I woke up this morning sore and cold because it was 11 degrees outside. There are only two more days till spring it should not be this cold. I spent the weekend cleaning, framing, and wiring the bodega.
The loft of the Bodega made a nice place to store stuff that I need to get out of the way. Unfortunately, it turned into s building material scrap yard and I spent a couple hours relocating things. I don’t know how roofers sling bundles of shingles around all day…I moved five bundles and felt like I was ready for the old folks home.
I also took the time to sort out tools that would no longer be needed. Basically every tool I owned was stacked in piles all over the place. I wish I was one of those people that had a small set of tools that fit in a small box. Fact is that sometimes you just need the right tool for the job and that means you will have a bunch of tool boxes. This is especially true when you do everything yourself. You find that a framing hammer is not great for fine woodworking etc etc.
With junk and tools removed I had a nice clean slate to finish framing the upstairs closets and kitchen cabinets.
The upstairs closets will make use of the small triangle in the eaves of the house. One trick I am playing is to use the space under the floor as part of the closet. This gives me 7.5 inches of height at the back of the closet and 3’8″ at the front. I will be installing some pull out drawers that use the space under your feet.
I had a revelation this weekend. Climbing up the front of the loft is easy, but getting down is not. You need to take a leap of faith and swing over the edge to get down. Its hard to explain, but its not comfortable. As I finished up the first closet I looked at my ladder poking up thru the floor and decided that I was going to build the access to the loft thru the floor rather than the front. With the proper sized ladder and hand holds I think it will be more practical.
In my last post I had started the ends of the cabinets and realized that I had a floor issue. This week I pulled up a section of the floor and installed some shims to bring it to within 1/8 inch of being level. I took up that 1/8 inch with some small shims under the cabinet frame. The idea was to split the difference between the floor and cabinet to make it look less noticeable.
I installed some cross members to enclose the bottom and it now looks like a cabinet. I will have a small issue getting a full size sink to fit. I think I’m going to be an inch or two narrow for the sink bowl to slide in. I have some additional members to attach to the front to create the toe area. Its likely that these members will end up being trimmed with a jigsaw to make the sink fit.
I attached my load center and another panel which will contain the charge controller and pump controller (bottom). I was able to squeeze in 2 inches of foam behind the panel so it wont end up too cold there.
With that out of the way, I began drilling holes to run wires. Since I will be using fiberglass I don’t want wires running in the middle of the bay. I figured that the best way was to drill holes at the very bottom of the bay….WRONG! Well not wrong but it was a major pain in the ass since there are nails there. After hitting a couple your drill bit is toast. I wouldn’t change the way i’m doing it, but in the future I won’t be using three nails in the bottom plate.
I managed to run the circuits in one wall and started on the counter wall. I’m using 10 gauge wire which is a real bitch especially when its cold. You just need to be patient and eventually it goes where it supposed to.
Something to note. These single gang crappy plastic boxes do not come with a integral strain relief. You must add a staple within 8 inches of the box to meet code. The double gang plastic boxes do have a strain relief that breaks off if you breathe on it (did I say 10 gauge wire is a bitch to work with?). I suggest that you strip off the insulation before jamming it into the box…seems to be easier and less wear on the box.