Hanging drywall, day 1

It is finally time to hang drywall. The remodel is moving toward the finish line.

Putting up the ceiling in the library/dining room.
Putting up the ceiling in the library/dining room.
The office ceiling is already up.
The office ceiling is already up.
First sheet of drywall attached to kitchen ceiling; installer cuts out drywall for a ceiling can.
First sheet of drywall attached to kitchen ceiling; installer cuts out drywall for a ceiling can.
And down falls the cut out.
And down falls the cut out.
Minutes later a field of drywall is screwed up against the ceiling of the kitchen and family room.
Minutes later a field of drywall is screwed up against the ceiling of the kitchen and family room.
The crew from Celis Drywall uses their heads -- the time-honored technique for hoisting drywall over your head to the ceiling.
The crew from Celis Drywall uses their heads — the time-honored technique for hoisting drywall over your head to the ceiling.
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HVAC audit version 3

Ron Dahlke and Steven climbed up into the attic to audit the third iteration of the HVAC duct install.

We discovered one large tear …

DSC_4222and a couple of small nicks. Ron will call the HVAC company to execute repairs.

Several of the hanger straps are too tight — and in several places ducts are still squeezed past collar ties in the roof, restricting airflow.

One example of a duct choked by a collar tie.
One example of a duct choked by a collar tie.
A second example of a collar tie choking a duct.
A second example of a collar tie choking a duct.

 

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Shower and tub walls

The team from Custom Plumbing continues to install the shower and tub walls as they arrive from Ferguson. We are still waiting for delivery of the shower panels for bath 2.

Adjusting the shower valve in the mudroom. The curved back wall of the shower in place; this is a replacement for the unit that was damaged during installation of the spray foam. The side wall is also newly installed.
Adjusting the shower valve in the mudroom. The curved back wall of the shower in place; this is a replacement for the unit that was damaged during installation of the spray foam. The side wall is also newly installed.
Next day, the left-side panel wall and shower valve fitting are both in place.
Next day, the left-side panel wall and shower valve fitting are both in place.
Upstairs in bath 3, the left and right and back walls of the shower/tub are installed.
Upstairs in bath 3, the left and right and back walls of the shower/tub are installed.
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Installing the structured wiring

Granite continues to install the low-voltage structured wiring for security, audio-visual, network, phone.

These cable drops will be routed and organized into a panel and modules in the electrics closet.
These cable drops will be routed and organized into a panel and modules in the electrics closet.

 

Two days later, the panel is mounted and Chris from Granite is sorting wires for installation.
Two days later, the panel is mounted and Chris from Granite is sorting wires for installation.

 

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Tile, delivered

Above, Matt from Ranserve unloads the first of several tile deliveries to Emerald Hill.

It’s almost time to lay tile.

This is a box of tile for the floor in bath 2 and bath 3.
This is a box of tile for the floor in bath 2 and bath 3.
Matt and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve cut the plastic wrapping away from a palette of tile. Closest to camera is a box of wall tile for the master bath shower.
Matt and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve cut the plastic wrapping away from a palette of tile. Closest to camera is a box of wall tile for the master bath shower.
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The hardest working wall in the house

The hardest working wall in the house is in the kitchen, where the cooktop, exhaust hood, sink and dishwasher will be installed. There’s a ton of blue and red PEX water lines¬†roughed-in behind the insulation foam — and miles of electrical cable for switches, outlets, power for appliances. Plus framing structure, drains,¬†lighting cans.

Standing back from the kitchen wall for an overview ...
Standing back from the kitchen wall for an overview …
The plumbers wrapped the blue and red PEX with insulating foam. Then the foam insulation was sprayed into the stud bays. Then the insulators shaved off the extra foam that stood proud of the vertical studs -- shaving off some of the black foam and exposing the PEX inside.
The plumbers wrapped the blue and red PEX with insulating foam. Then the foam insulation was sprayed into the stud bays. Then the insulators shaved off the extra foam that stood proud of the vertical studs — shaving off some of the black foam and exposing the PEX inside.
Here's the red PEX, for a hot water line, with dark insulation shaved and the PEX exposed. This will be reinsulated with foam from a spray can.
Here’s the red PEX, for a hot water line, with dark insulation shaved and the PEX exposed. This will be reinsulated with foam from a spray can.
The exhaust hood has arrived, for test fitting against the hardest working kitchen wall. We need to know how high to mount it above the cooktop, and where to cut a hole through the wall for exhaust gases to be sucked out of the kitchen. The consensus is to put the hood as high as possible, to ensure anyone standing in front of the cooktop does not lean in and whack a skull against the horizontal bottom glass.
The exhaust hood has arrived, for test fitting against the hardest working kitchen wall. We need to know how high to mount it above the cooktop, and where to cut a hole through the wall for exhaust gases to be sucked out of the kitchen. The consensus is to put the hood as high as possible, to ensure anyone standing in front of the cooktop does not lean in and whack a skull against the horizontal bottom glass.
Standing back from the kitchen wall four days after the first photo above. The red PEX is protected again with foam from a spray can. Cris from Ranserve installed sheets of plywood as blocking to mount the exhaust hood -- and he began to cut the hole through the wall to eject exhaust gases out of the kitchen.
Standing back from the kitchen wall four days after the first photo above. The red PEX is protected again with foam from a spray can. Cris from Ranserve installed sheets of plywood as blocking to mount the exhaust hood — and he began to cut the hole through the wall to eject exhaust gases out of the kitchen.
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