100 posts. 100 things I could tell a fellow renovator not to screw up like I did.
The title is for you Dad. Bruce would understand this is certainly a dream.
If anyone out there cares to see me move in before Christmas, say a prayer. If anyone is actually reading this for advice for their own renovation, listen well.
Expect the unexpected. Yes it will cost 50% more then you estimate (atleast). HGTV is a load of crap. No one is going to save you with a yard sale find and a can of Rustoleum (no offense Rustoleum, I still love you). Additionally, a xeroxed Jackson Pollock painting your kid did with the leftover sauce from his spagettio dinner inserted into a clearance rack Walmart photo frame won’t get the house done.
Mike Holmes would be sweating bullets. Then again, his show has funding.
My savior plumber Ricky, who must care more then any other contractor on the east coast (Mike Holmes, your in the Maple Leaf Territory) alerted me to the fact that there was a serious problem with how my furnace and water heater were venting. A problem that if left untreated could mean carbon monoxide in the house.
As it turns out, I need a liner put in my chimney. A liner to keep the carbon monoxide from my water heater and furnace from going into the house and killing me slowly. A note to anyone out there in the process of buying an older home: “Make your home inspector check!” Honestly, its a miracle I decided to keep the heat off all winter long and brave the elements, because my water heater vent was clogged terribly.
I know anyone who has been reading religiously is probably thoroughly confused at this point so let me try and spell it out in black and white.
- Ricky my new plumber had to get a new permit. All of his work is done but venting the hot water heater. $$$$$$
- As it turns out, my shady mechanical contractor who bailed on me left me with the privilege of also trying to figure out how to get an HVAC final. A friend from my time in commercial construction is trying to get Shady McShiesterson’s permit renewed so that all I have to do is call in the inspection…the inspection in which Baltimore City will verify if I was technically capable to drop Home Depot supply and return registers into their designated spots.
- My pal at Clean Air (great people) also is supposed to put me in touch with their chimney guys to see about getting a new liner.
With any luck my 9/18 expiration date of my current building permit will comedown to the wire. Once the M.E.P. inspections pass (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) I get my final building inspection. Once I get my final building inspection, apparently I also need a Use and Occupany permit. To me that is ridiculous considering the fact that it was “technically” liveable before.
That’s where we stand right now. Frustrated, broke, and tired. Because this is the 100th post I feel obligated to some how share some good news in the form of photographs so as to make things seem better.
The stove is installed and working. My God does it look beautiful. Perhaps some day soon the microwave will rest above it and it will actually be used to cook a meal.
The upstairs toilet is in.
The shower controls are in and working. The plumber still needs a trim piece around the rain showerhead, so I didn’t take any pictures, but hopefully soon enough.
Slowly but surely more pieces of baseboard are getting cut:
The baseboards are 7 1/2″ tall. Makes for loads of fun. As my Dad said last night, “We’ll be cutting base until Christmas.” I sure hope that’s not the case.
Whats the best case at this point? I get a chimney guy to fix the liner by Tues/Wed of next week. Plumber gets his final. HVAC gets their final. George my electrician gets his final. I call for building final and some how apply for U&O all before my permit expires September 18th.
I’m gona let those dreams fester and say Go Hokies! If nothing else can go right, a win over Boise State may help push me past the finish line. I’ve got Enter Sandman downloaded and qued up on the Ipod, ready to blast through all 4 zones of speakers in the house.
Keep your fingers crossed.