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January 31, 2015

First of the Ceramic TIle

The 'penny rounds' on the back wall of the tub surround, and a few side-wall tiles have already gone up.

January 29, 2015

Last Piece

Picture taken moments before the last piece of vertical siding was installed on the house.

Starting on the garage tomorrow.

Minor Conflict

Today the tile guys were well in the way of the drywallers.  

A temporary detente was reached, but I suspect a bit more tripping over each other in the future.

The drywallers have the "right-away" - I allowed the tile setters in early only if they stayed out of the way. 

January 28, 2015

Tile Work Begins

Sloped Grout Bed in the Shower
The tile guys started today. 

Jet Engine

This lil' rocket is basting away in the house right now to help dry out all the wet joint compound.

January 27, 2015

Bye Bye Old Friend

Longboat to Valhalla
The faithful Mazda Truck has departed, after a sudden transmission issue.

The truck's Living Will said "do not revive", and so it passes on to run free on the highways of the great beyond.

Special thanks to FBD for the long-term loan of the truck - I owe you big.

January 26, 2015

Mystery Siding

A patch of blue siding is still missing from the north side of the house for some time now.

Drywall Progress Pictures

Kitchen & Breakfast Nook

Drywall joint treatment continues. 

Here are a variety of photos for those who like to see the wet part of drywall.

January 23, 2015

Darn it Marcos!

When the drywallers make a mistake, they have to sign it to let the boss know who did it.

Marcos is on a roll.

January 21, 2015

To the Dump

One of many loads I hauled to Recology today.  Clean wood waste.

Drywall Progress

M. Bath skylight
Drywall is going up quickly.  In two and a half days, these 4 guys have managed to hang 85% of the rock.

Here are some progress pictures.

January 19, 2015

Drywall Arrives

Today the drywall was delivered and craned into the house. 

January 16, 2015

Lower Fascia

Drywall is scheduled for Monday, so it was high time to install the fascia boards on the lower canopies.  (It forms the edge to contain the soffit drywall)

January 13, 2015

The Therminator

What "The Predator" sees
The Energy Trust was nice enough to come out with a thermal imaging camera, to scan the building.

January 11, 2015

For the Birds

Pecked the tongue off the siding, and even tried a taste of the soffit.
We have a bird issue: a woodpecker has decided to start pecking at the edges of the new siding.

January 07, 2015

Blue Cabbage

Funny how regularly these things grow on a construction site.

Proof Negative (Pressure)

Tuesday brought nervous excitement - we tested our building air tightness with a blower door test.

January 03, 2015

Happy New Year

Returned from spending the holidays with family to find good progress on the siding.