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      09-02-2019, 09:08 AM   #507
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Wire runs will be painted as long as they're in romex sleeving. The can lights tho there a part inside that needs to be masked off according to my Electrician. I'll have to post a picture of that
All of my house wiring is in conduit so I'm not worried about that. I may do some romex out of laziness just to get some additional outlets w/o having to anchor 2x4's to the foundation walls (until I plan out how I want to finish the basement). Not too worried about romex and paint either, just the low voltage stuff.

However, I have Cat6, RG6, and other low voltage are coming in from different points and converging in certain areas. Knowing me, I'll want to re-arrange some of the wiring at some point so I'm not sure if the paint will flake off and leave a mess or if some of the chems in the paint will have an effect on the outer jackets (I have horrible luck lol). I was thinking of maybe a solid cable trough or something. It'd also help protect the cabling from unwanted interference although the blue Cat6 jacket would look cool against the black background.

Still, though, I'm interested in any lessons learned about tarping/masking that you run into. The job can get quite messy, quite quickly.
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If you are leaving the walls as is than that's all you can do with supply pipes. Just thought if you were framing the outside walls I would suggest running lines over to the walls and putting grilles down low (heat rises). Have seen a lot of folks complain about basements being too cold because the warm air comes out near the ceiling and just sits there.
I don't have any type of pipes running along the walls. all pipes are in the ceiling and anything that comes down horizontally like to the sump pump are in the closet that's closed off to the rest of the basement. so from the pictures I posted you can see it's just foundation walls all the way around and I was gonna frame them out but decided not to do that because I didn't want to risk the chance of mold growing even if I did everything right to prevent it. the room does stay cool throughout the year
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All of my house wiring is in conduit so I'm not worried about that. I may do some romex out of laziness just to get some additional outlets w/o having to anchor 2x4's to the foundation walls (until I plan out how I want to finish the basement). Not too worried about romex and paint either, just the low voltage stuff.

However, I have Cat6, RG6, and other low voltage are coming in from different points and converging in certain areas. Knowing me, I'll want to re-arrange some of the wiring at some point so I'm not sure if the paint will flake off and leave a mess or if some of the chems in the paint will have an effect on the outer jackets (I have horrible luck lol). I was thinking of maybe a solid cable trough or something. It'd also help protect the cabling from unwanted interference although the blue Cat6 jacket would look cool against the black background.

Still, though, I'm interested in any lessons learned about tarping/masking that you run into. The job can get quite messy, quite quickly.
as a previous Building Inspector most will run long strands of PVC piping and run all their communications data through that. looks clean. as far as painting I picked up large sheets of plastic I think 9x20? and i'll shoot the ceiling first wait til that dries completely than mask the ceiling probably 6'-8' off the wall just so I don't get overspray going into the ceiling that's now black
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All of my house wiring is in conduit so I'm not worried about that. I may do some romex out of laziness just to get some additional outlets w/o having to anchor 2x4's to the foundation walls (until I plan out how I want to finish the basement). Not too worried about romex and paint either, just the low voltage stuff.

However, I have Cat6, RG6, and other low voltage are coming in from different points and converging in certain areas. Knowing me, I'll want to re-arrange some of the wiring at some point so I'm not sure if the paint will flake off and leave a mess or if some of the chems in the paint will have an effect on the outer jackets (I have horrible luck lol). I was thinking of maybe a solid cable trough or something. It'd also help protect the cabling from unwanted interference although the blue Cat6 jacket would look cool against the black background.

Still, though, I'm interested in any lessons learned about tarping/masking that you run into. The job can get quite messy, quite quickly.
PVC Conduit it. Cheap, easy to do, and will look 100 times nicer than wires hanging around.
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House painting finished today!

Ugh, ignore the awful front yard. Aeration and over-seeding is on the schedule for this fall.
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Ugh, ignore the awful front yard. Aeration and over-seeding is on the schedule for this fall.
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you know I saw it...started typing than deleted it and just left him an appreciation. I was really trying hard to look past the lawn but my eyes kept twitching
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So there is a BB&B store closing by me and I happened to ask about the wall fixtures. I ended up buying 112 sq ft of this paneling that I will use for my garage walls and one 16 sq ft section for my workbench in the basement, all for $70. I also bough boxes of 50 of each type of connector they had for $5 a box. Mega score.

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Update. Got some curtain rods made from iron pipe and hung up, hopefully most of the wrinkles come out so ironing isn't as much of a task.



Also got my (turned into) 312 sq ft of wall organization boards and related hanging apparatus. Got it all for a mere $160 total.
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okay I think i'm ready to start painting the ceiling black. I got all 5 canned lights installed. ran all the romex lines and removed the 1x2's that held the drywall in place. room feel much higher now that the ceiling is gone. probably start spraying on Saturday




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Didn't want to over-seed until the painters were done fucking around out there.
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Started building the fencing to screen the trash/recycle bins to the left of the carport. I will post pics when I finish it this weekend. Probably going to have to wait until spring to paint it - the pressure treated lumber is still really wet.
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Started building the fencing to screen the trash/recycle bins to the left of the carport. I will post pics when I finish it this weekend. Probably going to have to wait until spring to paint it - the pressure treated lumber is still really wet.
So the HOA sent out letters to the community saying we can no longer leave our trash/recycler bins on the side of the house that it must be kept in the garage. I thought about what you're going to do with the fence and they said that's against HOA policies. I almost told them to go ef themselves
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So the HOA sent out letters to the community saying we can no longer leave our trash/recycler bins on the side of the house that it must be kept in the garage. I thought about what you're going to do with the fence and they said that's against HOA policies. I almost told them to go ef themselves
Bah. That sucks!

Our last HOA at the house in Charlotte had a "trash cans can't be visible" rule. So, while we were having the back yard fenced with 6' privacy fence - I had them build a little "coop" with a gate to keep the two bins in. Worked like a champ - and the garage didn't smell like trash, either.
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I read that home owners who replaced their windows report savings of up to 15% on their energy bill due to that one upgrade alone. I want to install new windows and doors in my house for energy efficiency this year. I found one local service here https://titanupgrades.com/services/windows-doors/ in LA, California with reasonable prices.

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I read that home owners who replaced their windows report savings of up to 15% on their energy bill due to that one upgrade alone. I want to install new windows and doors in my house for energy efficiency this year.
I replaced my windows in 2017 with double-paned impact resistant glass. I read the same 15% - 20% when we did it, but I wasn't counting on anything, as the windows were more for storm protection than energy savings. Basically, carrying around, putting up and taking down 80+ galvanized steel panels for storms four times was enough to last a lifetime.

I think there are some energy savings, but they are very difficult to quantify. For one thing, the weather changes year over year, and that is a major driver of cooling (and heating) costs. Additionally, normal everyday life results in changes to the patterns of energy use. Even if weather were identical, no one is home the same exact times, doing exactly the sames things, year over year. There are other changes that affect consumption. For example, we also replaced a refrigerator, remodeled our master bath and replaced an older water heater and replaced an a/c unit, all of which are more efficient. We are also 100% LED now. Additionally, the condition of your existing windows impacts the savings. Obviously you'd save a lot more replacing decades old windows than newer windows.

My fuzzy math tells me the energy cost "savings" are less than 10%. My bill has gone down more that 10% but some of that is due to the new a/c, water heater and fridge and some is due to a reduction in the fuel surcharge from our power company. If I looked solely at energy savings vs. cost of windows, I think it would be a 25 - 50+ year payback period. When I factor in the elimination of hanging shutters, better looking windows and (at least theoretically) some increase in property value, it was worth it. But I would not have done it just for high expected energy savings. I'd run the numbers assuming a 7-10% reduction in kWh to assess whether it is worth it if focused on energy savings.
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It should go without saying, but these savings will vary wildly depending on what you are upgrading from.
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Got the screening fence done. Next spring it'll get painted the same black as the house fascia. For now we can FINALLY finish the edging and pea stone in the planting bed in front of the carport.
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I'm dragging ass not getting basement room done. It should've been done already but I'm procrastinating
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