Apr 9, 2011

day 85: electrical

the electrical rough-in is almost done. lucky for us they are still working. dad bought a few antique sconces he couldn't live without so i had to find a place for them and ask the electricians to install gem boxes and a switch. here are some pics showing the progress.

the electrical panel in the basement.

electric meter on the west side of the garage + sealed conduit over to house. the power company will come and install permanent power after we trench over to the utility pole and have it all inspected. i will try and get the telephone/DSL line installed at the same time.

recessed light housings in the the kitchen; boxes for outlets and switches.

lights in the hearth area

living room

master bedroom lights + fan, outlets, switches

Apr 8, 2011

day 84: clean up

the house was absolutely filthy. the floors looked almost like they were just made of dirt. that's what happens when the site is mostly just mud. also the electricians and plumbers drilled holes everywhere leaving a wake of sawdust. and the crew cut a lot of the cement board trim inside the house. so it was bad.

sawdust and electrical scraps are even between all the studs.

so i bought a broom and started sweeping.

this shows just one room's dirt and debris. the dirt filled in the cracks of the OSB subflooring, which was not easy to sweep. and sweeping out the stud walls was tedious. i woke up saturday with a crick my neck from too much sweeping on one side. i still can't look to the right.

but it made a huge difference, right?

here's the living room all cleaned up.

the basement was probably filthier than the main floor, but the smooth concrete was easier to sweep. before.

after. i'm sure the house won't remain this clean for very long, but at least i was able to get rid of all that dirt.

Apr 7, 2011

day 83: progress

there has been some progress in the past two weeks. some.

the Hostetler crew installed some of the snow guards.

it comes as long stainless steel bars that had to be cut to fit between every standing seam clip.

they installed the east side of the house and the north end of the west side of the house.

and the north side of the Link.

here's the overall view of the snow guards, S-rail type. the fire took care of the scrap wood and cardboard boxes and misc garbage.

the crew also started drilling 4" holes for the eave vents. i ordered these nice vent caps that just slide right into the holes. they look nice when you look up at them, but mostly they go unnoticed. the east side of the house is complete. hopefully they'll come back soon and finish. they found it easiest to drill them from the interior, and soon we will be insulating and installing drywall.

the well driller started once the excavator helped him get his rig over to the north side of the house. he hit water 65 feet down but needs to go a little further. then he'll test it and see if he should stop or drill deeper.

i met the well driller and talked about how the ground might be graded near the well cap, how to run the water line to the house, and a where to place a reservoir tank inside the mechanical room.