Ron Dahlke and Steven climbed up into the attic to audit the third iteration of the HVAC duct install.
We discovered one large tear …
and a couple of small nicks. Ron will call the HVAC company to execute repairs.
Several of the hanger straps are too tight — and in several places ducts are still squeezed past collar ties in the roof, restricting airflow.
One example of a duct choked by a collar tie.
A second example of a collar tie choking a duct.
Granite continues to install the low-voltage structured wiring for security, audio-visual, network, phone.
These cable drops will be routed and organized into a panel and modules in the electrics closet.
Two days later, the panel is mounted and Chris from Granite is sorting wires for installation.
Above, Matt from Ranserve unloads the first of several tile deliveries to Emerald Hill.
It’s almost time to lay tile.
This is a box of tile for the floor in bath 2 and bath 3.
Matt and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve cut the plastic wrapping away from a palette of tile. Closest to camera is a box of wall tile for the master bath shower.
The hardest working wall in the house is in the kitchen, where the cooktop, exhaust hood, sink and dishwasher will be installed. There’s a ton of blue and red PEX water lines roughed-in behind the insulation foam — and miles of electrical cable for switches, outlets, power for appliances. Plus framing structure, drains, lighting cans.
Standing back from the kitchen wall for an overview …
The plumbers wrapped the blue and red PEX with insulating foam. Then the foam insulation was sprayed into the stud bays. Then the insulators shaved off the extra foam that stood proud of the vertical studs — shaving off some of the black foam and exposing the PEX inside.
Here’s the red PEX, for a hot water line, with dark insulation shaved and the PEX exposed. This will be reinsulated with foam from a spray can.
The exhaust hood has arrived, for test fitting against the hardest working kitchen wall. We need to know how high to mount it above the cooktop, and where to cut a hole through the wall for exhaust gases to be sucked out of the kitchen. The consensus is to put the hood as high as possible, to ensure anyone standing in front of the cooktop does not lean in and whack a skull against the horizontal bottom glass.
Standing back from the kitchen wall four days after the first photo above. The red PEX is protected again with foam from a spray can. Cris from Ranserve installed sheets of plywood as blocking to mount the exhaust hood — and he began to cut the hole through the wall to eject exhaust gases out of the kitchen.