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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/20/2010

Things proceed apace as we race towards the deadline.

The biggest thing is probably the drywall mud. The drywallers had actually started putting on mud to seal up the drywall panels a couple of days ago, but that was only in bits and pieces of smaller areas, mostly areas that were tricky and which had involved difficult cutting. Today they slathered on the stuff over nearly every wall throughout the house... it was a huge amount of work, and they didn't quite get it all done, but they sure got a lot. Tonight Colleen set a big fire in the main fireplace before heading out to help warm the house up, and we'll be checking the temps tomorrow morning to see how well that worked.

While the mud was being smoothed on, Colleen started laying out the underslab insulation and chicken wire for The Last Radiant-Heat Area, that being the slab outside the garages. I'd decided a long time ago that I wanted to have the option of melting the snow and ice that winter will bring outside the garages, both to help keep the cars (and garage) cleaner when coming in from a storm, but also to make getting out a bit easier. This is not a system I intend to actually operate all the time of course--at a guess it's going to be a huge propane draw in terms of the necessary heat to keep that slab even at 34 degrees or so (enough to melt stuff but not so much as to be like a living area). But it's nice to have the option, and maybe I won't worry about the propane use at all once we get those micro-fusion plants all researched and whatnot (I'm looking at you, nuclear engineers!).

As expected I did have some feedback from a couple of different sources, advising against bothering with radiant heat in my external slab. One had offered the same objection as above--it would be expensive in terms of propane--and the other opined that they'd installed several, but the owners never remembered to turn them on in advance of an oncoming storm (as with any radiant-heat system it takes a few days to heat up the concrete slab). Both may even be right, but my thinking was simply that I basically only have one chance to do this, so--it's going in! I don't have to turn it on if I don't want to, but by golly, I want that choice.

The fireplace guys also came up to finish off their last project, that being the chimney for the propane fireplace in the apartment. It's a basic silvery thing like the others, positioned on the back side of the apartment roof to help keep the lines along the front of the house clean. It looks pretty good.

The framing guys were doing some mysterious things to the porch, but it was hard for me to really see what changed by the time they were all done. I think they might have been putting on some fascia or something like that; hard to say and they weren't there the full day.

And basically that was the day! Good progress and with the start of the drywall mud, painting the interior can't be far behind! Time to go shopping and figure out what colors I want things to be, I reckon...

Steven in Colorado Springs


Putting mud on the garage ceiling. They used this weird tool that kinda looked like a fishing pole, I thought.
Nice shot of the drywall mud looking from the master bedroom through into the master bathroom. Nice.
Mudding the master bathroom. Those stilts are neat.
Mud near the master shower.
Mud on the ceiling near the laundry room. Here they used a nifty spongy broom thing.
Mud going into the main house open area. You can glimpse the main utility room in the background.
Very nice work I thought.
I'm not exactly sure where this is, but there's a lot of mud here.
Here Colleen has put on the first few courses of chicken wire, and is starting to fill in the gaps.
All done and ready to go!
The fireplace guys had a plan and everything for how they were supposed to install the chimney.
Very nice.
The porch! They did... something, looks nice. Still.

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