House Addition/Renovation #10: Sub panel and New Flooring

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 05-14-2019 03:24 PM 774 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I never got to post where all of the new electric was coming from for the Range, Fridge, mini-split, all the outlets, etc. Knowing that we were going to add on to our house, we decided to update our electric to a 200 amp panel a few years prior. The contractors were able to pull enough to run a subpanel in the new storage room in the basement. To give a better idea of the location, here is an old picture of what the outside used to look like. The Glass block that is circled would become the new doorway into the storage room.

and here was a throwback picture to the first day of construction, when we broke ground and excavated that area out.

I had to bust out the bricks and glass block, and this became the new entrance from the inside of the basement.

and right inside to the left of the doorway is our sub panel which runs electri to the new upstairs bed/bath, and all of the kitchen outlets. I think it ended using 16 or 17 different breakers; the new code requires every appliance to be on its own breaker, which is nice.

So now that the electric has been documented, lets get started with some flooring. I found some Oak Hardwood flooring (T&G) during one of my many trips to Lowe’s for a reduced price of $2/sq. ft. That was a steal considering it normally retails at $4/Sq. Ft., and there was nothing wrong with it! someone just over bought for their project and Lowes’ couldn’t send it back, so they reduced the price for a quick sale. First we started with some underlayment to cut down on the squeaks of a normal hardwood floor.

A buddy let me borrow his hardwood nail gun, all I had to do was purchase the nails (which are pretty GD expensive) and tip him a case of Yeungling.

There was a little bit of a learning curve, but after the first few boards I was able to fly through the rest of the room. Having a few buddies there to help sure made things go quicker too. The hardest part was on my lower back… using that thing really puts a strain in places your body’s not used to having strained.

I was able to buy just enough to have an extra few feet to do the inside of what would become the linen closet. Notice the attic access is a nice, large, accessible door.

Since we are talking about upstairs, I should document the plan that started when the kitchen ceiling was wide open (throwback pic):

I tossed up 10 sheets of floor paneling up there, and was able to finally lay that all down for a TON of extra storage space.

the space in the front of the house:

An then it was time to start laying the floor in the kitchen. Because I wanted a grayish/bluish floor, and Lowe’s only offers wood floor and wood-look flooring, I decided to go to a small local business to buy the flooring for the kitchen. The Stuff I got was an LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and the main reason I purchased it was because of its durability. It was marketed to me as “water-proof, stain-proof, everything-proof” by the guy who sold it to me.

Again, after a brief learning curve, it went together PDQ.

Had to move that YUGE dining room table in order to install flooring underneath, which really stinks when you’re by yourself.

pull out the range to get behind/under it as well.

and the last of the flooring was installed under the sink.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that somewhere along the way I installed the Microwave…. Here a shot of the new appliance.

not bad for a days work. Luckily it was nice enough outside to officially start grilling season, which was also a good excuse to celebrate.

but then,
a few days later .
we noticed the “stain proof floor” was not very “stain proof”.

This started yet another game of ”what-the-heck-is-going-on-with-this-defective-product-that-I-purchased??” between the retailer and me. To their credit, they thought it may just have been a defective batch, and paid to replace it. Since I had done the original installation, I asked about that (as it took me 2 full days to complete, time that I didn’t have at this point) and they decided to send a guy to replace it, also, which was nice.

So that was the good news.

The bad news was that the same thing happened with the second floor. When I went back the second time and showed them the pictures, the manager blamed us, as a household, for staining & ruining the floor. So I asked, “what happened to ‘stain-proof, water-proof, everything-proof’? Why are there all of these stains in the grout line?”

Long story short, an independent inspector came out to take a look at it. I’ll spare the details of the 10 page document that he produced, but effectively the Surface of the floor was still good, it was only the foam grout lines that were porous and susceptible to staining. This was very concerning as it was MEANT TO BE IN A KITCHEN WHERE LOTS OF SPILLS HAPPEN. I never would have bought it if I knew about the staining issue.

Things again went back and forth between the manager and I. This lasted for about 3 months, which was so long that the retail store actully STOPPED CARRYING THE FLOOR THAT I USED IN MY KITCHEN.

Again, I’ll Spare the details, but we ended up going with another manufacturer, another floor, and again they paid to install it. At long last, we had our floor. I don’t have any pictures of the the floor itself, but here is a picture of my dog Bo laying on it.

The Tiles are much larger at 18”x36” (compared to 12”x 24), and the floor is much thicker and heavier than before. Also, its a little more gray and a little less blue, which works because the blue on the wall really made the old floor look more blue than what it was. Funny how that works. I just realized that I don’t have any pictures of the transition strips yet from the kitchen to the living room or kitchen to hallway. hmmmm…. I guess I’ll have to add one below.

So I guess that’s it for now. Lots of pictures, lots of headaches, lots of aggrevation… but at the end of the day we are making progress which is very gratifying.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-14-2019 03:37 PM

I had to do about three edits because I lost track of the pictures and there were some that were in the wrong place. Hopefully I got them all fixed up

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 05-14-2019 06:18 PM

Looks fantastic. Glad yall finally got yalls floor done. Rather a pain in the arse to have to keep dealing with others over defective products. Definitely pegs the old suck meter. Great job buddy

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#3 posted 05-15-2019 07:37 AM

Anyone associated with construction will tell you that no project is without pitfalls.

-- Big Al in IN

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