Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Lost Trail Powder Mountain

From the lost trail website: The beauty and uncrowded slopes of the Rocky Mountain's hidden jewel.

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... family skiing from the top of the Continental Divide.

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... unbelievable powder ...

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... an excellent family facility that has been helping folks enjoy themselves for over 60 years


 

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Home Improvement, HVAC retrofit.

The brutal heat last summer was enough to push us over the edge, this long with the fact that pellets are costing us $2 a day and leaving the house with cold spots made this a no brainer. These are the house plans detailing the HVAC system, orange indicates 'runs' going upstairs, yellow indicates downstairs runs, blue indicates return duct, and yellow indicates supply duct. The red line towards the middle of the house details a wall to be put up, blocking off access from the garage to the downstairs, while the red line at the bottom details an addition which provides additional access to the downstairs from the room off of the garage.

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Before


(spare the comments about the paint job)


 


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3 days later


 


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The above was done mostly with a drywall [hand] saw, but partially with a circular saw. The circular saw did a GREAT job but kicked up so much dust. If you notice the top left of the picture you will notice a fan which shoots air into our open foyer and therefor the living room, dining room, kitchen, and upstairs [bedrooms], the house was full of dust, my son thought there was a fire. This cut out takes care of almost half of the trunkline, the rest being separated from the living area, will be done with the circular saw.


 


A couple problems encountered when cutting out the drywall;


 


Where the trunkline is to cut through the wall, its load bearing, also theres a pesky electrical wire. Luckily there is a wall 3ft in one direction and about 5ft in another direction which will help support the load when I take down a stud in the wall. The trunkline will have to move a bit to get around the wire though.


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There are lights in the ceiling so what did you expect? Apparently I wasn't thinking so I expected nothing. This will have to be cut and rerouted, hopefully without cutting down anymore drywall.


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