Saturday

Missouri Energy Code News

Missouri (October 2015) 

Missouri buildings are responsible for about half of the state’s energy use, according to 2012 data from EIA. However, the characteristics of building energy consumption have changed significantly over the past couple of decades: where once residential consumption was dominated by space heating and cooling, better envelope and equipment components have shrunk weather-related energy demands.

Meanwhile, the energy consumption of appliances, electronics, and lighting have increased relative to overall usage. Missouri has no mandatory or voluntary statewide code for private residential or commercial buildings. Instead, energy codes are adopted and enforced at the county or municipal level.

Jurisdictions representing about 50% of the state’s population have adopted codes equivalent to either the 2009 or 2012 IECC. The 2015 energy plan recommends enacting a statewide code applicable to Class 1 and 2 counties for both residential and commercial new construction.

Class 1 and 2 counties together represent four million people - about 67% of the state’s population. This means that the changes recommended in this plan would increase mandated energy efficiency in buildings for at least a million Missourians.

The energy plan also recommends allowing Class 3 and 4 countries...http://energycodesocean.org/news/2015/october/29/comprehensive-state-energy-plans-brief-comparison


Other Energy News

Missouri teams score 5th, 8th in national energy competition

solarhouse

Missouri recently had two teams compete in the collegiate U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon where collegiate teams design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective and attractive.

The event was held in Irvine, Calif., from Oct. 8-18.

Missouri S&T placed 5th in the competition and the colleges of Drury and Crowder teamed up to place 8th.

The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy provided financial assistance to the schools to be used for the competition.

Read the news release here. To learn about each college's projects, please visit this site: http://www.solardecathlon.gov/2015/competition-teams.html.

Photo Info: The photo above is of the Nest Home built by the Missouri S&T team.


Interested in learning more about Missouri’s efforts to enhance clean energy initiatives? Connect with theMissouri Division of Energy, which provides information and guidance to individuals, businesses, and communities on the use of renewable resources. Visitenergy.mo.gov today!

Wednesday

Construction Tip #72138 RevoR322 Tool Review

Today while working on another set of these beautiful Modern Stairs it was suggested to use the Revo Magnetic Drill to bore the holes in the 1/4 inch angle- steel stair-frame support.

This is an unpaid and not sponsored tool review of the RevoR322 Compact Electromagnetic Drilling System.   I'm sharing this information because I was so impressed with the tool. Scotty 10/28/2015



Beautiful Modern Stairs

I heard the Welders talking about the new tool on lunch break early this week:  
  Magnetic Drill and how it made drilling in steel easy-peasy.

Today I got my chance to use the RevoR322 and I was very impressed to say the least.

  1. I opened up the kool case. 
  2. Did not read the instructions- maybe they weren't in the storage case?
  3. Could easily tell what part went where, because the Welder told me: "The Magnetic Drill was actually a miniature drill press."
  4. Three screw in handles went in the obvious spot on the side of the drill- see first picture.
  5. Put a 3/8 drill bit into the drill and tightened it down with the supplied chuck.
  6. Plugged it in to 110v circuit. 
  7. Set it against the metalflipped the switch and it stuck like chuck!
  8. I was amazed that it supported its own weight for as heavy as it is!
  9. After a few try outs using an electro magnet for the first time- I positioned the Revo for its first hole.
  10. Push button drill to start (and stop) was a handy feature.
  11. Two Hands were required for operation: One hand dribbled the cutting oil onto the drill bit and the other rotated the drill press handles (see 1st picture)
  12. The Revo Magnetic drill held itself onto the metal and in the position I placed it, eliminating the need for me to perform 3 actions at the same time: Hold the Drill, Dribble the Cutting Oil, and Operate the Drill Press.
  13. I drilled a dozen holes with little to no effort.  Once the Revo Drills electric button is turned on.  It does not need any additional assistance holding itself in place.  And its a heavy drill.  Very Impressive.
  14. I felt it drilled the 3/8 inch holes as fast as a stand-up drill press would.
  15. I never lacked for power and made this phase of the staircase build virtually effortless when compared to drilling a dozen holes with my 18v cordless Ridgid hand drill.
  16. I do not know how it will do with bigger holes.   I had no trouble with the 3/8 inch holes.
  17. It works and made the out of position drilling easy-peasy.
  18. I noticed that when the WD40 I was using as cutting oil ran down onto the electromagnets while attached to the steel: The Drill did not loose its grip on the metal and stayed in position
  19. You can feel the electromagnet pulse in the steel: very, very slight vibration or pulse-weird feeling is all- doesn't shock or hurt in anyway, just weird feeling.
  20. I did not try to over torque the drill while drilling the holes to test its powerful magnet.
Yes I would recommend this tool for drilling in steel. 

RevoR322 Compact ElectroMagnetic Drill Press sitting on Scottys jobsite work bench
Set it against the metal, flipped the switch, and it stuck like chuck!
RevoR322 Compact ElectroMagnetic Drill Press

RevoR322 action photo Tool Review by Scotty
 I positioned the RevoR322 Magnetic Drill for the first hole.

RevoR322 Drilling 3/8in hole in 1/4in steel angle iron.
Drill stopped halfway thru the bore hole to take this picture

Tool Review- Magnetic Drill-RevoR322- Self Supporting
Self Supporting Magnetic Drill-RevoR322 

Building Custom Modern Staircases is a small part of a Green Build Renovation Project located in Downtown StLouis Missouri -
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Sunday

Custom Stair Project Tool List


Here is the tool list with web-links to manufactures and retail stores that I've been using for the green renovation project in Downtown StLouis. 
Custom Stair Building Tool Image by Scotty


Contract Labor Project




 
 



Here is the tool list for those custom Dark Stained Oak Wood Stair Contract Labor Project I've been building for the upscale apartments in Downtown StLouis location the past few weeks.

Per a social media request is the needed tools that I've been using to build those cool custom stairs I've been blogging about the past few weeks.
Ridgid Portable Table Saw and Stand 

Irwin:
  • Clamps
  • Caulk Box
unknown tool manufacturer
  • carpenter square
  • caulk guns
 Wrought Iron Baluster Preparation



Miscellaneous
  • No 2 Pencil
  • Wax Pencils
  • Scraper
  • Drill Bit Extension
  • Plumb 16oz trim Hammer (I use the rubber handle to tap things into position when required)
Android Cell Phone with  Google Play Apps- Calculator, Stair Builder,
The most important tool I picked up was actually for my work truck to keep all the tools safe!

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Saturday

Green Build Renovation Project

A good layer of spray insulation was installed before the sheetrock
was hung, will provide the future tenants with energy savings.

                Green Build Renovation Project
                  Downtown StLouis Missouri



After the metal studs were installed a layer of spray foam was installed and will ensure  these Upscale Apartments are  economical to heat and cool.
Spray Foam Insulation






Spray Foam Insulation was even installed between the windows!
Spray Foam Insulation window jams



Spray foam  insulation expanding into the jam area where the dual pane window units will be installed.
Spray Foam Insulation side view window area




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I'll have pictures of the metal balcony installation in an upcoming blog post.
Before we get to install the stairs.  A hole is cut out of the existing concrete floor.

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OSHA regulations- handrail for openings where someone could fall or get hurt.







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Thursday

Modern and Upscale Architectural Staircase Build

Contract Labor Project



 Building Custom Modern Staircases is a small part of a Green Build Renovation Project located in Downtown StLouis Missouri



I consider the design Modern because of the decorative metal spindles and the twist do-dads add flair and upscale feel.  The Dark Stained Oak Wood used in the Treads, Risers, Handrails, and Landings provides this Modern and Upscale architectural design.


modern metal staircase spindles do-dads twists thinga-majiggers
Modern and Upscale Architectural Staircase Design





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Tuesday

Aesthetically Pleasing Wrought Iron Baluster Preparation

Aligning the Do-Dads on the spindles takes a few steps to get the wrought iron that is irregularly shaped with no real measure point and uneven bar stock lengths to all line up correctly.


Here are the steps I use to get  the aesthetically pleasing look

of the Balusters on the Landings on the Custom Stair Project.

Time and Labor saving tips by Scotty used in 
Building these Custom Modern Stairs.  I snapped
 a few photos to help you build your own custom
 stairs and for an example of how the construction 
tip was used in the example. 


Contract Labor Project


Custom Modern Stairs is part of a Green Build Renovation Project located in Downtown StLouis Missouri


Step
1
Stock 35 inch Wrought Iron Baluster with twists fits perfectly in this handrail that is 37 inches off the floor.  

Step
  2
Center the Do-Dads  in the flat portion of the middle of the Stock 35 inch Wrought Iron Baluster step 1
Using 37 1/2 inch Wrought Iron Baluster with Do-Dads  

Align the Balusters Parallel to each other in groups of 4 or 5 (length of the speed square).


Center the Do-Dads  in the flat portion of the middle of the Stock 35 inch Wrought Iron Baluster step 1
Step
 3



Step 3-I strongly suggest to make a prototype (and Don't Forget to Tag It
I strongly suggest to make a prototype (and Don't Forget to Tag It (I used  Duck Tape).  

Be sure to test fit this first baluster in various spots.

All the Balusters with the Do-Dads will use this baluster as the guide.  Make sure this 1st baluster is 100% right.
Step
 4




Step 4-use the wire wrap  as the guide to align the Do-Dads.(see close up picture in step 3)
This is a critical step that must be done correctly.  Remember all those Do-Dads may not be all the same size.  And their irregular shape does not provide a spot for centering (easily) use the wire wrap as the guide to align the Do-Dads.(see close up picture in step 3)

The wraps next to the Do-Dads are what the eye sees when out of alignment.  
Step
 5
Step 5-Do-Dads all aligned.  You can now mark the overall height or the bottom of the balusters with speed square.
With the Do-Dads all aligned. You can now mark the overall height or the bottom of the balusters with speed square.  From the Prototype in Step 3.

See the thin red lines (guide cuts)  and also notice that all the  baluster bar lengths are different.

TIP: If you tried to install these without making all the balusters the same length or not aligning the Do-Dads  with its neighbors difficult and increase the difficulty factor in the overall installation.

Step
 6
Step 6-Be sure to make an extra mark so that you can tell the top from the bottom of the balusters.
We are now working on the opposite end of the balusters and marking the top of the balusters.  

Be sure to make an extra mark so that you can tell the top from the bottom of the balusters.

Balusters were delivered in groups of 10 wrapped in plastic.
Step
 7
Step 7-I set the Balusters in a Jig Set Up to hold the balusters in place when cutting them with a Portable Metal Band Saw with metal blade
Now that the Balusters are marked to proper height and Do-Dads are centered in the Stock Bars you are now ready to cut them to proper length.

I set the Balusters in a Jig Set Up to hold the balusters in place when cutting them with a Portable Metal Band Saw with metal blade (Milwaukee).

(Remember we are doing hundreds and thousands of balusters in this project.   It is cost effective to use a bandsaw over the black abrasive cutoff blades that wear out fast)

                 

IMG_20151020_131942850.jpgBottom Prior to getting the wrought iron Balusters ready; I installed a Handrail using a Laser for the guide.
Prior to getting the wrought iron Balusters ready; I installed a Handrail using a Laser for the guide.




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