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Posted by Mike in Marion, OH on 9/8/2007

Plumbing rough-in is done and health department approved. That was by far the easiest part of this project. Our plumber is amazingly good.

Wenig's Heating and Cooling is installing two Water Furnace brand geothermal furnaces. The ductwork is done for the one serving the second floor and master suite. The first floor and basement one will go in on Monday. We went with two four-ton units instead of one 6-ton which was about $4,000 more, but I think zone heating and cooling is going to work much better. $36,900 is the final cost for it. The horizontal ground loops should start next week as well.

As for siding, I am beyond happy to say it is almost done. Probably another two days and it will be finished. Doing it myself was an unbelievable savings, but It did turn out to be an extremely large job -- 56 squares. I did it for under $3,000 in labor and about $5,000 in materials.

I built our own front porch deck and wrapped the post and headers in cedar. We are painting all the trim white and probably staining the floor almost black.

The wife is dragging me semi-unwillingly on vacation this week. I have no idea where we are going. I guess I will find out when I am at the airport tomorrow morning. I have been working on this house 7 days a week for about 6 weeks so I guess I need the break. And it is my 30th birthday present from her. Ironically, we have not really been on vacation since our honeymoon 7 years ago. This is really odd timing with the house under construction. I will feel much better about it if we have rain here and good weather there (wherever there is).

Next thing on my plate when I return is: finish the siding, soffit, and fascia. Stone the fireplace chase. Build a deck off the living room. This will complete drying in the house. And then I am the electrician. Yeah.

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