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Garett 10-26-2007 06:33 AM

The new homestead
 
Boy it has been awhile hasn't it. :o Truthfully time feels like it is standing still, I am not noticing the days/ weeks go by.....itís seven days a week for this guy until I am satisfied.

The house has only thrown me two partial curve balls; :roll :bashhh:
- one the electrical is a mess (some I knew of and some I didnít pickup on my quick inspection prior to making an offer). There is no way in hel this place was inspected back in 78, but no big deal itíll all pass code when I get done with it!

- Plumbing has thrown me somewhat of a curve ball as well. :o :roll It would also appear that the plumbing was ever inspected either! :roll

The Electrical:
So far I've added three 15 amp circuits associated with the attached garage. One was to straighten out the electrical mess in there, another was for the outside GFI I added and the last was for an electrical heater unit. Side yard lighting was added to the outside of the garage, GFI circuit was added outside, a timer was installed for the outside overhead garage door light after I isolated the electrical from inside the house lighting system (garage door light and inside the house side door landing where on the same switch), belt drive garage door opener installed, 3way lighting installed inside the garage, task lighting over the work bench installed, overhead heating for the work bench area added and 3 110v outlets added along both inside walls (garage now has 6 110v outlets).......some of that work was tide into two existing circuits. Of coarse a majority of the rewiring in the garage involved pulling the 5/8 drywall.....man there was wall cavities which didn't even have any insulation in them :o :bashhh: .......therefore I had to pull ALL the drywall in the garage. And of coarse because the drywall was pulled at the electrical panel I did a bunch of rewiring to tidy up the wires to the panel.
Because the Misses will be parking her car in the garage in the winter months and her car has an automatic car starter I had to gas proof the garage and add additional roof venting. Then there was the concrete floor which desperately needed cleaning (garage was used as a dog kennel - terrible smell). The man-door at the back of the garage needs replacing because the previous owners cut a corner out of it so the two Rots could come and go as they pleased - I haven't replaced the door as of yet, but it's on my ďnowĒ short list. :) Then there was the overhead shelving that was needed to be built in the garage (14' x 4'). Then I added separate winter taps for both the hot and cold water into the garage.
To finish off the attached garage work this winter I'll build new steps from the garage into the house along with some sort of coat rack and boot stand. Who knows how this weather will treat me, but if it's good I'll finish taping/ sanding/ primer/ painting the garage this fall. And this winter I build myself a new work bench and cupboard system for in there. :)

Then Iíve got the shop to wire for my needs (6 circuits at 220v @ 20 amps and 6 @ 110v), supply hydro to my garden shed (220v @ min. 20 amp & 1 @ 110v), straighten out switch location in my separate car storage garage and basically rewire the finished basement of the house.

The Plumbing:
I must admit I didnít catch this in my inspection, but the upstairs toilet wonít remove content. It appears to flush perfectly fine, but add only a tissue and it takes 6-7-8 flushes to remove it.......everything is pointing to a venting issue. ~ oh joy! :( And to make matters more fun and interesting it would appear that the both bathroom ceiling vents are not vented!

........more to come.

RI Builder 10-26-2007 07:41 AM

Re: The new homestead
 
Good report. Keep at it Garett, and keep knocking things off that "short" list.

Of course we want pictures!!!

farmerjane 10-27-2007 04:31 AM

Re: The new homestead
 
All of this and you couldn't find the time to post on THT~!!~???? :bashhh:


BTW ~ this thread is useless without pictures..... :trout:



:jk:
:Q
Sure have missed ya around here~!

Garett 10-29-2007 11:52 AM

Re: The new homestead
 

farmerjane - 10/26/2007 4:31 PM

All of this and you couldn't find the time to post on THT~!!~???? :bashhh:
Jane you get on the other end of a tool and see how long it takes to get anything done.

........just for you....................if you believe that, well then we should talk about this property I have for sale. :grin:

Tree Removal: 33 trees.....with more to come

These first two pics basically show the yard with trees, less the three removed from the front yard. Yes the lawn needs watering, but I had not completed hooking up the outside hot and cold water taps.....just think of me as the ball in a pinball machine. :roll :rofl:



These next two pics show the yard with the trees removed. My 360 Homelite w/ 24" bar had no problem handling everything in front of it. Iím disappointed I never snapped off a pic or two of the chipper I rented. All chippingís went to a farmer up the road from me and all the branches and trunks I didnít want went to another farmer up the road from me.......I earned brownie points with the new neighbors and they get product which they were happy to have. :thumbsup:



My new Craftsman 24hp yard/ lawn tractor hand no problems pulling my make-shift stone boat. :grin: :thumbsup: All the trees trunks straight and void of branches I kept......here Iím moving logs around the yard for different needs.


A stockpile of logs......use is still undetermined......possibly sliced into lumber?


Here I took 20 good logs @ approx. 8' in legth and made myself a back-drop for my soon to be gun range. ;cool; The logs are about 14 - 16" into the ground and the tops are just free standing, I yet have to secure the tops together and tie everything together. In total Iíll have about a 100 yd range. :) :thumbsup:



Here I am making a mess with a stumper. I stumped everything about foot below grade.


Three times this beast rolled into the holes I was making......think in terms of picking up the back end of a Harley a foot with two people sitting on it. :o :(


The aftermath of destruction. It took me about 12 hours to stump 33 tree trunks a foot below grade.....the last stump I finished under the light of a flashlight. Interestingly enough, Oak stumps out much easier then Pine or Willow does.



Because I needed some sort of trailer to cart the stump chips away I built a small utility trailer.....parts came from my dad, brother and my stock, the only thing I needed to buy was a pair of new wheels/ tires. Sheís ready for the road if I wanted to.


Here the trailer is in use......Iím cleaning up the land mines


The wood chips were suppose to be used to make compost, but with a pile 7' x 20' x 4' high I canít see making compost anytime soon.


After the chips were removed next came root removal.....I was only concerned with surfaced roots near or at the surface. The roots of the Spruce tree I dropped in the front yard were a real bear (approx 10 hours)! With that being said, I canít say the large Willow in the back corner was any easier. :mad:


My work area in the back corner of the yard. Here Iíve got some Maple, Oak and dead Pine to split. (I own about 8' outside the fence all around the property, those are all my trees.).


When Iím tired of working Iíll split wood......so far Iíve got just under 2 cords split. The stump in the middle of the compound is my splitting block. ;) Before the wood was stacked I laid down a bed of used shingles....zero grass and weeds will ever grow up through it! :grin: ;)
- I had to order a couple of sheets of steel, one for each back corner of this garage.....the previous own had cut the lower corners out of the garage so his two Rots could get in out of the rain (this large area was one of two dog compounds).
- As you can see the roof is stripped and covered with plastic. Since I had to do the roof on the house and I rented a dumpster I figured I might as well strip the garage and dispose of the shingles while I had the bin......steal is ordered and should be in any day now.




..........more to follow..............

Bailey Boat 10-29-2007 12:04 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
A couple of things strike me Big Guy...... FIRST.... A PONY TAIL??????? Tell me it ain't so, please tell me!!!!!!! It was just a wierd shadow.... right???????

Secondly, you had better get some cables 'round that trash can to hold it in place so's it can't attack after dark...... Take MY word for it, 'dem thangs can get REAL mean!!!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

LI Sound Grunt 10-29-2007 01:37 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
Hey Gary

Can you show me a close up of the ball hitch on your tractor?

Then pull that stumper down here.....

Sea Six 10-29-2007 01:54 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
I'm surprised you had enough empty slots in your breaker panel. Are you sure the panel and the entrance service are big enough? You sound like a 200 Amp candidate to me!

twentynine 10-29-2007 02:13 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
Looking Good!

Johnshan 10-29-2007 02:29 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
What was the reason for cutting the trees down? It looked beautiful.

Shag 10-29-2007 02:46 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
In pic #2 I see a lonely boat. :(

Garett 10-29-2007 04:46 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
Mumbles....no that would be the strap for my sunglasses. :grin:

As for the trash can....I think I've got that covered, it's under lock and key and am planning on a DANGER sign w/ a yellow warning line around the general area. :grin: :rofl:

Afishinado 10-29-2007 06:33 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
So ya pulled a couple stumps, big deal.... Get back to postin here!




:grin:

Garett 10-29-2007 09:49 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
No problem Bob, I'll snap off a pic tomorrow.

Sea Six,

I won't have a problem with the needed circuits, both the house and shop have there own 200 amp feeds/ panels. Both the shop and house have there own natural gas supply as well. :thumbsup:

Johnshan,

Really that was a good question. As much as I love trees around, there was NO WAY I was putting up with a garbage can's worth of pine needles plus cones three times a week for the next 20 years! Crips cleaning the hot tub area, rear deck, walk way and back driveway was becoming a full time job! :o :( :banghead: The problem was so bad I went out and bought a Stihl BG 85 blower, but that wasn't the answer, tree removal was.

Tell me about it Bo, well the good thing is I won't have to winterize this fall.....it's still winterized from last year. :roll :( But the good part is, this winter I won't have to wrap the boat, this year it'll go inside where I can work on it all winter. :grin: :thumbsup:

Garett 10-29-2007 10:47 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
Hey slow down there Mike, I'm not finished here. :grin:

Because the weather caught me off guard I had to call in a few friends to give me a hand in relocating the overhead door.










Itís to bad I didnít have my new R16 insulated doors on hand when I had to rehang that door. :roll

Garett 10-30-2007 12:00 AM

Re: The new homestead
 
The previous owners setup was probably good for him but it was no good for me.



Moving the 12' high walls was a challenge for my Dad and I. But before the walls could be moved the aspenite had to be removed along with all the wall outlets and a number of light fixtures.

randall 10-30-2007 06:23 AM

Re: The new homestead
 
hey garrett...faced with the same problem we just decided to deal with it......but after 30 years of various stuff falling on our heads i certainly respect your decision....the acorns this year were like a science fiction movie

Garett 10-30-2007 08:46 AM

Re: The new homestead
 
Bob,

There is nothing fancy going on here, although I did have to port the hole ever so slightly to accommodate the ball......the ball is a standard 1 7/8" ball. I used a carbide burr to port the hole, a rat tail file would easily do the same thing.



Garett 10-30-2007 09:10 AM

Re: The new homestead
 
The previous owners had a little exhaust fan in the side wall......man that thing wouldn't pull the fart out of my shorts even if I dropped them to my knees.

Picture taking is not something I generally think about when working....these are basically all I have.
I pulled aspenite from the inside walls and two steel sheets outside to gain access to the general area. Pulled insulation and framed out the area to accommodate a 36" fan driven by a 2 hp explosion proof motor. Electrical wiring was feed up into the attic via outside........later I will junction box off the connection up in the attic.

Here things are going back together




I designed and bent up the exhaust hood, screen mounting and custom profiled flashing.
This puppy isn't going anywhere!!!


Johnshan 10-30-2007 04:27 PM

Re: The new homestead
 
I gotcha, I have a yard full of oaks, the only time I have to deal with them is in the fall, I imagine if I had pines I would have done the same.

TN FREEBIRD 11-07-2007 11:04 AM

Re: The new homestead
 
Hummm......


TN FREEBIRD - 4/28/2007 10:51 AM

Hey man, selling a house is no big deal. Buying one is where you have to be careful.

Sounds like you've had enough suggestions to cover the part about selling, but I would only add that you need to have a professional independent home inspection done on any house you plan to purchase. Most contracts will have provisions for this in a purchase, and it will allow you to void the contract or negotiate the cost for any repairs into the purchase price. DO NOT have an inspection done by anyone the seller or seller's agent recommends, and don't let a "buddy" do it unless that person is a professional in every aspect of home inspection. I know you have expressed your opinion of me personally, but trust me on this point.

If you have the time to weed through would be buyers and tire kickers, forget about listing your house with a realtor and hope the house you are looking at will be FSBO when then time comes as well.

TN FREEBIRD - 5/1/2007 2:02 PM


Garett - 4/28/2007 9:11 AM

Randy good point, but I've got that area covered with 100% confidence, I'll be doing my own inspection. I believe I am as close to an inspector as one gets without having the papers to say so. I know if there's a problem or a problem that has be dolled up I'll find it, there isn't much that gets past my knowledge base and eyes. ;)

If I have a flaw in my skill level for inspections it would have to be I have no knowledge/ exposure to septic systems and wells, but I know people I can school from or have inspect it for me and at worst I'll pay to have it inspected.
Garett, the biggest problem as I see it having yourself or a friend do a home inspection will be when something pops up that one of you missed.

If you hire a licensed professional, you'll have recourse if he misses something that causes you problems. I'm not questioning your abilities, and I too have purchased several homes without hiring an inspector, but I would never do it again.

The first time I used one was on a lake house I looked at several years ago where the full basement was added as an afterthought! I saw a few little things that caught my eye, but our realtor friend suggested hiring an inspector she was familiar with. That guy found things I would have never found and suggested we run, not walk away from that one! I used him on another house as well where he found several items I would have missed as well. I ended up having these addressed in the purchase contract and the seller took care of the expenses involved in correcting them.

Such an inspection could prove to be money well spent even if you are a contractor with years of experience. This could be especially true where liability is concerned. Good luck on finding the perfect new home!
Gee, I was just trying to help.


Garett - 5/2/2007 1:55 PM

I don't know how much more diplomatic and polite I can be Randy, I DON'T need a d@mn building inspector, "I am one"!!! geezh :roll :bashhh: If I've inspected one house in the past I know I've inspected well over 5,000 houses in the past.....so I know I know more then a few things about the subject! I also know YOU can now put this subject to rest for I am the inspector, I just don't have the papers to say so! :grin:
Oops!


Garett - 10/26/2007 9:33 AM

Boy it has been awhile hasn't it. :o Truthfully time feels like it is standing still, I am not noticing the days/ weeks go by.....itís seven days a week for this guy until I am satisfied.

The house has only thrown me two partial curve balls; :roll :bashhh:
- one the electrical is a mess (some I knew of and some I didnít pickup on my quick inspection prior to making an offer). There is no way in hel this place was inspected back in 78, but no big deal itíll all pass code when I get done with it!

- Plumbing has thrown me somewhat of a curve ball as well. :o :roll It would also appear that the plumbing was ever inspected either! :roll

The Electrical:
So far I've added three 15 amp circuits associated with the attached garage. One was to straighten out the electrical mess in there, another was for the outside GFI I added and the last was for an electrical heater unit. Side yard lighting was added to the outside of the garage, GFI circuit was added outside, a timer was installed for the outside overhead garage door light after I isolated the electrical from inside the house lighting system (garage door light and inside the house side door landing where on the same switch), belt drive garage door opener installed, 3way lighting installed inside the garage, task lighting over the work bench installed, overhead heating for the work bench area added and 3 110v outlets added along both inside walls (garage now has 6 110v outlets).......some of that work was tide into two existing circuits. Of coarse a majority of the rewiring in the garage involved pulling the 5/8 drywall.....man there was wall cavities which didn't even have any insulation in them :o :bashhh: .......therefore I had to pull ALL the drywall in the garage. And of coarse because the drywall was pulled at the electrical panel I did a bunch of rewiring to tidy up the wires to the panel.
Because the Misses will be parking her car in the garage in the winter months and her car has an automatic car starter I had to gas proof the garage and add additional roof venting. Then there was the concrete floor which desperately needed cleaning (garage was used as a dog kennel - terrible smell). The man-door at the back of the garage needs replacing because the previous owners cut a corner out of it so the two Rots could come and go as they pleased - I haven't replaced the door as of yet, but it's on my ďnowĒ short list. :) Then there was the overhead shelving that was needed to be built in the garage (14' x 4'). Then I added separate winter taps for both the hot and cold water into the garage.
To finish off the attached garage work this winter I'll build new steps from the garage into the house along with some sort of coat rack and boot stand. Who knows how this weather will treat me, but if it's good I'll finish taping/ sanding/ primer/ painting the garage this fall. And this winter I build myself a new work bench and cupboard system for in there. :)

Then Iíve got the shop to wire for my needs (6 circuits at 220v @ 20 amps and 6 @ 110v), supply hydro to my garden shed (220v @ min. 20 amp & 1 @ 110v), straighten out switch location in my separate car storage garage and basically rewire the finished basement of the house.

The Plumbing:
I must admit I didnít catch this in my inspection, but the upstairs toilet wonít remove content. It appears to flush perfectly fine, but add only a tissue and it takes 6-7-8 flushes to remove it.......everything is pointing to a venting issue. ~ oh joy! :( And to make matters more fun and interesting it would appear that the both bathroom ceiling vents are not vented!

........more to come.
I hate to say I told you so, but..... :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Now before anybody gets all excited about me picking on poor Garett, check out my State Farm Boat Insurance Rant. Stay on the porch little puppy, and the big dog will just keep on snoozin'. ;cool;


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