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SYR Show # 05
Installation of an acoustique membrane and plywood for bathroom floor<br />Installation of gypsum panels 3rd floor<br />Insulating the main pipe for the sceptic tank<br />Installing door to basement shower<br />Landscaping - planting trees or vines
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Welcome to the fifth week of So You’re Renovating cottage edition. The renovations are intense and we invite you to follow form week to week all the transformations that are happening to this country house. If you just logged on, you need to know that this house was almost just a cabin that we lifted up with crane to redo the foundations. We have added an extra floor, in reinforced concrete, reconstructed the third floor from the old cottage, re did the roof added seven skylights, replaced all doors by state of the art energy saving products, insulated every walls and roofs, built interior partition, plumbing, electricity, ventilation, and wall finish. We are just about to finish putting gypsum boards and we will start to install the sub-floors. Today, our Handy-friends are……… By the way, we have a little contest here. You can go on the So You’re Renovating.com and vote for your preferred handy-friend. The handy friend that collects more vote will win at the end of the series the help of our renovation team to renovate:……… is own place. Retrospective 30 sec. Last week retrospective 30 sec. Last week we saw: Richard build an alcove to install a shower in the basement. Also, Lindsay installed the gypsum panels on the cathedral ceiling and soundproofed some walls and ceilings on the first floor. And finally, Jamie completed the floating deck using innovative composite wood planks. Despite of the apprehension our handy-hosts have been quite successful and I am sure that this week we will have, again, lots of fun. Job assignments A/ You will start to lay down the sub-floor in the master bathroom. B/ Install the gypsum boards for the third floor walls C/ Assemble and install the shower doors for the first floor shower. Alternative: D/ landscaping the waterfront E/ Insulate the sceptic tank main pipe Entrevue: Bonneville A/ Lay down the sub-floor To finsish the floors, we want to install natural harwood oak floor and ceramic tiles. Because the floors form the house are in concrete, we need to install plywood sheets to be able to staple the hardwood floor down. Here we will install two layers of ¾ inches plywood for a total of 1,5 inches. To limit the amout of plywood, the first layer will only consist of pieces placed 16 inches centre to centre. The whole assembly will be what we call a floatting sub-floor. This technique of a floatting floor without any screws or nails touching the concrete is ideal for sound control. Each floor in each room is disconnected from all the other elements of the house stoping the transmissions of sounds and vibrations. Furthermore, we will lay down an acoustic membrane on the concrete before the plywood so it will contribute even more to short cut sound and vibrations. O.K the plywood is there, the circular saw, the screw driver, the screws and the measuring tape. You have three hours to complete this job. Stock shot When you lay down plywood, you should always start by the complete sheets in the middle of the room exactly like you did and then finish with the smaller pieces on sides like you will do in a few seconds. We use 1 and a quarter long screws to keep the two layer of plywood together. You must be sure that no screws or nail will be in contact with the concrete. On scew alone in contact with the concrete could tramsit sounds trough the floor to the rooms underneath. See ya! Stock shot So what do you think. Pretty smooth to walk on hey! And now, we can choose to install any floor we want. B/ Install the gypsum boards for the third floor walls We saw Lindsay last week installed the gypsum panels on the cathedral ceillings. Now, we will do the walls. The same technique applies here: Use the longest boards available to limit the number of joints. Do not make any joints along the windows off doors because they could easily crack. Finally, always offset the joints between the boards. The gypsum boards are there. You will need a utility knife, a gypsum ruler, a screw driver, a jig saw and a chalk line. To complete this wall, you have three hours and a half hours. To complete the third floor walls, we choose gypsum boards. Gypsum is an excellent material to finish inside walls. It’s very economical and it’s also made out of a fire-retardant material. It has very interesting properties and is widely used to soundproof walls and ceilings. Installing gypsum boards the right way will make joint finishing much easier and prevent the joints from cracking or splitting apart. 05 10211522 10221518 05 10231424 10234110 1:26 Use a jigsaw or a plasterboard cutter to make the necessary openings. Avoid all joints over or on the side of doors and windows as they will have a tendency to split apart in these areas. Drive in the screws every twelve inches on the ceiling, and every sixteen inches on the wall, and put them at least 3/8-inch away from the side of every board. Gypsum boards must be installed with their seams unaligned. For a quick and high-quality installation, you can use gypsum boards directly on top of the openings and cut through them once they are installed. Using a level will help you screw in the gypsum boards. So everything is going good! Pretty fat with the 12 feet long panel. You just need a little help to put the boards up and that is why a handy friend is a good idea! I want to bring your attention to the windows. We ordered windows with integrated gypsum moldings. We just need to insert the gypsum boards into the molding around the window for a perfect fit. Windows can collect condensation in the winter if the ventilation is not sufficient and the inside air humidity level is too high. Condensation can turn into water and cause damage to the gypse after a while As a better protection, we will install waterproof gypsum boards at the bottom of every window just like we did for the skylights. To finish the outside corner of each window, we need to install metal corners. There is not sufficient framing all around the windows so a good solution is to simple use contact glue to stick the metal corner in place around the window. C/ Assemble and install the shower doors for the first floor shower. We saw earlier the installation of this amazing shower. Now that the silicone joints are dry, we can go on with installing the door. We need to determine the direction of the opening of the door right or left and place the top and bottom rails accordingly. We apply a strip of silicone all along the groove under the fixed panel and then, we fix the top and bottom rails with the screws. Now fix the expandable magnetic jamb to the free ends of the rails. Using 4 screws. To prevent damage to the shower stall during the installation we have to file down the top and bottom corners of the doorframe and the bottom corners of the wall jambs. Install the doorframe. First of all position the top of the frame and then pivot the bottom of the frame towards the shower threshold. Insert the wall jambs at each end. Mark the position of the wall jambs and then drill gently to holes to avoid any damage. Finally, we screw the wall jambs in place on the shower stall. Now assemble the sliding panel with the rollers and we ajust it perfectly. Once the door is in place and well adjusted: WOW what a match, I am talking about the door and the shower! Now you need to apply silicone on the outside of the door. We must not apply any silicone inside the shower. Allow 24 hours for the silicone to set before using the shower. I know, it is just to bad, you will have to come back next week to try this very attractive shower. Be patient, there is already a waiting list believe it or not! Tip Billboard: Logo Maax The bathrooms are at the heart of every renovation project. It is very important that you choose a supplier you can trust. The quality of the appliances you will be installing will make a big difference on the quality of your renovation project and on your house re-sale value. Also, it is a question of style. This is why we chose to go with some of the best products on the market. Alternative: D/ Landscaping the waterfront including cutting down a tree and planting a new one. E/ Insulate the sceptic tank main pipe D/ Landscaping the waterfront The shores of lakes and rivers are critical places for nature and need to be highly protected. For instance, a crumbled retaining wall like this one must never be restored. The cement that would be used would immediately contaminate the lake. Make a beach with sand or any other way to modify the shore is a crime! The only thing we can do to rearrange the shore and respect the environment is to remove the dangerous concrete pieces and to plant some greens like vines. Unfortunately, we lost a nice three. It was affected by a severe desease. To transplant vine, you must dig a dig a hole twice as large as the diameter of the tree rootball, and equal in depth. Here is the shovel…. and the “pick”, just in case. O.K you got half an hour. 2/17 03 10561323 10565228 0:40 03 10571429 10574505 0:31 03 10574807 10575120 0:03 The ideal time to put plants in the ground is during spring or autumn, especially for trees and shrubs whose roots are bare. Trees and shrubs whose roots are in ball-wrapping material, or in plastic or biodegradable containers, are always available. They can be planted anytime during the summer season, since container culture actually favors a better recovery and helps the plant overcome the transplant shock. Well that wasn’t bad! It is preferable to add a starting fertilizer or a planting fertilizer. Mix the fertilizer with the soil and put a small quantity of topsoil back in the bottom of the hole to create a little mound. You can use a complete mix of organic soil, compost and peat moss to help the new plant settle. The rootball must be directly set on the little mound, in the bottom of the hole, and the root crown of the tree - where the stem meets the roots - should be at the same level at which it was planted at the nursery. Always handle the tree or shrub by its rootball to avoid damaging the roots or branches. Refill the hole and pack down the soil as you go along. When the soil in the hole is at grade level, shape an earth saucer around the plant with a rake to hold water. Finally, thoroughly water the tree. Watering is very important for plants that were recently put in the ground. Unless there’s a good rain, the plants should be soaked every three (3) days for two (2) weeks. You have been so efficient digging that hole that we have another important mission for you. Take the shovel and pick and follow me. E/ Insulate the sceptic tank main pipe Here is the sceptic tank. The wastewater come from the house trough a 4 inch diameter pipe about two feet underground, around here. You must dig and find it so we can insulate it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t done when we installed the septic tank. If we have one advice to give you concerning sceptic installation, it is that you should always try to install a system that is based on gravity If you don’t, you will be relying on a pump to pump the wastewater into the sceptic tank. This is the type of installation we have for the basement appliances. If the pump breaks down, you have a serious problem. And it always breaks down on Christmas night when you have all your guess coming to spend the night. Another problem that can happen is if the wastewater freezes in the pipes, you cannot use any appliances in the house until you unplug the main pipe. To do so you will need to remove the snow, open the sceptic tank and send hot water trough the pipe. The first thing to prevent such an unfortunate situation is to leave the snow accumulates on the sceptic installations. Ideally no one should circulate over the installations during winter since packed snow will not offer the same quality of insulation. Note that this applies to a water pipe coming form a well. Another thing you can do is to insulate the pipes with polystyrene insulation. O.K. you found the pipe, very good, you are ready to insulate. We will use some extruded polystyrene insulation. That insulation is used for insulating the basements from the inside or the outside. It is very resistant and will not deteriorate underground. Every inch of such insulation provides approximately the same thermal resistance than one feet of earth. If you use 4 inches thick of insulation, plus the two feet of soil plus the snow, knowing the frost will not go deeper than 4 or 5 feet, there should never be any problems. Let’s go We just need to backfill now. General pro-Environment segment We wanted to renovate a country house to put the highlight on the environment. Our homes play a very important part in the way we live and consume. Homes affect our energy consumption, waste production, and pretty much everything else. Your home, the way it is built, the material that were used, its design and its style all play a decisive role on your behavior. Make sure that when you renovate, you take these transformations as an opportunity to improve your energy efficiency, reduce your waste and recycle. When you think renovations, think environmentally friendly Interview: Bonneville