LumberJocks Woodworking Forum banner
  • Please post in our Community Feedback thread for help with the new forum software! If you are having trouble logging in, please Contact Us for assistance.
1 - 20 of 115 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,191 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
118,619 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Looks just like the kind of work I don't like,good to see your post Mike
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,191 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
It surely doesn't fit in the "Just for Fun" Series Jim, but it's not that bad…
I picked up four more timbers Yesterday Morning, but only got one more set in place today…
My day started with mixing a smidgen of cement, to make a small step for another location where the floor is not at all level… I'll have to give the cement a few days to set before I can work in that area…
There's also this: When raising the Floor, the actual raising is done in small increments (with time in between) rather than all at once… Allegedly, that gives everything a chance to 'ease' into the new positions…
Very fortunately for me, the house is startlingly close to level and true for its Age, so won't have to be 'raised' very much to begin with…

That will help, but again, I'll be at this for a while…
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
25,661 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Glad to hear you are happy in you new home Mike. For some reason or other, I could see posts and wedges coming as I read your post ;-)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,191 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Wish you were closer Bob!
I'd Love to pick your Brain about some of this Electrical work… There are some unusual 'things' hanging around downstairs that I'd bet you've at least seen before…
Brown Wood Motor vehicle Automotive lighting Vehicle door


Wood Motor vehicle Automotive lighting Material property Vehicle door


Wood Tints and shades Hardwood Flash photography Plywood


There was some evidence that one of the former owners partook in the CB Craze and maybe at least dabbled in Ham Radio… My guess is, is that they were also toying around with Mr. Edison's low-voltage power… Perhaps to power Car Radios in the house?
I'm hesitant to tear it all down yet (until I'm sure which one is our Doorbell!)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,709 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Great story, Mike! Aren't old homes fun?!?

About the electrical stuff- I think the first picture is an old telephone interface for landlines. The second looks like your doorbell. Not sure about the third, but it might have been a doorbell transformer at one time. The white insulators are remnants of the original "knob and post" wiring.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,760 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
" .... the men of yore, sweating thru their work
building this great country
one post at a time …."

the pride of accomplishment continues

well done yank
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
867 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Those are some electrical relics of a bygone era ! Keep up the good work with the renovations. No more important project than this.Good looking Kitchen make-over ! Go Mike !
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,191 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Lew: I am having Fun with it, that's for sure! The first 'thing' pictured…
Brown Wood Motor vehicle Automotive lighting Vehicle door


It looks like it hearkens back to the days of "Ringing Up" the Operator, so they could dial the Number for you!

David, that sounds remarkably like LJ's, "The Men of Yore, sweating thru their Work, building this Great Website, one Post at a time…" :)

Thanks a lot Don! It seems like I haven't gotten a lot accomplished here, but there are actually quite a few little things that did not happen by themselves…
The Timbers are being brought in through a basement Window that I worked on last Fall…
Brown Wood Rectangle Window Wood stain


While we were moving in last Winter, I noticed that the Plexiglass that someone had used to protect the basement window, had been utterly demolished by the falling ice (it laid in pieces in the driveway)... So I put some 1/2" Ply over it instead… With hooks and latches (and even a knob), it makes it pretty easy to remove and replace…
Of course, in the event, we had a very mild Winter here and it was never an issue (but I was ready, in case it had been worse!!)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
629 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Ha ha, we too have a "forest" in our basements (we own two houses over 100 years old). Some are metal posts, some are wood… lots of fun!
Still, nice to have your own place, isn't it?
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,115 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
One step at a time. Work/Play safe
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
25,661 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Mike, 2 of them are door bell transformers. The other one I can't place, but it looks like something I've seen before, long long ago. Possibly in the 70s. Didn't do much in houses after that and not a lot when I was.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,709 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Mike,
Here's a picture of one very similar to what you have. The one in our house is almost identical to yours.

Font Machine Gas Cylinder Engineering


The "thing" acts like a safety device from lightening. Just a bit of trivia :^)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,813 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Looks like your having fun, building a new kitchen is several months in just cabinet building. We have one great wood supplier here.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,103 Posts
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Good start on the kitchen Mike. It looks like you have your work cut out for you with those floor problems, but I know you will get it fixed with time.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,191 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
It was Inevitable...

(The House Purchase last year made it inevitable that a new Series would need to be begun…)

Debbie and I enjoyed our first Holiday Season here very much… So much so in fact, we were loath to see it end!
But after the last of the tinsel, glitter, and sparkle were finally stowed away for next year, we discovered just how costly the Holidays had been…
It was mid-February, before we again found ourselves on firmer financial footing and with that, our thoughts again turned to our on-going home renovation…
If you recall, last year saw our Bedroom and downstairs bathroom get a face lift…
First up in the plans this year (and possibly all that might get done) is our Kitchen…

The Kitchen here, is the first Room that is going to need more than just "Cosmetics"...
While we're not planning on gutting the room completely, the work in it will be major, including a New Floor, Counters, a New Breakfast Bar, New Appliances, Exhaust Fan, and probably some New Plumbing and Lighting Work as well…
For Christmas, I bought the Paints that will be needed for the room, and in mid-February started preparing and washing the Walls and Ceiling
Property Table Wood Building Interior design


The first color we chose was Green, and a first coat of it was applied on 2/29/16 (an auspicious date!)...

Property Building Cabinetry Interior design Table


A week later, a second color was applied (one of the trim colors, light Gray), to all of the cabinet closet and drawer fronts…
Property Cabinetry Countertop Table Sink


And that's about all that I could do, without facing the real problem here, which is namely… the Floor!
The House we own was built in 1900 and as is usual in such cases, the floor joists are quite large…
I can easily imagine the Carpenters and Framers laying them in so long ago, pausing to wipe the sweat off of their brow, and perhaps reflecting on their day's work with pride, knowing that their work would last a l-o-o-ong time!
But truth be told, it has been a "L-o-o-ong time", and the beams that they labored so hard to move and shape, despite their size, are as dry as old sticks now…
And the years were not kind, as the house didn't completely protect them from the ravages of Wood boring insects and the like either…
Of course we knew all this when we bought the place, and while there has been cause for concern, we were assured (and it is apparent) the House is in no imminent danger of collapse!
The Beams might sag a little, but they are never-the-less Solid Still!
All they need, is a little help carrying the weight…

Before we moved in, Adjustable Lolly Columns (or Floor Jacks, if you prefer) were positioned extensively around the basement… I could continue to put one everywhere one is needed, but there would be a forest of them down there, with room for little else… And they are not cheap either, running about $50 apiece…

Some Friends suggested putting in a couple of Steel Beams… While that would certainly solve the problems, it would have cost a fortune, putting the whole house on blocks, while getting permissions and variances from neighbors and the City…

After staring at and thinking of it all, for a little over a year, I came up with a Plan that meets the criteria and stays within our Budget…
Saturday, I went out and bought four Pressure Treated 4" x 4" x 8' Timbers…
Car Vehicle Wheel Automotive tail & brake light Automotive lighting


The idea here, will be to have a "Forest" of beams rather than Jacks, but have them organized into dividing Walls (and a couple of smaller connecting Walls)...

Initial installation began Sunday and is a relatively simple process… As has been said, a year has gone by staring at this situation, so I have a fair idea where these will be going…
A place is selected and measured, and a timber is cut slightly shorter than necessary…
Wood Flooring Sneakers Hardwood Automotive tire


Some old shingles, cut and used as opposed wedges, will do the holding…
Wood Plant Beam Tints and shades Gas


There is an incredible amount of force generated by smacking those two shingles in, but they're each being helped out by Floor jacks as well; i.e., the overhead beam is raised slightly higher than necessary, then settled onto one of these standing timbers and the Jack is removed…

Anyway, in the course of 5 or 6 hours these three and one other had been set in place…
Wood Building Machine Metal Stool


Two Jacks (out of the 10 or 12 that are down there) were removed entirely and re-placed…
Five of the other Jacks were re-positioned too, to places more needful and appropriate…

Still, there is no denying… I'll be at this for a while!
35 or 40 of these will ultimately be placed (and almost every one of them is a unique situation)
You probably noticed that the electrical will have to be re-bundled and re-organized while this is happening too…
And there is also someone's poor attempt at a dropped ceiling in places that will have to be removed…

But the point of doing it this way, is that it is not only immediately helpful (the Floor is already noticeably sturdier upstairs, even squeaks less), but I can also break off from doing it and continue where I left off (when time allows)...

Sorry for my absence around here my Friends!
Life has been Good (and Busy)... I hope all of you are Well!! :)
Thank You all very much for your time and comments!

The Work continued…
I now have 16 new "Trees in the Forest" in our Basement…
Building Wood Gas Darkness Metal


The area around the Boiler is getting special treatment… A concentration of Floor jacks will slowly be used to raise that section, before permanent posts are added…
Gas Wood Metal Room Machine


Some attempts at Bracing were made here before I ever arrived, but are… less than satisfactory…
Wood Tints and shades Flash photography Monochrome Metal


Just as I'm raising things slowly, I'm also lowering the weight off of this bracing slowly too…

All and all though, things are going very well… :)
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,191 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
One project leads to another (and another...)

With the current pandemic occurring, I was furloughed from work for 60 days! It's amusing (at least to me) how many people take that sort of news groaning and complaining, and wondering what they're going to do with themselves! At my house, time off is precious time; time to do the things I haven't done (precisely because there is never enough time to do them)
With that in mind, I started in the shop… you can see what has become of my "drill press table" lately…
Wood Saw Gas Auto part Tool


It has become a catch-all for all manner of stuff! Now, as odd as it might sound, I have no real problem with that…
The problems I have with the table are, A) It's too BIG! I do not need a junk collector that big, and B) The construction of the thing! Again, I'm not opposed to rough, utilitarian work for shop benches or furniture, but this thing is ridiculous…
Wood Window Gas Tool Toolroom


It took me several hours to remove everything, which ultimately left me with this…
Wood Table Wood stain Floor Hardwood


Which, after a couple more hours and a lot of nail pulling, became this…
Table Wood Floor Art Flooring


And this!!
Wood Tool Hardwood Lumber Gas

Wood Nail Art Font Hardwood


The next day saw this happen…
Wood Table Cabinetry Building Workbench


and that finally opened up a landing area for me, close to the window I load in and out of…
Wood Gas Machine Metal Room


Next Project, was to clean out "The Mines"! Underneath our Kitchen and Bedroom is a half cellar with dirt floor that had been the collection spot for the previous owners off-cuts from their projects! After five years of living here, it was a pleasure to haul their stuff out of the dusty way-down and haul it off to the dump…
This stuff hasn't seen the light of day for Years!!
Automotive tire Tire Motor vehicle Vehicle Window


I managed to save a little of the lumber and began work on yet another project right away…
When I re-did the upstairs bedroom late last Fall, there was not enough time to address a problem unique to the Room, this…
Wood Lighting Paint Floor Flooring


Those louvered doors open on nothing!
Wood Rectangle Wood stain Floor Hardwood


I built a carcass with wood I gleaned from the Table re-do and the dump run…
Wood Cabinetry Natural material Wood stain Window


Even found a good share of molding that was put to use…

And after painting the parts and installing, PRESTO! Some "new" built in shelves…
Furniture Wood Interior design Comfort Shelving


AND AGAIN, lest you think I waste anything, the louvered doors got saved and installed, in our little downstairs Bathroom window…

And there you have it… Three, thorn in my side, punch list projects scratched off my list, with more to come!
I feel good about that… :)

14 May 2020
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
28,289 Posts
One project leads to another (and another...)

With the current pandemic occurring, I was furloughed from work for 60 days! It's amusing (at least to me) how many people take that sort of news groaning and complaining, and wondering what they're going to do with themselves! At my house, time off is precious time; time to do the things I haven't done (precisely because there is never enough time to do them)
With that in mind, I started in the shop… you can see what has become of my "drill press table" lately…
Wood Saw Gas Auto part Tool


It has become a catch-all for all manner of stuff! Now, as odd as it might sound, I have no real problem with that…
The problems I have with the table are, A) It's too BIG! I do not need a junk collector that big, and B) The construction of the thing! Again, I'm not opposed to rough, utilitarian work for shop benches or furniture, but this thing is ridiculous…
Wood Window Gas Tool Toolroom


It took me several hours to remove everything, which ultimately left me with this…
Wood Table Wood stain Floor Hardwood


Which, after a couple more hours and a lot of nail pulling, became this…
Table Wood Floor Art Flooring


And this!!
Wood Tool Hardwood Lumber Gas

Wood Nail Art Font Hardwood


The next day saw this happen…
Wood Table Cabinetry Building Workbench


and that finally opened up a landing area for me, close to the window I load in and out of…
Wood Gas Machine Metal Room


Next Project, was to clean out "The Mines"! Underneath our Kitchen and Bedroom is a half cellar with dirt floor that had been the collection spot for the previous owners off-cuts from their projects! After five years of living here, it was a pleasure to haul their stuff out of the dusty way-down and haul it off to the dump…
This stuff hasn't seen the light of day for Years!!
Automotive tire Tire Motor vehicle Vehicle Window


I managed to save a little of the lumber and began work on yet another project right away…
When I re-did the upstairs bedroom late last Fall, there was not enough time to address a problem unique to the Room, this…
Wood Lighting Paint Floor Flooring


Those louvered doors open on nothing!
Wood Rectangle Wood stain Floor Hardwood


I built a carcass with wood I gleaned from the Table re-do and the dump run…
Wood Cabinetry Natural material Wood stain Window


Even found a good share of molding that was put to use…

And after painting the parts and installing, PRESTO! Some "new" built in shelves…
Furniture Wood Interior design Comfort Shelving


AND AGAIN, lest you think I waste anything, the louvered doors got saved and installed, in our little downstairs Bathroom window…

And there you have it… Three, thorn in my side, punch list projects scratched off my list, with more to come!
I feel good about that… :)

14 May 2020
Way to go , Mike. persistence is the name of the game!!

Cheers, Jim
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
25,661 Posts
One project leads to another (and another...)

With the current pandemic occurring, I was furloughed from work for 60 days! It's amusing (at least to me) how many people take that sort of news groaning and complaining, and wondering what they're going to do with themselves! At my house, time off is precious time; time to do the things I haven't done (precisely because there is never enough time to do them)
With that in mind, I started in the shop… you can see what has become of my "drill press table" lately…
Wood Saw Gas Auto part Tool


It has become a catch-all for all manner of stuff! Now, as odd as it might sound, I have no real problem with that…
The problems I have with the table are, A) It's too BIG! I do not need a junk collector that big, and B) The construction of the thing! Again, I'm not opposed to rough, utilitarian work for shop benches or furniture, but this thing is ridiculous…
Wood Window Gas Tool Toolroom


It took me several hours to remove everything, which ultimately left me with this…
Wood Table Wood stain Floor Hardwood


Which, after a couple more hours and a lot of nail pulling, became this…
Table Wood Floor Art Flooring


And this!!
Wood Tool Hardwood Lumber Gas

Wood Nail Art Font Hardwood


The next day saw this happen…
Wood Table Cabinetry Building Workbench


and that finally opened up a landing area for me, close to the window I load in and out of…
Wood Gas Machine Metal Room


Next Project, was to clean out "The Mines"! Underneath our Kitchen and Bedroom is a half cellar with dirt floor that had been the collection spot for the previous owners off-cuts from their projects! After five years of living here, it was a pleasure to haul their stuff out of the dusty way-down and haul it off to the dump…
This stuff hasn't seen the light of day for Years!!
Automotive tire Tire Motor vehicle Vehicle Window


I managed to save a little of the lumber and began work on yet another project right away…
When I re-did the upstairs bedroom late last Fall, there was not enough time to address a problem unique to the Room, this…
Wood Lighting Paint Floor Flooring


Those louvered doors open on nothing!
Wood Rectangle Wood stain Floor Hardwood


I built a carcass with wood I gleaned from the Table re-do and the dump run…
Wood Cabinetry Natural material Wood stain Window


Even found a good share of molding that was put to use…

And after painting the parts and installing, PRESTO! Some "new" built in shelves…
Furniture Wood Interior design Comfort Shelving


AND AGAIN, lest you think I waste anything, the louvered doors got saved and installed, in our little downstairs Bathroom window…

And there you have it… Three, thorn in my side, punch list projects scratched off my list, with more to come!
I feel good about that… :)

14 May 2020
Good to see you out and about on LJ, Mike. I have been busy. Too bad it isn't much woodworking ;-(
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,784 Posts
One project leads to another (and another...)

With the current pandemic occurring, I was furloughed from work for 60 days! It's amusing (at least to me) how many people take that sort of news groaning and complaining, and wondering what they're going to do with themselves! At my house, time off is precious time; time to do the things I haven't done (precisely because there is never enough time to do them)
With that in mind, I started in the shop… you can see what has become of my "drill press table" lately…
Wood Saw Gas Auto part Tool


It has become a catch-all for all manner of stuff! Now, as odd as it might sound, I have no real problem with that…
The problems I have with the table are, A) It's too BIG! I do not need a junk collector that big, and B) The construction of the thing! Again, I'm not opposed to rough, utilitarian work for shop benches or furniture, but this thing is ridiculous…
Wood Window Gas Tool Toolroom


It took me several hours to remove everything, which ultimately left me with this…
Wood Table Wood stain Floor Hardwood


Which, after a couple more hours and a lot of nail pulling, became this…
Table Wood Floor Art Flooring


And this!!
Wood Tool Hardwood Lumber Gas

Wood Nail Art Font Hardwood


The next day saw this happen…
Wood Table Cabinetry Building Workbench


and that finally opened up a landing area for me, close to the window I load in and out of…
Wood Gas Machine Metal Room


Next Project, was to clean out "The Mines"! Underneath our Kitchen and Bedroom is a half cellar with dirt floor that had been the collection spot for the previous owners off-cuts from their projects! After five years of living here, it was a pleasure to haul their stuff out of the dusty way-down and haul it off to the dump…
This stuff hasn't seen the light of day for Years!!
Automotive tire Tire Motor vehicle Vehicle Window


I managed to save a little of the lumber and began work on yet another project right away…
When I re-did the upstairs bedroom late last Fall, there was not enough time to address a problem unique to the Room, this…
Wood Lighting Paint Floor Flooring


Those louvered doors open on nothing!
Wood Rectangle Wood stain Floor Hardwood


I built a carcass with wood I gleaned from the Table re-do and the dump run…
Wood Cabinetry Natural material Wood stain Window


Even found a good share of molding that was put to use…

And after painting the parts and installing, PRESTO! Some "new" built in shelves…
Furniture Wood Interior design Comfort Shelving


AND AGAIN, lest you think I waste anything, the louvered doors got saved and installed, in our little downstairs Bathroom window…

And there you have it… Three, thorn in my side, punch list projects scratched off my list, with more to come!
I feel good about that… :)

14 May 2020
How nice to receive an LJ notification that's not a scammer! Nice to hear from you Mike and great job on your projects.
 

Attachments

1 - 20 of 115 Posts
Top