Remodeling My Old Farm House: Spray Foam and Mechanicals

Remodeling My Old Farm House: Spray Foam and Mechanicals


you know what before you do any
electrical work you should probably make sure that you go to your service panel
and turn off the breaker that’s associated with the outlets or
electrical line or whatever circuit you’re working I’m gonna go do that
first now luckily I labeled this so we’re in the north bedroom I’m just
gonna follow that guy over and right here this guy make sure it’s in the off
position I had to take my box cover off because I never labeled the box but I
did label all the wires coming into the box
so make sure you turn off the Associated breaker and if you’re not comfortable
make sure you talk to somebody that is and helps you out with this all right so
now that I’ve got my electrical service turned off I can go ahead and disconnect
this outlet so I can remove it because right now remember this is set out at
the existing dimension or space of the original drywall but what I need to do
is get it back flush with the new plane of the wall which is the original 2×4 so what I’ve got here is the old double
drain for the double vanity that we used to have here what I’m gonna do is I
never really liked this so I’m gonna get rid of this double Y so I’m gonna swap
this out swap this out pull this out that way I’ve just got a center drain
ready to go for the new vanity now this pipe here is my vent stack so
that’s gonna ventilate the drain when any water goes down and this is going to
go to the septic here this is the sewer and this is the vent I’m gonna be
putting a single T in here sanitary tee and I’ll be adding some
pipe over here to a new 90 not the short 90 you can see if I pull this guy up see
the difference this one was a lot tighter this one’s a lot longer so
things won’t get stuck in it as easily and then I’ll just add another piece of
2-inch pipe here from my exhaust with a coupling then I got a little bit of a
slack here up in my attic space so I should be able to do that quite easily
the first thing I’m going to do is measure off of my wall and I want this
at 30 inches for a 60 inch vanity but I gotta add in I gotta add a half inch
drywall so I’m gonna be thirty and a half so if I go ahead and plan this guy
to be at 30 and a half then what I can do is just measure this guy which is
about 5 and 3/4 now personally I like to drive fit
things kind of make sure that everything is right where I like it and then what I
like to do is I’ll just mark some marks even though this is not that big of a
deal when I go ahead and glue it it’ll ensure that everything is in line so
this is the glue primer this cleans it all off gets it ready for the PVC glue I
don’t really like purple I should have got the clear but I didn’t we’ll add our
glue that was a little bit too much I’m just gonna make sure that my marks line
up and I always kind of squeeze it and you should be good now I’ll be able to
clean this guy up and put it in the worst thing about the purple is it
stains and I just got it all over my hand dang it get this guy connected first thing I’ll
do is I’ll put the coupler on there we go 30 and 3/4 that’s okay now that all the
electrical and plumbing is roughed in you can see we’ve got all the studs
prepped and we’re gonna be doing spray foam here I went with spray foam because
I’ve only got a 2×4 wall cavity and it’s gonna give me my vapor barrier and the
best air seal I possibly can so you just go around the outside first
Brandon yeah go down there outside the feliner that number on my car yeah I can see how this will be
invisible if you participate oh yeah that’s probably didn’t last long Judah’s hitting all the high spots yep
and right now is the time to do use runs right down the studs Neffe you used to
do before yeah just freeze not fate so this is kind of like drywalling when you
get to the point where your money and you think wow if I do a better job buddy
I do less drying or sanding us yeah perfect yeah I would do whatever I had to do to
prep this must be possible I’m pretty happy this has been something that I’ve
kind of I think if you guys probably follow me you know that I’ve I’ve fought
and that is spray foam versus fiberglass heck I just did a video on exactly why I
would rather do fiberglass but you have to remember that’s a post frame
structure I really think that when doing any home construction one should
consider spray foam because it gets in every nook and cranny it’s your living
space really good and seal that’s gonna give me my vapor barrier and it’s gonna
seal off this wall cavity really nice maybe I’m wrong maybe I should be doing
spray foam all of my buildings all of my jobs after
seeing this process after watching the guys from BPI foam insulation out of
Morrison big shout out to you guys I know you guys aren’t on social much but
I really do appreciate the work you guys definitely you know you took your time
you made sure that the prep work was done properly so that you could clean up
properly I mean as you can see all of the studs are nice and clean ready for
drywall you guys went through they made sure that there weren’t any protruding
spots of the foam so they weren’t out past the stud Bay it’s a good example of
if you spend a little bit of time in the beginning of the job to do the prep work
it makes your job easier at the end and these guys definitely said that it
didn’t take a lot of jobs for them when they got started to realize that taking
that little bit of extra time prepping the space for cleanup especially made
their jobs a ton easier luckily we didn’t have to do much cleaning a little
bit of scraping that was about it but I’m really happy definitely brightened
up the space if nothing else and I’m ready to get going on this remodel now
so now we’ve got the demo done and we’ve got the spray foam in which means we’re
ready to start putting this thing back together although I feel like I’ve still
got some demo in me the wall right behind me here we’ve talked about
removing it my staircase is right on the other side and I think we might go ahead
and open this up into the staircase so that it’s like a loft and then instead
of having the doorway over here into the room it’s not going to be a doorway it’s
just going to be well it’ll be a doorway but it won’t have a door and then we’ll
go ahead and we’re thinking about putting the door to the bathroom
in this room so we get it out of the hallway so the first thing it’s going to
do is if we get rid of that door it’s going to allow me to probably put maybe
the toilet right over there and this is where the shower is going to be probably
be a custom tiled shower I’ll have this little nook here for
either some built in you know built in closet space first towels and whatnot or
I’ll just go ahead put the toilet over there I haven’t
quite decided I got to do a little bit of investigatory work with the piping to
see what I can do but then we’ll go ahead and put the door into the bathroom
over here I’m really excited to kind of show the process of my home remodel
because I know a lot of you probably don’t get to see post framed go up all
the time and that’s what intrigues you but probably more realistic towards what
something you might need to learn or do in your future would be something to
your home so I’m gonna go ahead and I’m gonna make a separate playlist and it’s
gonna be my home because I’m gonna start remodeling it for the second time and
take you guys through that journey hopefully we can learn something
together and in the end I’ll have a place that I can definitely be happy
about and comfortable in because right now I don’t think it’s the most
comfortable home out here in the middle of the country 30 40 mile an hour winds
that’s like pretty standard and it’s not properly insulated it’s not properly
built for energy efficiency so hopefully I can do that and hopefully if you guys
haven’t already hit that subscribe button
hang around for the ride leave me some comments and maybe leave me some good
ideas stuff I should look at make sure I do on my home remodel but from here on
out I’ll try to keep this all into a separate playlist so we don’t have too
much you know back and forth from post frame to residential or maybe that
doesn’t bother you guys anyway thanks for the support we’ll catch you guys in
the next video I’m gonna go I don’t know do something
at Sunday afternoon

82 thoughts on “Remodeling My Old Farm House: Spray Foam and Mechanicals

  1. Great idea with the tape! What you should do on all your buildings is using a BX or MC electrical wire and fire-rated drywall. Great project, good luck.

  2. Man, that tape is such a great idea. Did they do anything special to make sure the drain pipe wasn't pushed towards the inside of the wall (outside the plane of the drywall) when the spray foam was put in?

  3. The electrical work in the states is random as F¥#K… if you even wired an extension lead like that here you would be shut down until you offered a kidney in payment for the fine…

  4. Don’t know how far you’ve gotten in your shower plans but these are sweet:
    https://www.tileredi.com/redi-base-shower-pans

  5. Open everything up… in the end.. it's no different than changing all the seals on an engine or what not when its tire apart already…. Kyle.. open it up.. ur skilled.. and yes.. if u feel its little to much for the market.. screw it.. ull pass it on to the next person if u leave.. if u stay.. u won't get cabin fever.. DO IT

  6. If you have a bunch of outlets to redo. Cut scrap 2×4 at height you want. 16” off floor 48” off floor etc. save you time in measuring each one.

  7. The biggest thing I don’t like about spray foam, other than the cost, is that it will burn. Should you ever have a house fire with spray foam in the walls, fire can travel through the wall cavity. The fire can then spread faster and it releases toxic smoke into the home making escape more difficult. Products like rockwool are nonflammable and essentially help to slow a fire from spreading. I would probably not use spray foam anywhere except in a cathedral ceiling.

  8. don't forget to bond your metal boxes properly, i did not notice any bonded grounds when you were doing the tear out.

  9. I worked with this dude who told me i was a pussy for turning off power to a 110 outlet… literally he said "it's just 110, it can't kill you". I didn't even argue. he will get his darwin award soon enough.

  10. I love watching rookies do electrical. Puts a smile on my face. Mad respect though on doing it yourself.

  11. I would cover the studs as well, at least with some other king of isolation to prevent thermal bridges. I suggest to check the results when done with a thermal camera.

  12. when i did construction, i'd cut marks into my hammer handle at certain spacings for nailing off the perimeter and field for sheeting. made doing that pretty quick since the spacing was always just two numbers no matter the material. something like that for your electrical boxes would likely help, just a scrap of lumber with some marks.

  13. With regards to insulation, fiberglass allows air to pass through it and circulate within it which is not beneficial. Fiberglass also allows air flow wherever it meets any framing material and at corners. Silica from which fiberglass is made is a known carcinogen, if you are going to use it take proper safety precautions.

  14. Right on. I haven't been familiar with spray foam, but I think am becoming a convert. Matt Risenger down in Austin loves spray foam and I'm beginning to see why.

  15. When I had the electrical done on my last remodel I fell in love with these adjustable outlet boxes. Especially if you are talking about kitchens and bath. Because as I got to the end of my remodel I realized I couldn't afford the tile that my wife wanted at the time so I had to run the boxes flush with the dry wall. These adjustable boxes made it easy when I did get the tile because all I had to do was adjust the box to the new thickness that included the tile. Great job and I really enjoy watching your videos. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-1-Gang-21-cu-in-New-Work-Non-Metallic-Electrical-Wall-Box-with-Adjustable-Bracket-B121ADJ-40R/202077339

  16. Awesome video man 3/4 done with my tech school journey. Will be able to externship in September and next Wednesday I have a big test to acquire my electrical administrators license.

  17. Obviously the spray foam insulation cost more and in most cases the homeowner can't do it. Did they say about how long it takes to recoop the extra cost? We all know with the better insulation, your utility bills should be way lower. Thanks for sharing your talent and videos, Rodney

  18. You have way too sheathing on the cable within the Blue Box ! You only need to have at least an 1/4 '' to 1/2 '' of sheathing within the box

  19. And on the wire installation for the Vanity Light , You have way too MUCH Cable in that one box ! Code states that you only need at least 6 to 8 '' but not more than 12'' which is a waste !

  20. clean outs on the drains that way if you need to snake a drain you don't need to go to the roof. Just unscrew the cap on the clean out. Primer is a solid practice. Turn your glue welds a quarter turn immediately after you glue them together. A wise man asks for building tips. I had my own contractors license. I was also a superintendent for a general contractor. Good luck to you on your career. It looks like you build a solid product and you care; have pride in your work. Always remember to have pride in your work It's what made us great. We had ingenuity and superb craftsmanship. I hate to say it a goodly number of these illegal immigrants only came up here to make money to send south of the border. The product they built was not sturdy. Please watch mexican mafia steal millions in Texas. It's on YouTube. Keep up the good work. Lets take our country back.

  21. oops your headers over your windows are wrong. they should be a 2×6 vertical not flat. There is a distinct possibility your roof plate could sag. That ones a biggie. I'm sure its long finished. I'd fix it, it can be patched.

  22. I always turn off the elec trickle breaker. It'll give you a good trickle if you don't. That's why it's called elec trickle.

  23. I like videos like this; remodel and home improvement videos are always awesome! So are your RR construction builds.

  24. Don't forget to install high speed internet cable and TV outlets, lot easier before the drywall goes up.

  25. Enjoying your remodel videos Kyle! And you're absolutely right. I'll most likely do more home remodeling than post frame buildings 😀

  26. HGTV now: We'll stay under budget if we don't run into difficulties…
    Contractor – "We hit asbestos."
    Audience – gasp

    HGTV 30 years from now: We'll stay under budget if we don't run into difficulties…

    Contractor – "We hit spray foam."
    Audience – gasp

  27. Kyle if you keep getting these massive view #s you’re going to need an agent and a manager. Keep up the great content

  28. The purple pvc cleaner actually shrinks the plastic slightly while cleaning the plastic that’s why you finished with an extra 1/4”. Also twisting the pipes when applying the glue like you did helps make sure the glue gets all around the joint

  29. Don't move the bathroom door out of the hallway into the spare room, you'll hate it later and future buyers with experience in remodeled homes will not like it either. You might think it is just a couple of corners and a few steps now, but you will get so tired of it down the road, especially those times you are in a hurry.

    I'm not sure where your at, but judging from your accent the SE maybe? Up North here, I would have looked into extending those 2x4s by tacking on some 2×2 and replacing a few 2x4s around openings with 2x6s to get a 5 1/2" deep insulation bay. While you were doing that you could have fixed the framing around the windows with proper king/cripple/header arrangements.

  30. I think you should consider sound deadening insulation on the inner walls of your bathroom to isolate it from the other rooms

  31. Were you concerned that the windows don't have any headers or jack studs? Is this house framed differently? Great video as usual.

  32. Spray foam and steel siding are not a good match. The foam gets between the steel and the posts and ruins your steel siding. Spent a week fighting to peel off siding and reinstalling new

  33. My home is circa 1865 and I'm in the SE part of the country. Just finished the last interior room and it has only taken me 20 years…. The outside needs to be resided and I have been heavily considering spray foam insulation. Replaced all the windows and that made a huge difference but it still needs some insulation.

  34. Metal wire protectors are mandated here for the studs with wire passing through. I guess codes are different all over

  35. This is great! I have the same house and was researching the best way to insulate and redo the upstairs! Nice job, keep it coming!

  36. I actually went on line looking for some portable rigs for open cell and closed cell spray foam for my trailer walls and there are some pretty decent prices for the open cell that they say goes further but just doesn't have as good a R value. I like how they used the tape to keep the 2×4 edges clean. they done a way better job than some of the bigger companies that seemed to have a lot of waste. very cool, but I can see why on a 2 x 4 wall would do better with spray foam verses the 2 x 6 walls on your post frames.

  37. I agree with you on doing away with the wall and opening that room up to the stairs. I can see how it could give the space a better feel

  38. Why you don't use a housewrap between the spray foam and the wood on the outside? you can try to use it between the studs?

  39. Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet, but what about the fire safety concerns between spray foam and fiberglass? I worked in the trailer business for many years and have seen how quickly foam insulation can burn and spread on refer trailers. The insulation used on trailers may be different than what is used here so this may not be a concern. Just throwing out a thought.

    Nice work as usual Kyle. I really enjoy these videos and find them both informative and entertaining.

  40. you can't move the wall into the loft space to increase the size of the bathroom??.. seemed pretty tight on the first video. Definitely suggest insulation in the interior walls around the bathroom.

  41. A do as I say, not as I do moment for sure. Wear your safety glasses, not so much for the electrical work or plumping, but the cutting and drilling of things.

  42. Especially in older homes, after you shut off the breaker, check the outlet to verify that it is dead. Don't ask me how I know. 🙂

  43. No headers above the windows? Looks like they just have blocking between a stud that got cut off. Am I seeing that right?

  44. my problem with spray foam is that they never seem to fill all 4 or 6 inches, in your case too i see spots with 1.5" missing, so what's the point of that good R value if it's not all there ?
    also if you really wanna insulate you can add another layer but going horizontally this time (2×4's have a weak R value)

  45. I did the same project just in the past two years ,finished May last year . Spray foam, electrical(was knob and tube) pips were lead and galvanized, 1×12 & 1x 20 boards , )yes 20' wide)floor to ceiling, Lathe plaster over all , wall paper, drywall, and the odd repair . respaced to 16" and added fire breaks to top and bottom(was balloon framed)Tape was a great idea before spray( I missed it ) Nice to reminisce the work I did. As to your project , it will be beautiful when done. Thank you !

  46. Good video. The one thing I have to object on is don’t spray foam your buildings. We had done that at one time and it is a nightmare. There is a leak somewhere in the roof still unknown to us and the foam soaked up The water and travels and we’ve removed half of the foam and we still haven’t found the leak. So in my experience I would not do a commercial building.

  47. After I remodeled my basement…I wanted to do the main floor…due to the fact that there was ZERO insulation in the walls (house built 1922). And living in eastern Washington it gets windy and quite cold. Unfortunately life got in the way and I still have not bin able to re-due the main floor. And the house still has the original "Barrel Glass" windows.
    So I can 100% understand what living in a drafty house is all about.

  48. Do you ever use thermal imaging cameras to detect air leakage and verify the Integrity of your insulation ?

  49. Our local spray foamer guys here just use a scraper to clean the studs as they spray !. No time wasted taping the studs !!

  50. Hay mate, i have been watching you for some time now and so love your work, i am from Australia, and love how you do things there so keep it up mate, i just love seeing all the ways you do things that we don't do over here, in Australia. I'am a Builder here and love how you build sheds as well they are so cool, i will have to see if we can build them like that over here as well if thats ok with you, so love to here back from you, and keep up the great work from Colin from Down under.

  51. We remodeled our kitchen in our 95 yr old home about 2 yrs ago. We had it spray foamed and we couldn't be happier. We live in west central MN so we experience the cold temps and winds also. Not a single wind draft and very quiet. My brother has a 60×120 steel framed shop for his taxi crane business. He had it spray foamed also. No regrets and it is draft free. He has hydronic radiant in-floor and its a treat to work in.

  52. Kyle. I’ve got that same drill in a set of brushless Milwaukee stuff I’ve had now for a few months. Those tools are all tigers…hungry to eat. And the rechargeable status is questionable though. Hardly ever have to charge them😉. I think perhaps some type of perpetual motion machine at work on this flat earth😉

    I wish I could wire with that 14 gage Romex, so much less stiff to work with than the 12 gage. With the amp draw of led lights being so much less it’s hard to imagine most circuits having any issue at 15 amps versus the 20.

    Don’t let peeps rib you at all on the foam. Especially with those lap boards allowing all that cold air to leak in. The 1/2 life of the cure on closed cell is a non issue for a quality foam, so off gassing isn’t any thing to worry about. And the big advantage of the foam is air infiltration, causing your latent cooling load way up in the summer, and drying your house out excessively in the winter due to low capacity for cold air to hold moisture. So dry in summer, less dry in winter over conventional insulation. Hopefully you find a way to address air infiltration at the ceiling and floors.

    As for your pole barns, I would still agree that the economics of foam would be tougher, but ultimately the theory of energy costs continuously going up could change that math if those costs are inflated. What is the math there on bats vs open cell vs closed cell? And if you present that to your customers it would be interesting to see their choices.

    In your super cold winters r values are hugely important in addition to air infiltration, but in my Texas climate the delta T over the wall is a relatively small issue compared to the high high moisture content of air that leaks in…

    Oh, and I’m thinking in public now, but it occurs to me that most of your pole barns are not air conditioned, so that at least doubles the payback period on any insulation system in your barns, as season is cut in half. I’m seeing your logic clearly and I think you are on track. Nice video again!

  53. Thanks for making a playlist about your home remodel! This is perfect. I am getting ready to do the same project.
    Farmhouse built in 1894 in West Central Illinois. Very helpful information, keep them coming!

  54. After hurricane Harvey and a ton of research I went with closed cell foam. The house is a brick home and there’s no way to get between the brick and the sheathing to clean it and get rid of the mold. With the closed cell it sealed the walls from the inside. The downfall is the house is sealed tight. I had to add a whole house dehumidifier. Upside is my electric bills were cut in half if not more. I appreciate your attention to the small details. Great job, keep it up

  55. When I move out towards his neck of the woods he’s gonna build my pole barn for me. Seems like an honest hard working guy. We’re looking at the ELBURN area.

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