Monthly Archives: August 2015

Insulation Inspection Done

First thing this morning I arrived at the building department to check if the building permit was expired. The online information said it expired on 8/24 so I was worried that the inspection I scheduled on Friday after I finished … Continue reading

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New Door from Alpen

The Alpen guys came over on Friday and installed a new door panel in the front door. This is a better deal for me than trying to have them paint the old one on site. The old door had a … Continue reading

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Door Sealing Completed

The back door sealed up nicely after spraying foam into the cracks in the polyiso layer and creating a level plane. I used almost all of two rolls of SIGA Wigluv 60 tape to surround the blue SIGA Majvest air … Continue reading

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The Most Difficult Door

I had Efficiency Matters return to frame in the back door with 2 x 6’s. The wall there was so crooked that the first installation had the door sticking out 2 inches at the top inside and almost 2″ at … Continue reading

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Interesting Original Construction Details

One great thing about deconstruction is that it reveals interesting construction details. I am removing siding around what used to be the front door but will now be our Master Bedroom door. The foil covered polyiso is being replaced because … Continue reading

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Beautiful Stoop!

I had to go back to the ladies who sold me the extra flagstone to get enough stone to finish the stoop. They had another customer pick up all the rest of the stone but saved me a wheelbarrow full. … Continue reading

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New Twist on the Chiller Problem

I have been doing a lot of reading about DIY chilling systems and looking at systems that immerse a coil in a box of water and pump water in and out etc. Most of them are rather primitive, but there … Continue reading

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Small Victories

I gave up on the spa electrical trench when I ran into the huge piece of concrete that was right in the middle of the trench area. I called the electrician thinking it would be better to pay for a … Continue reading

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Siding Decision

In order to install the doors, some of the cedar siding was removed. Then to completely seal the wall where the doors were installed, we had to remove the rest of the siding and replace the damaged 1″ foil backed … Continue reading

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Door Warranty Prep

I met with the door warranty team in mid-June and they asked me to seal up the front of the house and add an awning of some kind over the doors, put in a landing so dirt would not splash … Continue reading

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Measly Shovel Meets the Impenetrable

After working all day yesterday putting the rest of the siding on the spa, except for the equipment side, today I installed the cover rollers to have a place to put the cover when the spa is open, and cleaned … Continue reading

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Flagstone Stoop Partial Progress

Another project I am working on is finishing the front stoop flagstone patio. I ran out of flagstone and have been looking on craigslist for low cost or free stones. I missed a free stone offer because the truck had … Continue reading

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Back to Spa Prep

I had to stop part way through the spa prep to go on multiple vacations. Poor me. So back at projects now that we are home. I’m working on finishing the spa insulation and then mouse proofing the cabinet before … Continue reading

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End of Summer Fun

We took the grandkids on an RV trip to parts of Colorado and we even drove into New Mexico a few miles just to say we had been there. Stopped at the Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument. Stayed at St. … Continue reading

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Spa Prep

I started working on the side of the spa that is next to the deck wall before we left for Estes Park and finished it when we returned. My two sons helped with this project–stretching 1/4″ hardware cloth to keep … Continue reading

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Reunion Fun

We left town for a wonderful week in Estes Park for a reunion with extended family. Plenty of good food, fresh air, relaxation and lovely hikes in the park. Needless to say the house projects were put on hold while … Continue reading

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