I am making an early New Years resolution to post more of my projects. I am an insurance restoration contractor in the San Francisco area, and I get all types of cool projects to do. Since a lo of what I do is water and fire damage it seems as though I do miles and miles of drywall and flooring, but recently was able to get my hands on this fun project.
This was a water damage project. A main water pipe burst under the house in the middle of the night. In a matter of minuets the water had filled the crawl hole and was flowing in to the house through the in-floor ducting boots. The water level kept rising until enough pressure forced the french doors open and set the alarm off, waking the home owners. Within hours mold began to grow and we had to remove all of their custom wainscot, mantle, and built-in cabinet to remediate the mold.
After passing all the reports and testing we could begin to put this back together. First came the drywall.
Then after much deliberation and planning I was able to fire up the saws and start making some saw dust. The wainscot stiles and rails are poplar and the raised panels are good ol’ MDF. The windows walls were milled, assembled, pocket screwed, dominoed (Isn’t festools domino XL a great tool), glued up, and then installed on the walls. The rest of it was milled and assembled as we installed it on the walls.
After the wainscot was about 85% complete we trimmed the windows and capped the wainscot.
At that point we were about half way there. We then fabricated the built-in and the mantle in the shop. When this was complete we installed it and began the tedious prep and painting.
After the painting and finish was complete we installed the carpet, refinished some areas of the the hardwood floor, and gave the home owner back their family room.
All in all I was happy with it. The home owners really wanted to keep it simples and not to ornate. I would have done a few things different if it was in my house. It was a profitable job and everyone was happy. What more can you ask for?
Thanks for taking a look. Please comment and critique.
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