Category Archives: Planning

Paperwork and figuring things out

Friends Visit and Suggestions

We had a wonderful time visiting with some old friends from Indiana for the weekend. I talked their ears off about the house projects. It was so nice to have someone knowledgeable to get their reactions and suggestions. Steve has … Continue reading

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Winter List for 2016

I updated the to-do list a couple of weeks ago. But lists are getting tiresome–too many items repeat from season to season. Here is what I hoped to get accomplished this winter. Finish membrane on ceiling Install battens on ceiling … Continue reading

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Another Flaw in Boiler Piping Redesigned

The placement of the Taco iSeries mixing valve is designed to temper the water going into the stove, however, that valve also limits the flow of water returning from the storage loop. I realized this in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Fireplace Boiler System Re-design

During our first fire in the fireplace boiler the hot water was not getting out of the stove. I took some thermal photos to try to capture where the heat was going. The photo appears to show that the hot … Continue reading

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Plumbing Inspiration!

My guilty pleasure is watching home improvement shows on TV. I usually watch one each evening. I mix it up with a different series each night so they are not too repetitive. I have Netflix and lately they have been … Continue reading

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Planning for Walls

This winter we are hoping to start putting up walls and with the new tub in the master bathroom, I wanted to tweak the floorplan to accommodate the larger tub and create smaller closets in the entry and family room. … Continue reading

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Fall is Here and What Now?

It has been quite warm this week after a week of rainy days. But there is no doubt that fall is here. The trees are mostly turned what colors they do in Colorado and leaves are getting thick on the … 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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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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Summer List

So did ANYTHING get done this spring? Actually work was done but little was actually FINISHED. And there were things that we did that were not on the official list of next steps. I’ve written about what I have been … Continue reading

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The Rain was Raining All Around

It falls on field and tree. It rains on my umbrella here and on the ships at sea. A Child’s Garden of Verses–Robert Louis Stevenson I always liked these little verses as a child and memorized several of them. They … Continue reading

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Switcharoo to Penguin Chiller

I was very disappointed about the new/old Arctica Chiller not working, although ebay is fantastic in providing free return shipping. I let it drain for a day and packed it up in the original box and plastic bag making sure … Continue reading

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A Spring List

I’m making a spring list that will follow us into summer I’m sure. The rule of making a new list is to put something on it that can be crossed off right away, especially if it was not on a … Continue reading

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Designing Ducts

Duct Design has been a bit tricky. The information about designing a suitable duct system for ventilation only has been difficult for me to find and interpret. Most duct design documentation is for heating systems and the fan speed numbers … Continue reading

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More Window and Door Decisions

I spent the whole morning with Mark Attard from AE and we finalized the order for the windows and doors. I was not completely happy with the limit on door options, but I hope I picked the best of each … Continue reading

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Window and Door Decision

I’m in the throes of deciding about the replacement windows and doors. After the total replacement of the slab in the main part of the house, this is the most expensive single energy efficiency upgrade. Our current windows are all … Continue reading

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Inspections to Complete in 2015

So far we have had two building permits and five or six visits from the Arvada inspectors. The first building permit was for demolition and the under-slab plumbing. We passed after two or three visits from a very nice inspector … Continue reading

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New List for 2015

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to re-check the fall list. I thought the kitchen beam was on it, but this is what I published in October. Remaining Fall Tasks (finished items marked out) Finish insulating wiring … Continue reading

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Diagrams for Fireplace Boiler Wiring

These are diagrams of the parts and functions for the fireplace boiler wiring. The storage side is powered by a 24 Volt transformer. Wired with 120 on one side, 24 volt is delivered on the other. This is one 24 … Continue reading

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Wiring Plan for Fireplace Boiler

The fireplace boiler wiring has to control the water circulation through the boiler on one side–in the living room, and the circulation through the storage and heat exchanger on the other–in the utility room. The piping diagram shows some of … Continue reading

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