“Hot check”

The lights are on. Almost. It’s a milestone.

Steve and Beau from Capstone Electric are testing every outlet, switch, light and fixture at Emerald Hill — up and down ladders, flipping circuit breakers, tracing feedback.

For the first time, the lights are on, ceiling fans are spinning, outlets have power. They are preparing for the final electrical inspection — possibly tomorrow.

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What’s behind door #1, Andrew & Kyle?

Andrew and Kyle from Cowart Door Systems arrived today about 930 am. They removed the existing garage door in under 10 minutes — taking away the warped, decades-old, heavy wood panels.

And then they set to work installing the new doors at both the existing garage and new garage.

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The Big Reveal begins

Above, the Big Reveal begins. The fence and gate around Emerald Hill comes down — a milestone. The fence went up at the start of demo. The kimono is open.

It may be Caucus Day in Iowa, but today begins what promises to be the final month of construction. We begin with one man down. Ron Dahlke continues his recovery from a virus. Steven arrived about 9 am attempting to keep up with carpenters, painters, garage door installers, electricians, as well as Kris, Matt and Kevin from Ranserve.

Today marks the return of Kevin to Emerald Hill after his diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. Steven asks Kevin to speak with Jacquela about life with a pump, meter, blood sugar levels ...
Today marks the return of Kevin to Emerald Hill after his diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. Steven asks Kevin to speak with Jacquela about life with a pump, meter, blood sugar levels …
Matt and Kris evicted the owl from the duct outside the master bedroom by banging on the ductwork. No harm was done to the owl, which flew off of its own accord. Kris sealed all three ducts with heavy construction paper to keep the owl from returning.
Matt and Kris evicted the owl from the duct outside the master bedroom by banging on the ductwork. No harm was done to the owl, which flew off of its own accord. Kris sealed all three ducts with heavy construction paper to keep the owl from returning.
DAvid Garcia's paint crew continues to finish out trim.
DAvid Garcia’s paint crew continues to finish out trim.
Peter reinstalls trim in the water closet to bath 2. The glass installers removed this trim to put in the oversized glass door and fixed panel.
Peter reinstalls trim in the water closet to bath 2. The glass installers removed this trim to put in the oversized glass door and fixed panel.
Shane gets prone on the floor of bath 2 and reaches under the vanity to install a missing baseboard. Tight fit, but committed. Power tools are too large to squeeze under the shelf.
Shane gets prone on the floor of bath 2 and reaches under the vanity to install a missing baseboard. Tight fit, but committed. Power tools are too large to squeeze under the shelf.
At about 1 pm, Peter and Shane began to test hang the front door.
At about 1 pm, Peter and Shane began to test hang the front door.

 

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Fire, placed

Kris and Matt from Ranserve installed the fireplace glass doors today.

Matt keeps it level and flush to the wall while Kris screws the mounts inside.
Matt keeps it level and flush to the wall while Kris screws the mounts inside.
And nearly done. Kris and Matt had to adjust the alignment of the glass doors.
And nearly done. Kris and Matt had to adjust the alignment of the glass doors.

 

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Tankless #2

Albert and his son Kory are back from Custom Plumbing to install tankless water heater #2 — the unit downstairs in the mudroom.

Kory hoists the tankless unit into niche, where it will hang on the bracket. Minutes earlier, Kris and Matt from Ranserve installed the plywood to serve as backer board for the tankless.
Kory hoists the tankless unit into niche, where it will hang on the bracket. Minutes earlier, Kris and Matt from Ranserve installed the plywood to serve as backer board for the tankless.
Albert applies pipe dope to one of the brass fittings for the water and gas lines below the tank.
Albert applies pipe dope to one of the brass fittings for the water and gas lines below the tank.
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