Thursday, December 30, 2010

Back at it, with less crazyness

Figured it was time for an update.

We've slowed down for winter and it would seem winter has decided to settle in and hunker down for a spell.

During this week? Our plumber Jan got the boiler working, it was a stuck plunger in the gas valve and the system needed a bit more in the way of set up such as setting incoming pressures and bleeding air and setting fan speeds and all that stuff the fancy new electronic thingys need to get done. We set up one kitchen cabinet and I cut down a used counter top for temp till I get my walll built. Crystal has been moving stuff from her storage space out to the house to clear it all out and get everything settled. I helped a buddy with some wiring and such, and we've even had some company here and there.

Since all the major system level stuff is done we get to slow down and pick away at the edges without deadlines or looming dangers like freezing to death.

I like this better.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Breakfast at the 4th st diner and bakery in saguache. It was yummy and mellow. Warm quiet atmosphere... I recommend it!

And they have wireless :D

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Good morning winter...

All the sudden it looks like winter out there. I am thankful to be home, warm and safe. Denny is at work but he thinks it won't be much longer. This is the first quiet moment alone that I have had out here... it's calm and unhurried. I like it.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wood flooring is going down!

Yesterday we started on the 600 sq feet of 3/4 t&g pine flooring in the front of the house. Crys uploaded a pic that was taken part way through yesterday. The one here is from this morning before we start back to work. Since I haven't posted in a while and am too lazy to go back and see where I left off.....

highlights from this week....

This week was all about boilers and flooring and a bit of cleanup.

On Tuesday the boiler arrived that I'd ordered online the previous Friday. It's a Slantfin Bobcat 120K modulating condensing 93% efficient one. Also the flooring we'd ordered from Lumber Liquidators got here. The boiler was easy, just 135 pounds and the delivery guy remembered us and that we're easy to work with so he dumped it right where I wanted without us having to be here.

The flooring was another story all together.

That came by FedEx freight shipment and was delivered by a very stressed man who was a bit leery of dirt roads. We have Crystal as a contact because if I'm here I'm working and don't hear the phone most of the time. SO, the poor guy didn't take direction well and it was getting toward dark and he was out in the middle of no where on dirt roads in a semi and wanted desperately to get out of here and was freaking out. Finally Crys got through to me and I went to meet Mr. Nervous. As he rolled down the window I said, "don't you hate delivering fright up a freakin dirt road"? You could see him visibly start to relax then. So he followed me to our well set up unloading zone by the house and I helped him get the double pallet turned and off the truck, where upon he again had stress... "this pallet jack won't turn on the dirt..."
SO I went and got a sheet of 3/4 plywood and laid it down to make his life easy. This pleased Mr. Nervous. And we dumped the pallet and got him on his way. After that all I had to do was move the 1350 pounds of flooring into the house. :D

Piece of cake. I'd already put the boiler in and chopped wood that night.

Thursday we prepped the house for the plumbers who installed the boiler and part of the baseboards. They'll finish Monday when the wood floor is down in the front of the house. The new boiler is beautiful, we will be very happy to get the heat backup there so that we aren't so tied to making it back to the house so regularly to keep the fire going.

Friday was a play at ASC, the Little Match Girl. They did a great job.

Yesterday we prepped the floor and put down a good bit of the pine flooring. We're guessing over a third and less than half. :D BUT we got all the set up done so it'll go faster today even though today is when we go around the major obstacles.

Updates as conditions warrant. :D

Sunday, December 5, 2010

We got LOTS done this weekend...

Inching closer

We're inching closer to finishing up the inside of the house.

Flooring should be there on Tuesday. So this weekend we were prepping.

Crystal go the last two walls in the house painted, and did a bunch of caulking too. While that was going on she was doing a pile of laundry, I got the gas dryer hooked up this morning first thing. Crys also got both entry ways grouted for the final touch on them and did a bunch of prep cleaning in advance of the flooring getting here. Oh and she made us breakfast on the new stove that I got hooked up a day or two ago.

I started out getting some wood chopped and the dryer hooked up. Then I got going on hanging the upper kitchen cabinets. Our friend Deni came out this morning and was quite helpful when putting up the cabinets. Then I got started on the doors we got on Friday. The guest bath, and the bedrooms now have doors.

Now we're in town to watch Dexter. We love that show. We're beginning to see that this project might soon be over. My gosh that'll be a good thing. Oh and with everything going on today we used twice the power we usually do in a day. Seemed like it all worked just fine.

Oh and the boiler is ordered, the plumber is gonna install it as soon as we get the boiler here and he gave us a killer bid too. :D

(J. Smith plumbing from Del Norte, if you're looking for a plumber)