The science of plumbing as art

It’s taken about a week but the team from Custom Plumbing is, according to Albert, 24-48 hours away from completing rough-in, mapping and installing the basic lines without making the final connections, getting ready for the plumbing inspector.

Everything has been checked with a level as each joint is glued — it’s meticulous work to ensure proper pitch for waste drainage.

Above, a vertiginous look from below at the pipe runs between the ceiling joists and up the wall of what will be bath 3 upstairs.

Looking up at the ceiling joists above the kitchen to the shower drain line at left, turning 90 degrees, then 90 degrees again at right, traveling straight back to the waste stack in the mudroom wall beyond. The larger pipe fittings at right side of photo will connect the waste stack in the mudroom to the toilet in the master bath.
Looking up at the ceiling joists above the kitchen to the shower drain line at left, turning 90 degrees, then 90 degrees again at right, traveling straight back to the waste stack in the mudroom wall beyond. The larger pipe fittings at right side of photo will connect the waste stack in the mudroom to the toilet in the master bath.
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Notes, 29 July 2015

Above — the boneyard in the driveway continues to grow. It’s astounding how much old wood has been carved out Emerald Hill’s skeleton — undersized, termite weakened, insufficient for the house that Emerald Hill is becoming.

  • Potential garage addition. Ron and Steve met with architect Brett Grinkmeyer to begin planning a potential third garage bay; Jadin will be driving soon and Steven’s tablesaw needs a home.
  • Stairway. Ron and Brett continued separately to review design plans for the stairway. Ron plans to demo the existing stairs next week, building new to code.
  • Structured wiring. Steven met with a candidate to install structured wiring — phone, network, AV, alarm, etc.
  • Save the oak floors? Ron and Steven met with a flooring expert. We might not be able to save and refinish the existing oak floors. More info to come.
  • HVAC. Kyle from Elite Heating & Air Conditioning inspected the install to date by his team. Steven took the opportunity to ask about adding a third duct into the Great Room — the combination of the family room and kitchen. Kyle advises against — it will compromise airflow elsewhere in the house, and the additional airflow will not be needed. Steven opts to have Ron expand the vertical chase in the laundry room on the second floor, to make it easier to install this potential duct run more easily, if we discover it is needed while we live in the house.
  • Foam insulation. Mark Rehberg and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve advise Steven it will cost $400 additional to insulate the entire exterior envelope of the house with expanding foam, instead of blown in, not just the attic. Steven knows from insulating Sea Eagle View with foam 11 years ago that this is the smarter route. Steven approves the additional cost. Ranserve will deliver change order.
  • The range hood. Jacquela and Steven choose the final appliance, a Zephyr Brisas range hood. Kristin at Harway updates the paperwork. Jacquela and Steven to review. Steven sends specs to Ron for HVAC team to frame in ducting at kitchen wall.
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A pictorial of the day, 29 July 2015

Today
Today, the framers cut away the closet in the garage that housed the original water heater. In turn, that illuminated the copper pipes that were connected to that old water heater. The additional light revealed years of calcium and other chemical deposits lining the copper, constricting water flow inside the 3/4-inch pipe down to about 1/4-inch. See the white chalky deposits lining the copper pipe in the photo at top of this post. This again proves correct the guidance from Barry at Custom Plumbing — take out all the old lines and put in new.
The first delivery of pocket doors arrived.
At the start of the day, the first delivery of pocket doors arrived.
Ron Dahlke, left, and Mark Rehberg, president, Ranserve, at Ron's Mission Control workstation in the garage.
Ron Dahlke, left, and Mark Rehberg, president, Ranserve, at Ron’s Mission Control workstation in the garage.
The doorway to the mudroom from the garage, framed in place.
The doorway to the mudroom from the garage, framed in place.
Cris from Ranserve mixes concrete to patch the floor of bath 2 where the plumbers jackhammered to run new pipes.
Cris from Ranserve mixes concrete to patch the floor of bath 2 where the plumbers jackhammered to run new pipes.
The new windows in what will be Jadin's bedroom are tacked into place and test fitted.
The new windows in what will be Jadin’s bedroom are tacked into place and test fitted.
Cris nailed blocking into the wall of the master bath, to support the medcine cabinets, shelving, vanity and plumbing.
Cris nailed blocking into the wall of the master bath, to support the medcine cabinets, shelving, vanity and plumbing.
The dryer duct box is tacked into position.
The dryer duct box is tacked into position.
The north wall and part of the east wall are now sided with Hardieboard.
The north wall and part of the east wall are now sided with Hardieboard.
And the framing team is nailing up Hardieboard on the south exterior wall, working in the shade, traveling around the house as the sun moves, avoiding the heat exposure. It's 100 degrees -- hotter on the roof.
And the framing team is nailing up Hardieboard on the south exterior wall, working in the shade, traveling around the house as the sun moves, avoiding the heat exposure. It’s 100 degrees — hotter on the roof.
Installation of the HVAC flex duct continues.
Installation of the HVAC flex duct continues.
Above the kitchen, the long flex duct run to the mudroom is now relocated out of the lower roof and into the ceiling above the kitchen -- bringing it into the insulated envelope of the house.
Above the kitchen, the long flex duct run to the mudroom is now relocated out of the lower roof and into the ceiling above the kitchen — bringing it into the insulated envelope of the house.
By end of day, three of the just-delivered pocket doors are now installed, one at each end of the pantry hall, one between the kitchen and mudroom. Albert from Custom Plumbing contemplates where to install gas pipes in the ceiling of the kitchen from his perch on a ladder.
By end of day, three of the just-delivered pocket doors are now installed, one at each end of the pantry hall, one between the kitchen and mudroom. Albert from Custom Plumbing contemplates where to install gas pipes in the ceiling of the kitchen from his perch on a ladder.

 

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