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Sod in Backyard and New Pocket Door

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

I know its a been a while since I made my last update about the progress on my house. I have been super busy with the house and a few other projects I have going on, not to mention my full time Job, :-). However, this weekend I manage to get quite a bit done. Probably, the most significant thing was the fact that I dug up over 4 inches of dirt for the entire backyard and put new soil down with furtilizer and laid some fresh sod down. My backyard actually is starting to look like a backyard. It feels so much better.

Secondly, I ripped out a wall, reframed it, and framed in another White Lami Pocket Door in the front bedroom. Hence, the closet now has a White Lami Pocket Door and so does the bathroom that is connected to the front bedroom. Seeing, the two White Lami doors hanging side by side helps me realize that my vision for this room is finally coming together.

Beyond, those feets I have been spending some time looking at fixtures for the bathroom that is attached to the front bedroom because the next step is really putting the plumbing for the fixtures in. Once, that is done I can drywall and tile the bathroom and the bedroom and put the fixtures in. Anyways, its coming together and I was definitely happy with the progress I made this weekend.

If you are interested in a short video update from me on this weekend please check it out below.

New Windows (Day 1)

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

Hey Boys & Girls, Today was definitely a very eventful day. Beyond the normal work stuff, like conference calls all day, one very interesting thing happened in my life today. Today, was Day 1 of the installation of my new Windows by a small company called C&M Windows. As those of you that are close to me know, I am in a mode of supporting small businesses lately and C&M Construction (I think they also DBA as C&M Windows) is definitely one that is at the top of my list. I can not recommend them strongly enough for any Window or Door needs you might have. Anyways, they have very low overhead because they are such a small business so they can usually beat everyone else’s quotes. Beyond that they are just awesome people and do great work!

Anyways, I orded 8 Milgard windows and 1 sliding glass door through them and they came out today and installed the 8 windows. They got here a tad bit earlier than 9:00 am and and managed to get all 8 windows installed by roughly 3:00 pm. They are coming back tomorrow to do the installation of the sliding glass door and do a bit of framing work and stucco work for me. You can see the pictures of the 8 windows that were replaced today here. Beyond the windows you will see the slider that is going to be replaced tomorrow and the side door that is going to be framed in and stuccoed tomorrow. You will see the difference between the old and new believe me, :-).

Anyways, I am super excited that I have nice windows in my house now. It feels so much better already and there is more to come tomorrow. I am like a little kid on Christmas morning. Anyways, just figured I would share it with all of you.

White Lammi Pocket Door

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

As some of you may already know. I recently bought a 2 ft. White Lammi Pocket Door for the front-left bedroom in my house. The reason I chose to replace the hinged door with a pocket door is because the bathroom is a relatively small bathroom and I want to make it as spacious as possible. I decided on White Lammi Glass for a number of reasons.

  1. You can’t see through it so it provides some privacy in the bathroom.
  2. It still allows light to go through it, and supposedly even intensifies the light that goes through it.
  3. It has a more modern look and feel.

My buddy Dave and I started framing it into the wall last weekend but ran into a bit of snag. We had managed to make the jam and the track square such that the door closed properly. However, with the pocket frame as it came, the pocket portion wouldn’t sit parallel to the jam and square to the track. After, calling some people that I know in the industry and talking to them for a while they told me that generally the pocket door frames aren’t squared 100% when you get them. They said that this was due to a two main factors.

  1. The pocket door frames aren’t manufactured with enough precision.
  2. The pocket door frames are tossed around when they are shipped and transported.

Anyways, after talking to these experts they basically told me that you have to work the frame back into square. So, today my buddy Dave and I went back at the frame and worked it and got it to finally be square with the help of a couple shims, some body weight, and a light crow bar. We also had to shim the track up on the back of the pocket side of the frame because the track part wouldn’t sit on the pocket when it was square with the door portion of the frame.

Anyways, installing this pocket door was a bit of a pain but now I know for next time that I just need to force the frame into being square and tack it into place. Plus, I think the finished result now that it is square is well worth the effort.

Framed Front Left Bathroom Door

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

This weekend my friend Dave and I framed in the extra door in the bathroom at the front left of the house. It was the door that went from the bathroom to the garage entry area that is going to become an in-door laundry area. We also mounted a new 125 AMP Sub Panel in the framing as it is going to be the Sub Panel that feeds all of the house that is rewired.