Wrapping up the low-voltage prewire

Chris from Granite Security today finished stringing wire for security, phone, TV and network through Emerald Hill. The last step was to install conduit between points x and y for Steven to pull cables between TVs on the wall and the amplifiers and cable boxes in the closets.

Above, the orange conduit is what Steven will use to pull cables between the TV in the loft and the equipment racked in the electrical closet above the distribution box.

The other end of the pull conduit hanging next to the distribution box in the electrical closet.
The other end of the pull conduit hanging next to the distribution box in the electrical closet.
In the closet downstairs behind the Great Room, Chris installed a second conduit pull.
In the closet downstairs behind the Great Room, Chris installed a second conduit pull.
In the dim light, Chris finishes the prewire by drilling through the plywood backer of TV wall in the Great Room ... not the best shot; the drywall is eating up reflective light and the camera flash was off by a fraction of a second ...
In the dim light, Chris finishes the prewire by drilling through the plywood backer of TV wall in the Great Room … not the best shot; the drywall is eating up reflective light and the camera flash was off by a fraction of a second …
And from the other side of the wall, Chris pushes speaker wire through the hole he just drilled.
And from the other side of the wall, Chris pushes speaker wire through the hole he just drilled.

 

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Civic interruptix, redux

Jacquela pulled into the garage last night with Jadin riding shotgun, 9 pm, returning from volleyball. She tried to turn off the car. The key stuck in the ignition. The shift would not advance to park.

Steve attempted fixes supplied by searching the Internet. No joy.

This morning, Jacquela called AAA to have the car towed to First Texas. Steven called ahead to Jay at First Texas. And a flatbed took the Civic away.

Albert, the towing operator, thinks the transmission cable is disconnected. Steven wonders if this is collateral damage from the engine replacement. We wait, now, for the techs at First Texas to diagnose …

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Hanging drywall, day 2: Ceilings R Us

One suprise as drywall goes up on the ceilings is how it changes light levels inside the house. Up to this point, Steven has photographed work progress by barely using flash. The grey paper of the drywall dims┬áthe light reflecting off surfaces, even brown lumber and off-white foam — and Steven is now using flash for all photos.

Andre, left, and Jose, right, from Celis Drywall continue hanging 5/8-inch drywall on ceilings throughout Emerald Hill -- here in what will be Jadin's bedroom.
Andre, left, and Jose, right, from Celis Drywall continue hanging 5/8-inch drywall on ceilings throughout Emerald Hill — here in what will be Jadin’s bedroom.
The ceiling of the kitchen and family room, looking up from the kitchen side of the Great Room.
The ceiling of the kitchen and family room, looking up from the kitchen side of the Great Room.
The Great Room ceiling from the opposite corner.
The Great Room ceiling from the opposite corner.
The mudroom ceiling.
The mudroom ceiling.
The entrance hall, from the family room.
The entrance hall, from the family room.
The entrance hall, from near the front door.
The entrance hall, from near the front door.
The ceiling over the library, complete today.
The ceiling over the library, complete today.
The office ceiling.
The office ceiling.
The zip rotary tool that Andre and Jose use to cut the drywall for electrical boxes, can lights, ceiling fans and other penetrations as the drywall sheets go up.
The zip rotary tool that Andre and Jose use to cut the drywall for electrical boxes, can lights, ceiling fans and other penetrations as the drywall sheets go up.
The ceiling hallway between bedrooms 1 and 2.
The ceiling hallway between bedrooms 1 and 2. The large rectangle cut out at left is for a return duct. The smaller square cutout is for a jumper duct that will help to equalize air pressure between bedroom 1 and the hallway.
Turning 180 degrees to shoot the ceiling of bath 2.
Turning 180 degrees to shoot the ceiling of bath 2.
The ceiling of bedroom 1.
The ceiling of bedroom 1.
The ceiling over the master bedroom.
The ceiling over the master bedroom.
And the hallway between the master bedroom and master bath.
And the hallway between the master bedroom and master bath.
And, finally, for today, the ceiling of the master bath.
And, finally, for today, the ceiling of the master bath.
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