It was a productive week at my house.  The master suite is ready for plumbing and electric.  My cousin Cameron and I got all the furring strips up, installed the pocket door kit in the master closet, inserted all the fire block stops, and most impressively, if I must say so myself, laid the floor and added the wall to create the linen closet.  Cameron and I make an awesome team.  We don’t dialog a lot, we just work hard and well together.

The pocket door kit was challenging, mainly because neither of us had ever installed one and the directions weren’t super clear.  The YouTube video the company put out was more helpful.  We actually hung the sliding strip backwards initially, but thankfully Cameron caught the mistake before we had nailed it down completely.  I figured out that I had to build a false wall inside the closet to create an anchoring point for the clothes rods.  Without it the nails would probably embed in the door or prevent it from opening completely.  We have one more to do for the 1st floor bath, which should run smoothly given our learning curve.

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I have been avoiding the linen closet floor ever since I patched the floor in the bedroom area.  I know the proper way to repair a floor is to stagger the pieces so two ends aren’t next to each other.  The space I’m turning into a closet was never intended for that purpose so the original builders ended the floor randomly and near the same joist or not on a joist.  I finally decided to get over striving for “correctness” and worked with the joist that were most accessible, which meant seams ran next to each other on four consecutive boards.

The boards I used in the closet came from the boards I removed to lay subfloor in the “wet” area of the bath.  Directly beneath that section is the first floor bedroom, which showed signs of fire damage on the walls.  Based on the charred underside of some of the boards it’s obvious the fire went beyond the baseboard, wall and window.  I’m fortunate to have this opportunity of restoration, which makes me appreciate the process even more.

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