Progress outside, if not much inside

For ‘reasons’ we have been really pushing to try and get the rainscreen up on the house. Our rainscreen (as has probably been mentioned by me before) is cheap shop-grade plain-face t1-11* which will get battens over it so that unless you are paying proper attention it’ll look like board and batten. As usual with us, we’re dressing something not terribly pricey to look much nicer than it is. And complicated, because we can save on materials by making us do the installation work.

Anyhow, the back of the house and some of the other bits are running up against the “do not leave your vapour barrier exposed longer than” periods of time – hence the massive push to get the back covered. This despite the fact that the weather has been hot, sunny and dry. Also despite the fact that at times it’s painfully frustrating. We at best can manage a rate of about 1 board an hour, which seems ridiculously slow – given it’s just a 4’x8′ board that we cut down to 4′ by 82″, then stick on the wall using screws it sounds like it should be fairly easy…

But first up most of the boards overlap a window, or a door. And the header of our building isn’t flat, and the roofline wanders up and down just a bit. And there’s the whole entertaining m’larkey of the scheme that we’re using to prevent insect ingress into the small void behind the panels (which is for airflow). Those exterior boards are separated from the wall and the vapour barrier by a 3/8″ “furring” strip, at the top and bottom of which runs mesh. Metal mesh. Which is springy, and difficult to wedge a board over. I mean, the entire point is that it’s all a snug fit to make it less of a haven for small crawly creatures. But all in all as we’re trying to hold a heavy board up, with reasonably accurate cutouts for windows…while squishing mesh, screwing it to the wall and not breaking the windows. It turns out it’s “tricky”.

So basically, one board an hour. Ish. Slightly longer, usually. Sometimes with much swearing. Sometimes with some despairing. Recently, I’ve been trying for some equanimity by reciting the mantra that the “test fit” is a “test fit” and I should not expect it to fit.

Because no matter how hard I try to accurately cut and measure, there’s almost invariably a few mil here or there that need to be shaved off. Which means getting the board up, positioned, marked, back down, trimmed, retested, then when it’s right painting all the cut edges.

Anyhow, so long-story long. Big push. We’ve still got the south face to do, but we wrapped that relatively recently, so it’s less pressing. At least a bit.

We spent some (quite grumpy time, if I recall correctly) on the weekend getting the North gable done.

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We then spent Sunday/Monday/Tuesday getting the East side of the house done…

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Which really does feel like quite an achievement. And we’re very pleased with how it’s coming together.

Please take the time to ooh and ahh over our lovely rainscreen. Which just needs priming now. Then battens. Then more priming. Then painting.

Oh, and note that we quietly trimmed the downspout so that it fits (and is positioned between vertical and the special version of vertical that is the end of the house).

People keep asking us when we’ll be in, and if we’ll speed up now *x* has happened, or *y* is ready. And I kind of want to wail when they do, because it’s just the two of us, part time, and it has become apparent that we are effectively building a house. In fact, it’s actually, in many ways, harder than building it from scratch, because we have to work within the bounds of someone else’s mistakes, and someone else’s lazy decisions.

But anyhow, the rainscreen job is somewhat more towards completion.

We’ve also connected up one of the bathroom vents. Although I realize that I’ve not cut out enough of the wood around it (because our roofers didn’t cut a big enough hole for the vents when they moved them – or more accurately, the cut a big enough hole, but positioned the vents right up against the wood). I trimmed one side, and thought I’d done enough, but when I looked yesterday I realised there’s not enough clearance on the lowest side of the hole either. But regardless, it’s actually connected to a bathroom fan which, if it had power, could blow humid air out of the bathroom (if it had walls, and functional plumbing) into the outside world. Woo.

I’m also beginning to settle myself with the idea that we should tweak the furnace outlet to be an outlet by itself, and make the lights in that room a separate circuit. Thus avoiding the whole 14/2 gauge 12/2 gauge potential inspection debacle. I’ve picked up a two-gang switch box which will make that happen more easily.

So we’re inching forward, albeit not at anywhere near the rate we’d like.

* Plywood with a faux grain on it. Plain face means that it’s once continuous face, you can get T1-11 that looks vaguely like tongue-and-groove slotted together**.
** If you squint hard enough.

Finally…

So, after about two years I’ve finally built my keyboard. By which I mean, from a pile of keys and a circuit board and a case, and some keycaps I’ve assembled it.

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It’s not quite my dad’s first keyboard which he wirewrapped and built by hand. But it’s nice to type on something that I know is mine. It’s a bit more clattery than the mac’s keyboard – I could get some little rings to stop the clatter, but it makes me feel quite…nostalgic.

It’s still missing…err… 6 keycaps. That’s because when I ordered the keycaps I wasn’t 100% sure what layout I wanted. When I did decide it was too late to order the rest (because it was a massdrop run). I’m waiting (optimistically) for them to do another run – because I really like the look of the keyboard, but I’ve got two keytops with the wrong slope (Page Up / Page Down) and I’ve had to use blanks for Control / Alt / Cmd on the bottom row because I wanted a different size than is in my keycap set.

It does feel nice though. Now we just need to finish the house and then I’ll build the desktop that’s going to replace my aged (10 year old) laptop (which today let out a confusing and unpleasant wailing noise). And hopefully that’ll have the dual benefit of having a machine with a bit of umph, and also having getting me to stop dinking quite so much.

It’s been nice though – I broke out my Solder / SMD rework station (unnecessary, really, but it’s the only USian soldering iron I have).

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I’m also working on upgrading the media server to a new harddisk and a new OS. Because that’s a relaxing thing to do the day after my colonoscopy*.

Anyhow, I should get back to it… and tidy up the 800 boxes I’ve got out to make today happen so far.

* Benign polyps, they think. But it left me with a need to be near a loo today. Which I’m thankful that I realised before I left for the house for the day.

It continues to astound me how crazy it is

So, the US healthcare ‘system’.

Tomorrow I’m going for a colonoscopy. Because of my dad’s early colon cancer and his subsequent death, I am a ‘high risk’ person for colon cancer (yay).

So, my doctor wants me to have a colonoscopy.

Now getting the appointment was about the same level of hassle as in the NHS – but then, because it’s the US healthcare system there’s the added bonus of money. So first I have a discussion about how much it might cost. Then I prepare myself for that. Then, I get a letter telling me to pre-pay; only it doesn’t have a piece of required information on it for their online payment system.

So I call – and it turns out I don’t have to pay… they think… I mean, they have to actually bill the insurance company after the procedure to find out whether it’s going to cost anything (because the ‘system’ does not have a stable output for a given input). And also, if they don’t find anything (fingers crossed ever so much) it’s “preventative” – and thus completely covered – but if they do, it’s a treatment – and thus not completely covered – and there will be a fee.

Which is insane. If I go in for a screening and they find nothing and I’m healthy, it’s ‘free’, but if I’m actually sick then I have to pay for it? What now?

*sigh*

Anyhow, so today I can’t eat. I have jelly (jello) which curiously comes as a powder, not cubes, here. And is crazily expensive (and the shop only appeared to have actual brand-name jelly). And pretty much the only flavours I could have were lemon and lime (because all the other ones have Red-40, which is a dye I’m also not allowed today).

I am currently enjoying a delicious cup of stock. And then in a couple of hours I get to be put off gatorade by having it mixed with laxative. So much fun.

I’m beginning to go off this getting older m’larkey.

Fabulous / Frustrating

Let’s get the fabulous out of the way first, because it’s brief but very good news. We sold our land – contracts exchanged, recorded and paperwork completed, money in the bank. We’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop having had several offers from people that flaked out, or people who ran screaming from Thurston County, when this offer came in it looked too good to be true. And they didn’t run screaming, and they paid, so now it’s off our hands.

Which is an enormous relief.

The frustrating is, as you would expect, the house.

We’re really down to things that I can only do with Kathryn there, because they’re up in the air*, which led to me doing bitty little things which are unrewarding and made it feel kinda like I’d not really achieved anything.

I did put the rainscreen up around the meter box:

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Which is one of those things that takes ages to cut (because of the fiddly, fiddly shape), but doesn’t really require both of us there. It was just about reachable with just me there – but it is missing a few screws from the very top. Hopefully we won’t have an enormously windy day, although the rest of the screws are fairly well embedded.

I masked off the remaining four windows ready to be treated with danish oil. I will probably oil them on Monday…

I popped in the last bit of insulation in the lower sections of the lounge wall – which means that bit is ready for inspection…

I painted the ceiling of our porch black – it’s actually going to be mostly hidden behind another layer of board, which will also be black**, but I wanted a coat of paint on it. And I’ve cut in and fitted the light fitting box…

I also spent some time fixing a problem that I realised too late to have spent an irritating sum of cash on. While two of the bathroom fans we have (ironically the cheaper ones) will fit between the ceiling joists in the main bathroom****; the fan we actually bought for that bathroom, it turns out, won’t.

So after some debate I realised the simplest solution is to just trade the 3/4 bathroom one for the other bathroom one – that way we actually get the nicer, quieter, but larger fan in our 3/4 (en-suite) bathroom. Which would be great, but it screws up the floor of the mini-attic space above. Which is, of course, irritating. It also necessitates cutting out some more floor for the vent – because it’s a 4″ vent, not a 3″ vent. And it means the 3″ vent cap (which we had for the wall) is now useless, as is the oval 4″ to round 3″ adaptor that is specific to the fan that we bought. Grr.

The other problem with this was it meant I needed to move an outlet wire.

Which it must be said turned out to have enough extra length. So that was good, if somewhat frustrating overall.

So while today has been great in some parts it’s been a bit frustrating in others, and while we’re waiting for the under floor heating stuff, and until I go get the cedar for the trim it’s hard for me to feel useful and like I’m making progress.

* Up in the air junior birdman woman song style.
** Because we have a whole funky dunky lighting thing involving semi-hidden LED lights that glow down from the top of the porch***.
*** Why? Because we like making things deeply over complicated and hard, why else?
**** Which are closer together because it’s our main attic and it may be the case that we own a lot of books.

Damn forums

So, I was doing some reading about prepping for inspections and wandered across a discussion of the fact that while it is ‘to code’ to have a 12/2 run from the panel and then 14/2 spurs from that run (if you have lights and outlets on a circuit), so long as that circuit has a breaker correct for the lower rated wire… apparently inspectors don’t like it. Or more specifically, they don’t like it when DIYers do it. Fine, apparently, if you’re a pro-electrician (and it’s done following the code). But likely to lead to tedious discussions if you’re a DIYer.

Which is funny because that’s how it says to do it in my code book.

Thankfully we’d only done that on a couple of circuits, so I spent some of today tweaking those circuits – removing the 14/2 (thinner gauge) wire and replacing it with 12/2 (which we had left over). Sadly, the boiler circuit (which consists of one double outlet, one light and the smoke detectors) is more of a pain to fix. But if our inspector doesn’t like it I can fix it with one run of 14/2 back to the panel and replacing the single outlet box with a double – and splitting the two circuits. Not a nightmare, but a pain.

I also plumbed in the shower – which, it turns out has a weird quirk – in that while it’s a “raindrop shower”, the showerhead is only about 14″ from the inside of the stud wall (3.5″ thick). Now – to be fair, there’s a female drop-ear that it connects to – but it was asking that to be positioned a minimum of 1 5/8″ back from the surface of the wall. Which still left the showerhead approximately 1′ from the wall. Which is insane. Add to that the fact that our bath has approximately 3″ wide surround, and suddenly you’re looking at a shower that’s only 9″ (22cm) from the edge of the bath…

Which is…not ideal.

After much futzing with it, I managed to position the drop-ear *just* inside the wall – which gains us back almost an inch and a half. I’m slightly worrying that we’ll end up having to buy a longer adapter* – lord knows the damn thing was expensive enough, but it was about the only US-spec shower we could find that fell remotely in our price range and at least faintly reflected the Crane Drexel sink.

I may also have to add a nailplate of some sort to hide in the wall because the pipe is now well less than 1 1/4″ back from the drywall surface. And the cursed thing that is the shower valve (which took a couple of hours of futzing with) probably needs a bit of the stud edge trimmed off to make the faceplate fit. It doesn’t *say* it needs that space in the directions for installation – but when you look at the faceplate it is *meant* to be recessed into the wall. Which is fine…if there’s not a stud right where the damn valve needs to be.

Still, I’m going to leave that for the minute, now it’s far enough along for the plumbing inspection – I think – and that tweak can be in the final inspection.

The list of things to do for inspection is getting shorter though.

  • Low voltage wiring (network)
  • Tighten last earthquake bolt (under pile of insulation)
  • Vent ducting 3/4 bath (requires gable rainscreen to be present)
  • Vent ducting laundry (requires gable rainscreen to be present)
  • Vent ducting main bath
  • Smoke detector wiring and bedroom boxes
  • Exterior light box rear(requires rainscreen to be present)
  • Exterior light box front
  • Insulation lounge wall (partly done)
  • Framing: Both bedroom / attic wall sections, section above laundry room)
  • Plumbing vents – run through laundry room attic wall framing

We’ve started measuring for the funky triangular bits of framing that sit in the sections between the attic and the two bedrooms and the little mini attic above the laundry and 3/4 bath. It’s made hideously complex by the fact we really want a built in shelf above the doors in both bedrooms. Which is pretty much what you’d expect considering the number of multi-way switches we’ve installed in a tiny, tiny house.

Incidentally, USians, is premixed coloured paint a thing here? I’ve not seen it anywhere I’ve been – everywhere seems to only be mix-to-order, which is bizarre to me. I only realised they didn’t have it at Home Depot** after wandering around for about 10 minutes looking for it…

…and then was somewhat fazed – because in the UK there’s usually a few aisles of varying qualities of premixed colours (cheap -> expensive), plus you can go get whatever you want mixed (moderate -> more expensive).

In the end I got my little tin of black paint mixed… but… well… is this me being blind?

* And this is where I really, really miss UK plumbing, because normally in the UK this bit would be a compression joint and a bit of pipe you cut to length, but here it has to be threaded at the wall end – and since this has a 90 degree bend in it for the shower head… they just make it some length or other.
** Or possibly BOB, which might be my new name for it (Big Orange Box – because I tend to call it B&Q).

Yet more copper

So, we continued our plan to put all of the copper in the world in our house. At least, it somewhat feels that way. We’ve used way more than I guestimated based on the book – which says you’ll need N rolls of W, X, Y and Z gauges for a medium size house. I thought, given our house’s smallness that we’d need much less. Turns out that we’ve needed about 2/3rds as much.

Part of that is that I like to break off rooms into separate circuits – and break off lighting and sockets into separate circuits.

Part of it is that we’ve tended to route things the “gold standard” way (over the top of windows, rather than under them).

Anyhow, today we worked on it some more… it was very hot out and the idea of putting up rainscreen even in the shade on such a hot day was pretty unappealing. As I’ve whinged before, the project’s not exactly going fast, and I’m hoping that when we do (hopefully) get the permit signed off and can start insulating and drywalling (plasterboarding) that we might get that going a bit quicker.

We still have the ply to put down on the floor – along with the heating pipes – which needs to be done before we can start faffing around with walls. And we’re starting to really struggle with all the crap in the house. Offcuts of wood that are potentially useful. Offcuts of wood that we’re thinking of using for firewood. Offcuts of ply that might be handy. Offcuts of ply that are probably scrap, but irritatingly large and thus kept around. The beams we got because I f’cked up and bought an extra beam – which turned out to be handy, because we f’cked up and cut it to the wrong length and which we might use in the garage…

The gardening stuff…

It’s all got to go somewhere. And that means a shed, realistically. Because while I’d love to throw the garage up, we aren’t in a position to do that really. We’re thinking of giving in and getting some nasty brackets with a cut list, then throwing a shed up (hopefully in a couple of days) – just because it would make things much more managable.

But that means probably spending money on an excavator rental, or hand digging a large hole. One is costly in money, the other in time we don’t have.

Which we could probably complain about more, but for the fact that we’ve booked a holiday – 8 days away from this madness. Which – despite the loss of 2 weekends, and a solid week of work – is I think needed to keep us at least slightly sane.

Carving through the granite

Sometimes I’m somewhat frustrated by the glacial pace of our progress. I have to remind myself that for the most part, it’s just the two of us. Kathryn’s mom has been helping us by painting the backs of the rainscreen panels – which saves us a lot of time because we can just prime/paint the cuts we make to fit around windows and such.

But it’s taken us 3 days to get the front and the north side (not even including the gable) done.

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Part of this is because we care about the finish and so spend quite a lot of time debating and tweaking and trying to get the lines right.

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Part of it is learning – most rainscreens are made with far higher quality stuff than we can afford. This is shop-grade T1-11. So although it’s made the same as the APA rated sheathing it’s failed quality control. To try and get it such that it won’t fall apart we want to protect it and fix it firmly, while still allowing it to function as a rainscreen.

It’s fiddly – to try and reduce insect ingress we’ve got this mesh that needs to be fixed between the screen and the housewrap; getting than in place while getting the furring strips that hold the rainscreen out from the building on and lined up right is tricky.

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But the final result is pretty pleasing.

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There are many sins that will need to be covered with the trim strips. We’d much prefer to have much better quality materials, with joints that actually fit together really well, and have this section be flat (and actually, we love the colour of the ply). But none of those things are remotely within budget.

Still, it – like many things – is a good learning experience.

We’ve also been gradually picking at the final list of wiring jobs (which is mainly runs to / from lights from switches).

I know we’ll get there, it’s just when that’s bothering me.

Oh, in good news, after 3 attempts the toilet we ordered from Wayfair has arrived…. intact! :)

And that’s (nearly) a wrap

So we’ve continued our quest to wrap the entire building in plastic (ugh). The weather was overcast today which meant it was a perfect day for us to finish the wrap. Yesterday we did the front (in the shade), but were unable to even consider doing the south facing side of the house because it was so freaking hot in the sun. Today, thanks to an overcast day we were able to bring the scaffolding out and…

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Ta-da!

Yes, that’s one end of the house wrapped. Just the North end’s gable left…

We’ve also started toying with paint colours. Irritatingly, here a ‘tester’ pot of paint is about 500ml, unlike in the UK where you can get a tester pot that is literally enough to paint about 0.25 sq m.

It wouldn’t be quite so irritating, but they’re about $15 a pop. Which given we like to try quite a few different colours… well. We tried three, and don’t really like any of them. Tomorrow we’re going to spring for another two…

We’ve also finished the main attic floor (which means we can get on with more framing).

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And got all the joists in for the laundry/bathroom attic floor…

It’s all adding up to slow but steady progress. I’ve also been working on the outlet wiring and tomorrow plan to have a deeply enjoyable morning of drilling holes for the final bits of earthquake proofing.

We’ve also been putting oil on the interior window frames – and they’re looking pretty spiffy.

It’s not really feeling like the end is in sight, but at least maybe we’re passing the middle? And bits of it feel pretty good. The windows being in is a big one – and when we finally finish the wrap (hopefully this weekend), that’ll feel damn good. We’ve also discovered we can use “shop” grade material for our rainscreen – which drops the cost without being too damaging to the final finish.

One slight fly in the ointment at the moment* is that the grass at the back of the house is flowering/seeding which is killing my allergies – but we’re still waiting on the new battery (and blade) for the lawnmower (ordered a week ago, still no shipping notification), and our strimmer is out of strimming string. All of which made today a long torment.

I’m somewhat wary of how tomorrow will go too.

* Not as bad as a mouse dropping in the yoghurt

Sloooooooow down

Things have slowed down somewhat. We burned the candle at both ends (and possibly in the middle) – managing to get one of the picture windows into the bedroom:

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And then the next day hoped to get the wrap up for the final window.

Only the next day I had a bit of a sore throat and didn’t quite feel right. After about 5 hours I was suddenly was hit by a wave of tiredness and feeling awful. We managed to get the tricky bit of the wrap done, but didn’t finish the front… Kathryn was lovely and tidied up, watered the garden and ferried me home. But the next day I was done. It started off like a cold, but spiralled into nausea and fevers and utter exhaustion. After 3 days of laying on the sofa, sleeping and watching TV (I was so tired it took me 4 goes to make it through a Star Wars film – I just had to keep stopping and sleeping), I gave in and accepted that I was not, under any circumstances, going to make it in to work on Friday.

That day passed in a wave of tiredness – but with bonus excitement. I could stand up, I put clothes on (instead of PJs), and didn’t actually need to sleep through the day, just napped a bit in the morning.

Then Saturday we went for gold – with a trip up to Seattle to collect stuff that we’d put holds on at Second Use.

There was an expected traffic apocalypse on i5* on Saturday, so we took a very relaxed drive up the peninsula, and then hopped on a ferry. It was longer, but super pretty.

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And when we got there – we managed to collect actual marble tiles!

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For $20 :)

We *think* there’s enough to do the bathroom floor. Although wastage on hex tiles? Hrm.

Also: a sink, light fittings, and arranged to collect a bath on Monday…

It wasn’t exactly resting, but it was a pretty chilled day. We also got to try out the DC rapid charging up in Seattle – and it worked fine this time (unlike our last traumatic trip).

I was still knackered by the end of the day though, and even today I’m struggling. I’m not sure if it’s a cold, or allergies, or what. But I’m so tired…

Despite that, on Sunday we went for it – installing the final window. And although it took us about twice as long as normal, that last window slotted into place.

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We have ALL OUR WINDOWS IN!

And yesterday after collecting the bath…

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We have now returned to a couple of other jobs – the attic floor and the plumbing and the electrics. I realised I’d made a mistake when I was plumbing the vent for the bathroom. I’d tried to make it so that it didn’t run through the attic space – which worked, but was long, because we wanted to have as much attic floor available as possible.

But I’d forgotten that there’s a vent fan duct that also needs to run through that space. So, there’s absolutely no point in trying to avoid the attic, so I lopped the zig-zag section out of the pipe, and made up a new simpler, shorter one. Kathryn got more flooring down, and it meant that we could put the pipe through a hole in the floor, rather than having to do some weird long slit, too.

Kathryn’s dad also arrived to help us get the bath into the house. See, it turned out that the cast iron bath we’ve chosen is… heavy enough that the folks at Second Use declared it as being one that needed the fork-lift to get it into the pickup. And getting it out of the pickup was clearly not going to be a two person job. With three of us, it turned into just a very challenging problem. We flipped it end over end, tipped it, walked it, and eventually managed to kind of lever it into the house… It’s really heavy, but we slapped a lot of extra supports in that section of the house, so it should be okay.

What is (unsurprisingly) difficult is that being a vintage bath(tub) – and having no overflow we’re finding it tricky to locate a US bath(tub) drain that’ll fit. Since over here they generally have an overflow with a flappy little flippy thing to work the built in pop-up plug for the drain. I’m trying to find a pop-up drain that’ll work… but the size also seems a little obscure.

We’re also thinking we it might be advisable to add an ’emergency’ drain to the floor…given the absence of overflow.

We just need toilets now. More tricky, because that bathroom is a 14″ rough-in. And we’ve decided we like the look of unibody toilets. Feh.

* They were closing the motorway Northbound and reducing lanes Southbound. In Seattle. One of the busiest stretches.

Working like crazy

We put in a solid 16.5 hours this weekend on the house. And what did we do?

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Well, the two front windows, the last two original windows? They came out. We’d left them for a while for various reasons. One is that we don’t like having the front boarded up, but another is that one of them (the one nearest the car) is 8ft long and the other is 6ft long. We’d removed a 6ft one earlier and it was a complete pig, so we weren’t hugely looking forward to this.

Fortunately, the 8ft one was broken (our contractors broke it) so we tackled that first knowing we could chop it up to pull it out. It turned out, however, that the joker who installed it had used whatever s/he had lying around to install it. Y’know, a couple of drywall screws, a few nails here and there. The end of a tube of caulk.

In fact, it was so badly installed that we had more difficulty getting it out because it half fell out part way through. It was hanging by a couple of nails… In the end we put a tarp on the ground, Kathryn pulled the nails and sort of let slide-fall onto the tarp where it shattered.

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Fortunately, the contractors had stuck a sheet of plastic across the front of it to stop it falling apart when they broke it, which stopped most of the glass exploding out across the garden.

We then ripped out a big chunk of manky old wall…

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Framed up for our new (much smaller) window

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Made a little strip of ply to fill in the enormous gap in the siding left by the original builders… (which had been filled with spider nests and dead insects when we stripped the trim off)

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(Over a roughly 6ft span that goes from 1.5 inches to less than 1/8th of an inch). Did these people not have a f’kin plumb bob?

And as the day wore to a close we put the siding up (we’ll cut out the window after the framing’s approved).

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Sunday was a rinse and repeat:

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Only in this case they had barely installed the window. It came out almost pristine. The few nails that were holding it in were mainly the ones in the trim. Oh and 2 drywall screws and a 2 wood screws that were about 20mm long.

There was also some caulk – about 20cm of it along the top edge of trim…holding the trim to the window. After Kathryn pulled some of the trim off it became rapidly apparent that we’d have to hold it in while she pulled off the rest, because it was so loose. It actually threw us both for a bit, because less than an hour after we got there we’d removed the window and weren’t mentally ready for “now we need to demo the wall”.

This one was tricker because we had to replace the header – our plans require two jack studs either side of the header (rather than one on the original header), so even though our new window is the same size as the old window (although approximately 30cm further north than the old window), we needed to pull the old header to install a longer one.

But after quite a lot of experimentation with methods on previous windows we got this one in smoothly. Albeit with some beating it with a hammer and a block of wood to get it in the last few mm (it was pretty snug).

And ended the day with the front boarded up.

So quick shower this morning a few nails (we didn’t do all the siding nails yesterday), and I’ll call for an inspection on that. Then we can wrap the front, put in the last two windows…and commence making the rainscreen.

Also, obviously, there’s the interior electrics to do, and the drywall, and the flooring, and the heating… and and and.