My Old House

Issues and Events involving our Home in Independence, Missouri
My Old House on Winner Road
5/8/2013

Insulation Work

Filed under: Attic,Basement,General,Heating and Cooling,Systems — Admin @ 9:04 am

On Monday and Tuesday (05/06 – 05/07/13), we finally got around to addressing our “Top 2 To-Do’s” that resulted from our Home Energy Audit from a few years back.

    #1 — Sealing the Rim Joists in the Basement

This is the area where the house meets the foundation. In our case, this is where the wood walls of the house met the stone foundation of the basement. This border was found previously to be a large source of air leakage.

    #2 — Insulating the Attic

We had a choice here: Did we want to use the attic as livable space someday? Or did we want to keep it as storage and treat it as “outside” of the home’s living space?

Well, since the attic has dormers, there’s a lot of space up there. It seemed like capturing that as livable space would be a nice way to add a room (or two) onto the house in the future. (I’m thinking “game room”; my wife’s thinking “master bedroom”.)

So, this meant insulating the attic roof and walls, which included sealing up the vents to the outside that are in the attic roof.

We chose A+ Insulation, whom we learned about from Angie’s List, to do this work.

I have included some “Before & After Photos” of the attic work here!

It took A+ a bit longer than expected to do the work due to a mechanical breakdown of their system. It seems that somewhere along the line, when traveling between their last stop and our house, a wire came loose. And it took them several hours to locate that root cause.

However, the workers were very nice and communicated well with us.

I will say that, despite the fact that the workers hauled away several large trash bags of left over hunks of spray foam, there’s still a ton of tiny bits of foam in the attic and down our stairs into the main house. We’ll have to take a shop vac to that. It’s just a minor nuisance, but I had to laugh when I saw one of our cat’s had a lot of foam stuck to his fluffy tail!

Total cost for both basement rim joist work and attic work = $3500.

I’m anxious to see what sort of temperature differences we’ll now encounter up there in the attic on very hot or very cold days. There ARE still 4 large windows up there, so we may have to give those some heavier curtains so as to lessen the effects of the sun on that glass.

Thanks for stopping by today!

-= Dave =-

4/10/2013

Removed two old redbud trees yesterday

Filed under: Landscaping and Property — Admin @ 5:10 pm

See related photos: http://www.myoldhouse.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=33

Yesterday, I hired a local company, “Uncle Stumpy’s” Tree Service (nice name, huh!), to remove two old / dying / dead redbud trees that lined the north side of our driveway. One of the trees truly was 100% dead. The other had major branches that were dead, and less and less foliage was appearing each year. So, since we had to remove the one (it leaned over the driveway and therefore, endangered our cars and the garage), we figured we might was well have the other removed.

Now, I had hired “Uncle Stumpy’s” about 7 years ago, when we first moved into this house. The original landscaping in front of the house’s porch was …



1/16/2013

Entering final year of 353 work

Filed under: General — Admin @ 9:31 am

Greetings All !

So, now we’ve entered 2013, and Terry and I have until December to finish all our 353 Tax Abatement project work and get it “signed off on” by the city.

Last week, we had Matt Coburn come out and take care of a laundry list of “little stuff”:

a) Installing a new electrical receptacle with a GFCI outlet in our first floor bathroom. Previously, that room had had ZERO electrical outlets… unless you count the one attached to one of the two light fixtures that flanked the medicine cabinet. That particular light fixture had broken several years ago. And because we still had an OVERHEAD light fixture, I had not gotten around to replacing it.

b) …



10/5/2012

New stair runner and back door

Filed under: General — Admin @ 9:16 am

Greetings All !

September and the first week of October have been busy here… with coordinating minor projects with Lowe’s and Nebraska Furniture Mart.

NEW BACK DOOR AND STORM DOOR
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We’d been needing a new back door for some time, mostly because it was terribly DRAFTY. The whole frame needed to be redone, really. We had to special order the new steel back door from Lowe’s because we needed a special size. Not height, not width. No, the THICKNESS of the door was the issue, apparently.

So, after I bought a door, only to have the contractor tell me it was the wrong size, we had to special order it and wait. Roughly one month later, we had …



7/30/2012

Another A/C repair…but with a surprise ending!

Filed under: General,Heating and Cooling,Systems — Admin @ 3:49 pm

So on the afternoon of Friday, July 20th, I’m looking at the thermostat, remarking on how high it’s creeping up… I’m thinking that the air conditioner is struggling, but that’s understandable due to the last 2+ weeks of 100+ degree temperatures here. Then, suddenly, the 5:15 PM weather forecast is on and the weather girl remarks on how today is a “cool break” (90’s) compared to the other days!

That made me suddenly realize that our A/C wasn’t working. I checked the outdoor unit and sure enough, it’s making a humming sound. No ice buildup on the lines. Seems a lot like what happened to us just a few months ago, at the end of May!

So, …



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