Jewelry for front door

Steven is traveling — Barcelona for ShowStoppers @ Mobile World Congress.

Jacquela takes over the remodel. She met Saturday morning at Emerald Hill with Shane and Peter, the carpenters. Together, they reconfigured the deadbolt on the kitchen side door and the front door — picking up an idea proposed during the week by Steven: Shifting the keypad/deadbolt to the kitchen-side door, taking it off the front door; shifting the deadbolt from the kitchen-side door, instead to the front door. This cleans up the front door; Jacquela thought the keypad unit would be too big and overwhelming and ugly for the front door.

Shane shows the approximate mounting locations for the front-door deadbolt and extended vertical pull.
Shane shows the approximate mounting locations for the front-door deadbolt and extended vertical pull.
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Neat floor

This is the floor of the restaurant where I ate lunch one day in Barcelona while traveling for ShowStoppers @ MWC 2016 -- concrete tile, bold patterns, vivid with life, you'd never know it was "boring gray."
This is the floor of the restaurant where I ate lunch one day in Barcelona while traveling for ShowStoppers @ MWC 2016 — concrete tile, bold patterns, vivid with life, you’d never know it was “boring gray.”
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Double header

Ron may still be recovering from flu or virus, but there is joy in Mudville, er, Emerald Hill …

We passed two final inspections today — HVAC, above, and plumbing, below.

plumbing inspection passed.fw

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A tale of two days

Ron Dahlke was taken out of action by 102-degree fever. Get well soon.

We soldier on without his guiding hand …

Shane and Peter apparently installed strike plates to all the doors early Monday.

Off for President’s Day, Jacquela began to cut and install drawer liners to kitchen and bathroom drawers. Steven raked oak leaves on half the front lawn, then met with Victor Martinez to talk through potential landscaping — using the dirt and mulch piles on the driveway to expand the beds around the oak trees in front of the house, deer-resistant plantings, a potential privacy fence, and phasing in repairs to the sprinkler system that Steven has never seen operate — using the new NOAA-connected smart controller that Steven already purchased.

That was Monday at Emerald Hill. Back at Sea Eagle, we continued boxing. Jacquela and Jadin tackled Jadin’s closet and bathroom. Steven disassembled the AV component stack in the upstairs flex room and took down all the speakers; one Time Warner cable box is now disconnected.

Today, Steven took Jadin to school and, at Emerald Hill, Albert and son from Custom Plumbing arrived to tackle the corrections required by the inspector.

In photo at top of this post, study the white PVC pipe traversing left to right or right to left, depending on your perspective. The connection to the drain on the back wall is higher than the collection of pipe and pipe fittings that run to the P-trap under the sink. In other words, the sink is trying to drain uphill. That will never work. The inspector flagged this for correction.

Here's a second example of corrections required by the inspector. Months ago, Albert rebuilt the gas line to the fireplace. Then the drywall crew covered it over. Then the inspector spotted the mistake. Albert chipped out the drywall to find the pipe fitting buried behind the wallboard. Ron and the drywall team now have some patching to do.
Here’s a second example of corrections required by the inspector. Months ago, Albert rebuilt the gas line to the fireplace. Then the drywall crew covered it over. Then the inspector spotted the mistake. Albert chipped out the drywall to find the pipe fitting buried behind the wallboard. Ron and the drywall team now have some patching to do. And painting.

After several email and phone conversations with Scott from Capstone Electric, and help from Scott, Steven selected and odered from Home Depot a whole house surge suppressor — $75 cheaper than Amazon! — and a cable/phone-line suppressor for $90 from Amazon because HD does not these. Per Scott’s instructions to order these for him to install.

Steven continued to configure pipe and flange for the master closet.

Steven received from Ron and began asking questions about the proposal for gutters.

Homework — Steven and Jacquela wil review the agreement proposals from the movers.

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Notes, 13 Feb. 2016

Noemi and her team began cleaning up Emerald Hill, getting it ready for Jacquela, Jadin and Steven to move in.

We are about to start the move-in countdown.

Noemi and her team took the protective cardboard off the stairs, cleaned up the construction mess, to reveal a work of art -- hickory risers and treads, steel balusters and handrail, stair lights recessed into the wall.
Noemi and her team took the protective cardboard off the stairs, cleaned up the construction mess, to reveal a work of art — hickory risers and treads, steel balusters and handrail, stair lights recessed into the wall.

In this Saturday chapter, Jacquela and Steven:

  • Donated more boxes and bags of stuff to Goodwill, continuing to clean out Sea Eagle.
  • As we sorted, we set aside a notebook in which Jadin drew pictures of Reboot. We miss our dog.
  • Assembled the wire shelving for the pantry at Emerald Hill.

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  • Visited Lowe’s to check out ceiling fans.
  • Discovered bumpers for the steel shelving in the pantry at the Container Store — along with plastic liners for each shelf.
  • Began boxing up artwork, taking down shelves and patching walls at Sea Eagle.
  • Came up with a potential solution to hide the tankless water heaters — a shoji screen or ceiling-mounted sliding door for the mudroom, and a ceiling-mounted folding door for the laundry room.
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Weekly update, 12 Feb. 2016

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary report:

This week:

  • Final repairs to cabinets underway
  • Repairs to baluster
  • Final clean starting
  • Passed final electrical inspection
  • Passed blower door test
  • Passed duct balancing test
  • Ordered replacement glass for Jadin’s bedroom
  • Installed screens — noted missing screens
  • Removed Ranserve tools, desk, and tool box from garage
  • Picked up framing items in driveway

Next week:

  • Repair plumbing corrections
  • Repair HVAC¬†corrections
  • Complete install on hardware
  • Continue on misc repairs
  • Complete install on fire protection in garage
  • Complete low voltage install
  • Remove old tile flooring in garage
  • Remove porta potty
  • Repair and grout tile at kitchen back splash
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Blue tape

Ron Dahlke jokes about assigning one small role of very small blue tape to Jacquela and Steven — to identify items to correct such as nail holes, broken glass, floor dings, etc. — a visual guide to punch list items.

Jacquela got a head start late today, inspecting the kitchen sink, picking up a role of blue tape lying atop the island, to flag the drains in the sink, which are misaligned, with small globs of plumber's putty visible.
Jacquela got a head start late today, inspecting the kitchen sink, picking up a role of blue tape lying atop the island, to flag the drains in the sink, which are misaligned, with small globs of plumber’s putty visible.
The plumbers today delivered the drain pans for the tankless water heaters. They are made by hand -- and not very well made. And ugly. And not the correct size. Jacquela immediately flagged with blue tape the pan under the tankless water heater in the mudroom. Earlier, before Jacquela arrived, Steven pulled Ron Dahlke into a conversation with Chris, one of the carpenters who helped to build the kitchen cabinets. Steven asked if there is a way to enclose the tankless unit behind panels or doors, now that we can see how ugly this will be in a high-traffic area.
The plumbers today delivered the drain pans for the tankless water heaters. They are made by hand — and not very well made. And ugly. And not the correct size. Jacquela immediately flagged with blue tape the pan under the tankless water heater in the mudroom. Earlier, before Jacquela arrived, Steven pulled Ron Dahlke into a conversation with Chris, one of the carpenters who helped to build the kitchen cabinets. Steven asked if there is a way to enclose the tankless unit behind panels or doors, now that we can see how ugly this will be in a high-traffic area.
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Shredding 21 boxes of our lives

The last thing we want to do is move archived papers to Emerald Hill.

Steven messaged Atex Shredding. They sent a truck. 21 cartons of our lives. Shredded.

A joy. A sadness. A step into a new life, made lighter.

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Plumbing and mechanical punch list

The City of Austin inspector walked Emerald Hill today. He left behind homework — a series of corrections that must be done before the City can issue a certificate of occupancy.

This comes as no surprise to Ron and Steven; we anticipated a punch list.

Most of the fixes are straightforward; Ron will coordinate the different subcontractors.

The biggest required fix — replacing the glass in the tall window in Jadin’s bedroom. It must be tempered, not standard glass. Ron estimates this will take at least a week.

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