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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/9/2017 1:26:59 PM

Drywall is scheduled to be delivered a week from tomorrow with the hangers coming the following day.  The schedule is geting tight on things that need to be done before that happens - the HVAC fellow needs to run the ducts and set the plenums and run makeup/exhaust lines for the furnaces, I have to put in the bath exhaust runs, I have to finish the kitchen makeup air lines, and run the makeup/exhaust line for the second floor water heater.  Inspections have to occur as well, both mechanical as well as structural and insulation.  It reminds me of all those home shows where there is a deadline and the designers are racing at the end to get the house finished before the homeowners move back in.  Well, we are far from completion, but the timing and stress is similar.


HVAC guys were out yesterday to review the scope, and look at how they wanted to finish running the ducts, position of the furnaces and see what materials they needed and what I already had on hand.  They'll be back today to start - GOOD!  After I get Sandra started on a project, I'll work on finishing the kitchen air makeup ducts.  I set the third floor outside vent for that duct yesterday, now that the stucco is done, gluing it in place with polyurethane caulk, which works great as a rubbery glue.  That way there are no nail holes that may leak and let water into the structure.  It'll be set well enough today to attach duct to it and finish the job.  Finish attaching the low voltage electrical lines to the damper and transformer and that job will be done.

The project that Sandra is starting is the decking.  That arrived on Thursday and what an ordeal that was!  All along, we had planned on using composite decking instead of real wood.  We are trying to reduce maintenance on this house to a minimum, and real wood requires far too much, especially in this climate with the very high UV we receive.  That thought was verified this week as we visited a house with total wood decks as well as timber siding.  Although beautiful, the owners said it required a lot of work to keep it looking that way.  After a ton of research, getting prices and looking at samples - did you know how many manufacturers of non-wood decking there are? A lot! And all of the composite guys have from three to five grades.  And of course the more you pay the nicer the material is.  So it becomes a tradeoff on realism vs what you want to spend.  And with 2000 ft of deck space, with materials that range from around $4.50 sq. ft. to over $11, the difference in price is huge. 

So a week ago I ordered the decking.  The company had set it up for a flat bed so I could unload it with the Skytrak.  Since we are in the boonies, truck shipments often get delivered to a second carrier to get to us.  Well the second carrier didn't have a flatbed, didn't want to lose the job, so they had the material shoved into a standard trailer, destroying the pallets underneath in the process.  The local guys called me to come over to Taos to look at it and see if I wanted to reject the entire load.  Overall, except for perhaps possible damage to material on the bottom of each pallet, the bulk of the decking looked like it was intact, and we decided to have them restack n a smaller truck and deliver it. That happened on Friday, and I unloaded the 8000 lbs of decking by hand.  What fun!  In a testament to the durability of the material, only about a half dozen boards showed any damage, and while the company said they could immediately send out replacements, I told them to wait.  I may be able to cut the damage out as we run it.  I really don't want to go through the hassle of receiving 16' boards again, even if it is only 6 or so. So Sandra will start running it today and we'll slowly get a deck in place.  I'm so tirted o walking on the the temporary decking - 4x8 sheets of OSB that is warping, covered in thinset and stucco debris and deteriorating, that it will be wonderful to have a finished surface.

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one of the pallets of decking in a trailer instead of a flatbed. It's a miracle that it wasn't detroyed
All the decking finally off the truck and stacked.



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