Monday, December 13, 2010

Passing the test of inspectio

Lynch Rockin the Concrete Saw
Dave Rockin the Concrete Saw
Step #9 curing
Arch Repaired And Step #10 Curing
Drywall Has Started Going Up
The Piece of Excavated Concrete that Cracked My Arm (Shoe For Size Ref)
More Drywall
Chess Worn Out From Helping All Day

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pictures of the past few Weeks

The First Step of the Plumbing Dance

The Second Step of the Plumbing Dance

Andrew of "Done Right" Electric doing an Excellent Job

Andrew wiring away

Starting New Fashion Trends
Daylight Shining Through

Soffits On the Front

Insulating a Little Too Soon...
It Took All Weekend But the Soffits are up and Looking Good
Breaking Out Old Brick Walls

Prepping New Stair Excavation

Overview of New Stair Excavation

Pulling Rotting Mortar and Field Stones From the Old Foundation

Earth Formed Slab Pour Ready for Wire Mesh and Concrete

Looking Upward From Partially Excavated Stairs

Virgin Clay Pulled Out getting ready for an Earth Formed Slab Pour

Cream City Bricks Pulled From the Excavation

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Its halloween, Its haloween, the moon & Dave's electrical are shining bright

Electrical Boxes For Outlets, Switches, and Lights

 100 Watts of Progress!

(above) The Torn Out 100A Service 

New 200A Service Waiting to be Connected

Boxes Waiting to be Installed

                                                   Dining Room Three Way Switch

 Can Lighting & Garbage Disposal Box

Wires Wires Everywhere

 The Bathroom Sink and Vanity Hook Up
 Before Grinding & After Grinding

 Wall #1 Stripped of Paint

 Repaired Exterior Archway

Bedroom Door framed in

Bathroom Door Framed In

Other Bedroom Door Half Framed In
Cast In Place Shower Stall Pan

The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the project.  The electrician started pulling cable and wires last Friday and since has the service switched out, the basement and first floor roughed in.  Doug has been working overtime on the plumbing which I do believe will be roughed in completely in a few more weeks.  Amber and Myself have been using a body grinder and sanding blades to remove an awful color of beige paint from the interior brick walls.  Things appear to be on schedule and I do believe that within three weeks everything should be insulated, plumbed, electrified and the heating system will be online.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Caught in traction

The project has seemed to hit a bit of a wall the past month or so.  Its not that there hasn't been a lot of work done, its that nothing of particular note has happened.  I am still working at locking down an electrician, and have a lot of things that have to happen but hang on all the others in order to get started.  It is pseudo catch 22 and one that is not helpful for getting things accomplished.  The one victory of late that did happen was an installation of a shower stall.  A hand built shower stall, not a prefab fiberglass job.  Anyway hopefully things will cut loose soon with electricity that can only be personified by the stolen image below:

By next week the power cords should be not only coming out of Brian Johnson's hands but the walls of my house as well.  Anyways things seem to be turning a corner but I can't pin down a specific corner being turned... so I will wait another week and then try to categorize the progress with a legit post and pictures that aren't just sweet album covers.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Third layor and you're out

Well the third layer of stucco is up and finished.  Which means it may be time to retire the bathtub and some of the broken ladders.  Despite that it was coated in concrete I didn't get a damage charge on the scaffolding, to boot it was apparently only $174 to rent for a month.  It is pretty even, looks somewhat cohesive as far as patterns are concerned and will aptly accept a primer, and finish coat of paint, so another piece of the punch list is no longer a hanging chad.
What is going to be a pain in the ass is cleaning the mess up off the windows, ground, and most other places.  I think that a solution of muriatic acid and water (with some elbow gloves and goggles) will dissolve any unwanted over spills.  However the acid, and cold chisel to get the windows clear again and the edges perfect are things that will be dependent on whether the weather holds out long enough this year, because more important things need to get done before the freezes, like electrifying the place for instance.
As it turns out electricity has been the order of the week.  I have beaten every other contracting expense, but this one I think that I have to leave to the pros.  Unfortunately after sifting through four or so the bid have come in between 10k and 13k, which is much too much for such a service.  I have three bids to come in still and hopefully one will be in the sixes to sevens, but if not then it is back to the contracting pool.  Time will tell I suppose and posting a craigslist ad doesn't really take too much time. 
Onward and upward though!  In the up and coming the final layout should be put in, Doug will have the rough in for the plumbing complete, and I will get the furnace and water heater vented properly.  More or less things seem to be on schedule.  Hopefully it will be a weekend of great progress.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A little glass and a little glass of wine for the weekend off

Setting up the project

Blues, Greens, and Seeded Clear


The work table

The first attempt

The quick attempt

Checkers is not the biggest fan, but Amber and I still like the pieces