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Pocket doors, plywood backing, gas lines

Albert, working in the ceiling chase, wrenching steel pipe fittings together.
Albert, working in the ceiling chase, wrenching steel pipe fittings together.

At the right side of the fireplace, Albert from Custom Plumbing chisled out the open chase behind the brick. He removed the old gas line that no longer meets code and installed a new run of steel pipe, working across the family room ceiling, turning the pipe 90 degrees and traveling down the chase.

Looking down into the chase. Rubble at the bottom of the chase, from chiseling out the brick -- to be removed before the mason patches the brick.
Looking down into the chase. Rubble at the bottom of the chase, from chiseling out the brick — to be removed before the mason patches the brick.
Cris from Ranserve today installed the frames for the pocket doors to bath 3 upstairs, right, and to the laundry room, left.
Cris from Ranserve today installed the frames for the pocket doors to bath 3 upstairs, right, and to the laundry room, left.
Cris also installed the pocket door frame to the master closet. This is a style of frame that permits the nailing of shelf supports into the plywood sheathing -- unlike the open web of lumber that cannot be nailed at the pocket door frames to the bath 3 and the laundry room.
Cris also installed the pocket door frame to the master closet. This is a style of frame that permits the nailing of shelf supports into the plywood sheathing — this will be important in the master closet  — unlike the open web of lumber that cannot be nailed at the pocket door frames to the bath 3 and the laundry room.
And ... Cris, who just does not stop, also nailed into place the frame for the pocket door entry to the master bedroom.
And … Cris, who just does not stop, also nailed into place the frame for the pocket door entry to the master bedroom.
With hours to go and power tools to put to work, downstairs, Cris also began hanging the plywood backing that will help support the bookshelves planned for the library.
With hours to go and power tools to put to work, downstairs, Cris also began hanging the plywood backing that will help support the bookshelves planned for the library.
To the left of the fireplace, a new short wall is framed into place, replacing a brick wall and an extension of the brick hearth that were removed several days back by the demo team.
To the left of the fireplace, a new short wall is framed into place, replacing a brick wall and an extension of the brick hearth that were removed several days back by the demo team.
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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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Mind the gap

Ron and Cris from Ranserve checked every window at Emerald Hill for level, plumb and square.

This window did not pass muster — one of the three narrow/tall windows designed to spill natural light behind the front door and up the stairs, transforming the original dark entry with purposeful geometry and lumens.

DSC_2374The long vertical of the window bends about 1/4 inch. Ron held a level up to the window framing to illustrate.

Here the framers test fit the three narrow windows at the redesigned front entry.
Here the framers test fit the three narrow windows at the redesigned front entry.

Steven asks that the window go back to Milgard for replacement.

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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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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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Goodbye skylight

A prior remodel installed a skylight into the roof over what was the master bathroom, which was also remodeled at the same time. We guess.

A skylight over what will be the laundry and utility room makes no sense to the Leons — especially when it intrudes into the ideal location for the attic ladder.

So out it comes, for donation to Habitat.

Above, the skylight, removed, ready to go to Habitat.

Roberto on the roof and Jonathan below lever new roof rafters into position to replace structure cut when the skylight was first remodeled into place.
Roberto on the roof and Jonathan below lever new roof rafters into position to replace structure cut when the skylight was first remodeled into place.
Plywood in the roof closes off the location of the former skylight. The lumber box in the ceiling frame is where the attic ladder will be installed.
Plywood in the roof closes off the location of the former skylight. The lumber box in the ceiling frame is where the attic ladder will be installed.

The roof is now closed up with plywood and lumber. And the framing is in place for the new attic ladder.

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Open / close

Above, Cris from Ranserve bores the hole for the door bolt while relocating the original door 90 degrees, to be used now as a construction entry.

Awnings below, fixed glass above.
Awnings below, fixed glass above.

The new windows at the front of the library are open, operable.

The new windows at the back of the family room.
The new windows at the back of the family room.

The new windows at the back of the family room are installed. Here’s the view from inside.

The new family room windows, flashed against water.
The new family room windows, flashed against water.

And from outside.

The new window at the front of bedroom 1.
The new window at the front of bedroom 1.

Marco and Jonathan check level and plumb for the new window at the front of bedroom 1.

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Befores / Afters

The exterior of the kitchen wall as of 22 July 2015.
The exterior of the kitchen wall as of 22 July 2015.

Yesterday, the brick exterior wall at the back of the kitchen was cut open for the new, larger window over the kitchen sink — and the original sliding glass door was still in place.

Same wall, 24 hours later. The new office window to the left, the new kitchen window to the right.
Same wall, 24 hours later. The new office window to the left, the new kitchen window to the right.

Today, the framing crew cut open the wall to add the new window to Steven’s office, and then mounted the new office and kitchen windows into place.

New window on the left was a brick wall yesterday.
New window on the left was a brick wall yesterday.

Here’s the new window in the office, from inside the office. More light!

The sliding glass door is removed from the back wall of the kitchen, and concrete mixed to create a new footing.
The sliding glass door is removed from the back wall of the kitchen, and concrete mixed to create a new footing.

And the sliding glass door has been removed. The brick wall here will be extended to the right, toward the garage. A new 36-inch wide exterior door will slot into the corner with the garage.

The original sliding glass door from the kitchen.
The original sliding glass door from the kitchen. With Steven’s backpack sitting guard.

Here is the sliding glass door, removed, ready for donation to Habitat.

 

 

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The first windows go in

Delivered today. Installed today. Ron Dahlke is NOT wasting time.

From left … casements at the loft, fixed window over the stairwell, awning at the laundry room.

Photo shot by Jacquela using her Galaxy 5.

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