Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Little Bit Here, A Little Bit There . . .

between quilt shows, I have started my part on working on the Retreat.

The floor is plywood so it needs to be primed before laying down the peel and stick tile that we are going to use.

I chose a quieter looking tile for the floor ~

And I got excited and got Fredricka, my mid arm quilting machine and my new sewing machine table in and up.

The fabricator, Mike, down the street cut the legs on the long table so it would be even with Fredricka.  That way I can use the long table to hold a quilt while working on it and it will prevent drag on the quilt.

This 3-day weekend is the Cranberry Festival here in Bandon and we have a cute little quilt show and Boutique for the three days.  I am the token Vendor.  Tomorrow is the last day of the quilt show.

On Monday we are going to run the electrical wires here in the Retreat and I am going up to Coos Bay to get our electrical permit and call for an inspection to help determine where the fired electrician ended his work and where we need to go inside the house at this point.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Over the Past Month or So . . .

this nice young man, Gordy has been building us a new building right behind my office.  It is going to be called the Retreat as it is where the sewing will go on now that Martha, my longarm, has taken over the entire Cottage.

Here is what they have been up to ~

Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Seems to Be Kelly's Day Off . . .

so we decided that even though things are going so much slower now that he is working, we would try to get a lot done each Monday.

Last Monday we got the wires from the house electrical box almost out to the Cottage electrical box but ended up about 5 feet short.  We had to crawl up in the yucky attic to run conduit

Image from the Internet

all the way across the attic (about 75 feet) and get the electrical wires through the conduit.  No pictures because the attic was too dark and dirty for pictures.  And so were Kelly and I after getting that done last Monday.

So, here is what we got done today ~

First, we got the rest of the electrical into the Cottage electrical box and then into the house.

We were about 5 feet short last week and so we had to change things up so that we could splice the wires inside the house and not in the box underground which caused us to add an additional 30 feet over the original 100 feet we placed last week.

We are going to leave all the junctions open until we get the electrical inspector out here to make sure we have done everything to code.

Then, if you were to go back to a little over a year ago and look at what this place looked like, you would see that the window in my bedroom looked like this ~

And once I pulled that nasty sheet off the window and saw that it was broken in several places because of bullet holes, I fixed the worst hole with a hippie flower.

Well, today we took out that old hippie flowered window ~

And started work on getting a beautiful new window in ~

Oh, yeah, now I can crack the window a bit at night without worrying about critters coming in!!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ok, Who Stole the Entire Summer??

So much has been going on in so many of my lives that by the end of the day, I just want to sit down and watch baseball!!  So I decided to write a quick post this morning because so many friends have asked what is going on.

So, as you know the electrical has been a nightmare but Kelly and I are finally getting the hardest part completed - getting the ditch re-dug out and the conduit with the wiring in it.

Because the fired electrician did not get the wiring into the ditch until 6 weeks after Kelly dug the ditch, dirt fell back in and the grass started growing over the ditch.

Kelly got down on his hands and knees and sometimes his belly and dug out about 60 feet of the ditch.  I pulled the grass away so he could see what he was doing.

Ta!Da!  A cleaned-out ditch!!

Once the ditch was cleaned out, I ran wire through the conduit that is used to keep the wires safe and dry.  The fired electric was going to lay the wire without putting it in the conduit!!  Certainly a code violation!!

After I glued 60 feet of conduit together and ran the wire through, I laid the conduit in the ditch and started to cover it up!!

I washed the dirt back into the hole with a sweeper head on the hose.  I thought I was doing it the lazy way, but one guy told me that was a great idea because it would compact the dirt easier!!

Next, I had to add some conduit filled with wire for the lamp post that is going out front.  See those clots of dirt?  That is what has to be broken up to put back in the ditch and man, they were like big balls of kryptonite!!

Then on the next day of Kelly's day off from the golf course, we continued to clean out more ditch and put in more conduit.

Then we got the conduit attached to the sweep at the Cottage and added the connector box that we had to cut out our own holes for the conduit to fit into it.

More conduit for the 60 feet back to the well!!

This picture is the 10 foot ground post that has to be slammed into the ground 8 feet.  All was good until we hit pure clay and now we are getting it pounded in with a friend's pounder inch by inch over many day's time.  It's a bugger!!

Slow but sure!!  We have given ourselves until the end of September to have everything done for the rough-in inspection.  Once that inspection is complete we can start putting in insulation and getting walls up!!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Update on the Re-Wiring Project . . .

Oh, man!!  Ok, so if you have been following my blog, you might remember that the original electrician started the re-wiring on our house on January 3, 2018.  By the middle of May he was no where near even getting to the rough-in inspection, so I fired him.

On the same day I fired him I found out he was put in jail for 30 days on some old and reoccuring environmental problems he has on his own property.

So, I asked around and finally settled on a new electrician.  I set up a date for him to come look at our project (a week after our phone conversation) the end of May and on the day he was to come out, he didn't come out or call or text or whatever!!  Whew!  But I finally got a hold of him by text the next day and he said he could be here around noon.

Now we knew when we originally spoke with Lloyd on the phone that he would not be able to start until August or September and we were okay with that as long as it could be done before it got cold again.

Long story short, he came out said he would give us a bid (which included not using much of the previous guy's work, having us put all the stuff in the house into PODS and possibly us moving out for the 2 weeks it would take to complete plus at a higher price than the first guy) and if we accepted it he could start in late August, early September.

Next thing I know I get an email from him a week or so later and said he got the school district bid (that he told us about when he came out to look at the job) and that he could not do our job at all!!

WHAT???? Just another flaky contractor!!  This little area along these beach towns have a lot of flaky contractors!!  So, I guess I really shouldn't be too surprised!!

Bottom line:  Kelly and I are going to do it ourselves!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

So, I Got Curious!!

We were putting up a tall rod so the Internet guy could run the cable from the pole to the house and we had to attach it to the wall with some wooden blocks.

While were working on it, I got curious and wanted to see what was under the nasty T-11 siding.  Here is what we found!!

More nasty stuff!!  We will need to really save our money to figure out what we are going to do with this mess!!  YIKES!!
Update on the electrical!!

We met with a new electrician yesterday that is so busy that he can pick and choose what jobs he wants to do.  And what has to be done (by us) in order to have him do it.  He wants to NOT use any of the electrical the last guy put in, he wants us to rent a POD(s) and move everything out of the house and he he would like it if we would leave for a couple of weeks while he does the work.  On top of that he said he is quite expensive and he is sure his bid is going to be more than the first guy's bid.  So, Kelly and I are thinking that we may try to do the rest of the work ourselves.  Just THINKING at this point in time!!  I am so frustrated right now that I just want to sit down and cry!!  But, it's a new day and with Heavenly help we too will get through this newest trial!!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Walls are Starting to Look Like Walls!!

With Kelly working full-time things are going to take a lot longer to get done around here.  We did get the hallway shiplap started and so far we are loving it.

I paint about 12-16 boards at a time after Kel has cut the edges and then on his days off we hang whatever I have painted.

We still need to countersink the nails, putty them over and touch up the paint.

What do you think?

A week from today the new electrician comes by to see if he will even take over the electrical from the work of the other guy and we will also find out how much more it is going to cost to get the job done.  This new electrician is so busy that even though he is going to come look next week, if he decides to take the job he can't even start until sometime in August!!  Yikes!!

In the meantime I am working on learning how to be a longarm quilter!!

A Little Bit Here, A Little Bit There . . .

between quilt shows, I have started my part on working on the Retreat. The floor is plywood so it needs to be primed before laying down...