(0)Saturday November 3, 2001 - I left Tokyo at 7 p.m. today,
flew to San Francisco, Denver, and then arrived in Austin around
10 p.m. for a total travel time of about 24 hours.
(0)Sunday November 4, 2001 - I went out to the site to see
the progress since I was told that they had finished the house on
Friday. Well, I guess it depends on your definition of "finished."
There were several things that I don't think they finished. Most
of them were minor and I am ready to move on to the next phase so
I told them to not come back and I will finish what they didn't.
The quality of their work was nothing like what it was when they
started. Oh well, I guess that is to be expected. As far as the
numbers turn out, they overran on the materials estimate by 67%
and overran on the length of time by over 100%. The crane ended
up costing me almost $2,000 which I think should have been half
that because they were not ready for the crane and were doing prep
work while the crane operator sat and watched. At least I can move
on and work on the rough wiring, plumbing and install all of the
doors. The power company put in all of the poles and wire while
I was in Japan. There are wires from the transformer hanging on
the meter pole but I didn't have a chance to assemble the meter
base and main panel so they haven't installed that yet.