Electrical

No updates for a while but we are getting there.

Last week, I went to the tile store where they have my leftover countertop and gave them the dimensions to cut and polish the piece for the hearth of the fireplace.  I got a call back that it was one inch shorter than the depth I requested.  Crap.  I went back and remeasured – that one inch was extra so the shorter width will be fine!  Whew!  That piece should be ready next week.

The guys started on the backsplash Friday – well, they did the wiring for the undercabinet lighting, anyway, and cut out the drywall back there to (I am assuming) (1) install the wires and (2) because it was so lumpy and crappy looking they needed a flat surface so the tile would lay flat. Not sure what OF was planning to do with that lumpy mess of shit, but hey, I’m sure he would have rigged up something shitty that would have worked. I am also not sure how OF was planning on installing any of the undercounter lighting since the new guys have had to remove all of the insulation that I had put in the entire house, but saved it to replace it, I suppose.

The painter is coming back in the a.m. to tell me how much paint and primer I need to get for the bathroom. He will get that knocked out in a couple of days, maybe three, I hope, and then they can install the toilet and vanity! I am trying to decide on a color for the bathroom and put up a couple of shades from some samples but haven’t decided and forgot to take a picture.

I did take a picture of the fireplace – I want to go with a color other than white for the mantel – these are both gray, but one is a lot darker. I’m just going to have to wait until the hearth and tile are in to make a decision, I think.

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I put the guest bed together this weekend. The instructions from Ikea made a sad face on the cartoon trying to put it together by himself and a happy face when he/it had a friend. I did it by myself so suck it, Ikea! Again, no picture – not yet!

P.S.  Guess who is skipping town?  It’s not me!

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There was a slight lull early in the week but we are back up and running again!

F moved this week so there was a halt in construction or at least a major slow down for a day or so.  I did make it by there to take a picture after the first tearing off the aluminum siding day.

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Now all of the siding is gone – here’s a picture from today:

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Wow!

Inside the house, some more electrical improvements that you can’t see, and most of the drywall is up now. Some lights are up in the living room but still bare. Also all of the windows are in except for the bathroom which is still just sitting there gutted.

Note – these aren’t the greatest pictures. I didn’t take my camera down there and had to use my iPod camera, but they’ll do.

Here is the living room earlier this week – at least the ceiling:

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Here is the dining room into the back den:

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Here is the kitchen – also earlier this week:

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Before I post the picture of the kitchen from today, I have to say that I did receive a couple of calls today from F that I couldn’t answer but called him back and he says, “Now don’t freak out but…” This had to do with putting up drywall in the kitchen without my specifications of the size and place of the doorway into the back den and with no cutout for the fridge to be inset a little bit. Freak out? Me?

Here is the dining room/kitchen with a little view of the doorway into the den:

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The new kitchen window:

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And the old window that has been closed in:

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Den and its new windows:

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New den windows and closed up hole where AC unit used to be:

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Laundry room/pantry:

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Whew! Hopefully tomorrow I will get some more information on the timeline for the projects. And write another check.

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More demolition, more problems/discoveries!

The wall with the fake stained glass windows is down and now what to do with the electrical box that was hiding behind a piece of ugly fake wood paneling? The kitchen subfloor #1 is out and now the old plumbing for a possible old washing machine is being taken out. Plus, the damaged drywall is taken out where it was damaged under a window AC unit and we discover there has never been any insulation put in the exterior walls of the house. I made the mistake of researching this issue on the internet but will reserve judgment and public comment until the contractor weighs in on the matter.

First let’s check out the newly ripped out fake stained glass panel area with the ugly old wallpaper now really coming through.

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Here we are up close and personal with the wallpaper – how is there at the VERY least four different wallpapers in this small area?

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Here’s the electrical box hanging…

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And this is the ceiling after the awful ceiling tiles were removed. 

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What is it with Lucy?  She can eat anything!  Including the fake rocks from the formerly gas fireplace, and any sort of trash from a demo’d wall!Photobucket

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One task completed (well…)

The electricians did arrive yesterday a.m. with a 60% chance of rain but they worked pretty much all day – mostly inside but even got some of the outside stuff done.  The rain wasn’t so bad for the most part – just one downpour.  They came back this a.m. to finish and did just that – supposedly.  The building inspector showed up around 11:30 and gave us the all clear.  The electricians finished up and left.  I suppose this looks better than that jumbled mess that was in the cabinet.

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The power company cut the electricity back on at some point this afternoon and I went over there to make sure it was on after suffering through some horrible quality control survey call about the power company. The power was on but there is no power in the back room. I called and left a message for someone to come check on that Monday morning as the heating and air guys are coming first thing Monday to start installing the duct work!

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Whaddaya mean the electrical is not up to code?

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Really? All of those wires sticking out everywhere isn’t normal? And you’re no longer allowed to put this stuff in the kitchen cabinets?

(I was expecting this – I mean, this house looks like someone built an entire house from scratch by just shopping at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and junk yards for materials.)

So now I have “learned” (but really was expecting this) that when you call an electrician to get cut-off switches put in the attic and outside for the central heating & air that needs to come in, plus upgrade the “box”, you run the risk of getting the dreaded inspector from the county involved. Now, I want to be safe and do prefer not to die in a house fire, but if memory serves me correctly from my mom’s addition, the home inspector never returns phone calls in a timely manner and never shows up when he says he is going to. So what does that mean? That means that we have now added time onto this project where we all get to sit around and do sudoku puzzles on the iPad while sitting on the ground in a cold house waiting on the inspector to mosey on over after he’s finished farting around to say whether or not we can proceed. Maybe I am speaking too soon and will gladly admit I am wrong if I am proved to be so. Here’s hoping!

The attic stairs are installed, roughly.

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I’m still waiting on estimates (in writing) from electricians but have had two over there to look around.

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