(0)Monday December 10, 2001 - I had to work late today so
I didn't go out to the house.
(4)Tuesday December 11, 2001 - I hooked up the three way
switches in the utility room and put a temporary light fixture in
place. I also installed a box for the oven plug, ran the wires for
the light for the deck light with three way controls, installed
the heat lamp fixtures in the bathrooms, installed the vent receptacles,
put the cast iron bath tub in place, applied more expanding foam
in the wall cavities, and added the remaining electrical boxes where
they were missing. I also agreed to a quote for an AC system and
they will do the rough in next Tuesday.
(0)Wednesday December 12, 2001 - I worked late for my real
job again and then stopped by the hardware store on the way home.
(12)Thursday December 13, 2001 - The AC guys came today
to start the rough in. I built a platform for the air handler to
set it on. While they were working, I ran a wire to the front door,
ran a couple wires in the exterior walls, built a wall at the end
of the tub, set the tub in place, applied more expanding foam to
doors and other areas, installed the oven plug, installed switches
and plugs in the kitchen along with a temporary light, removed the
temporary power box, and wired up a light in the attic, and put
new brake shoes on the back hoe. One of the master cylinders was
not working so I couldn't finish the brakes.
(11)Friday December 14, 2001 - I left the house at 5 this
morning to go to the hardware store to get some lumber. I made it
to the tractor place at 7 to get a new master cylinder and was back
in Wimberley at 8:30 in time to pick up a couple of laborers. I
had them move all of the tile to the patio from the trailer, pick
up the remaining lumber off the ground and pick up more rocks for
the exterior of the house. These guys worked till 6 and got quite
a few rocks. I boxed in the chases for the fresh air inlet and the
duct to the kitchen, put the master cylinder on the back hoe and
moved a bunch of the rocks from the road to the house and smoothed
out the driveway where it washed out in that last heavy rain. I
left my camera at the house or I would have some pictures for you.
I will try to add some pictures this weekend. Lowes was supposed
to deliver my sheetrock today at 2. I called them about 1:30 to
check on the status since no one has called for directions. The
first time I called, I was put on hold for about 5 minutes so I
hung up and called back. This is on my cell phone so I am wasting
my minutes. The second call resulted in a couple of transfers and
then I was put on hold. This time I waited for 20 minutes before
hanging up. The third time, I told them " please don't put
me on hold." So they took my number but then they didn't call
back. I called again about 2:45 and finally got someone who knew
what was going on. It turns out that they didn't have any sheet
rock to ship and someone was supposed to have called. Well no one
called, and I might get sheetrock on Monday. Well, Lowes is not
my choice for big building material.
(8)Saturday December 15, 2001 - Today I hooked up the dryer
vent, wired the smoke alarms to the alarm system, insulated the
fresh air duct and one of the walls in the office, I ran a 220V
line to the welder, applied more expanding foam to the exterior
walls, put the forks on the back hoe and cut some new holes in the
bucket to space them apart further, changed one of the back tires,
topped off all the fluids to get it ready to take to Wink's tomorrow,
added a light box in the guest bath over the mirror and wired the
office for lights. Two guys showed up to pick up rocks but it was
raining so they didn't get any thing done. They did bring a native
central American stone artisan to bid on the masonry job on the
house. I went with them to look at some houses and fences that they
have done. Depending on the bid, I may get them to start next week.
Below is a picture of some of the rocks that they have been picking
up around the property along with some other pictures of the progress.
The gauge shows the pressure on the plumbing holding steady for
a week now. I guess there are no leaks. When I got home, I took
out all the Christmas decorations and we put up the tree.
(0)Sunday December 16, 2001 - I left the house about 6 this
morning to drive the tractor to Wink's house. I am supposed to help
him unload the truck on Tuesday. Remember, Wink is the only one
that helped me when my panels were delivered. Hopefully we won't
have to unload them on the road and haul them to the house like
I had to.