It's May 2008

And after we survive a little frantic scare we take off our carpenter belts and snap on our electrician's belt. Well not quite, first we have to become an excavator operator again. the 200 AMP service has to go underground don't you know...
 

 

May 2008                                         Click on (most) images for a larger view.

 

 May 1st - It took one more day to finish the subfloor...
 

Oh no, there is a step in the floor!? We blamed our trimming job and tried to compensate with shims. Turns out the lumber yard delivered a 5/8" sheet in the middle of a stack of 3/4" sheets and it snuck by us.  Cutting and chiseling until its out. Boy that glue is tough once it sets. Perseverance carried the day.
 
The last piece of flooring gets glued down.  It felt good to finish and cover it with our huge tarp today!  Now we can do our work under cover (until we start framing the second floor)  A job well done we think!
 


Laia and Uncle Tom

May 2nd-5th - Before we do any more work... we took a little time off for a bit of a family gathering to see Birgit and Philip play at a Folkdance Festival on Saltspring Island!  Friday night we had a good visit with Sonja and Laia here before Sonja had to head back home to go to work and Laia stayed over night with us.  Early the next morning we headed out on the boat only to motor all the way to Ganges as there was no wind, only drizzle all the way and a rain squall as we entered Ganges Harbour.  We got the last slip on the south government dock and got all settled in.
 


Laura at the helm in the rain


Laia, Chris, Philip and Birgit

Then we ventured in to town to the Market where "vendors must make it, bake it, or grow it themselves"... it was great!  We ran in to Birgit and Philip perusing the market!  We went to the event in the evening and it was wonderful to see Birgit & Philip in their element playing their music to a large group of folk dancers who had gathered for weekend workshops.  Laia joined in to play, along with another regular player, Chris. We sailed back late Sunday and then on Monday afternoon they came for a visit and brunch before heading to the ferry to head back to Seattle.


The Folk dancer group

  

May 6th - envelope mock-ups to ready for installing the meter base and service panel on wall in final form...

May 7th - we got our electrical permit today!...

8th - envelope done ready for install... 

9th
- prep site for excavating...

  Preparing a mock-up. Mixing some mortar...
to fill the cavities... in the leveling strip... and seal the post bracket. Support strip in place...
P2000 foam insulation in place... caulking the strip... OSB sheathing in place...

Tyvek and rain-screen strapping in place... drilling hole for nipple to connect meter base to service panel...

and we're through!

removing knockouts in panel

work in progress... creating sand pile...

May 10th - rented excavator to move soil... clear and flatten between neighbour's house and ours, and dig ditch for underground hydro and phone..

first shovel for ditch... in line with house what maneuvering!

ah ha! 3ft down... found the conduit at the property line that had been put there in November...

prep our line to tie to theirs... getting out their line.. drilled drainage holes in elbow straightening out some old pipe
moved some rocks... finished for the day

May 11-13 - completed installation at new house.  The hydro guys came to prep site before they disconnected us Wednesday.

Mike in the hole... pulling cables through... caulking the nipple connectors... stripping cable...

what a neat job...

trimming wires... bending wires... May 14 - setting up to pull line... 
feeding line thru... pulling line through... Hydro's work at property line... disconnecting overhead at pole...

connected by not live...

disconnecting old house... working on old panel...
no more grounding rods... now grounding plates are used

May 15 - Inspection day!  ready at 10am... while waiting... reviewed framing plans of kitchen to get our minds around framing again. inspection @ 3pm!  grounding wire and a few things to do - saw to right away after he left.  he will visit next Thursday as well.

filling in ditch...

making a clay dam so ditch does not fill with water...

May 16th - final work by hydro to connect us...

and we have power at new house... and old house!  yippee!

Now... lots more work to do:
- fill in the ditch. lay caution tape half way down -"CAUTION electric line buried below"
- fill in north/east corner (perimeter drain, rain leaders, storm and sewer)
- bring up east side of house almost to grade

We are now finally completely out of the ground!!!!  No more muck!

The white lilacs remind us that the heritage of this garden survives.

May 21 - 27th - And now to finish framing the kitchen!...

South-west corner...

... is up!

south wall section with window...

... is up!  This is above the sink!
 
 
 
 
The laser showed that the foundation wasn't level here so we needed to "taper" the #2bottom plate by 1/4" The heaviest wall section takes shape. How will we ever lift this massive thing?... ... with properly placed fulcrums of course. A 6" fulcrum reduces our load by 66% for the first 18 inches. No sweat! After we got it upright after careful pivoting we used our 1" roller to move it into position.
 
 
 
 
The uneven foundation continues but here we were able to mix up some mortar to make it level. Carefully squaring the last window section of the kitchen nook before we raise it. Voila! Look at the size of these windows!!!! Mocking up a table and benches we make ourselves at home and try it out that evening.

 

Sunday morning... it works for breakfast too.

May 26th - completion of phone line going underground!  We salvaged the old overhead line to temporarily run a short line to the old house.

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break for a homemade Popsicle!

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driving cement nails for interior wall
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using C-clamps and pipe clamps
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and the kitchen is done!!
May 29-30th
 - framing the balcony
 
installing joist hangers... squaring joists... clamping jig to cut wedge...
cutting wedge to create 2% slope installing stop-blocks at head of joist adds to hold/strength of installation glue, nail, screw wedges to joists
       
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