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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By the time Steven got to Emerald Hill today, the carpenters were long gone. But they did leave behind completed work …
Speaking of the plumbers … Steven discovered that the bottom of the pot filler at the cooktop is damp. There’s a very slow leak, apparently. And, one of the red glass backsplash tiles to the left of the pot filler is pulling away from the wall. It’s also crazed at the side closest to the pot filler. Maybe water from the small leak is traveling behind the glass tile. Ron and the plumbers are going to have to investigate. Steven reported this by text message to Ron.
Steven also discovered what might be the escutcheon for the pot filler — it’s the same chrome finish, with a brass fitting to go around the copper pipe, along with a rubber gasket to help limit compression. Steven taped everything together and then taped all three parts to the pot filler for Ron and the plumbers to investigate.
Steven also discovered a damp floor under the drain of the mudroom sink. The drain pipe is also damp. Looks like another slow leak for the plumbers to investigate. Steven taped a note to the floor under the drain pipe.
In photo at top, here are the plastic shelves that Steven transported yesterday to Emerald Hill, assembled, along with two roles of heavy Ram Board cardboard. Ron suggested that Steven purchase these to help protect the floors during move in. Good idea.
For the first time, we are negotiating a date to move in — the end of February.
As busy as yesterday — painters, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, team Ranserve, garage door installers — today was quiet. One painter working inside Emerald Hill.
Steven cleaned up a pile of lumber at the back of the new garage, swept the floor clean, assembled plastic shelving, as preparation for moving boxes. He installed LED lights to the outdoor motion detectors and garage motors. Delivered a supply of shelf liner to the pantry for Jacquela’s kitchen. Found a ding in the glass globe of the ceiling fan in the family room, tagging it with blue tape.
The house was quiet. No radios playing. No nail guns firing. No bodies dancing around each other. It’s a preview of what it might be like for Steven to be home, working in the office, with everyone gone.
Above, yesterday, Shane and Peter installed the massive door stops at the back and kitchen side doors. We need these to ensure the doors don’t slam into cabinets.
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.
Shane and Peter, son and father, carpenters both, are Brits. Which gives special resonance to Fridays — aka “Poets day,” piss off early tomorrow’s Saturday.” Their work comes with stories and good humor. It’s fun to have them working in the house.
Above, Celis hung drywall on two walls in the garage — the front wall closest to the street, and the back wall around the exit door. This should be the final sheets of drywall to go up at Emerald Hill.
We counted out the runs of track. There are four 8-footers and two 2-footers for the train room. That’s correct. There are four two-footers for the office downstairs. That’s wrong. Tracy at Lights Fantastic stepped through the paperwork to discover the error. Two 8-footers and two 6-footers will be delivered early next week.
Which means … Steve the electrician and Ron are pushing for an electrical inspection tomorrow. The electrical boxes in the office must be populated with lights. Ron advises he will locate temporary fixtures.