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Putting in insulation…

October 20, 2009

…in the case of the front studio the insulation was not going to get covered with plastic, so I wanted to something a little different to preserve the very nice quality rafters in the ceiling. Lyra had a cool idea which was to paint the kraft paper on the insulation, so we spent a couple hours painting three rolls of R19….


Installation is easy. Just used a big clamp to go across a rafter…


…this supports the insulation so you can get in with a staple gun and tack it in place.


The picture doesnt really do it justice, it looks kind of gross in the photo but from the vantage point of the floor, the ceiling looks very interesting. The rafters are preserved and the painted paper looks very consistent with the original construction period. (Okay I dont know if that’s really a good thing.) The other thing that works nicely is the lighting hangs much lower than the rafters so it de-emphasizes the view of the ceiling anyway — visually you dont really pick up on very dark green latex/paper combination in between the rafters.


Finished the windows…

October 17, 2009

window frame

…they are all “triple” pane if you count the original single pane windows, and the two sets of single pane windows that were installed. The picture does not really show the extra panes I put in – there’s some cove molding that’s holding each new pane. The windows are nice, they let a lot of light into the shop. I also completely preserved the look of the garage from the outside, consistent with my plan for the building to look like no improvement has happened.

Handling the glass sucked for the most part. Tricks to remember are:

  • be light on the glass cutter. If you hear little chunks of glass breaking under the wheel you’re pushing too hard
  • once you score the glass, put a rod under the glass and use a board or some other something to press the whole plate down at once. This is helpful for longer pieces of glass.
  • if you’re making multiple panes, you really want them to be clean, dont leave mummified hand prints in between the layers of glass. So clean the panes really well and then put on gloves when you’re moving the pane into place.
  • Closed in the back garage doors

    October 7, 2009
    Back garage door, closed in.

    Back garage door, closed in.

    Used a large pile of DAP, two layers of plastic, R19, with 2×6 framing. I’m pretty sure that when I put on my toolbag I heard the Rocky theme song.

    Insulating the exterior walls

    October 6, 2009


    The garages have old carriage doors that are very drafty. I’ve marked up some drawings of framing that will be placed on the interior side of the doors that will get packed with insulation and plastic sheeting.