Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What the Men did in two days...

While the men were working, Bob and I laid water pipe and electric wire in the trench down to the cabin. The water pipe was fairly easy, but the electric wire had a mind of its own. It was very heavy and kept kinking and getting tangled. Think about how fun it would be to unwind a very cheap water hose that is very heavy and is 300 feet long. Not fun!

You can see on the left the limestone ledge in the trench. We eventually put the lines that crossed this ledge [and one further up] through PVC pipes to make sure they don't get punctured when they are covered over. Where the trench is shallow the guy who covers the trench will have to pile up the dirt 24-30 inches to insure the water line doesn't freeze.

It was hot, dusty work. 

The guys cut a laundry chute hole through Bob's closet. See how happy he looks. I was in the laundry room, laughing when I took this shot.
 The laundry room door was hung. See how tall the basement is! You would not know how great this is unless you saw our current house. The basement in it is  5'5" tall in some parts up to about 5'8". And the stairs are awful. I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have smacked my head and the boys about knocked themselves unconscious many times during their teen years when they were growing like weeds.
Insulation was added to the top of the basement walls. Some places were really hard to access [especially around the heat pump and duct work], so we were glad to see it done. 

Window sills were added. This really looked great.

This 1/2 wall by the basement stairs looks great after this nice wood sill was added. I am not sure whether to paint it to match the trim or to stain and varnish it.

Two window sills.
They put up quite a bit of siding and fixed the siding that was on to secure it to the house better. They added these box things [I have no idea what they are called] so the electrician can put up the fixtures and plugs when the time is right.

They did a lot more trim work, roof work and more. It was great to see so much accomplished in just a few days. It is the first progress we have seen in months. We are getting closer.

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