DIY

Moving our HVAC Vent + Dremel Saw Giveaway

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share the brief tale of how we moved our HVAC vent in the guest room with the help of the Dremel US40 Ultra Saw and offer one up for you to win today!  We don’t advocate doing major changes to your home’s HVAC system without professional help, but in this situation we found moving the vent a few feet wasn’t too difficult and a project we could tackle on our own.

I didn’t want the vent directly under the fan, I wanted it three feet closer to the closet wall and away from the fixture for aesthetic reasons so we moved it ourselves.

moving hvac vent

Our project required opening up the ceiling (after we removed the popcorn) to shorten the conduit. We also shut off the power to this room because we were working around the electrical wire to the ceiling fixture.

cut open sheetrock

Once the ceiling was open Matt cut the conduit with the Dremel Ultra Saw and its metal blade attachment.

 

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Tile Flooring: Demo + Installation

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Today I’m back with another progress report on the Nevada house renovation, this one focused on the flooring! Two weeks ago I shared we chose to remove the old carpet and tile and replace it all downstairs with Daltile’s Forest Park in Sugar Maple (see the "before" here).

As I mentioned in that post, if the downstairs floors had been all plain white porcelain tile we might have kept that tile but because it was mixed with three kinds of dingy carpet we decided it all had to go to achieve a seamless more contemporary look from room to room.

wood porcelain plank tile demo and installation

Matt and I considered demolishing and installing the flooring ourselves for about 45 seconds, then came to the sane conclusion that professional demo and installation was a much smarter idea. 1,100 square feet of demo and tile installation would surely send us to both marital and physical therapy.

Also, these floors have to be perfect. The kitchen is a pass through and is located in the middle of the house with the living room on the right and the family room/breakfast nook on the left. Connecting the tile through the kitchen and around walls without anything wonky happening was essential and that made us nervous to tackle the install ourselves.

Someday I’ll write a post about when we DIY and when we hire out but this flooring project is the perfect example. We gathered three bids and chose the one we felt could do the work in the most timely and professional way and for a reasonable cost. Demolition began with the carpeted spaces and baseboard removal.

remove carpet and baseboard

 

Tile removal is a lot harder, first just getting the tiles off the floor takes strong tools and muscles… 

ceramic tile removal

 

The first tool the crew used was a heavy pry bar and the tiles popped off pretty fast but broken pieces went flying everywhere (protective eyewear necessary!). We really appreciated that before starting demo they papered the freshly smooth textured walls (that burgundy paper shown), it was conscientious of the hard work from last week.

pry bar

Another tool they used was a hammer and crow bar to pop them off one by one.

old tile removal

My Dad wanted a piece of the action with that pry bar so he took out the tile under the fireplace in an oh so appropriate shoe choice for tile removal. :)

dad and pry bar

 

For thinset mortar removal, the crew used two tools, the first was a scraper, they used a sander to sharpen the edges a few times throughout the day.

scraper and sander

 

sander sharpen

 

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