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Today the concrete was poured. Pictures were taken.

The forms come off tomorrow morning and then I have to go and backfill all of the edges. They said it should be good to walk on tomorrow and the tub can go on in a week or so.
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There is a space behind the garage that grows some very tall weeds, over the windows tall. The end of the first summer here I cut or pulled them all and applied a "ground clear" to the area. The next summer the area was bare and I forgot about it. This year they were back.

A few weeks ago I cut them and pulled them out and applied more "ground clear". Yesterday I rolled out some landscaping weedstop and covered it with some gravel that the neighbors had leftover from some work they did. I need to put more down at some point but I was getting tired last night. I also did the backfill for the ground rods at the house.
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The power upgrade is (mostly) complete.

I have to do some back fill around the ground rods by the house but the power is on and working. The new compressor is also hooked up and tested, the welder is wired and will hopefully be tested soon.

Discussed the hottub hookup with the inspector today and the feasibility and requirements of running the power conduit under the concrete pad.

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Well, MG&E canceled on us this morning due to the rain and other outages that take priority, so I'm scheduled for Wednesday morning at 8am, hopefully I can be in to work by noon.

So, instead of doing the house hookup we continued work on the garage wiring. Pictures are in the gallery, many need to be rotated but the rotate feature seems to be broken. I might re-upload them after editing sometime, just tilt your head to the right for most of them for now.

The trench and PVC is done and the wires have been pulled. The garage panel has been replaced and re-connected and the new air-compressor and welder outlets have been added. When the inspector stopped by today he said the trench looked good and could be back-filled (might do that tomorrow after work). He also said that what we had so far and what we had ready looked good, we just needed to tweak some of the grounding which we have since done.

Tomorrow I'll try and fill in the trench and cleanup some in the garage.

Wednesday after the service is disconnected (at the pole and the meter pulled) we have to (hopefully the isolated thunderstorms are isolated somewhere else):

  • remove and replace the wire from the meter and connect to the new main panel

  • run the wires and conduit from the new panel to the disconnect in the basement

  • separate the ground and neutral in the basement disconnect (remove jumper connector?)

  • have the whole shebang inspected

  • have MG&E plug the meter back in and restore service so the house has power again


Aug. 26th, 2007 08:47 am
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Many thanks to [ profile] graydancer and [ profile] suibhne_geilt for the trench digging help, and thanks to [ profile] suibhne_geilt for taking a yew bush with him as well. The trench is dug and the first bits of the PVC is in as of last night. Today is working on getting as much of the wiring done as possible before they disconnect the power tomorrow morning so we can do the rest of it.
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So, woke up this morning about my normal time, with the help of [ profile] feloniouscat and [ profile] apocalyptikitty of course. After feeding them I decided to head outside and mark off where I wanted the hostas to go. Since the sun was still behind the garage at this point I removed the sod from the area. Then it was inside for some breakfast and cooling off.

I didn't feel like digging up the hostas quite yet so I grabbed the shovels and started on the other clothesline pole. After 2 hours of digging with stops for water and AC breaks I have the pole free, I just can't lift it.

By then it was time for lunch so I came in and had some lunch and decided to go back out for the hostas. Probably not the best plan as the sun was now beating down, but eh. So I went out and moved most of the hostas over. I still need to move the lillies on the end and get rid of the tree/bush at the back of the garage. There is also a varigated hosta under the bush thing which might get moved to the side of the house by the driveway or something, along with the one by the power pole. The two small clumps that are still by the garage in the middle were hostas that were squished between others and I decided to not move them, not sure where they are going yet, maybe they will go along the driveway too, if they make it that long.
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It has been slow going but I finally got around to making the trim for some of the bathroom walls. I also made the frames for the doors for the vanity cabinet. Last night I dyed the frames and made the latticework for the panels and dyed them. Next up is the hand chisel work for the lattice and gluing the lattice together and in, then the lacquer can be applied. Then I make the drawers themselves and attach everything to the cabinet. There will be pictures when that is done.

Then it is on to something else, maybe finishing up the caulking and trim around the tub and get the shower curtain up. Or focus might shift to outdoor projects like the possibility of a free if you haul it away and fix it hot-tub and the associated deck replacement. Along with the extension of a larger electrical circuit to the the garage so more can be done there.

I have also been doing some re-arrangement of the shop area, putting the cabinets that I got last fall into a reasonable configuration along the back wall. I have also been moving things out of the massive wall cabinet to hang things directly on the back wall. Then I can finish the doors for the wall cabinet and put *stuff* there, and have them out of the sawdust.
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Mainly because I need to get the hinges and drawer slides for the vanity before I build the doors and drawers. So, instead, I used the table saw to finish up most of the cuts for the wine/cookbook rack. The whole setup will get mirrored right to left when it is actually put together, and the space along the top will be divided into individual slots for bottles, but those will be cut once the cross bracing is fully installed, just to make sure it is all tight. The superman logo shaped area on the left in the picture will be for cookbooks of varying heights. The whole thing will be stained/dyed to match the rest of the kitchen cabinets if I can manage it. There will also be some solid oak trim on all of the exposed plywood edges. I'm still really liking the table saw.


Feb. 17th, 2007 02:03 pm
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The doors are together, mostly. I should take them back down and add some screws, but they are good for now. Now I need to get the mirror and the shelves. We'll see if we go with the glass shelves or if I make some wooden ones after we get some quotes. I think the wall trim is next on the list, or the doors for the base cabinet, although this afternoon might just be lazy.
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Pictures of progress hopefully this weekend. I have the door frames dyed and lacquered, and the latticework cut, dyed, installed and lacquered. I'm hoping to put the warlon and plexiglas in them and get the doors up in the cabinet either Thursday night or Saturday. The plexi is already cut and just needs the corners rounded. I still need to get together the list and order the mirror and glass shelves. Then I will start in on the base cabinet doors and drawers. The 50,000BTU propane heater is nice, and putting some more plastic covering the ceiling holes where I don't have insulation and sheeting has been working well too.
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So, the frames for the upper doors have been cut. In the picture they are all just sitting there, nothing is actually attached together. Yesterday I made a mortising jig for the table saw, and I think it works rather well. The backs are already rabbeted for the warlon and plexiglas.

Next up is the little stuff, like the notching for the strips that will make up the pattern in front of the warlon. I think those are going to be done by hand after I rip them down to size. Once those are cut then I can dye/assemble and lacquer the parts before installing the plexi and warlon before sticking them in the cabinet. I also need to order the mirror and the shelves for the bottom sections.

I still have to do the doors on the base cabinet but those will wait a bit, I hope to get some of the needed hardware (hinges, drawer slides) at the Woodcraft bag sale next weekend.

Too bad I don't have tomorrow off to work on it, and I'm not sure how much more energy I have left for tonight. I might just have to re-position the heaters to be pointing right at me and setup a single workstation.
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The face-frame for the cabinet was built/installed over the weekend. On the list for this evening, if I can find the proper wire-nuts, is to install the light fixture. Then I can start on the doors for the upper and lower cabinets.

ETA: Huzzah!
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Saturday I cut, dyed, lacquered, and assembled the upper wall cabinet. Sunday morning I put the back on it and stuck it up in the wall and cut the spacers. Monday morning I measured, cut, and dyed the trim for around the cabinet assembly. The afternoon was spent lacquering those parts and doing other things around the house like swapping out curtains and hanging pictures. Last night I put up three of the trim pieces and glued up two others. After returning home today, I put up the top trim and it is as you see it in the picture. Next up is the face frame. I already have 4 of the 5 pieces cut to length, they still need the joinery cut. The fifth piece still needs to be purchased as the widest board I have is 3.5" and I need almost 4" wide for the center horizontal piece due to the box for the light.
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The cabinet frame is together and the back is on. It is currently just sitting there, and by that I mean it was put there with a dead-blow hammer. Turns out that the tile near the top of it stick out just a bit more than the ones I measured. heh.

Tomorrow I start on the build of the spacer channel for the light mount and then the upper cabinet. Then work can begin on the face frame and trim.
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Much progress today. The lower part of the wall cabinet case is all dyed and some of it just got the third coat of lacquer (still wet in the picture, will dry to semi-gloss). The two pieces in the background will get lacquered tomorrow along with the other sides of the foreground pieces. Before I started with the dye and the lacquer I trimmed the parts to final dimensions and cut the dado and rabbet joints. I also drilled all of the holes for the adjustable shelf supports. Then I glued on the upper and lower tracks and glued and biscuit joined the solid face for the center vertical support to help hold in the shelves and hide the edge of the plywood. The heaters currently have that area of the garage about 20 degrees higher (60) than the outside temp (40), for this project I am glad it isn't a white December yet.

While waiting for glue and lacquer to dry today I also cut and put up a shelf above the West window supported by the two wall cabinets. Not sure what is going to go there yet but it seemed like a good use of that space.
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