Saturday, October 3, 2015

End of Summer 2015

We are still working on things big and small.  Here's a few things we worked on over the summer.

We finished the railing on the back deck.

Rather than using balusters, we opted to use horizontally strung cable wire.

First Dean marked out the measurements on the upright posts, then drilled the holes and installed these eye hooks.

 The cable is looped through this cable clamp  then through the eye hook and back through the clamp

 The the cable clamp is tightened.

 The cable goes through the middle post and is secured on the other end post with hook eyes and cable clamps.

 Once the cable was strung on both ends, it was time to tighten it up.  Back to the starting post to tighten the nut which pulls the cable taut.

I made some cushions for these free-cycled deck chairs that I had picked up.

I only took on this project because I could not find the right size cushion that I wanted in a store.  I am not a very confident sewer.  I looked at some tutorials on You Tube and decided to give it a try.  They came out OK.  Not perfect, but functional....

We made some progress on the upstairs bathroom 

We installed the shower fixtures.

The replacement shower control that I bought had some problems.  If installed as instructed, water would have leaked behind it. 

So here is the shower controller valve.

Some spray foam insulation was used to fill the gaps.

Then the remainder of the space was filled with grout.

Now we are ready to install the fixture.  First a squirt of silicon caulk.

 Our new supervisor checks the work...

Then another squirt of silicon caulk.

 And finally the cover piece.

Dean continued working on insulating and enclosing the walls in the garage.

Initially he was putting up drywall, but then switched to OSB panels...

We put in a central vacuum system.

We had put the plumbing for this into the walls a looong time ago, back before the drywall was even hung, and we finally bought the vacuum and hooked it up.

We fixed the plumbing for the washing machines.

Do you remember how our stupid plumber had plumbed the drain pipes for the washing machine  with out any insulation between it and the exterior wall?  And the pipes would freeze in the winter?  

Dean re-plumbed the whole system and it works great, of course!

I did some painting.

Painting the G shed.

 And I'm painting all the exterior doors in Benjamin Moore Cottage Red to match the entry door.  Here I am working on the basement double doors while Missy monitors my progress.

Dean is working on re-building the wood stove.  

A couple of the soapstone slabs had cracks in them, so they are being replaced.

We moved more rocks. 

What is it with rocks?  We love them!

We have been working on the area at the center of the driveway, and had most of it done already.

For this section, we are working with smaller rocks that can be moved using a hand truck, a crow bar, and some muscle.

Using my muscles!

My favorite way of "fine tuning" rock placement is to kick it into place.

We are leaving this break in the wall so we can get into the area for working.  We might put a gate in here at some point in the future.

We started on the new generator project.

Remember how I said at the end of my post on the generator shed that Dean decided he wanted to switch to a propane based  generator that kicks on automatically when a power outage occcurs?  I was not kidding! 

 So he got to work building a concrete slab for the new generator to sit on.

Here's the form with re-bar in place.

Bags of concrete.

Filling the form. 

In the next phase of this project, while digging the trench to run the wiring conduit out to the electrical service box, Dean discovered yet another mistake made by our former builder.  Oh yes, I kid you not!  

But that is a whole 'nother story that I will relate in the next episode of Moore House Home Build, so stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Loved seeing your house and its great location this summer. Beautiful! It's fun to watch your progress on all these projects and to get some good ideas for projects of my own.