Notes, 25 Aug. 2015

The framers are nearly done putting up cedar siding at the front porch and entry.
The framers are nearly done putting up cedar siding at the front porch and entry. The smell of the fresh-cut cedar is intoxicating.
The plumbers are busting concrete around the toilet drain in the mudroom bath, in order to pivot the toilet 90 degrees -- a better design for the use of space in this small bath, realized only after it was framed and rough-plumbed.
The plumbers are busting concrete around the toilet drain in the mudroom bath, in order to pivot the toilet 90 degrees — a better design for the use of space in this small bath, realized only after it was framed and rough-plumbed.
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and foam to impede

Building code and the inspector require that we impede the possibility of fire and smoke traveling from one floor to another, one room to another, into and across the attic. Ron and Cris from Ranserve today applied fire-block foam to penetrations in the framing — where ducts travel between floors and attic, for example.

Above, the HVAC ducts in the master bath are now foamed with orange fire block.

An exhausted can of fire block, retrieved from the trash to be photographed.
An exhausted can of fire block, retrieved from the trash to be photographed.
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I’ll take plywood to block, Johnny …

With framing done but for the inspection, Steven is able to identify where we need “blocking” to support closet shelving, or to ensure that we hang art while not also driving a nail into a pocket door.

Above, the two back-to-back pocket doors upstairs at bath 3, right, and the utility/laundry room, left. At Steven’s request, Ron added 3/4-inch plywood into the pocket door frames. When Jacquela and Steven nail up picture hangers, the nail will now have more than drywall to bite into — and careful nailing will ensure that the nail does not penetrate the frame to hit the sliding door.

The east wall of the master closet is now blocked with plywood. Steven will now be able to easily hang the closet systems for which Jacquela is dreaming.
The east wall of the master closet is now blocked with plywood. Steven will now be able to easily hang the closet systems for which Jacquela is dreaming.
The backside of the west wall of the master closet is also the east wall of the master bedroom. It is now blocked for the storage systems Jacquela plans for the closet. On the master bedroom side, the blue PEX is the cold water line for the water dispenser in the refrigerator one floor below -- and Steven will now know to avoid this if Jacquela ever wants to hang something above the bed. At upper right, the orange foam around the silver air conditioning duct is fireblock, to help prevent smoke and flame traveling from floor to attic -- just in case -- a code requirement.
The backside of the west wall of the master closet is also the east wall of the master bedroom. It is now blocked for the storage systems Jacquela plans for the closet. On the master bedroom side, the blue PEX is the cold water line for the water dispenser in the refrigerator one floor below — and Steven will now know to avoid this if Jacquela ever wants to hang something above the bed. At upper right, the orange foam around the silver air conditioning duct is fireblock, to help prevent smoke and flame traveling from floor to attic — just in case — a code requirement.

 

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