Gutter up

Unlike the political scrum that should be flushed away, M&R Seamless Gutters today helps to protect Emerald Hill from the deluge that will come.

Photo essay:

The 40-foot run of seamless gutter destined for the back of the garage.
The 40-foot run of seamless gutter destined for the back of the garage.
The other end of the 40-foot gutter.
The other end of the 40-foot gutter.
Alex sets up the next run of gutter to extrude from the brake that folds the flat aluminum into a six-inch gutter.
Alex sets up the next run of gutter to extrude from the brake that folds the flat aluminum into a six-inch gutter.
Alex, left, and Grigorio, right, hoist the gutter into position at the low end of the shed roof over the new garage.
Alex, left, and Grigorio, right, hoist the gutter into position at the low end of the shed roof over the new garage.
After screwing the left end of the gutter into position, Alex shifted around Grigorio to the right side of the garage. They leveled the gutter and then added pitch, with direction from Marvin, on the ground at left.
After screwing the left end of the gutter into position, Alex shifted around Grigorio to the right side of the garage. They leveled the gutter and then added pitch, with direction from Marvin, on the ground at left.
Alex delivers the next length of gutter, fresh off the brake. Grigorio, left, and Marvin, on the roof, continue instaling a run of gutter at the roof off the kitchen.
Alex delivers the next length of gutter, fresh off the brake. Grigorio, left, and Marvin, on the roof, continue installing a run of gutter at the roof off the kitchen.
Test fitting the first downspout.
Test fitting the first downspout.
Red downspout to match the red-painted Hardieboard on the new garage bay. Cool!
Red downspout to match the red-painted Hardieboard on the new garage bay. Cool!
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T minus 7 days

The port-a-potty was taken away five days ago. We’re 24 hours closer to moving in — and Team Ranserve is working through the punch list.

Above … Jacinto from Ranserve today began to scrape the old linoleum tiles off the floor in the old garage. We suspect one of the previous owners converted the garage into a rec room. We want to park the cars and use the space for storage and tools.

Catching up ... the whole-house surge suppressor that the electricians installed a couple of days back -- at the bottom of the electrical panel.
Catching up … the whole-house surge suppressor that the electricians installed a couple of days back — at the bottom of the electrical panel.
Odell chiseled the door frames to fit the strike plates for the deadbolts.
Odell chiseled the door frames to fit the strike plates for the deadbolts.
The painters continue to polish off the house, finishing off the ceiling where the balusters are inserted through the drywall into lumber framing.
The painters continue to polish off the house, finishing off the ceiling where the balusters are inserted through the drywall into lumber framing.
Tyler from Granite Security installs a network wall plate at the TV wall in the family room.
Tyler from Granite Security installs a network wall plate at the TV wall in the family room.
Odell cuts open the back panel of the shelf end of the island, to install an electrical box for the network ports.
Odell cuts open the back panel of the shelf end of the island, to install an electrical box for the network ports.
With Odell done, Tyler snaked the pre-wired Ethernet cable into the new electrical box and punched the wires to the connector.
With Odell done, Tyler snaked the pre-wired Ethernet cable into the new electrical box and punched the wires to the connector.
The connectors on the plug are color coded and labeled, making it easy to match the proper wire.
The connectors on the plug are color coded and labeled, making it easy to match the proper wire.
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T minus 8 days

Steven brought the Schlage Connect smart lock online for the first time, programming in new entry codes. Jadin tested hers — and then threatened to lock Dad out of the house …

Austin Air connected the component devices for the make-up air system to the exhaust hood in the kitchen. Odell reports the electricians will connect all this to power sometime Thursday.
Austin Air connected the component devices for the make-up air system to the exhaust hood in the kitchen. Odell reports the electricians will connect all this to power sometime Thursday.

Climbing a ladder, Steven twisted and locked the Engenius Wireless Access Points into position in the library ceiling downstairs and upstairs hallway. In the electronics closet upstairs, Steven unpacked the Power-over-Ethernet switch, pulled three Ethernet cables out of his bag of network cables, plugged everything up — and the WAPs lit up with power, looking for signal. There are several hours of configuration and testing ahead …

In the mudroom, yesterday, Odell opened up the wall and relocated the drain line into proper position, directly underneath where the drain will mount in the sink.
In the mudroom, yesterday, Odell opened up the wall and relocated the drain line into proper position, directly underneath where the drain will mount in the sink.

Today, Odell returned to the mudroom with several pipe fittings, working on proper installation of the T-trap for the mudroom sink. He got everything snugged up, with no leaks after wrapping the threads with tape. Then he took it all apart, putting up the parts for final installation after the drywall team patches the wall …

Odell also pulled out his metal detector and went in search of the control wire for the sprinkler system. Kevin dug this out before the garage slab was poured. Someone cut the wire that was coiled near the formwork. Odell did not find the wire today. More spelunking to come …

The painters continue to tweak the ceilings, walls, baseboards, trim ...
The painters continue to tweak the ceilings, walls, baseboards, trim …
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T minus 9 days

We are now officially counting down to the scheduled move-in date. 10 days to 11 March.

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Tempering the window

One of the closet doors in Jadin’s bedroom swings open toward the tall window at the back of the room. The City of Austin inspector requires us to replace the conventional glass with tempered.

Landon and Robert from Martel Windows arrived today with the tempered glass.

Landon works carefully to remove the trim around the glass.
Landon works carefully to remove the trim around the glass.
Out comes the window.
Out comes the window.
The structure of the new window -- exterior glass panel at left, frame sandwiched in the middle, interior glass at right.
The structure of the new window — exterior glass panel at left, frame sandwiched in the middle, interior glass at right.
The exterior sheet of glass features a low-E coating to reduce the amount of light and heat traveling through the glass into the house. Landon pointed to the square corner of the low-E film, circled here.
The exterior sheet of glass features a low-E coating to reduce the amount of light and heat traveling through the glass into the house. Landon pointed to the square corner of the low-E film, circled here.
Landon taps the window trim into place as Robert sorts the next trim piece to install.
Landon taps the window trim into place as Robert sorts the next trim piece to install.
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Make-up air system

We are working to qualify Emerald Hill for, potentially, four stars in the the Austin Green Build program. It requires a make-up air system — when the exhaust hood over the cooktop is pulling fumes out of the house from the cooktop, the make-up system replenishes by pulling outside air into the house.

Above, the duct and motor and control unit for the make-up air system installed in the attic over the garage, connected to a duct run that penetrates the drywall to reach the kitchen.

This is the intake vent for the make-up air system, installed under the eave on the outside of the garage.
This is the intake vent for the make-up air system, installed under the eave on the outside of the garage.
This is the vent in the kitchen, over the side door, that delivers replacement air to the kitchen when the exhaust fan runs.
This is the vent in the kitchen, over the side door, that delivers replacement air to the kitchen when the exhaust fan runs.
Autin Air removed the chimney shroud above the exhaust hood. Components for the make-up air system are waiting behind the blue tape for installation.
Autin Air removed the chimney shroud above the exhaust hood. Components for the make-up air system are waiting behind the blue tape for installation.
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Pot filler and backsplash, reinstalled

Ranserve replaced the one glass tile that cracked to the left of the pot filler. To get to it, they removed the pot filler above the cooktop. We discovered that the wrong escutcheon was installed.

Today, the pot filler is mounted again, with the correct escutcheon, and a rubber gasket to cushion it against the tile.

 

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