Nonstandard Home Improvements

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Have you done something to your house that is non-standard and makes it so much nicer?
Such as?
 
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Well the odd thing is there is a three bay garage on one end of the house... only thing I could see is the ceiling was only 10' where as where the barn is the ceiling is about 16' ish high...
 

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I regularly turn my house into a meth lab, and at other times a vehicle... does that count?
 

Haeder

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Does a plumbing manifold count as non-standard?
 
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Also took out a door (that wasn't used) framed/sided and put in a dog door so the dog can go in and out of her dog pen as she pleases.
 

Ballbuster1

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Took out the wall in my living room and opened it up
into the room next to it. One less bedroom for a kid to
try and move back home into. Next one becomes a sauna
and sunroom combo. ;)
 

MetalBender

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Hell yes I do! I got a funnel with a hose attached going through a hole in the wall for a pisser out in the shop. It's great in the winter.



Then there is a room in the basement with a galvanized ceiling and breaker box cover that is magnitized to the wall. The ceiling idea is to access the dryer vent tube, plumbing, phone, electrical and cable. Otherwise just all steel roofing and seamless vertical siding.
 

MayrMeninoCrash

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I turned the knobs around on my kids' bedroom doors so they couldn't lock themselves in (yeah, that's it).
 
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I basically got the doors and the basic stalls done in a week... as we had to get the horses in.









Only sucky thing was I had to strip all the insulation and rewire as critters has been living in there and roooined it.

Haven't reinsulated it as have not figured out the door arrangement yet.
 
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Oh and here is that doggy door... I did make a little shingle roof to cover the entrance...

 

Haeder

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How is the water heated? Where does it go to?
Cold water into the unit from the bottom through the blue line, gets distributed to all of the cold water fixtures in the house, goes out through the blue line on top of the unit into the water heater and hot water comes back into the top of the manifold through the red line and gets distributed to all of the hot water fixtures in the house.

 
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Cold water into the unit from the bottom through the blue line, gets distributed to all of the cold water fixtures in the house, goes out through the blue line on top of the unit into the water heater and hot water comes back into the top of the manifold through the red line and gets distributed to all of the hot water fixtures in the house.

Nice... gather with the manifold the water pressure throughout the house is the same... btw did you put an expansion tank on your water heater?
 

Haeder

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Nice... gather with the manifold the water pressure throughout the house is the same... btw did you put an expansion tank on your water heater?
The water pressure is the same at every fixture. Only drawback to the manifold system is the delayed hot water in the kitchen sink. There's about 50 feet of pex between the mainfold and the kitchen sink. Takes a while to flush that much cold water out of the pipe.

The expansion tank is attached to the cold water line between the water heater and the manifold. You can see the tee that goes into the expansion tank in the top left corner of the picture.
 
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Do the horses gnaw on the exposed lumber?
Yep... that's why I used rough sawn spruce for the stall interiors and the board and batten outside as I know they will chew on it.

Note the stalls are now sheathed on the outside... and up to the ceilings.

I had some of that roll on truck bed liner left and painted the exterior door sills with it... and still looks good after ummm 3 years.
 
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The water pressure is the same at every fixture. Only drawback to the manifold system is the delayed hot water in the kitchen sink. There's about 50 feet of pex between the mainfold and the kitchen sink. Takes a while to flush that much cold water out of the pipe.

The expansion tank is attached to the cold water line between the water heater and the manifold. You can see the tee that goes into the expansion tank in the top left corner of the picture.
Could do a recirculating hot water loop... gather you insulated all the lines.

 

Haeder

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Could do a recirculating hot water loop... gather you insulated all the lines.
Don't think a recirculating hot water loop would work with the manifold system I installed.
 
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Don't think a recirculating hot water loop would work with the manifold system I installed.
It could... you would have to loop the faucet back directly to the water heater...
 

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Trying to figure out how to get/build an Elevator that goes one floor..hydraulic maybe. Still planning.
 

Haeder

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Trying to figure out how to get/build an Elevator that goes one floor..hydraulic maybe. Still planning.
Why, may I ask, are you trying to figure out how get/build an elevator that goes one floor?