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June 2010
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Storage Project 2

After moving the stuff out of the ‘storage’ unit demo commences.  Here is that wall with the drywall removed.

This offends me on so many levels. To call this shitty construction would give shitty a bad name. Notice that the header has no trimmer, nor are there any cripple studs above the ‘header’. This is not a load bearing wall, but it is just poor construction. Notice that the drywall on the inside of the wall is intact. This is because when they installed the pocket door they did not attach the drywall to the door stretchers. No screw holes! They had three nails holding the top of the frame attached to the header and two cut nails attaching it to the concrete. Basically the drywall and trim boards held this in place.

This home was a premium house when it was built. Block construction, large rooms, full baths, pool, blah, blah, blah.  If this is how little home builders care about the details just because it is a garage, think about where else they cut corners. Better yet don’t .

10 foot Living in an 8 foot world

I mentioned that I had a 10’wide opening to frame in. I have 8 foot material. The bottom plate would be cut open later for my door. So I measured and installed the bottom plate with PowerGrab and Drive anchors.  The guy who takes this out will swear a lot. I put the ‘seam’ in the middle of my doorway.

Since this is not a load bearing wall I will not be using a double top plate. Nor is there room to frame it up as a wall section and horse it in place. I measured and cut my material to get the length I needed. To get it up in one piece I screwed a piece of material to hold it together while I installed it. I screwed it in because I will be removing it later.

I cut my two end studs and angled them next to the wall to give me room to install the top plate. I glued the top of the plate with PowerGrab, installed one end and snugged up the end stud. I went to the other corner and snugged up that stud. I then framed in my wall.

Because the door is a prehung exterior unit I did not build a double header, but I did cripple it.

No remodeling project no matter how small is complete without a surprise. Where the new wall meets the old lurks the first one. The old corner was bent in about a half inch. I had to cut it to straighten it. I screwed the new stud to the old one to maintain its integrity.  Figure 2 is where the original framer had to cut the wall stud to drywall.

I framed in the old pocket door opening and installed cripples above(not shown) and started the wiring for the various utilities.

Here is today’s Arizona construction tip. In the summer do the work in the attic early. It may be a dry heat outside, but in the attic it is not.

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