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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 11/17/2016

So the framer is essentially finished. He still has a couple things, the major one being the stairs, but as said earlier, we've agreed to let him move on to his next project for a few weeks as we have plenty on our plate for ourselves. The roofer got 99% of the dry-in done, but ran out of material on the last row of synthetic roofing paper. He'll be back on Monday to finish. I offered to get more locally for him, but the winds were already getting pretty strong from a storm coming through. Throughout the day they became horrendous with unbelievable gusts battering the house.

I decided to release the two guys doing stone. The progress had become far too slow. Watching them had become painful to look at and painful on the wallet. One of the framers happened to quit yesterday, thankfully after they had gotten finished, and I picked him up. He too was having issues with speed on his first day, so I decided the only way to get this moving was to work alongside him. One thing all of them seem to think is that every stone has to fit like a puzzle piece, every on has to be perfectly level. They seem to obsess over that. In reality, since every stone is a bit different in size, you run a lot of them and periodically look at the overall trend of levelness and make slight adjustments if necessary. We set up where I was buttering the stone and he was setting. In an hour and a half, we did more than he had done all day before. We had to stop as the tile saw froze, literally! The tray was frozen over, but more importantly the water line froze up and we couldn't get water to the blade. So we packed it in, covered the work with plastic, as it'll get close to 0° F tonight, cleaned up and left. Going to be just as cold tomorrow, but the weekend is supposed to be warmer and we'll hopefully work on it again. I'd like to get the central stairwell done before winter sets in hard, probably can't, but I'd like to try.

Meanwhile, called Santa Fe today to get an inspection on the electric line in the trench, so we can get that covered. Couldn't get anyone, left a message with the chief inspector and haven't heard back. Will try again tomorrow, but word is they are overloaded and take forever. We'll see.

I ordered and received new long bars for tightening the torsion springs on the garage doors. Played a bit with the one door, and the length helps a LOT, but the wires were a bit unbalanced, so I released all tension and will try again tomorrow.

The snowplow I ordered arrived today. Took a brief look at how it'll attach to the Jeep and it looks pretty simple. Since it'll be cold tomorrow but dry, I think I'll get that chore taken care of. Don't know just how soon I'll need it and I'd rather not be laying in the snow trying to hook it up. Did I ever say that this is the perfect life for someone with a bit of ADD? ;-)

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Dual 150-amp lines lying in the trench. When can I get it inspected?



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