Thursday, September 29, 2011

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - Monday - Thursday

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - Monday - Thursday

Hammers started pounding at 8 am and a second truck arrived a bit after. Jim was already at the house. I threw some stuff in the crock pot for dinner and headed over.
Jim B and his crew are working on the fascia boards and all the other trim, including finishing the Hardie Plank siding. 
Miguel and Jorge from Allied Insurlation arrive and begin installing batt fiberglass insulation in the basement.
They add low expansion spray foam insulation to all the windows and doors. 
Miguel begins wrapping all the walls with a fabric webbing which will hold the sprayed in fiberglass.
He uses a staple gun to fasten the webbing to the wall framing.
They switch on the machine and start spraying in the insulation.

While the insulation is going in, Jim B and his crew are still working on the exterior.
Danny is working on the one of the 15 corners. First the building paper is trimmed and overlapped. Next, a pre-cut piece of ply is nailed over the paper and then a pre-cut piece of foam is placed over that. To finish it off, the crew has to trim a beveled edge on the Hardie Plank corner boards and then nail them in place.

Plywood...                                                                                                                                  Foam...
A finished corner along with all the door trim, ledger board and fascia.

Miguel and Jorge add Rock Wool around the plumbing as a fire break

By the end of the day Miguel and Jorge have done a great job on the inside with the insulation - everything is so quiet...
...and on the outside Jim B, Alan, Jerry, Mitchell, and Danny have the house looking very close to finished. 

Tuesday... Jim B and his crew start at 7:30

Jerry and Mitchell work on the fire place chase
Allied Insulation is back but this time it is Wesley and Alvaro. They wrap everything is plastic and then begin spraying the ceilings. 
The ceilings look good but at the tops of the walls he adds a little too much and it begins to ooze out onto the fascia boards under the drip strip. 
Looks like a scene from "The Blob."
I do plan on adding more specific information about the insulation.
I'm waiting to get it from Adam.
Jim B drills holes and adds bolts for a future deck area. 
Danny finishes the planking on the deck.
Jerry and Mitchell finish up the fire place chase.
Tuesday night... the end of the day
Snacking on BBQ flavor soy chips and enjoying our screw off top bottle of wine in a plastic tumbler and a measuring cup. It doesn't get better than this! 
Wednesday...Wesley and Alvaro arrive and spray the basement ceiling.
It looks like a marshmallow exploded.

Wesley - the marshmallow man.
Jim worked on a rock stairway leading from the basement and heading to the first floor utility room entry. 
Looking Great!

Allied arrives first, adds a Rock Wool fire break to the basement and sprays the mail floor ceiling with a fire retardant (we have to have it because we are not doing T&G wood ceiling instead of dry wall. 

Matt, our Energy Star inspector from Vandermusser and Leigha from Deltec arrive next. So far we are doing a great job of passing the requirements for an Energy Star rating.
 Next to arrive are Jerry and Tim from RB's GAS. They install our propane tank and line to the house. 
Jerry uses a Ditch Witch to dig the trench for the gas line. 
 We trade stories about bear and bob cat before they finish the job.

Roger, one of the many Buncombe County inspectors arrives to check on the insulation and other items.

After the inspector, Justin (who dug our well), and Joe from Green Bros. arrive to put in the water and pump electrical lines from the pump to the house as well as a line from the well to Turtle Rock.
They also install a yard hydrant at Turtle Rock...

...and a pressure tank in the basement. 

While Justin and Joe are working on the water lines Bobby and Tim deliver drywall from Tucker. 
The boom crane lifts it off the truck and they place the it on a wheel cart to stage it through out the house.
Joe back fills all the lines and does some creative rock-scaping for us. 

End of the Day - end of the WEEK - it's 11:12 pm and we are done!
Actually, one more day before the weekend. Can we make it?

Oops, I forgot to mention something important. We were never able to remove the rock that prevented us from being able to get the water line 24" under ground. Joe and Justin insulated the line and Justin suggested that we add 6 to 8" of mulch over the trench area after they back fill it. The mulch will prevent the line from freezing. It will keep the dirt warm during the winter. Great tip. We are counting on it to work.

More than once the person working on our property has said that they treat each job as if they are working on their own house; they approach the job the way they would want it to be done if they were paying someone to do it. They have great integrity and take pride in their work.

It has been a pleasure meeting everyone and having so many people involved in this project.
Do you want to take a shot at guessing how many people have worked with us so far?
I'll let you know on the next blog.   

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK -Thursday - Friday - Saturday (and Sunday)

Ted did his best to dig out a large vain of rock where the water line will run from the well to the house. He only made 18" of depth and Al suggested we need 24" for the snowy and below freezing temperatures. He rented a Jack Hammer and gave it a try - nothing. 

All the pocket doors were installed.

 Mitchell from Jim Burleson's crew caulked the exterior doors and Jim (my Jim) shimmed them.

Jim B. and Mitchell begin digging the foundation for the deck. 
Thursday night... Rain was pounding down on the motor home all night - hardly slept - and we woke up to a cloud covered sky.

Friday morning... Al called because he didn't think Jim B. would be coming by because of the rain. Jim B. arrived before 10 am.

When we decided to go with radiant floor heat in the basement after the walls were already in. This decision meant that the door frame would be short.
Note to self: make ALL decisions ahead of time - yeah, right!
Jim B. cut about 2 inches out of the poured concrete door frame in the Superior Wall.
After he is done with the door frame he spends some time on the rock that Al was working on. No luck with the rock...but...

Perfect fit on the door!
Jim B. and Mitchell continued to work on the deck.
The basement windows were caulked.
The deck is looking great.
Note the bag of garbage on the right. Jim spends a good bit of time cleaning up the site and moving things around so the next crew to come in will have space to work. 

Saturday... Jim B and Mitchell arrive early
They begin handing the soffit boards

and start putting in the deck planking.

Saturday afternoon... We leave after Jim B and Mitchell and head back to Franklin. We have dinner with Tom and Kathy so we can catch up with them on all that has been happening - with them and us. 

Sunday... We go through our mail, do laundry and Jim sketches up his ideas for an extension of the deck that Jim B is building. When the laundry is done we drive back to Fairview. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011



After Ted Inman dug the trench for the electrical and water line to and from the pump, Jessie and Dane lay the electric conduit in a fashion Dane calls "sworping." They plan on sucking the wires through with a vacuum so they try not to use right angles in the line.
It took a bit of extra digging to get just the right arc to be able to "sworp"
I used a lopper and hedge trimmer to clip all the roots out of their way before they arrived. I was almost done and wasn't able to get the big ones when they started laying the conduit. They were surprised I went to all that work and had never worked in such a "clean" trench.

The trench didn't go to the area they needed, so Jim jumped in to dig an extension of the trench.
Because the water from the pump will be in this ditch as well it has to be at least 24" deep or the pipes will freeze - guaranteed!

Bobbie and Martine delivered our basement door and windows and utility door from Brand Vaughan.
Al was able to get Jim and I the "Strength Lies Within" t-shirts that their delivery crew wear. I think they are really cool. 
And while we weren't looking our tub and shower sets arrived from Ferguson. 

Also on this day we noticed some odd specks of dirt in the middle of the kitchen, just below the center (highest point) of the ceiling. Upon closer observation and after looking up Jessie informed us we had a bat. You can barely see him in the photo. It is the small brown blob between the roof trusses in the middle of the photo. This was on September 13th - as you can tell I don't always do the photos in order of date.

Mark and Craig (not Greg - another name I got wrong) returned. They installed the shower for the master bath, the deep tub/shower combo for my healing room and eventually the tub/shower for the basement. They also finished up some plumbing work so the insulators could start their job. 

Craig cutting a pipe for Mark. A deep tub and shower combo for my healing room (above).

A shower with a seat for the master bath, because we plan on being here for a long time (someday we may have to sit to take a shower - and maybe sooner than later if I'm not more careful with my back. A whole different story). 

On September 15th Mark and Craig work in the basement to run drain lines from the bathrooms above down to the basement bathroom. Deltec doesn't give you much space in the floor trusses and is very specific when they tell you that drains have to be outside a 5' diameter from the center of the house. We were really glad we calculated for a 9' ceiling in the basement. Jim started building a recessed ceiling in this area to cover up the pipes. 

Not an easy task on your own but when he was done it looked great.

Unfortunately, when he was finished Mark came back and installed one more drain pipe and the ceiling had to come down one more inch to cover the pipe.

The basement tub/shower looks great also, and the plumbing above just barely fits.

On September 20th I pulled my back out - so bad I laid on the floor for a few hours because I couldn't call for help. Eventually I made it to the bed in the motor home. When Jim discovered what I had done he took me to the hospital to make sure it wasn't anything serious. Nope, just very bad strain in my lower back. While we were away Jim B. and Mitchell installed the utility (on left) front and healing room doors (above).

The best part of the whole week was having Connie and Patricia visit (two days before I hurt myself). We graduated from Barbara Brennan School of Healing together. It was so wonderful to see them. We gave them a tour, as much as we could and then they headed back to Asheville. Connie lives pretty close by so Jim and I will make a trip her way when things lighten up. And Patricia will be back to visit when our guest room is ready.
You can see the back of the house behind Patricia. We are on a slope that Jim calls the amphitheater. I'm sure we will make a fire pit here and spend some evenings sitting by it while he plays his guitar.