How to Wire a House for Systems Monitoring – Malibu, CA Beach House – Bob Vila eps.708

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How to Wire a House for Systems Monitoring – Malibu, CA Beach House – Bob Vila eps.708

hi I’m Bob Vila welcome home again to the beach house in Malibu and today if the Santa Ana winds don’t blow us away we’re gonna have a lot of fun first we’re touring the house with an environmental consultant who’s going to help us understand how all the materials in the house can eventually be recycled we’re also showing you the electronic components that make this a smart house and we’ll do something a little bit simpler we’re doing some water proofing that involves hot mopping and we’re taking you on a visit to comedian Tim Allen’s house where he’s doing some home improvements of his own so stick around it’s good to have you home again Sears presents Bob Vilas home again well at this point the house is almost ready for the stucco process but I wanted to point out a couple of the details that have been framed in if you look right in the middle of that facade you see that those repeating arches which really are a detail that we’ve copied from the Adamson house a beautiful California Spanish house up the coast and they kind of represent an expression of barrel vaults coming through the wall and if you go up all the way to the top of the house you’ll see that that angle that repeats itself going up and down and up and down that is essentially a parapet wall that will receive terracotta pavers on the top of it this house is starting to come together but all the detail work is what’s really going to make it up an incredible place and of course right above me here you’ve got a very large area that will be a private patio off the master bedroom and the space in between these blocks of wood will be filled in with wrought iron railing but let’s go take a look at some of the progress that’s been made in the front of the house the front of the house is coming along really swell we’ve actually got our second floor so that you can understand what’s happening here when you enter this courtyard you’ll have a spiral staircase that’s also done in stucco that brings you up to that gallery on the second floor and it’s all wooden now but eventually much of that wood will be covered in stucco so that you’ll see stucco columns and wrought iron railings in between the gallery of course leads into the bedroom suite over there and if you look up high you can see that our roof overhang has that Spanish detailing that beautiful scroll cut on the rafter tale about one of the few things left here from the original house is the electrical service and that of course is an eyesore in this location so we’re going to dismantle that and put a new service in on the other side of the house but while we’re up here take a quick look at the little windows on the second floor which are again recessed so that you get when this is all stuccoed you’ll have the impression that the walls are actually about a foot and a half thick and that’s just the kind of detailing that’s gonna make this such a special place but right now let’s go inside and meet John Picard who is a consultant who’s helped us pick the right materials that are very well they’re sensitive to the ecology come on in hi John I bought how’s it going good well we’re lucky to have a consultant all these kind of environmental issues and there’s a lot of products in the house that are special is this one of them this is one of them this is oriented strand board it’s a material made up of aspen trees that grows to maturity in 12 years and it’s a crop wood so that’s important we’re not out there destroying the the forest right this is a renewable resource what about the glue that is used to manufacture this isn’t it toxic we’re reaching to a this is a non-toxic glue to water-based resource an old type glue excellent and of course the reason we have it indoors in a number of locations around the houses that we need shear walls right earthquakes it shot right what’s going on over here this is a new board that we’re working with it’s called fiber bond this is our material expert Don Williams hi how are you what is Farber bond what makes it different from regular drywall five upon itself is a material that’s a recycled newspaper and it is also sound control moisture resistant and fire rated so I decided if I made out of newspaper it’s made out of newspaper this house in itself was a grenade to approximately 9250 nui LA Times you’re kidding you can take 9,000 Sunday LA Times and that represents the product that’s going in here that’s right that allows takes about 11,500 feet of wall boy and it’s fire free it is this five of bun is waterproof more dense to it it has also insulating factor on the outside walls ceilings and when you install the stuff to you quick when you install the fiber blind you can end up using males in the middle of the sheet you’re looking for a place to hang a picture hang a medicine cabinet you don’t have to look for the stud you really hang it anywhere have that much strength really that much strength it’s also got a really good acoustic value to

it – what about the joints and so forth the taping the joints it has no tape actually as you say does it take no you do not use tape on this compound on this wall the way we finish this seems off is to spread the compound into the seam and we wipe it down so it’s not a regular joint compound if it doesn’t it doesn’t require tape note is not a regular joint compound but it is a special compound made why this gypsum wallboard actually bonds actually stronger than it tape seam and and if this wall board were to break the board would break before the scene would no kidding yeah well that’s great they’ve done a lot of tests it also saves a lot of labour than in the installation right the key to success in this is the material advance that the material advancement in these bonding agents yeah on the two boards together and this eliminates the draught the taping step in the process excellent we won’t keep you done can’t wait to see it finished what else do we have going on here John we’ve got some recycled steel Bob this is uh this is to me is the ultimate environmental material because it’s so recyclable it’s all came from recycled material probably a junk car or manufacturing appliance scrap and it’ll recycle again when when this house has lived its final day this is an unusual detail in the construction we started out with a 2×4 stud wall and again you see the OSB here but then we fir doubt with the metal studs to get extra depth to the walls because the design is ceramic colonial he wants to look like we have thick weigh it allow us to super insulate the house also one thing I might point out is these studs are pre-punched that’s what it’s just gonna cut your labor costs for your electrical and your plumbing runs and you also get you see down here got some wires run right through it nobody had to drill any holes and right you’re gonna get nice straight runs throughout the house hey speaking of insulation this is the this is the nature guard insulation that we’ve talked about this isn’t really anything new no it’s just again recycled newspapers right but we learned a few weeks ago that you can install this right in a way that prevents it from settling down right in the past cellulose would settle in the wall so to have a diminishing insulation value as it got older but now they’ve added enhancers so that the this stays nice and fluffy on the wall and won’t won’t settle exactly John thanks Roy I think we’re gonna be back after these messages welcome to the village of Beverly Hills Michigan right outside Detroit and not far from where comedian Tim Allen makes his real-life home today we’re gonna pay him a visit and helped him get started with a major home improvement project of his own come on hey Tim hi Bob how’s it going hey good to see well I just finished you demolition you’ve been doing all your demolition here yourself this used to be a sledgehammer that’s how much work I’ve been doing yeah it’s all finished well it’s turned into a ball peen hammer for ya yeah yeah that’s really impressive you didn’t use your craftsmen here that I signed for you when I got there a couple of I just keep there with because it’s just it’s just it’s like a amulet bring along with it brings you a little uh it’s like an ambulance or is it agita I’m not sure I’m not sure what’s this oh let me show you what you gotta run us through here I mean you’ve done all you cut your roof off yourself yeah my mother-in-law joint a regular all that thing that little there’s niche here on the soffit there yeah stop it yeah I got to stop at all swings that happen with your mother-in-law all right that’s where she’s staying you got to mother-in-law she stays right up in here what I’ve done here yes as they took all this brick off I don’t know why I did that cuz actually this is my neighbor’s house my house would beat not just kidding took all this wall off this this house this here this black area used to go into my kitchen and this is our dining room this was your dining dining room and what I’ve done is I fix is I’ve expanded you know uh Jeff alright banded it into this area so what you’re trying to do is you’re trying to build a new dining room new dining room a new garage which should be out now back away yeah that way yeah and a family room what was what did you do here I mean it looks like you had some sort of a nice bookcase or something here I actually put this in myself a lot of time ago is one of those little lit things I had objects D’Arc’s oh just not D our yard me RC art or BRS CID art and then we pushed the whole house out this way so I can have a family room and a garage I love the way you did your cutout work up there you know that with the reciprocating saw no I used a jackhammer a Bosch pneumatic jackhammer for that to do that to do that because it cut it takes a little bit more energy you got that curve and the sheathing is so hard to get easy yeah I did a lot of shooting most of that’s done by Flat Rock yeah I did that out in flat work lady why’d you hire an architect I had a builder let me let’s go let’s meet my builder cuz he’s a better at explaining this because he went to college hey Bob how are you this is agent Nelson Nelson woodworking good to meet you nice to meet you and Andy oh you guys are actually working from

blueprints huh well we try that’s great Andy and I went to school together oh is that right where was that see see home oh is that right yeah right here in Michigan right here miss you know great friends close personal friends we used to be give us a oh yeah like we started working together right here right yeah that always makes that more difficult yeah what uh what can we see here now this is the old area right here Bob how is the old garage that we demolished and we’re adding a big family room here in a three and a half car garage three and a half car garage I mean a half car Tim who drives the half car ah that would be that’s a motorcycle Oh with that older side half car oh you want two wheels is there for I see yeah ergo half car have you are you insulating the slab sure I am Bob this is a what I call a corner I put a corner in here so you don’t have a basement under the garage it’s on it’s not what we’re doing Bob is we’re but we’ve built our basement at a separate site and we’re going to slide it under after we finish this because it’s a new way of doing it Andy and I decided that it’d be cheaper to build the basement off-site slider under huh huh your corner see what you do is you lift corner yeah that’s what we done I’ve done it was all styrofoam it’s all start that’s all styrofoam so it’s lighter yeah normal tell me this is the family room into things right you’re not working on the garage today no well I’ll be pouring that later uh-huh where what devil what have you done here to make sure that you have a nice cozy warm family room for your little Carl and everything I put seven inches of radium underneath the house so I get a radioactive meltdown heat now what I’ve done is actually I put you know this is this done stuff yeah and underneath this stuff is other stuff just so you’ve gotten rigid insulation do you have a footing here how deep you 42 it’s got a lot of feet you wait to enjoy it it goes all the way down to the foot there and I did all this myself and he had to insulate the footing also Tim Brett I put you know that what’s that call putting in so a footing insulation right there next to the pudding yeah we have socks that go over the whole foot that’ll do it and what about this stuff huh do you realize that Andy I remember the name of that stuff wire that wire wire you put that wire down yeah this is six by six number ten wire reinforcing yeah that’s what we use the same thing you would have you did you get al to help you with this so that was a Liz I hate out I don’t want to talk about it yeah oops boy I wouldn’t have done that Union guy yeah well why don’t you tell became guys that buried ha what are you doing around the front of the house for the house well let’s move over that way now excuse me fellas right through the yeah oh jeez Paul Tim we really should we do it again no you think around we’ll be right back after these messages this house is going to benefit from what we call smart house technology so we’re keeping Tim a land far away from us and first let’s talk about some of the lighting fixtures that are going in here and then we’ll talk about the wiring conventional houses very often have these high hats or cans which are an energy drain because they’re full of too full of holes and you can’t bring the insulation right up to them what we have here are these double walled aluminum fixtures that are referred to as an airlock fixture they let you do that you’re gonna insulate right up to them and right on top of them so that you don’t have excessive heat loss or gain let’s talk with Pete Tim our electrician and what is smart house technology anyway smart house technology is a central computer system in your home that integrates your cable TV system your communications your security all your appliances and your heating air conditioning controls you can turn switches on and off through your cellular phone and right yeah and of course it all depends on cables I recognize this white stuff that’s just plain old romex but what are some of these other cables this yellow one for example this yellow is called your hybrid branch cable and this would replace your standard romex cable that you’d see in a conventional home you’ve got three number 12 wires in here that carry your hundred and twenty volt power you’ve got low voltage control wires that interface with the computer system and what about the low voltage Lilan lighting they would take an applications cable here this orange one right you would run one of these down to your convenience center or your receptacle uh-huh and you would plug in a module and that would operate your lighting system what about the gray one this is your communications and cable TV system cable okay and this would allow you to control your security system and be able to view security cameras from any TV in the home okay and also your telephone system and noticed you’ve got fasteners here that a little bit unusual tell me about these these fasteners here designed keep the walls away from the center of the base the wires away from the center of the bag RF studs right and the clips here also will hold them back to the center of the stud which would keep them away from drywallers nails and or a homeowner hanging a picture in the

middle of you don’t worry about that okay now the other thing that’s interesting is the way this is all run in here there are so many twists and turns and why do you why do you do it that way in this applications or this hybrid cable is so tense and so heavy that we need to pre bend it in the wall when we go to trim it out after the drywall is applied we need to pull it out fasten our connections and then shove it back in the wall and it’s not pre bent in this fashion we’ll have a real hard time getting it back on the wall and this is just gonna be an outlet here in the in the kitchen yes sir good yes there would be just a convenience outlet for your toaster or that type of thing okay thanks B they look forward to weeks to come when this is all coming together great thanks a lot right now let’s go talk about waterproofing with hot mopping come on the reason we call it a hot mop job is that we actually have a kettle outside we’ll have melted tar and we apply it with a mop shed curry our installer is gonna tell us just how that’s done hi chef hello Bob what’s the first step in waterproofing and of course what we’re doing here is a huge planter tub correct what have you got in there already right now I’m sloping it with concrete a motor bed to slope it toward the drain so when the water penetrates to the tile it slopes right back down to the drink okay that’s a sand and Portland cement mixture correct then wet then I will proceed to set my drain with that three ply is a perforated felt and Henry’s are 208 mastic mm-hmm and then I’ll set the drain and then I’ll start applying the hot mop in the paper itself get started we’ll watch okay okay you’re ready for a little belt sure and this 15 pound belt yes 50 pound perforated now this is not the hot mop stuff just as what you get in the can and you’re just putting a little bit around the edge of the the drain Carrera I’m setting this first ply why do you need double coverage code calls for three ply oh really yes we are in an area of course above a downstairs bathroom totally finished ceiling okay Bob if you hand me that third ply of paper there you go thank you so now we just set the the drain is the drain cast iron yes it is okay all right what’s the next step I’m gonna bolt the drain down right now the street wrench so what’s the next step is to bring the hot tar upstairs in a five-gallon bucket and proceed mopping with it oh we’re not gonna pump it up here no not this time oh okay well this is gonna be a very elaborate container for plants in fact all of this waterproofing is essential because the whole thing will be finished in ceramic tiles and then whatever plants come in here will be in containers let me know if I can just pass this on here the reason why I’m plying it on the paper like this is because I’m in such a narrow area this planter is only 24 inches wide and I get better coverage this way okay so this is the final layer right correct and then we just mop the whole thing yes can I hand you this certainly how long will it take for this to set up about 45 minutes when I’m finished and it’s done then alright chef that’s a nice job we’re gonna have to break for some messages we’ll be right back okay and that just about wraps things up for this week beautiful job here lots of work left to go but next week we’ve got a very exciting show we’re gonna be putting the roof tile up on the roof of this house

we’re also taking you to Tecate Mexico to visit the red and clay tile factory and get an understanding how they make those clay tiles and I’m also gonna visit my friend Tim Allen and give him a hand with a concrete slab so don’t miss it till next time I’m Bob Vila it’s good to have you home again