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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/26/2015

Well now, things certainly got interesting since I posted my original 2015 Summer Plans. It's amazing how reality unfolds to mess things up.

  1. The plan to extend the road drains is proceeding, though slowly. Socked pipe turns out to be something that the local Home Depot doesn't carry a large quantity of, so stocking up what I need is necessarily moving slowly as well. I estimate I need 2,200 feet of the stuff and I've got 500 in hand now, so at least I'm making progress.

  2. The front door is definitely delayed, possibly until next spring. Turns out that the door is on back-order, and the Monday after it was slated to be down I emailed the makers asking about status. Wasn't ready yet and wouldn't be ready until mid-September! They really were quite nice about it and offered a comparable door (which I declined), but my biggest gripe was more that they didn't contact me to tell me this. As a result I won't have it in hand until late September, and at that time of year things start to get a bit dicey with regards to weather and cold and the like. It might not be a good time for me to make a big hole in my house right then. So if worse comes to worst I'll get the door late in the year and it'll have to wait out the winter in the comfort of the great room which would of course be really annoying as I want to get my chandelier inside. Grrrr...

  3. I'm working on tearing down the old shed but it's gone slowly the last couple of weeks. I'll get it done but first...

  4. ...I have to do some major trenching work. Turns out we had a monster thunderstorm that proceeded to fill up the window well over in the apartment (not even gutter overflow, just straight rain) and it proceeded to leak into the house! Eeek. That was quite annoying, so I've decided the time has come to install a drain there. 

    Unfortunately that window well is four feet deep, so to install a drain I've got to dig down a bit over four feet. The hill works with me a bit as I run around the house, but those first 20 feet or so are killer. I rented an excavator and it did a fine basic job around the side of the house, but it got bogged up behind the house where the window well is and actually got stuck in the mud. I'm sadly going to have to do the rest of it by hand, which is probably going to take the rest of the summer. Oh, well. I'll get it done.

  5. The LED upgrade is going smoothly at least. I replaced all of the remaining sconces outside with LEDs last month, and in a couple of days (as I write this) I've got another 10 coming. They'll go into the master bathroom and the master bedroom closets, and I'll just continue to address one room at a time from there until I'm done. The last lights to be replaced will almost certainly be the emergency lamps up in the soffits, if only because they're way up there and there will be a distressing amount of ladder work involved.
So that's where things are at least. Some good progress, nothing off the plate yet but everything is moving forward. The added wrinkle of this drain really threw me for a loop and is definitely going to be a problem if I can't get that finished by the end of summer. Lots of digging there yet. sigh...

But it's progress and that's what counts!

Steven in Colorado

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