Hardie — delivered 21 July, non-combustible, durable, smooth sided for the modern look we want.

It’s pre-primed a shade of yellow that is — ironically — a near-perfect match for the original exterior color painted on the original cedar siding that we removed after 50+ years of service.

Tasked by Mark and Ron from Ranserve, Jacquela and Jadin have a weekend job — picking out exterior paint colors for the house.

Above, Roberto, right, and Jonathan, left, work at the corner of the master bedroom. Below, Steven stepped through the windows off the master bedroom, onto the roof, to shoot this photo of the new siding, up close, nailed up across the front of the second floor.

View of the new Hardieboard siding from the corner of the master bedroom. Steven stepped out onto the roof to shoot this. Don't tell Jacquela.
View of the new Hardieboard siding from the corner of the master bedroom. Steven stepped out onto the roof to shoot this. Don’t tell Jacquela.
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