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.

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