Attic Renovation – Walls

or maybe I should say “Walls”.   They aren’t exactly fully built out or designed to really carry any significant load I just needed them to square off the room before the roof met the floor.  Now I can continue the ceiling planking down to the floor when I get to that part of the project.

It worked out nice.  The ceiling joists provided an easy place to mount studs at acceptable intervals.  Mounting to the floor was interesting.  I wasn’t 100% sure how the floor / ceiling of the kitchen was constructed and I didn’t want to go through pulling up all the rigid insulation on the floor in the attic to find out.  Soooo I made some assumptions based on the limited stuff I had seen and just went for it.  Whats the saying?…Measure 0 times, make some assumptions, start cutting / drilling.

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It wasn’t quite that reckless…they were educated assumptions.  I had to counter sink the holes a bit in the 2×3’s because the decking screws I had around the house that I thought were long enough weren’t quite long enough.  Luckily counter sinking worked just fine and an additional trip to HD was not required.

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We are nearing completion.  Really just two major tasks left: ceiling planks and then the floor. My build partner is heading to Aruba for a month though so things will be on hold a bit.  I’ve got a few menial tasks to address during that time…some more insulation, electrical, etc.  Pretty pleased with things so far.

New Bike Day!

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The very best kind of day. New bike day. I loved the Spot but no matter how much you love a particular bike there always comes a time where its just time to move on to the next thing.  So why the Niner ROS 9 Plus you ask? Isn’t 29+ just another weird format fad? Maybe. Time will tell but my path to this bike actually probably started a few years ago.

After Mark Tucker took a step back from racing he got himself a Carver Gnarvester 29+ rig and I was immediately pretty jealous.  The thing just looked FUN and the way he would describe how it rode just sounded exactly like how I want to ride all the time.  At the time there weren’t many 29+ offerings and it was just weird enough that I never really thought it would be a possibility for me.  Then in the following years the format caught on a tad.  Trek came out with the ‘Stache and Niner launched a 29+ version of their ROS among others.

I really liked the look of the Niner.  I’ve always been a fan of that classic steel look with the tapered steel fork.  It seemed like a sweet bike but I still never quite thought of is as an option for me being a ‘racer’ and all.  Just this past Thanxmas I was talking with Pog about him thinking about getting back into mountain biking a bit and I was telling him if he wanted to try and get a bike that he could theoretically ride all year and just be super fun it would be a 29+ rig.  He’s on the coast so he’d have enough float to ride sand as long as it wasn’t too deep, same for snow in the winter.  Low maintenance just get on and go type ride.  I even said, “If I wasn’t racing, I would be on a ROS 9+”

I had already been thinking about what my replacement bike would be and in the weeks after Thanxmas it started occurring to me that saying something like “If I wasn’t racing I would have this bike” was kind of stupid.  This is the most fun bike I can think of but I’m not going to buy it because of this other thing I do mostly for fun.  The days of me being concerned about the gear I have really impacting my ability to be competitive are over but apparently I hadn’t quite fully accepted that.  Luckily I came to my senses and now I’ll be racing on a super fun bike.

Of course I had to buy it the time of year that I can’t really ride it so now I get to torture myself just looking at if for awhile. Maybe I’ll post a ride review once I get some time on it.

Attic Renovation – Insulating

Work in the attic space continues! This is actually progressing quite a bit faster than anticipated. I’m breaking new ground on much of this work and while I had a plan it was based on little to no experience so I figured I’d run into all kinds of snags but so far so good.

After the door went in the next stages of my plan were to insulate the ceiling and frame up some mini walls.  Decided to tackle insulating first.  Can you believe I fit eleven 2in x 2ft x 8ft sections of rigid insulation in the Fit?  WELL BELIEVE IT because I did.

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Working with rigid insulation is actually pretty easy.  Cutting it was no problem.  Getting things to fit in my irregular not-square house got a bit interesting but we managed ok.  Just a bit of punching and smashing to get things press fit into place.  But end product came out pretty nice.  A few of the sections of ceiling needed a bit of finish work before we could insulate so we’re not totally done yet.

I was able to move some of the electrical that was in the way Sunday and we’ve got a plan to add some 2×6’s at the end of the room for an additional ceiling plank mounting spot.  Then its walls, ceiling planks, floor.

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