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  1. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    ...and we're done! Well, at least with the main part. There may be a few additional exterior details to deal with next summer, once the snow melts, such as putting in a driveway and some simple...
  2. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    So as a quick follow-up, if anyone is curious, after a few more discussions with my contractor, I finally have a good handle on how the budgeting process is working for this process. Basically, it's...
  3. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    You are hardly alone in that. Many people feel that way. I, personally, don't get it: I'd much rather do business with a friend that I know and trust than some random stranger, even if said stranger...
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    Re: Code for Smoke detectors?

    Actually, I just found a website that listed the person I contacted as the electrical inspector. So apparently even to the inspector this issue isn't clear-cut. Lovely! :)
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    Re: Code for Smoke detectors?

    Yeah, I tried contacting the building department official (I haven't yet found any contact information for the inspector themselves), and he was quite cagy in his answer. He never said no, you can't...
  6. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    Roof decking is up and tar-papered. Starting electrical installation today. So far, so good! :)

    https://flic.kr/s/aHskAKPRQq
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    Code for Smoke detectors?

    Can someone point me to the *official* and complete code regarding smoke detectors (document and section number) for residential use? Searching the internet, I've been able to find any number of...
  8. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    Heh. :) Thankfully, it's not that bad. Some confusion on my part on exactly how much I will be expected to pay, but no issues paying it. Yep, home ownership and adding space is quite wonderful!
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  9. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    Yeah, that's the camera angle. The wall you see there is actually 10' out from the end of the existing gable. The new area also has its own gable vent (framing visible in the final photo) that can be...
  10. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    Well, walls are up, roof trusses are going on, and electrical plan is taking shape. My contractor thinks they should be completed with the roof trusses today, and have the area dried in by end of...
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    Re: Thermostat for bathroom heater?

    So based on what everyone seems to be saying, I was over-complicating things, and I should just stick with a simple switch or, perhaps a timer (those are a dime a dozen). Don't invent problems where...
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    Re: Thermostat for bathroom heater?

    No, a simple switch would work. I was just thinking a thermostat would be nice, because then if you are taking a long bath and it starts getting *too* hot, it turns off automatically. Maybe I'm just...
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    Re: Thermostat for bathroom heater?

    Really? I can pick up a line-voltage (120V) thermostat almost anywhere for around $12, and it would work fine. I can even choose between a dial thermostat like the Honeywell T410 or a more fancy...
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    Thermostat for bathroom heater?

    In the new bathroom I am putting in as part of the construction project being worked one, I am installing a two bulb ceiling heater (a Broan 163). 4 Amp, 500W, nothing terribly fancy. I would like to...
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    Re: Electrical box in thick wall?

    Makes sense. Finished wall will be sheetrock, but same difference I would think. Thanks!
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    Re: Electrical box in thick wall?

    Nothing special or fancy here. Standard 2x6 stud wall, one layer of 3/4" OSB sheathing, and then a 1/2" later of sheetrock on top of that for finished wall. The stud wall with the OSB sheathing is up...
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    Electrical box in thick wall?

    I am going to be installing the electrical in some new construction soon. A couple of the interior walls are load bearing, and due to city codes that means they needed to be sheathed with 3/4" OSB in...
  18. Re: Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    Should be around 2,500 sq feet total, of which something like 700 or so is Workshop/Garage space. My wife and I have been doing woodworking as a hobby out of our living room for the last several...
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    Exactly that is what I am trying to avoid. From the way my contractor talks when I ask, It sometimes feels like he is saying that I *can* expect that (he mentioned, for example, that he quoted his...
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    From what you are saying, I guess this isn't really being handled in a typical manner. Guess it's more of an "Alaskan" project than I thought! :-D
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    Thanks, that was basically my thought - if it costs more, I should pay more. So I need to know how much the bid included for certain items, so I can know if a specific choice will cost more or not,...
  22. Normal budgeting process during major construction?

    I am in the process of a major expansion to my home (more than doubling the square footage). I am working with a contractor that I have known for years and who is a good family friend, so I have no...
  23. Re: Installing portable dishwasher under-cabinent

    Ok, I got everything hooked up, and unless you are completely incompetent with making water hose connections, no plumber, soldering, or other special skills needed. The local home center had a...
  24. Re: Installing portable dishwasher under-cabinent

    Thank you, that was very helpful. My garbage disposal does have a dishwasher drain port on it, so I THINK that provides the air gap. And then knowing that what I am looking for is called a T helps a...
  25. Re: Installing portable dishwasher under-cabinent

    That's all I need here as well - as I've said a couple of times, there is NOTHING special/different about this dishwasher now that I have removed the roll-around cabinet it was installed in before....
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