(4)Monday December 3, 2001 - I got my alarm system in the
mail today so I spent the evening hooking everything up. I have
sensors on every door and window and two motion detectors. I will
also run wires for fire detectors to hook them into the alarm system.
I ordered an extra key pad so I have one at both the front and shop
(5.5)Tuesday December 4, 2001 - I picked up the tile today,
boy was that a lot of work. The guy had at least 2500 6x6 quarry
tiles in different earth tone colors. I got the lot for $300, the
same tile at Home Depot costs $1082.50 so I think I got a good deal.
I had my truck and 5x8 trailer loaded to the max. I finally finished
unloading the truck about 6 and then started on the house. I connected
the breaker panel to the meter panel and programmed the alarm system.
Since it has been raining this week, I have not done any more work
on the roof.
(5.5)Wednesday December 5, 2001 - I met with an AC installer
today to scope the house for the duct work and unit placement. I
should get quotes from two people this week. I also installed the
outside motion light, wired the shop, ran all of the phone lines,
installed the recessed lights over the bar, ran the wires for the
door bell, and removed the brake shoes on the back hoe. The brakes
were not working very well so I decided to go ahead and fix them.
I am supposed to help Wink unload the panels for his house next
week and having brakes would be nice.
(0)Thursday December 6, 2001 - I had dinner with my family
tonight so I didn't work out at the house.
(9)Friday December 7, 2001 - Today I continued working inside
since it is still kind of rainy. I installed the motion detectors
on the alarm system so it is now fully functional. I also made the
two changes to the plumbing that I forgot about and pressure tested
the system. I ran speaker wires from the stereo to the office so
I can take it out to the patio or elsewhere. I ran wires for the
light above the stairs to the loft. This was a challenge since it
is on one of the exterior walls about 15 feet off the floor.
(8)Saturday December 8, 2001 - Today I also worked inside
since it rained. I am not in a real big hurry to finish the roof
since it can be done any time. I do have to finish all of the interior
stuff before I can schedule sheet rock. I put up some OSB on the
utility room walls. I like to do that so I can hang stuff on the
walls unlike sheetrock. I have been sealing up all of the cracks
in the house with expanding foam and I still have a lot more to
do. I ran the wire for the ceiling fan in the loft area. This was
fun since there wasn't a wiring chase in the roof panel where I
need to run the wire. I managed to find a seam between two panels
of Styrofoam and was able to snake my wire through. I also ran the
duct for the exhaust system. I am venting both bathrooms, kitchen,
and utility room. These will be ducted through the ERV to the outside
and be replaced with fresh air. I will also hook up the dryer vent
to the ERV to capture some of the heat before it is vented outside.
(0)Sunday December 9, 2001 - I went to Lowes today to buy
some more stuff since they are having a 0 interest 0 payment deal
going on. I ordered 200 sheets of sheetrock and bought a stove and