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Prokiller

Full Moon Friday Garage w/ attached house

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Dude that ended up coming out sick!

 

Is that a signed Ben Stiller???

 

Also, people don't realize just how long it takes to hang up pictures if you want to do it with any sort of accuracy and symmetry.  Can be a serious pain lol.  Great job!

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16 hours ago, Number Tew said:

Dude that ended up coming out sick!

 

Is that a signed Ben Stiller???

 

Also, people don't realize just how long it takes to hang up pictures if you want to do it with any sort of accuracy and symmetry.  Can be a serious pain lol.  Great job!

ben stiller??  you mean the fonz, henry winkler?  i know the picture got blurry for some reason.

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Looking really good Ryan, very craftsman-style, which is hands down my preferred architectural style.

 

What kind of time frame are you thinking you'll have the old vanity in place? If it's going to be a while, you could always prep and paint it (minus the countertop of course), it would definitely let it blend right in. I actually think it would look kinda cool painted wall color. Normally I'd think white would be the way to go, but that might make the countertop look odd being completely surrounded in crisp white.

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2 hours ago, 95riosnake said:

Looking really good Ryan, very craftsman-style, which is hands down my preferred architectural style.

 

What kind of time frame are you thinking you'll have the old vanity in place? If it's going to be a while, you could always prep and paint it (minus the countertop of course), it would definitely let it blend right in. I actually think it would look kinda cool painted wall color. Normally I'd think white would be the way to go, but that might make the countertop look odd being completely surrounded in crisp white.

we debated on that, but i don't want to waste time on it.  i know what will happen if we do that....it will look okay enough and it will sit for a long time and we'll never get around to replacing it all the while hating it.  so if every time i walk into the bathroom i see this ugly POS, it motivates us to replace it.  

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1 hour ago, Prokiller said:

 

we debated on that, but i don't want to waste time on it.  i know what will happen if we do that....it will look okay enough and it will sit for a long time and we'll never get around to replacing it all the while hating it.  so if every time i walk into the bathroom i see this ugly POS, it motivates us to replace it.  

 

I see the practicality in that then, lol. If you make it not bother you, it might never get replaced lol.

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last few things went together this weekend.

 

got the ceiling painted:

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pictures don't really show not worth posting more than one, but its definitely cleaner in there now.  i swear we painted it when we got the house, but after throwing up a coat...i'm not so sure i did.  

 

then got the towel racks hung and cleaned it all up

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only things yet are little things that don't effect the function:

  • window blind
  • floor transition piece.  looked for one, but can't find one to match and realized that i didn't leave enough between the new floor and the old floor to allow for the T piece.  so going to try and cut the old one to be flat

 

otherwise, i think we are going to officially close out the bathroom remodel.

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Dude  that looks so good!  I also need to do my other towel hanger thingy!  A million times better than what it was!

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for comparison this is what we started with:

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huge update here.  we now have new heat and hot water!!!  

 

started with running new wires to the breaker panel on the otherside of the room for the new electric water heater.  cleaned up a few wires in there.  the new breaker went in on the left.  didn't think to grab a picture of the wiring at the end of the install.  

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started cutting up the stuff we didn't need and got them out of the way.  also pulled the boiler motor and got that out of the way.  the hose peaking out of the bottom is draining the system.  the circulator pump shown here is the sunroom one.  ended up using the new one that came with the new heater, but kept this one because it's still good.

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the indirect water heater tank did not want to drain for some reason.  had to pull it out full.  which sucked.  water is freakin heavy!!  the spicket knob on the bottom is all the way open and yet no water.  had to cut the pipe and shove a cap on it quick to get it out. 

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and gone from the house:

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supported the circ pumps and piping with straps and cut the water lines going into the boiler.   now we can get this pig of a boiler out...which was fun.  i thought the full water tank was heavy, boy was i wrong.

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and then the new one in it's place.  it's smaller in just about every way.  notice the broken drywall...yeah my ass went through it trying to work the old one out.  and you'll notice the floor is all scratched up from inching the old one and the new around.  nothing to care about, just exhibiting the weight of these damn things.

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test fitting the new 50 gal water heater.  SOOOOO glad it's not in my kitchen anymore!

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and now plumbing the new boiler water lines.  had to cross them because the old one was the other way around.  is what it is.  thankfully it was all just nipples of varying sizes, nothing had to be cut.

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this was the end of the day on wednesday after about 8 hours of working on it.

 

started fresh on thursday then with the water heater and blower install.  this was taken later in the day after we got it all more or less in place.  you'll also notice we started to wire up the circ pumps on the boiler.

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got the stove pipe installed and the new line running to the sunroom. and got the boiler fired up for the first time.  fired right up, didn't have to mess with bleeding the lines or tweaking it at all.  couldn't believe it.  

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chimney pipe (it's 6" vs 8") installed with some rocks to give a backer for some chimney mortar.  so much better now too because there is gap between the pipe and drywall unlike originally.  can't believe they basically had the old pipe using the drywall as support.  so dangerous.  we also found out that the pipe ended before getting fully into the chimney.  meaning, the pipe just ended when it got to the cinder block of the chimney.  so smoke could go into the holes in the block.  so stupid and dangerous.

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this ended pretty much the day for thursday.  Friday was just wiring the circ pumps and thermostat zones.  had to get a new relay because the way they had wired up was all kinds of wonky.  

 

now for the fun part...wiring this bitch.  turned out to be a nightmare.  spend pretty much all day trying to figure it out and then had to pick it up on saturday because we blew the fuse in the control box and the supply store wasn't open anymore.  basically the previous system predicated on the fact that boiler maintained temperature at all times (hot water coil remember), but the new system is only for heat now so we needed to wire it all to come on when any of the zones called for heat.  previously, all it did was turn on the circ pump when a zone called, then if the internal temp of the boiler dropped, it would kick on.  

 

the garage system was an utter puzzle that i still don't know how on earth it ran.  nothing made sense on it.  it was a 110v thermostat that went back to the circ pump somehow tied into the basement zone....for the life of us, i don't know how that thing wasn't running 24/7 or ever.  ended up running new thermostat wire, got a new thermostat and ran it as it's own zone like it should have been from the get go.  the heater has a fan on it so all we did was disconnect that from the system and tie it into a straight 110v feed and use the existing aquastat on it to control the fan.  so that's an independent system not tied to the boiler anymore.  

 

originally had the upstairs on the controller that comes with the boiler.  had to pull it off that module when we realized the way we had it all wired up, the garage would call for heat it was turning on all the zones because it was bridged into that main control trigger.  tried variations of the basement relay and wiring in the garage and such, which led to the blown fuse.  must have somehow backfed the panel.  

 

in the end, we used the existing basement relay and bridged that to the new 3-zone controller which then has all the other three zones (upstairs, sunroom, garage) on it.  from that controller it then goes to the boiler provided main controller as a single "zone".  so if any zone calls for heat, it triggers that circ pump and fires the boiler.  i'll take a finished picture of it tonight.  i thought i did but apparently not.

 

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that is very cool where did you get the furnace ??? lol

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1 hour ago, Yeahloh95 said:

that is very cool where did you get the furnace ??? lol

some guy's mom.

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Very nice setup, When you're toasty warm this winter you'll be glad you did the work now for sure.

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55 minutes ago, 95riosnake said:

Very nice setup, When you're toasty warm this winter you'll be glad you did the work now for sure.

i'm already glad.  that old one was limping along on borrowed time for sure.  every time it started up it sounded like an bomb going off.  every time i would cringe and hope it was still contained inside the chamber and not exploded everywhere

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all I know is that thing was heeeeeeavy

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20 minutes ago, Yeahloh95 said:

all I know is that thing was heeeeeeavy

you're telling me.  we had a tractor to move it around at your house.  had to use a appliance handtruck to get it into the room.  the old one was worse for sure. it SUCKED

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I am curious to see if you notice a healthy difference in your power bill!  Looks really good though.  I want to get in and redo our panels, they look like Ray Charles set them all up, plus they are very dated Siemens panels with super expensive breakers.

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finished product pics

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new 3 zone controller mounted on the back.  The thermostat wires all come in from the zones at the top. notice the one that goes to the right, that's the line that then goes to the main controller to trigger the boiler to fire.  the bottom BX wiring; the left goes to the sunroom circ pump, the next two shiney ones go to the upstairs and garage, while the last one comes from the main controller and powers this new box.

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the grey box is the relay box for the basement zone.  the garage switch does in fact still work properly...to at least control the fan.  the other obviously is the EPO for the system.

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temp dropped like a rock the last two days so its been perfect timing to get this sucker replaced.  interested to see what the costs will actually be.

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Looking good man! I agree the temps have plunged this week. Supposed to only hit 30 here tomorrow, which is utter bullshit lol. At least you'll get to put the new setup through its paces.

 

I'm guessing those labels were made by the previous owner, the misspelling of "circulator" would surely drive me insane lol.

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Circu, later bitches!  

 

Nice work Ryan!  That shit sucks for sure but its a necessary evil.  You can have that pipe fitting and threading.  I used to hate that shit in service class.  That panel wiring gave me goosebumps, so well done and organized. 

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