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Posted by Mike & Carolyn in Smithville, MO on 8/14/2008

What a day, first off I was sick. It was either something I ate or possibly the thought of having to dig up that conduit, but either way it delayed us from starting our fun day until about 9:30 am. Next, the infant care we use was full and could not take the baby so she went with us. It's twice as hard to get things done with the kids in tow.

We managed to dig up the conduit and find the spot that we thought was causing the issues. We bought a part the day before at the tune of 48 bucks that would create a better curve so the electric cable could go through. So we're standing there looking at the conduit and I suggest calling the line man to see if there is a better way of doing this. There has to be a better way! The office says that they will call the installer and have him come by. I asked for a call back to give us an estimated time when they would be by. It's about 10:40ish now.

We wait, and wait and wait. Finally at 11 I'm tired of waiting and call back to see what the ETA is.  They say that he can come by at 12 or 1 depending on when we take lunch.  Since I really didn’t want to think about food given my stomach issues I requested ASAP...which would be noon. And honestly I was thinking... how about now.  But he was probably on lunch. So we waited, measured for the door order, waited, recounted all the electric outlets, switches and fixtures to complete the electrical, waited, talked to the dry wall guy working on mudding and tapping, waited, played games on the cell phone and waited some more. Oh and it started raining during this wait... not a ton of rain but water none the less.

KCP&L truck pulled up at 12:20ish and took a look at what we had. Took all of 10 minutes for him to pull out the temporary power, instruct us to dig about another foot closer to the transformer (he's union and not digging) and suggest that we cut out the section with the hard bend and he would replace it with more flex pipe from the back of his truck.  Great idea!  this means we didn't need the $48 part we bought and NO they wont take it back. It only took about 5 minutes to cut out the section and replace it with the flex pipe.  Strange, it took us about 3 hours to do this the first time.

He quickly ran the line...BUT it got stuck in the same spot again.  We waited to fill the dirt back in. I wasn't about to have to dig this out again. We could see the pipe move where it was hitting so we just pulled it over a bit while he pushed on the line and it when through. BUT it got hung up again at the reducer at the house.  He pushed and pushed but it would not come through. We suggested taking the conduit apart at the meter box but he thought he could have another truck come out with a fish line to pull it through. Nice guy, told us he would take care of it that afternoon.  SO we filled the hole in and left. We have not checked back yet to verify that it got connected. We just know that the electric installer was just as fed up with it as we were and wanted to get it done so he didn't have to come back again.  He did mention that he digs trenches and installs conduit on the side (hint, hint).

Next steps -
1.) Complete take offs for trim to order doors/trim (Mon 8/18)
2.) Finish drywall ?? should be next week
3.) Install wood floors
4.) Install doors and trim
5.) Install Driveway/walks 
6.) Paint trim
7.) Paint walls
8.) Install cabinets
9.) Finish Electric/Alarm/Sound
10.) Finish plumbing

And I guess the list should include a few other important items like - finish trim painting, install gutters, fix barn roof, fix play set, order pluming fixtures and pick paint colors.

So much to do in so little time.


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