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So as November rolls around, we still have a lot of good weather projects left unfinished. On the other hand there are a few projects that are finished. So here is the done list:

– Removed all concrete from the porch foundation. Put it on craigslist and someone actually picked it up for free. Didn’t have to lift a finger. Thank you

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Here you see it.

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And here you don't.

– Boiler is commissioned and making our hot water. Old water heater is ready to be pulled out and put on craigslist

– We bought a bunch of blue jean insulation and insulated the attic

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– We have made some decisions about the new roof, drawings should be done within a week and we officially committed to our contractor.

– Removed the chimney and patched the roof.

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Here you see it.

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Here you see the Metalbestos pipe.

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Hole in the roof, view from inside.

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No more chimney in the attic. No more presents from Santa 😦

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All patched up. Hopefully enough to get us through the winter.

– Staining the sills for the front porch.

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Redwood sills for the front porch with transparent stain applied.

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Here's a close up.

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Porch update

It’s been two weeks since we started work on the porch. As with other things in life, just when you start getting really busy with house stuff, your job also gets really busy. Despite that we have made some progress.

The middle post foundation is poured and the 4x4 post installed to which the front rim joists that run to the 6x6 corner posts are attached.

The middle post foundation is poured and the 4x4 post installed to which the front rim joists that run to the 6x6 corner posts are attached.

New ledger plate is installed into the concrete foundation. New 2x6 joists run from the front rim joist back to the ledger criss-crossing the existing joists. The floor feels really solid now.

New ledger board is installed into the concrete foundation. New 2x6 joists run from the front rim joist back to the ledger criss-crossing the existing joists. The floor feels really solid now.

Old front wall tipped over. It's hard to get this stuff broken up and out of the way.

Old front wall tipped over. It's hard to get this stuff broken up and out of the way.

I started stripping the front edge of floor paint and plan to prime the end grain before we rebuild the front wall. We won’t tackle the side walls until we do the insulation and side on the front of the house. Right now we still need to remove the remaining concrete and get a dumpster to dispose of it.

Note on the roof project. It looks like we found a contractor we can work with that gave us a reasonable quote. We are having the drawings finished up next week and should be ready to sign a contract the week after. The company can probably start the first half of October, which would hopefully be just enough time to get the roof on before winter hits Novemberish/Decemberish.

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