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Winter Project Rundown
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Winter Project Rundown

Moving in to colder weather, it's time to come indoors for the year. I decided it is time to get an actual start on the building of my 'man cave'. If time and money allows, I'll try to get the rest of the basement done, but honestly I am only concerned with completing this one room by itself. I do understand that in the long run it would be a lot easier to just do the whole basement as one complete project. That said, it's just not in my budget to do the whole thing from start to finish at one time. I'm expecting this room itself to take me the majority of the winter. If things go well, I'll probably try to add on to this, next year to finish the basement out. This is something I "kind of" started last winter, but time just didn't allow me to get a whole lot of it done. I am determined this year, to get the walls up and the flooring in. I will have to pay an electrician to come in at some point, to either run the electrical or at the very least check it to make sure I didn't mess it up. The plan is: remove the old paint off the walls, seal up any/all air gaps and potential ways for water to get in (basement is staying dry, after regrading the exterior). After that will be application of DryLok paint, then the bottom wall plate. Once that is done, we can frame out the walls and add the insulation, this is the point where I'll potentially start to save a little $$ in heating costs (projecting 120$ savings/year, once the basement is done, this isn't including the savings from the cold air return, nor the savings for the higher average temperature of the air surrounding heater/hot water tank), only accounting for heat exchange through the cinder block walls. Since this project is incorporating about 1/4 of the exterior walls, we can roughly guesstimate 1/4 of the projected savings, or a whopping 30$/year. All for the low low price of a couple thousand dollars. At that point, it would be time to pay that electrician to run my electric. Thankfully, most of my electrical needs will be completely inside this room, with only really needing to add 2 receptacles to the other areas of the basement. Once that is done, I'll be able to finish the walls, lay the flooring, and finish the ceiling. Leaving the rest for a casual adding furnishings as needed. Might even decide to attempt to build a custom desk to incorporate usage of otherwise unusable areas. Seriously, half the room will have almost no headroom, so I'm thinking a nice big desk, or something. DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell
Power Washing the Basement
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Power Washing the Basement

The project has been started, we're power washing the basement. Ok, so we're not concerned with actually getting all the old paint off, specifically if it's a wall that hasn't taken in water before then it likely won't be taking in water anytime soon. That said, I have 2 primary focus locations in the entire basement. I'm not saying that I'm not even going to try in the other areas, no I'm saying if the paint won't come off then obviously it's not a potential problem area. I'm still going to hit it and try to get the paint off, I'm still going to paint over it with DryLok. Last year when I ordered the GreenWorks power washer, I caught a lot of flack for spending money on an electric one. You'd be surprised how some people just don't understand that if you're working in a space that you can't really ventilate, then you do not want exhaust fumes. This thing only set me back about 160$ and has been well worth the investment. With as many videos as I have using this thing, one could argue that I've already gotten my moneys worth out of it. I bought it for one purpose, this exact project, everything else was icing on the cake in my eyes. Best part is, it isn't showing signs of giving up. I could pay someone 200$+ to power wash the exterior of my house, or I could spend 160$ and do it myself for several years. GreenWorks 2000 PSI https://amzn.to/2GDFC39 DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.co/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell #powerwash
Second Coat UGL DryLok, in the Basement
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Second Coat UGL DryLok, in the Basement

Decided to go ahead and put the 2nd coat of UGL DryLok on the basement walls.  This part of the project isn't taking as long as I though, and is actually a lot cheaper than I thought it would be.  Then again, I'm only doing about half of the basement at the moment.  One 5 gallon bucket was plenty for the part I'm working on.  Will need another 5 gallon bucket to finish the rest of the basement though, but that's not part of this project.   Haven't had any water in the basement since it all dried up from power washing the walls, and of course grading the exterior of the house.  That's saying a lot, since it has rained, and rained, and well rained.  Quite honestly, this fall/early winter has been very wet.  At one point, I even made footprints in the mud out front, it was that wet (this doesn't happen, the side lot sure, but never the front of the house).  I think it's safe to say, my water problem has been resolved even before adding the DryLok, but the DryLok is a preventative measure or a 'fail-safe'. I'm already starting to notice that it doesn't feel as damp in the basement.  Really, it's starting to feel quite comfortable down there.  Still a long way to go in this project and time is running out.  I've basically got 2 full months left before I can start to get back outside.  I'm starting to doubt if I'll be able to finish this project before warmer weather hits.  Hope I can, but even if I don't, I'm getting parts done, I'm getting them done in a manner that works for me.  Worst case scenario, I'll just have to finish it on rainy days, as time allows.   Tons of projects planned and never fully finished, seems to be my method.  There's always something that hits me as 'more important', or I just run shy on funds and have to slow down.  If money wasn't an object, I'd probably be done.  Just a few 2x4's between me and some walls, just a little insulation between my walls and a quiet room, just a little wall material between studded walls and finished walls, just a little flooring between my room having a nice looking floor and just a few trinkets between that and a nicely finished room to relax in.   Sounds simple, doesn't it? UGL DryLok Paint Amazon https://amzn.to/2GFuvrE Home Depot https://go.magik.ly/ml/152vb/ Ace Hardware https://go.magik.ly/ml/152vc/ Walmart https://go.magik.ly/ml/1izaq/ DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell #drylok
Decided to redo the Duct Work
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Decided to redo the Duct Work

I've been accepting the fact that all this duct work, is just going to be in my way. Today, it finally dawned on me, that I don't have to "settle" for this. I don't want this duct work here, I'm making a room in the basement for me, I should just move the duct work out of my way and get the room I want. Now that I'm looking at this in the right light, I've come up with a plan for how I want to attack this. Hours of researching on the ole web, and I've decided that HVAC conventions can probably be overlooked. We're really talking about a small house, one or 2 ducts could easily provide enough heat to keep the house comfortable. I'm not suggesting getting rid of any vents, I'm just going to reduce the volume of air (which by my estimation is too high for the space) and increase the velocity (solving my warm air delivery service, and turning it into hot air delivery). I've been in this house for somewhere around 10 years, in that time I've never really noticed hot air coming out of any of the vents. My thinking is, since all my vents have their own ducts, that is a relatively high volume of stagnant (not to mention cold) air filling each of those up. This cooler air mixes with the hot air from the furnace and delivers warm (75-80 degree) air to my living space. I can reduce that volume, by running a trunk and run ventilation system, which will reduce the total length of ducts by around 25 feet. In addition to the loss of duct length, each vent would push out smaller amounts of the cooler stagnant air, and deliver hot air in a matter of second. To accomplish this, I wanted to keep my 7" diameter duct on the trunk and push it down to 6" for each run (increasing velocity). Sadly, as it turned out, the hardware store, does not carry 7" y's nor do they carry 7" t's. So a quick rework, in my head at the hardware store, I decided 6" would have to suffice for the trunk and the runs. This will still give plenty of velocity and should maintain a respectable volume for each room. My only real problem, is I wanted the trunk to remain 7" to maintain enough pressure through the whole system so as not to lose pressure the further away I got (or at least not loose as much). My house is an open design, so there's no real doors to speak of (bedrooms and bathroom only, but bathroom has no vent). After working the numbers and doing the calculations, I should have more than enough volume coming through the system combined that it's just not going to matter anyway. One room will be below the recommended volume, but it's still an open layout and the cold air will be rushing along the floor to find it's way back down, allowing displacement of air through the entryway, it's just not going to matter. With that said, I'm excited, this will allow me to keep a lot of headroom for a good majority of my addition. DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell
Fixing the First Duct
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Fixing the First Duct

Replacing the first duct was a bit more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Still easy, just more time consuming than I initially thought. Of course it doesn't help that I like to take my breaks and move along the project at a slow pace, leaving me plenty of time to think each and every step through. We start off this project with a 7" to 6" reducer, since the hardware store only had 6" y's and 6" t's that were available in the store that day. Of course we needed some foil tape to tape off all seems and some Duct Mastic Sealant for all the connections. All straight duct will be done with 6" x 5' round metal duct pipe, which offers less resistance then the preexisting flex, and using Woven Vinyl Hanger Straps to help support the duct along the way. We decided to use 6x6x6 wye's to go from the trunk to the run, adding in an adjustable elbow to help the run to be moved up out of the way. Continuing on with the 6"x5' round metal duct pipe, until close to the register vent, where I decided to use 6" Flex just to make the connection easy. Lets not forget to pick up a Duct Crimper, just to make your life easier, if you have to cut your metal duct pipe, you'll be glad you got this. Everything said and done, this really was very easy to do, just a bit more time consuming than I thought. Being that this was my first time doing this, I spent maybe 2 hours of actual work time on this first step. With that in mind, I'd be comfortable stating that a novice (like myself) could comfortably do this in just a couple hours/vent. If you don't want to do a lot of math, just use the same diameter of the preexisting duct work, but move it out of your way, avoiding multiple sharp turns. Seriously, if you're going to wrap it around your chimney in a nice pretty spiral pattern, then call a professional, so they can bring you down to earth. Materials List 7" to 6" Reducer https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb76/ Foil Tape https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7f/ Duct Mastic Sealant https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7i/ 6" x 5' round metal duct pipe https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7k/ Woven Vinyl Hanger Straps https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7l/ 6x6x6 wye's https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7n/ adjustable elbow https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7q/ register vent https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7t/ 6" Flex https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7v/ Duct Crimper https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb83/ DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell #ductwork
Continuing on to Duct Number Two
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Continuing on to Duct Number Two

Replacing the 2nd duct was a lot easier, I already have 1 duct behind me and that means experience. On this duct, I ran into a small problem, the first duct stopped working while I was working on this. The solution was really simple, I needed more static on the line to allow the air to flow out of the first run. You see, air much like water, will follow the path of least resistance. Opening up the end, changed the path to straight ahead, thus air stopped taking the first off ramp. Continuing straight, and the 2nd off ramp was less resistance than the first off ramp. Once I capped the end of the trunk, and started running the second run, that's when air returned to the first run. With that said, I wasted a lot of time, trying to troubleshoot my problem, which was only a problem in my head. 2nd run of duct work in and trunk capped, meant airflow was restored and I started noticing 'hot' air coming into the upstairs. Hot air, something I've never had upstairs, now we're not talking hot enough to cook an egg, we're talking maybe 90 degrees (which, when compared to 75-80, it actually seems hot). I'm starting to feel good about adding this into my project, but at nearly 200$ in, I'm starting to feel like I may have started a more costly project than it may have been worth. Yes, I am gaining headroom for about an extra 4 foot of my new room, yes I am getting warmer air upstairs, I'm just hoping this reduces my energy needs in the process. I just keep looking at the price tag, and thinking "I could have probably had the wood for the walls with that $ and probably have been ready for insulation, where I'm going to start saving $$". It'll be okay though, I want to run heat to the basement, and this gets me some experience with running duct work, so it'll pay off in knowledge. Materials List 7" to 6" Reducer https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb76/ Foil Tape https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7f/ Duct Mastic Sealant https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7i/ 6" x 5' round metal duct pipe https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7k/ Woven Vinyl Hanger Straps https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7l/ 6x6x6 wye's https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7n/ adjustable elbow https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7q/ register vent https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7t/ 6" Flex https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7v/ Duct Crimper https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb83/ DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell #ductwork
How to patch a hole in your floor
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How to patch a hole in your floor

With 2 vents redone, I figured it was time to get the gap from using a smaller vent, filled in. Of course, by no means am I a carpenter and I have dreaded this step. You see, when I cut wood, it just never matters how many times I measure it, I can never seem to cut it correctly. That said, I cut the garbage piece of wood for underneath, to help build the courage for the upstairs piece. Sure, it wasn't perfect by any means, but it was probably the best cut I had made in my life up to this point, and I was proud of myself. With the hidden piece out of the way, it was time to cut the piece that's going to be visible until I start actually doing the work upstairs. This piece could be visible for years, this is the piece people will judge me by, when they come over to visit and see it as part of my floor. I am actually proud of myself for these cuts, sure most of the world isn't impressed, but I am. These pieces seemed to fit in nice and snug, like they were meant to go here, and that's saying a lot for a guy that can't cut wood with any sort of accuracy. Time to try out the new countersink bit I spent an hour looking for at the hardware store. I went with some square head screws, since I never have luck with flat, Phillips or even star bits. Then of course, since I'm trying a different type of screw, I needed to get a square bit to put them in. All in all, I'm very happy with my work on this step. Countersink Bit https://go.magik.ly/ml/jh6e/ Square head screws https://go.magik.ly/ml/jh6n/ Square Bit https://go.magik.ly/ml/jh6p/ DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell
Redoing ductwork, putting in my 3rd duct
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Redoing ductwork, putting in my 3rd duct

The third duct, I'm starting to really feel comfortable with this project. Everything is moving along quite well,um well, if you never mind that mistake right there, and the one before it. Heck, I don't care, I've gained a lot of headroom. So just a few minor mistakes, costing me a little bit of that headroom I've just reclaimed. Not really a big deal, I can fix it later with framing. It's just my man cave anyway, no real need for it to be perfect or presentable. Even though, I plan on doing a lot of videos down here, once it's done. Materials List 7" to 6" Reducer https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb76/ Foil Tape https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7f/ Duct Mastic Sealant https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7i/ 6" x 5' round metal duct pipe https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7k/ Woven Vinyl Hanger Straps https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7l/ 6x6x6 wye's https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7n/ adjustable elbow https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7q/ register vent https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7t/ 6" Flex https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7v/ Duct Crimper https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb83/ DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell
Time for the 4th and Final Duct
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Time for the 4th and Final Duct

The 4th and final duct, almost done, almost done, wait I am done!! With this last piece in, I could check air flow from each duct and determine I am pushing enough air through 3 of the 4 vents to promote a happy and warm environment upstairs. Wait, what about the 4th vent? There's a slight problem with vent #1, the first vent blows almost no air. Reason being, there's a small hole in the back of the closet in that room, pulling cold air out of the stairwell to the basement, pulling that air over the vent, causing a condition where it prevents the vent from functioning. While playing with this, I moved some things around upstairs and found it much easier to close that closet door. With the closet door closed, the vent pushes hot air. This confirmed my thought of what the issue was. For a more permanent solution, I'll have to get something to fill that small hole with, but since I'm planning on redoing the upstairs anyway, I'm just going to close the closet door for now. It really is funny to find a small issue, that could explain why it was set up the way it was in the first place. What if 20 years ago, my grandfather noticed this same problem and his solution was to run the vent on it's own line? It's enough to make a person think, and then smile at the small connections between them and their grandparents. All those hours of lectures, I think he'd be proud of me today. Materials List 7" to 6" Reducer https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb76/ Foil Tape https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7f/ Duct Mastic Sealant https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7i/ 6" x 5' round metal duct pipe https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7k/ Woven Vinyl Hanger Straps https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7l/ 6x6x6 wye's https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7n/ adjustable elbow https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7q/ register vent https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7t/ 6" Flex https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb7v/ Duct Crimper https://go.magik.ly/ml/jb83/ DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! I use MagicLinks for all my ready-to-shop product links. Check it out here: https://www.magiclinks.org/rewards/referral/oggrewell/ I use TubeBuddy for tag optimizations https://www.tubebuddy.com/oggrewell Want to see my kit? https://kit.com/bryangrewell/o-g-grewell #oggrewell

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