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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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The sink is installed and functional. I mounted the cabinet and attached the sink this afternoon. I only had to get an extension for the drain and now that is in as well. I still need to do some trim around the countertop but at least you can wash your hands now.

Next up is the new table saw. I picked this up yesterday and spent most of the afternoon assembling it. I managed to do it such that I did it solo, it is really heavy. I had a hard time getting the box slid to the tailgate so I could open it and unpack it from there. I just happened to start with it upside down on sawhorses so I was able to tilt it down instead of having to lift it to flip it over.

This afternoon I cleaned and waxed the cast iron top and cut my first piece with it. I then proceeded to make a cross-cut sled as seen on the table behind the saw in the picture. There still needs to be a bit of arranging and I would like to build a router table in the gap of the extension rails. I also picked up a stacked dado set but I need to get some more plates for the saw before using those.
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Didn't get around to putting the durock patch in where we had to remove tile last week to track down a leak, I'm going to try and do that tonight or this week. However, I did get a bunch accomplished in the garage yesterday.

I put up more insulation in the garage and a few small bits of ceiling plywood, The ones I put up should be taken down and replaced with a full sheet sometime, but I had these pieces in the stack and I could lift them myself. It should help hold the insulation in there for now though. Then I went about planning and installing the plastic wall for this season.

I went along the garage door track and then along the back of the opened door to the opener then back to line up with the lumber rack and where Shiro is parked. I also put in a tape on zipper instead of doing the slits like I did last year, I have another zipper that might go to the right a bit to make a door rather than just a slit. I also put up the new extension cord reel next to the opener. After that was all in I decided to adjust the mitersaw bench for almost the last time for a while. I shifted it over under the window and attached the top to the cabinet. I still need to make the stop block tracks, attach and level the wings, I also need to make some guides for the tabletop to center and lock in the plywood base on the saw. With that moved I also rotated the dust collector into a better location in the corner, Still need to get and run hoses for that.

I need to re-hang three light fixtures, and hang two new ones and then I can start building the wall cabinets for the bathroom.
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The floor went in last night. Yesterday started with heading over to my uncles place to use his table saw and radial arm saw. The first to rip the plywood to size for the wall cabinet and cut the counter block to size. The second to make the half lap joints for the face frames. After getting home I went to put the floor in but realized that this line of flooring didn't have the built in pad like the last two I put it. So, that got postponed. Instead I went and sanded, scraped and routed the countertop and assembled the base cabinet face frame before the almost daily shopping trip and dinner. Shopping was some "bone" caulk for the vertical corners and around the tub, a roll of underlayment for the floor, and a humidifier filter. After returning home I installed the floor and went to bed.
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So, the bathroom got grout today. It took all day with the application, then the cleaning then the washing then the scraping to get it out of the texture on the tile, then more washing. Started this morning after breakfast at about 7:30am and took a break at 6pm for dinner and just finished up with the detail scraping and a wipedown, as seen on the right. Did the whole thing in 8ish 1pound batches that took about 40 minutes each, 10 to wait after mixing and 30 to apply. During that 10 minute window I would go out to the garage and arrange stuff and see how dad was doing going through and labeling all of my tools, now I need to go through and inventory them. Sounds like a job for a db. Tomorrow it is off to my uncles to cut the parts for the wall cabinets and trim the counter block. Tonight I also mixed up the dye solution and did a color test on each of the materials.

Yesterday was spent with me up in the attic for most of it. We re-wired the bathroom and mounted a ceiling fan in the bedroom. I also re-routed the stove vent and made it a bit better.
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Tile is done, now to wait at least 24 hours to put in the grout. It took way too long to wear the holes in the tile for the faucet handles. The second one took about an hour and a half. While dad was working at that with the drillpress I made most of the face frame for the vanity base cabinet, including the half-lap joints. I still need to make half of three of the joints because I didn't have the dimension for the top drawers out in the garage when I was working on it. Those will get done tomorrow when I go out and finish tweaking the rest of the joints as well in preparation for gluing and clamping.

Tomorrow is going to start out with a trip into the attic to re-fish the wire for the cabinet light and most likely fish new wire and install a bracket for the fan in the bedroom. Then it will be out to the garage for me to work on the aforementioned face frame then I will be doing some dye testing on the various woods to make sure it covers well and is a good color. During that time dad will be doing the bedroom fan install and wiring up the switches and outlet in the bathroom. He might also head out to the garage and engrave my initials into all of my tools. (J\P)

More tile.

Nov. 21st, 2006 11:15 am
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Now comes the *fun* part of getting out the tile saw and making the holes for the plumbing and the trim bits for the ends to replace the current spacer tiles. While I was doing that my dad put in the replacement beam support in the basement so we can move the one that is inconveniently placed on the finished side. Well, off to go cut some tile so we can hopefully get to grouting tomorrow or so.
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