Updates on the construction of our "new old house"

We've made some more progress toward finishing our house, and I just thought I'd share links to some photos.
Building Limestone Retaining Walls http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/61/Building-Limestone-Retaining-Walls.aspx
Whole House Dehumidifier with Fresh Air Ventilation and Filtration http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/63/Whole-House-Dehumidifier-with-Fresh-Air-Ventilation-and-Filtration.aspx
Setting Up Our Mailbox http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/57/Setting-Up-Our-Mailbox.aspx
Smurf Tube Conduit for Video, Network, and Phone Cables http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/56/Smurf-Tube-Conduit-for-Video,-Network,-and-Phone-Cables.aspx
Installing Can Light Fixtures http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/55/Installing-Can-Light-Fixtures.aspx
Roughing In Electrical Wiring http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/54/Roughing-In-Electrical-Wiring.aspx
Roughing In Plumbing http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/53/Roughing-In-Plumbing.aspx
Garage Doors Installed http://www.mynewoldhouse.com/house/article/51/Garage-Doors-Installed.aspx
Hope you all enjoy the photos. Let me know what you think!
Thanks, John
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looks like a few sections of the flex ducts are being "choked" off by the hangers. there's also an almost 90 degree kink in one picture.
can't be good for air flow.
what kind of lumber are you using ? just wondering, since my home was custom built and it was spec'd out with doug-fir (which doesn't look like anything in your pics).
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"nospam"> wrote

The installers did that on my new house 4 years ago too. I climbed up in the trussed with a bunch of 24" zip ties and re-did how the hangers worked so they weren't hanging down at one point and kinking. (you can link zip ties together for additional length)
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nospam wrote:

Good eye. I've already addressed that, but I think it needs more attention. I'm going to have a guy who works with these Ultra-Aire units take a look at it. I was told the Ultra-Aire 150H has a lot of power, so it will still manage to suck the fresh air it needs through the flex duct, but I'm not sure how accurate that somewhat non-scientific statement is. I'll look into it some more.

I'm not sure what kind of wood the 2x4s and 2x6s are. The joists are all 14" engineered joists--you know, the kind with the laminated top and bottom rails with the OSB in between. The floor truss systems (including the engineered joists) and the roof truss systems were all "engineered" by the truss company that sold us the pre-built roof trusses and pre-sized floor joists and LVL beams. I've been told the engineered joists are slightly more expensive, but as strong or stronger than their traditional lumber alternatives, and much more reliable as far as straightness and consistency load-bearing-wise.
Thanks for the feedback!
- John
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