Okay, I’m regretting the decision to number the weeks of renovations. Because it gives me a bit of anxiety. But, it’s also kinda good, right? Keeps us on track.
What to tell you about week 8? We are making progress…
On becoming a plumber
As you may remember, Ryan and his dad ran all new copper pipes for plumbing throughout the house. However, the cast iron was cracked and cast iron is no longer code. So, because Ryan hadn’t worked with this before, so we thought we’d go with a plumber.
We got a quote and running a new drain to the upstairs bath to get it up to code was going to be $3,300.
That was about a zero more than we were expecting. =)
So, Ryan lamented the fact that he is in the wrong field. (He now thinks he should be a plumber.) Then, he got prices for the materials from the hardware store.
Wow! That was all it took for my thrifty and handy husband. He started reading plumbing info on the web like it was the most interesting material in the world. Then he met with the plumbing inspector this week with his plans and diagrams to make sure everything he would do would be up-to-code. The inspector was very nice and Ryan’s plan was green-lighted. So far, he’s gotten the old cast iron pipe out of the wall (which the plumber told him would be the worst part – it took Ryan 3 hours).
A Woodward PSA: Ryan knows plumbing and isn’t just winging it. While this is a new project for him, he’s done lots of other projects. If you are going to try something like this, make sure you know what you are doing before you get started. And make sure to meet with someone who knows even more than you.
On getting forced air
The decision has been made to get forced heat and air conditioning. We received 4 or 5 quotes from local companies for both forced air and a new boiler. When it came down to price, forced air just wasn’t all that much more expensive. And, since the plan is to only live in the house for 2-3 years max, it just makes sense to go with a furnace and air conditioner for resale.
And, it doesn’t hurt that I was really lamenting the loss of air conditioning upstairs.
We settled on a 92% efficient unit. We went with it because is efficient enough to earn the rebates from the energy company and to help us save some money on energy costs. But, it’s also less expensive. A more efficient unit would not be practical since we aren’t planning to stay in this house forever. We wouldn’t have recouped our cost.
The company we decided to go with will be starting the installation of the units and the ductwork in late October. Ryan will be doing some of the pre-work first – pulling the boiler, piping and radiators out, etc. This saved us some money. And saving money is the name of the game.
Which reminds me… all the radiators are for sale on Craigslist. I hope someone needs them.
On building a garage
We’ve been approved to build our new garage. Wahoo! That’s been quite a process, but everyone was kind and we were able to get everything worked out.
(Let’s just say that our yard doesn’t have a backyard, only a side yard, which made the zoning difficult. Code says the garage can only take up 30% of the backyard. But there isn’t a backyard… And, it has to be 5 feet from the side yard. But really our side yard is our back yard. Are you confused yet? You see how this could get sticky?)
On having windows that close
Oh yeah. And, we also dropped a chunk of change on replacement windows this week. It will be nice to have windows that actually close. And open. And close. It may be nice come, you know, WINTER! The little luxuries, you know?
And, while we’re at it, it may also be nice to remove the 1x6s from the top and bottom of the window. You know, the ones that were used to hold the wrong size storm windows in place. Which brainiac came up with that idea?
I imagine the conversation to go something like this:
“Dolores – Let’s just buy these storm windows. They are way too short, but they are half the price! We just need to swing through the lumber yard on our way out. You won’t even know they are the wrong size when I get through with them!”
We installed windows ourselves in our current home. Here’s Ryan and his dad cheesin’ it up the first time around.
But, someone told us that sometimes you can get windows installed for less than it would cost to buy them as a consumer. (Sounds fishy, but who are we to judge?) So we had windows quoted, for the heck of it.
Let’s just say we don’t have a cool $5K lying around to pay for window installation. Ryan also thinks he should install windows for a living. He will be a window-installing plumber.
I told him to stick with his day job. And to get back to work on that plumbing.
(Just kidding. None of that actually happened.)
We ended up buying the windows from a local store and we will install them on our own. (I use “we” very loosely.) After getting quotes from all the hardware stores, we were able to save nearly $1,000 by buying our Anderson windows there. That was great news!
The more things we learn to do ourselves, the harder it becomes to pay anyone else to do the work. It takes time, sure. But, its totally worth the money saved and the pride earned.
Lots of kettles burning over here. What do you think?
Nothing major has changed on the house list.