Saturday, May 1, 2010


Lots of progress in the last week so, prompting us to frequent utterances of "Beauuu - tah - fulll" - using the inflection that my father always used when he was pleased with something.

The most exciting of recent developments is that...


The temporary panel that our electrician had set up, now gives us power for lights and tools, etc.

So it turns out that it was not frozen conduit after all.

What it was, is that the pull string - from the friction of pulling - had kind of burned its way into the plastic conduit where there was an elbow in the run - and it was stuck there.

Unitil finally came out, and dug it up, and fixed the problem.

Then the following week they were able to pull the wire and install the meter, and PRESTO! We have power!!

This was a timely development because...

Remember our "too big to fail" generator?

It broke.

A small transformer in the machine fried, and Dean, with Ted's help was working on getting a replacement, and in the meantime, we were borrowing Jef's small generator which was very helpful, but not powerful enough to run the compressor - so we could not use the air nailer...

Moore House Home Build Special guests

We had some visitors this week.

Cheyenne paid a visit and gave our supervisor a run for her money.

Tom, Cheryl and Ben surprised us with a visit on Saturday.

Tom checks out the workmanship with a builder's eye.

And Julie stopped by on Wednesday to check on our progress.

Septic Progress

The septic system is progressing nicely...

The bed is prepared for the pipes.

The homeowners express their approval!

The materials are ready to go...

The first pipe is laid...

And many more pipes followed....

Then the distribution box goes in...

Right now, our excavator is preparing the area for the septic tanks. There is still work to complete the system, but it's coming along!

We've been pretty focused on shingling the exterior, but with a couple of days of rain this week, we turned our energies indoors and started the flooring.

This is what Dean was able to accomplish in about 9 hours working by himself.

I am now thinking that the reason we got such a good deal on the Hickory flooring, is that no one in their right mind wants to work with it because it is SO hard. It is a really dense, heavy wood that does not take well to being nailed!

The next day, with me laying out the lengths of wood, and Dean getting into a groove with the nailer, we accomplished a little more...

But still, we've decided it is time to invest in an air nailer for this job, and so it is on order.

After a couple of days of this very physical work, on my hands and knees, getting up & down off the floor, my body was beat! I was looking forward to doing a couple of 12 hour shifts at my regular job just to recover!!


We had our first meal in our dining room last week.

Pumpernickel does the dishes!

Discovering the land

I have been discovering more of the land's resident flora...

Trillium.  Isn't she gorgeous?

Not sure what this is, but it looks a lot like Hydrangea to me.  Tom & Cheryl, this is what looked like Dogwood from a distance...

High Bush Blueberry.  We also have lots of low bush blueberry...

 Sessile Bellwort - also called wild oats.  My internet friend Cate Kerr, whose wonderful blog - Beyond The Fields We Know - I follow, was able to identify this one for me.  A very delicate little flower that I had never seen before...

The case of the 42 inch base cabinet

One problem that we have yet to solve, is that of the 42 inch base cabinet.

We ordered and received delivery of the kitchen cabinets a couple of months ago.  Upon inspection, we found the the 42 inch base cabinet was damaged.  So we called the dealer, and it was re-ordered and delivered - and it was also damaged.  So, a third one was ordered and guess what?  Damaged!

Here is the first one.  The bracing piece across the top is snapped in the middle - presumably because something heavy was placed on top of it during shipping.

Here is the second one.  The damage is pretty obvious in this one...

And here is the third one.  The damage is less obvious...


But the reason for the damage seems pretty obvious in this photo...

The last two have been shipped sideways like this. This allows the drawers and shelves rattle around during shipping... and you get the picture?

Let's hope they get it right with number four!

... That's all for this post.  Stay tuned for more fun and adventures with the Moore House Home Build!


  1. It's amazing how quickly dogs tongues have evolved for doing dishes.

  2. It is amazin what you have done. OUr last two houses were on septic and I never knew how they were laid. I know we had leach lines are those pipes the leach lines.

  3. glad to be able to comment on the link now.

    how exciting to have power! looks like great progress this week. thanks for sharing.

    xo -P

  4. Leslie BordonaroSunday, May 02, 2010

    That unidentified plant might be a cranberry viburnum or high bush cranberry - if the leaves have 3 parts I couldn't tell.

  5. Sunny Sandock said...
    I looked in my Audubon Wildflower field guide under pics with white clustered flowers. The closest pic I found is Mountain Sandwort, but the center is yellow and the petals don't seem quite right.
    As for the flooring... you are wise to get a power nailer. About 20 odd years ago, Dave and I laid oak flooring in our kitchen and living room (during one of the hotest July weeks I have ever known). I laid out the boards as you are doing, Kathy and Dave did the nailing with a tool like Dean is using in the pics. We both did the cutting.
    No easy task. I suspect Oak is about as hard as hickory. And I also suppose that bulsa wood would be hard to nail after just a few hours of swinging that heavy sledge hammer.
    Keep up the great work. Errors or not, you're doing super and getting there!!!

  6. Thanks for all the comments!

    Shahin - yes that is the leaching field.

    Leslie - I think you are right. I sent the pic to my wild plant identifying internet friend who said it is high bush cranberry - viburnum something or other.

    Sunny - Hickory is MUCH harder than oak, but not the hardest - check out this hardness scale >

    And yes that tool is archaic - an air nailer should make it much easier...