Notes, 12 Nov. 2015

Above, Peter installs the casing around a passage that does not get a door — at the passage from the entry hall into the dining room/library. Beyond, in the entry, Shane installs window trim and baseboard. 

  • Ranserve submitted Draw #5 for payment.
  • Brett Grinkmeyer, architect, visited Emerald Hill today with his copy of Draw #5, to review progress and completion to date. His first visit in several weeks. “I’ve been following the web site to keep up,” he reports.
  • Ron Dahlke and Steven took advantage of Brett’s visit to ask for ideas on how to solve the grout lines that do not align in the master shower. Brett suggests a smaller tile — one, two or three inches, maybe four or five, laid as a mosaic, in a concrete black that matches the black tile floor that will be chipped out, or a complement to the gray wall tile that we hope to retain because taking it out is a much-larger removal project. Steven put a call in to Renee at ProSource to begin researching tile options.
Surveying and setting out string lines for the foundation beams at the back of the new third bay of the garage.
Surveying and setting out string lines for the foundation beams at the back of the new third bay of the garage.
  • Brett and Steven also pulled out a tape measure to doublecheck the dimensions of the garage extension as the beams are dug for the foundation. It is spot on.
  • Brett asks to photograph Emerald Hill for his portfolio. “Of course,” Steven replies.
  • Ron reports that the hickory flooring may be delivered as early as next week.
The electricians have been back, installing outlets upstairs. And the final LED light directly above the kitchen sink -- the smaller 4-inch fixture closest to the window, not the 6-inch fixture closer to the camera lens.
The electricians have been back, installing outlets upstairs. And the final LED light directly above the kitchen sink — the smaller 4-inch fixture closest to the window, not the 6-inch fixture closer to the camera lens. The angle of the photograph makes it appear as if the LED is not centered. It is.
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Defunct & demised: Washing machine

After 12 years of use and two major repairs, the Kenmore Elite washing machine at Sea Eagle blew out the pump. Steve — the repair tech from Sears — reports it can be replaced for about $300. But, it’s a 12-year-old machine, parts and repairs rolling forward are going to become more frequent and more expensive, and washing-machine technologies have advanced markedly. Steve recommends replacement.

Steven and Jacquela bite this unexpected bullet and go shopping at Lowe’s in Bee Cave after online research. Fortunately, ironically, amazingly, it’s November, it’s almost Black Friday, and major appliances are on sale.

We ordered an LG WM4270HVA, on sale at $799, marked down $400 from $1,199.

Install is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Steven has to pick up the pedestal at the Lowe’s in Northwest Hills — because they have it in stock there.

This is the Energy Star machine we will take with us when we move to Emerald Hills.

We must save the shipping bolts to ensure we can screw the drum tight to the frame before moving it from one house to the next.

We did not plan, nor did we expect, this.

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