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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-15-2020 02:33 PM 1086 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So anyway, if you remember from the last House Projects Blog Entry, I had been furloughed from where I Work…
Debbie and I enjoyed the time immensely, taking rides all over our beautiful State and to the Coast, and I managed to get some significant work done around this Old House…
But after seven pleasurable weeks, the phone rang, and I was called back… It was actually a tough transition, tougher than I thought it would be, going back to the Daily (or Nightly in my case) Grind, but Life continues and so the need for Work (and $$$)...

Here at Home, without as much time to devote to the efforts, the Work has slowed considerably…
If you recall, I had re-framed and covered one of the basement windows…

The original idea that I had, was to add a small bathroom vent type fan there, to circulate the air a little…
One was even purchased for that purpose, back in the summer of 2018, waiting on the window repair…
But while the window was out, I found I liked being able to see outside, even if the view is only of the truck in the driveway! The windows face South, and afford some nice light…
I’m flexible, so the plan was revised, and the small fan was added to yet another window that faces to our North Side…

The condition of this one”s Frame was surprisingly pretty good, despite facing most of our prevailing winds and weather… Though the outside window had been smashed by falling ice, the inside window was intact and saved…
After resizing it to fit, it was placed in the aforementioned south-side window, where I did all the work on furlough…

A quick screen was fashioned, for the enjoyment of warmer weather…

And so it is…

But into each Life, a little rain must fall, they say… Ours “fell” in the form of our Old Boiler springing a leak…

At almost the same time, our Water Heater joined the party and started leaking as well…
Now, I knew when we bought the place that the Boiler would have to be replaced someday, I had just hoped someday would not be NOW!
I won’t bore you with those details, but we had our Plumbers come in, and they replaced the whole lot of it…
They did a remarkable Job for which we are grateful! Three Men, in two 14 hour days, replaced the Boiler, Water Heater, re-lined the chimney, with all new piping, fittings, pumps, the works!

Anyway, to get back to the Homework, I had told the men of my Plan to put another Floor Joist above where the boiler resides… They listened appreciatively, but ultimately put the new piping where they said it had to be…
It doesn’t look like much…

but it took me the better part of Tuesday of this week to snake up the two 2” x 6”s on the left, one by one on the flat, and then stand them up, install joist hangers, and screw it all together…
Lastly, because the House Sill is still shot in that small area, two more 4” x 4” PT posts were added…

You can see the terrible condition of the old timber, and why there was need for these “sister” beams! I was able to pull down chunks of it using my fingers alone in order to make room to screw on the hangers…
I’ll remove the old beam another day, since it’s no longer carrying any weight, and (God willing) I’ll visit that short section of Sill next year…

The long and short of it is, I was able to remove four floor jacks that had been holding up my Office and that area of Our Old House, it is looking somewhat smarter, and we are nice and toasty warm!

Good Night and be Well Sisters and Brothers… :)

15 October 2020

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-15-2020 03:21 PM

Real nice work, Mike. That boiler looks just like ours..even the same color.

Glad to hear they called you back. Work is so important these days for the money and to keep a good mental attitude.

Keep up the good work with your time at home…........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-15-2020 09:47 PM

Good work, nice read
Great to be able to get back to work. (be it good or bad)
Love the idea of being able to keep an eye on the truck and enjoy the light
Keep showering and staying warm!

-- Regards Rob

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lew

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#3 posted 10-15-2020 10:42 PM

Sure is nice having some natural light in the basement shop, Mike.

Those dang water heaters seemed to know the worst time to spring a leak but on the other hand the plumbers only had to show up once.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 10-16-2020 05:15 AM

Glad you could enjoy the time off. Looks like you are making progress saving This Old House.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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littlecope

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#5 posted 10-16-2020 10:09 AM

Thanks Guys!
Did they do a Great Job or what?!
The Old Boiler was actually a very good one, considered bulletproof, back in the 1970’s when it was installed…
Maybe it could stop bullets, but it couldn’t stop rust, none of them can, forever… The thing was, it was also a conversion; i.e., at some time it had been converted from Oil to Gas…
And whoever did the work, my God!
David (Patron) could tell you, he saw it… It looked like they used nothing but spare parts and fittings they had lying around their plumbing shop, with no rhyme or reason, a bunch of metal spaghetti!

I found the Company we used, Mr. Rooter out of Bow, N.H., on one of those internet places (I can’t recall the name right now, but it was similar to Angie’s List), they were very highly rated… We used them first close to five years ago, when we bought our Gas Stove for the kitchen (we needed a Gas feeder pipe for it of course)
It was expensive, for what seems like a relatively simple job, but I liked their work… Nothing fancy, but it was a nice, clean, and straightforward job, with proper hangers used… They even found a small leak in the Gas Line right next to where it enters the house when they were checking the work, and fixed it! It rained the day they came to do that, but it didn’t slow them down a bit, they set up one of those Beach type tents in the driveway and continued working!
I was impressed, so they were the guys I called when this all came up… I am not disappointed…

They removed all of that old, nonsensical spaghetti with the results that everything works now! We have heat out of baseboards we never had heat from before and all of them are throwing out plenty of BTU’s…
I’m sure we’ll see some savings too, as it’s a lot more energy efficient than the old one… We are well pleased…

As far as my work around the house, Thank You All very much, but I’m no more a Carpenter than I am a Plumber!
Nonetheless, By slowly chipping away at this place, fixing this, adding that, I’ve brought the estimated market value up (so far) about $40,000… Also, when we bought the place, it had a 10% “Abysmal Condition” rating which was brought down to 5% 3 years ago, and is to be upgraded to average condition (with no abysmal conditions) for the next tax year… It will never be Luxurious, it is not that style Home (nor are we that style of people!), but it is Very Comfortable and “Homey”... And we are well pleased with that too! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 10-17-2020 08:24 AM

Boiler looks a lot better. They probably used what ever they could find laying around. I remember a house fire job I worked on. The house was 30s era. The walls that were opened up in the area of the fire did not have a 2×4 more than 4 feet long. They used 3 to make an 8 foot stud scabbing them together. I wondered if they had salvaged pallets to frame it?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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robscastle

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#7 posted 10-18-2020 05:21 AM

Hey I just realized you didn’t tell me about your sister!! age, marital status, phone no, and all those sort of interesting facts.

I hope she is not the “old boiler” tee hee!

-- Regards Rob

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littlecope

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#8 posted 10-19-2020 01:39 AM



Hey I just realized you didn t tell me about your sister!! age, marital status, phone no, and all those sort of interesting facts

I am the second of my Parent’s three sons… They had no daughters
I was referring to the “Sister” joists that were added to bear the load of the rotted one

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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