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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 4/22/2017

After months of seemingly nothing happening, as is normal when wiring, plumbing, mechanical are being installed in the structure, we have visible changes taking place.  The stairwell was drywalled and Sandra has three floors worth primed by climbing up the scaffolding.  But the idea of using the airless sprayer didn't play out for a reason I won't go into.  She finally stopped at the fourth floor as the scaffolding was too shaky at that height and although she was wearing a harness she just didn't feel comfortable.  I don't blame her at all.  We'll figure a way to finish it from the stairs.


The stucco crew, 2-3 guys depending on whether one particular guy wants to show up, are nearly finished with the lath installation.  The owner will try for an inspection this coming week and if it passes, he'll get a crew started on the scratch coat.

And the landscaper has been doing some great work building retaining walls and cleaning fallen trees and stumps and in general, getting the property looking good.  There is a lot for him to do later in summer after the stucco allows for the roofing to get off the ground which allows for the septic to be installed, but great changes now for sure.

I finally finished tying in all the drain lines into the main line, but have run into a problem at the very end.  Getting ready to tie into the section the went through the concrete wall, I noticed that the extension on the outside of the wall to the pump tank had broken loose, presumably from settling of the tank.  So it has to be excavated to repair. That can't happen until the stucco scaffold is down, and that won't be for another month most likely.  So - I can't finish it.  I've moved on to getting the venting taken care of.  That is not nearly as time consuming as the drain lines as the connections are not as specific and the slope doesn't have to be as exact, and the lines are smaller diameter.  So hopefully I'll be done in short order.  Once it is done, I'll call for a partial rough in inspection to make sure all my layout is correct while I wait to tie in to the pump tank line.  
Village came out this week and installed a new pressure reducing valve (PRV) at the meter.  It's great! Have 120 psi at the entry into the house instead of 180 before.  With such a height to the building, I need high pressure, but 180 was too high for the main line.  I'll set additional PRVs at the second and third levels to bring the pressure down to about 60-70 psi for each level, and ensuring plenty of water for all.

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Foam boards, house wrap and lath being installed with the help of the Skytrak.
One of the retaining walls
Landscaper pulled out the small wall the excavator had made last fall and rebuklt it with this - a much larger replacement
And yet another wall under construction



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