dry walls


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walls all framed out, insulated, drywalled, taped and mudded.

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plywood backing in front room – will allow us to more easily build in bookcase/shelving unit; partial plywood backing in closet for shelf reinforcement.

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1st floor ceiling double layer 5/8″ drywall for fire code/insulation.

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kitchen, awaiting final rough plumbing and window.

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in hot water


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so, the original steam heating system is being converted to a hot water system.

pros: easier to plumb in, or move radiators, as it is not reliant on gravity for return lines (thus no elaborate condensate return pipe set up required); can be multi-zoned (will set up as separate first and second floor circuits); system can be easily added to later, if needed; can use the same boiler, just de-tuned; can use the same radiators, just need some new hardware on them; no clanking of pipes or hissing at radiators.

cons: needs a circulating pump (for each circuit); radiators won’t be as hot.

unknown: which system is actually more efficient… but there doesn’t seem to be conclusive evidence either way.

“new” radiator in place. pex piping for most of the circuit, with copper where it will be exposed.

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each has new flanges, valves, stoppers and piping.

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we were also able to add a new, low profile unit in the master bath:

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same boiler, partially disassembled for retuning and resituating:

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built like a brick shi…


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me, that is, after disassembling and stacking 677 whole and plenty more half-bricks from the base of the light/ventilation shaft that used to run through the house.

90% of the bricks were “BROCKWAY,” which were produced in the hudson valley from 1883 through as late as the 1930s; the rest were “LYNCH” which were produced from 1887-1896, through 1910 or later, also in the hudson valley.

update: bricks from the front of the house were found to be “GORMLEY” – another hudson valley brick manufacturer, in business until 1938.

as to the space left behind, we need the area for laundry facilities.

super sub


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all the joists – 1st and 2nd floor – were either replaced with new or sistered up to make them level, and a new subfloor laid on each level.

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at its worst point, there was something like a 4″ sag in the middle of the joist, but most were only about 2″ lower in the middle than on the ends.

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