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remodel is getting there..

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Location: Gate City Virginia
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its been nearly two years.. this december it will be anyways.. but we have finally gotten the joists replaced.. the foundations fixed up.. plywood down an all new electrical wiring ran.. we did it all ourselves except for putting in the meter box outside and the connect to the breaker box inside..  after aht was done we ran our own wire and installed all breakers, outletts and light fixtures...  i learned a lot about wiring , how to run it in a parallel line and found these veyr useful little push on wire connectors.. i did end up using the commercial outlets and switches that you can push wired into as i did not want to curl eah wire around the hot and the black wires... doing the ground was bad enough but the experience overall was pretty straightforward and easy to do... took a couple of weeks... we got the pex plumbing done along with the new drains and sewer pipes.. complete with vent pipes thru the roof.. it was a triflin little job i did NOT think i would ever get all those bends to get my washing machine hooked up as i had a lot of joists and obstacles to get around to fit the pvc and as you know pvc is not forgiving.. you mess it up you just cut it bak out and reglue up some pieces...  after insalling a new under the counter water heater 38 gallon we turned the water on and tested things.. no leaks very very pleased.. now we are installing sheetrock... got a bunch of half inch but realized we needed it slightly thinner for the exterior walls so it would fit behind the existing trim in the old house.. wanted to keep the 1830s trim intact..  i managed to mud and sand my first room this week the dining room.. i didnt do corners yet.. but im gong to install trim up top so i only got two corners to do in this room... it went pretty well.. i used a new mud from lowes.. called plus three..  i took another empty drywall mud bucket and i put a little at a time in it and add water to thin it down.. this worked amazingly well.. i sanded and recoated twice in one day and then went back up today and sanded again and added the last in some areas that needd one more coating.. its so nice to see one room nearly done. just got to reinstall the trim... and while i was at it i went ahead and replaced all the ropes to the weights in the old windows.. my mother and i have been slowly taking two down at a time and steaming off the old paint and putty with a clothes steamer.. it works really well.. carefully taking out the window panes.. labeling them were they go and then sanding down the frames.. i add  a minwax wood hardner to the very dry wood... wait for it to cure the next day and then prime with zinsser primer... i bought a diamon pont gun off ebay to hold in the old wavy panes of glass and am using dap window putty to putty them back in place i am going to order the Sarco glazing putty as i am told its almost orgasmic in its results... we will see about that...LOl.. but the sarco sets up in thee days it glazes over and you can paint just gotta keep the window out of the elements till its painted and glazed over... before reinstalling it... so far got three windows reglazed and done..  only 37  more to go...  but it will get done eventually...  thanks for following my process..  soon i shold have some completed surfaces to post and more up to day photos...  here is where we are so far...   take care..
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maurice forster
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a few more the kichen is coming along nicely as well.. jsu got to get the spray foam done in the roof  its theonly way we an get the r value as we only have six inches of space up there and upstairs only 2x4 roof joists...
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Something to keep in mind is that old windows like that usually have lead paint on them and sanding will get that all over.  I used to live in a 1920's built house and had to do lead paint remediation.  There are products made to strip it in a more safe manner, and you usually do it with disposable coveralls, etc... reason I tested my house and remediated is that a neighbor around the corner, a large expensive house, had just had to have their child go thru hospital treatment for lead poisoning because they had remodeled.
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thank you... i appreciate the tip..  since we first started on the windows i found the clothes steamer technique, which basically steams off the lead paint and old putty keeping it from becoming airborne and i also bought a more capable double mask that filters out any of the dust... i use a hepa vac to get up all the particulate .. after day one of scraping and poking at the dry putty i knew it would not work very well so i tried the steamer and it works gangbusters.. i can strip off a window in about two hours all six panes of glass..  
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