Notes, 9 Dec. 2015

Megan visited today — mother of Jadin’s friend Molly. She loves what we’ve done with the house. Thank you, Megan. She is officially only our second visitor.

Above, Habitat hauled away the last of the items we are donating from Emerald Hill. This is what remains — a collection of single-pane aluminum windows, the old fireplace mantel, and one of the original red-and-white-painted front doors. We’ve done well. We’ve done good.

The painters continue to prep the house for the big painting party that Ron is scheduling to start as early as next week.
The painters continue to prep the house for the big painting party that Ron is scheduling to start as early as next week.
The panel system that comprises Jadin's shower is finally going up, glued into place and pinned into position with two by fours.
The panel system that comprises Jadin’s shower is finally going up, glued into place and pinned into position with two by fours. The right-hand panel is not yet installed.
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Kitchen cabinets, continuing

Chris and Yitzhak from Central Texas Custom Cabinets are on site today.

Chris is scribing and cutting cabinet panels and skins. He’s also installing more cabinet doors and cabinet pulls.

Yitzhak is contorting himself on the floor to measure, scribe and cut toekicks under all the cabinets.

Chris has his own web site. Click here.

Above, Yitzhak scribes the toekick under the pantry cabinets on the refrigerator wall.

Chris shows how he joined together the two maple panels that comprise the countertop in the pantry hallway. The maple came from wood stored by Steven that was not used in finishing out Sea Eagle; so we are taking a small part of the current house to contribute to the new house.
Chris shows how he joined together the two maple panels that comprise the countertop in the pantry hallway. The maple came from wood stored by Steven that was not used in finishing out Sea Eagle; so we are taking a small part of the current house to contribute to the new house.
Almost all of the doors are installed on the oven/microwave cabinets.
Almost all of the doors are installed on the oven/microwave cabinets.
Working under the island, Yitzhak test fits the toekick.
Working under the island, Yitzhak test fits the toekick.
Working at the table saw outside, Yitzhak slowly cuts the 1/4-inch-thick material to size.
Working at the table saw outside, Yitzhak slowly cuts the 1/4-inch-thick material to size.
Two runs of toekick, cut to size and ready for gluing into place.
Two runs of toekick, cut to size and ready for gluing into place.

 

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Tomorrow, we pour concrete

The structural engineer approved the garage foundation.
The structural engineer approved the garage foundation.
The City of Austin inspected and approved the grounding wire installed by Capstone to the garage foundation.
The City of Austin inspected and approved the grounding wire installed by Capstone to the garage foundation.
The City of Austin inspected and approved the formwork for the garage foundation.
The City of Austin inspected and approved the layout and formwork for the garage foundation.

Ron Dahlke schedule the concrete pour for tomorrow, Thursday, 10 December.

In addition to the concrete pour, Gilsa ripped out most of the original walk to the front door. When we extended the entry hall foward to build the stairs to code, then turned the front door sideways to face the front porch, the walk no longer connected to the new step up to the front door. Gilsa will build forms and shift the walk to better align with the new front door. The shin bone's connected to the knee bone ...
In addition to the concrete pour, Gilsa ripped out most of the original walk to the front door. When we extended the entry hall foward to build the stairs to code, then turned the front door sideways to face the front porch, the walk no longer connected to the new step up to the front door. Gilsa will build forms and shift the walk to better align with the new front door. The shin bone’s connected to the knee bone …
Gilsa also deconstructed the stone walk from the front of the house and around the side to where the old kitchen deck has already been demo'd.
Gilsa also deconstructed the stone walk from the front of the house and around the side to where the old kitchen deck has already been demo’d.
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Adventures in plumbing

Steven did not travel to Emerald Hill yesterday, 8 December. Instead, he wrestled a plumbing mystery at Sea Eagle with help from Albert and his son Cory, dispatched by Barry at Custom Plumbing.

For the past three weeks, the shower in the master bath has been luke warm. It starts out hot, but quickly fades in a minute to warm. The water is heated by the new tank installed back in July by Barry.

In October, the water heater tripped the circuit breaker. Steven reset it. We went back to normal.

We woke to no hot water on 16 November. Steven reset the breaker — and we had hot water.

By 30 November, the tank was generating only lukewarm water.

Barry asked Steven to replace the breaker, thinking the problem is electrical. Scott from Capstone inspected the breaker, did not see a fault, replaced it anyway.

Steven and Jacquela tested this new configuration for several days — and on 5 December requested that Barry inspect the tank and, possibly, replace the heating element inside the tank.

Above, Barry discovered two problems. First, that snake-like assembly is the upper heating element from the water tank. It is fried. That explains why the tank was generating only lukewarm water, relying on only the lower heating element.

The second problem — the recirculating pump would work only if Barry whackked it with his pipe wrench. Hard.

We suspect there was an electrical surge or failure of some kind that took out the heating element and the recirculating pump back in October, when the breaker tripped for the first time.

Albert drove over to Ferguson’s to purchase a new recirculating pump. He and Cory drained the tank and, by blowtorch, disassembled all the pipes at the bottom of the tank.

This is what it looked like when Albert set to work on the pipe assemblies and the failed recirculating pump.
This is what it looked like when Albert was about halfway through with the blowtorch, taking apart the pipe assemblies and the failed recirculating pump.

Albert and Cory buttoned up everything by mid-afternoon and drove off.

Steven came back about 8 pm from the meeting of the MUD 5 board — his last as a board member; he resigned. There was a hissing in the garage.

He discovered a pinhole leak in one of the solder joints.
He discovered a pinhole leak in one of the solder joints.

Steven sent the photo to Barry. Barry called Albert. Albert rolled the truck.

Steven tried to stay out of Albert’s way, but instead wound up providing an extra set of hands. Albert had to turn off water to the house to re-solder the joint — even with the shutoff valves cranked there was still too much water dribbling through the pipe for the blowtorch to properly melt the solder at the joint. Albert also opted to add a second shutoff valve to the bottom of the tank, allowing us to isolate the tank at either end of the pipe run, if we need to cut off the water again, remove the pipe assembly and new recirculating pump, and work on everything away from water.

Albert finished after 11 pm.

At 1 am, Steven rechecked the work before going upstairs to bed.

One of the threaded joints appears to have a very slow leak.
One of the threaded joints appears to have a very slow leak.

Steven and Jacquela woke to hot water and a functioning recirculating pump. Steven reported the leak to Barry. Custom Plumbing is scheduled to work on this again Friday, 11 December.

Barry sent the bill today.

And just because … Johnson Custom Pools today reported two leaks at the pool pumps at Sea Eagle …

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Il duce

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States …”

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Jews entering the United States …

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Blacks entering the United States …

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Cubans entering the United States …

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Irish entering the United States …

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Japanese entering the United States …

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Germans entering the United States …

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Italians entering the United States …

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Catholics entering the United States …

 

“Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

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