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November 25, 2014


For the last (almost) 2 weeks, the electricians have been running wire all over the house. 

Tomorrow we have our rough-in inspection scheduled.

Misc tales of an electrical nature below.

November 22, 2014

Downpour Art

When the rain drives him off the roof, one of the roofers likes to sketch.

November 20, 2014

How are you Coping?

Steel deck coping in place
It took a bit of wrestling and shims to get these 7 heavy steel copings into place, but they look great.

Mid Lid

The roof is underway.
A banner day - the main roof is in progress.

November 18, 2014

Finally! The metal roof takes shape.

Play-doh Fun Factory for roofs
Only about a month and 1/2 behind the scheduled install, this trailer backed into the courtyard and started spitting out roof panels.

November 13, 2014

Breakfast Armor

Welding in the garage, using a table and bar clamps as a jig.
The steel cladding for the Breakfast Nook was installed today - despite the freezing rain.

November 11, 2014

Street View Progress

Rockwool insulation spreads across the exterior.  Still no finished roof.

Breakfast Nook Window

Exterior View: the awning window, open 90 degrees
Pictures of the awning window at the breakfast nook. 

Meanwhile, the exterior Rockwool insulation is enveloping the wall.

November 07, 2014

Ceiling Fan Mount

The old question:  how to mount a ceiling fan on the ridge of a vaulted ceiling?

Battle of the Radios

We had a situation the other day: 4 radios at once, battling for supremacy.

80's music inside,
Latino music on the roof,
Rock in the front,
and Jazz in the back.

Overheard on the Jobsite:

"...and every time _____ got drunk, _____ would play Pat Benatar at top volume and sing every word"

November 04, 2014

Carport Roof

Membrane roof installation on the Carport/Entry roof canopy.  With built-in gutter.
The first of the roofing was completed today.  It is a low-slope roof on top of the carport and entry canopy.  At some point in the future, lightweight soil and plants will cover this, creating a garden roof.

Sunday (Monday) Progress Update

What are these?
In the last week, many things have happened, but which don't lend themselves to photographs.