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December, 2004
 
 

11:37 p.m. — Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Slowly but Surely...

This past weekend, some good progress was made on the house. Roland came to work on the plumbing, Joe the HVAC Guy (that's his official title) just about finished running the remaining ductwork, and Sam our electrician upgraded our house from 60 amps to 200 amps. Here's how it looks running up the side of our house in gray, 200-amp-approved PVC pipe.

The black wires connected to the bottom of the upstairs window are the cable and telephone wires, which will be reattached to the house at a later date.

Ryan and I have been busy at work running electrical cables throughout the house after having installed the boxes a few weeks ago.

(I couldn't decide which Ryan pic I liked better, so I used both) ;) Ryan is, by nature, very meticulous with his wiring, and hopefully his NEAT work will be looked upon fondly by the inspector.

And in a rare occurrence, here's me:

I actually got a hammer blister later that day...that was really cool.

It's great to be able to work in the house at night without having to run wires out the window to the noisy generator in the driveway anymore. I'm sure the neighbors are happy to be rid of the constant loudness. We have temporary access to 40 amps of our new service for now, so we're still running extension cords from the basement, but lovely lights such as these make our work much easier:

Thank goodness it's Christmas time and holiday lights are easy to come by.

And it's also great to have HEAT in the house, now that the furnace is installed. The ducts to the first floor are currently pumping out heat, and a thermostat in the new living room tells us how hot the house is, but there's no way to adjust the heat other than just plugging in the furnace when we get there and unplugging it when we're getting ready to leave. And boy is it good and warm when we're really to leave — glad to see it works!

I have to admit that before the furnace was installed, I was really having a hard time working in the cold for an extended period of time. Even though the house is closed in and protected from the wind, it's was still too cold for me without heat or insulation. I was thoroughly layered, but just couldn't shake the chill. Thankfully, one neighbor — who is working on finishing the interior of his own house — took kindly to my plight and brought us over some hot chocolate:

And as you can see, not only did he bring hot chocolate, he brought REFILLS...all that warm goodness did a great job keeping me warm inside all those layers so I could get back to work.

In non-electrical news, Tom has been working on installing our back stoop and stairs.

This project is coming along very nicely. I was happy to discover the stoop is a little larger than I had anticipated, so I'm looking forward to putting some nice plants or a small seat at the top.

The stairs for INSIDE the house were delivered today and we hope to see them installed tomorrow. Laying on their sides (pictured below), they take up a good portion of our first floor. This is a big step — haha, step — toward scheduling our rough inspections, as we've been told on several occasions that inspectors do not climb ladders.

The stairs to the upstairs are in the foreground of the picture above. They will be installed in our foyer just behind the front door. They have oak runs and pine risers — the runs will be stained to match the floor and the risers will be painted white. The pink paper is there to protect the stairs for the time being, although the paper's size and placement strangely resembles carpet runners for wooden stairs, something we've been going back and forth about for a while now.

Looking forward to seeing them installed tomorrow. From what I hear, it's going to be pretty tricky getting them to fit correctly in conjunction with the balcony at the top of the stairs and the small area in which they have to fit. Keep your fingers crossed!
 

11:40 p.m. — Sunday, December 19, 2004
A Progress Report

Ryan and I continue to plug away, working on finishing the rough electrical inside the house. We made some great progress this weekend and put in a lot of long hours (thank the Lord for electricity and heat!), but we still have a fair bit to do before our rough inspection Thursday. Yes, we scheduled the inspection before we were actually finished, and yes, now have to work late every night this week until we're done before then...we're deadline-oriented people and do silly things like that sometimes.

So there's not too much more to say or show about all that...perhaps that's why I haven't posted in a few weeks. (Wow — has it been that long??) In actuality, I'm sure I could have found something to say during all that time if I really thought about it, but we've been so busy working on the house that when we get done at night, all we can think about is SLEEP and getting up for work the next morning. Work NOT having to do with the house.

Funny how Amanda hit the nail on the head (haha, unintentional house pun) in her guestbook entry yesterday, wondering how we had time to keep the site updated with all the work we've been doing...now the truth is painfully obvious: we DON'T. So much for keeping up the façade ;)

OK, so here are some status updates even though there may be no pictures:

1. The stairs are IN, going both upstairs and down, which is VERY helpful now that we're running circuits from the 2nd floor to the basement and having the need to go up and down quite often. Gotta test them out. We're thankful Rob figured out how to make them fit so perfectly on our plans what seems like eons ago, because that was a pesky kink in our design we were just not able to iron out ourselves.

2. The front columns are ON, so our front entrance (the portico, mom) is nearing completion. They still need a good coat of primer and paint, as do the door and the sidelights, and we still need a railing and a trim piece under the door, but all in all I'd say it's looking pretty good.

3. The side and rear stairs are DONE. So now we can exit our home from any one of three locations we so choose...well, really only the front door at the moment since the rest of our yard is mush. But we still could if we wanted to, and that's all that matters.

4. The rough plumbing is THIS CLOSE to being finished, but alas, no running water yet. All of the PVC waste pipes have been run, as have the drains, and most of the copper hot/cold water lines have been run. The big project remaining is hooking up the guest bath tub/shower and our master bath tub & shower to the water lines. Later this week, Roland and his dad are going to pick up the faucets we picked out and hopefully get those put in. Also, the vent pipe still has to be run through the top of the roof. I think they're not really looking forward to that and are putting if off until the end...sounds like something I would do.

Let's see, what else...

5. Oh yes, how could I forget? Our basement flooded AGAIN. The day our interior stairs were installed, our sump pumps were disconnected (not really sure why, since they brought and were using their own generator) and then REconnected to the WRONG extension cord. To an extension cord to no where. So when we arrived late at night and ran into the house from the rain..."What's that familiar shimmer in the basement?" Yup, no electrical work got done just then.

But it WILL be done by Thursday.
Or so that's the plan. ;)

 
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