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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 11/27/2010

The frenetic pace from yesterday just kept right on today as we had three crews up doing whatnot.

Probably the shortest day was had by the trim guys. They continued trying to put up banisters and whatnot as they did yesterday, but by about noon they felt that they'd used up all of the good wood they had left. They are planning to get another trim package up on Monday, but for today all the could really do was put up a few more pieces and then work with Jesse as she went around applying stain to everything. On the one hand it was annoying that they had to call it a day around midday, but on the other hand it was good that Jesse was able to catch up on the staining work.

The stonemasons continued their work, grouting in yet more places (the master laundry room primarily) and installing more tile in places that somehow hadn't been done yet. They didn't really have much to say for most of the day, as lifting and cutting tile is fairly tiring work (tile is heavy).

Along those lines Colleen dry-fit the tile for the apartment fireplace.  We both felt it had looked a little "bland" against a white wall (excuse me, Behr Premium Ultra Eggshell White) and she found a really nice 6" tile in the stuff we'd bought from Builder Dale that both she and my mom thought provided a nice accent. With this in mind, Colleen began to dry fit the tile around the fireplace, fiddling with placement and alignment so that it would both accent the fireplace and cover the edges (where they'd left a gap of sorts). She did pretty well, and plans to mortar everything in place in the next day or so.

The electricians had the biggest day, spending most of their time focusing on putting up more of the exterior lights. While they'd put up the coach lights along the front of the house a few days ago, they hadn't gotten around to putting up the other exterior lights. With the weather forecast predicting colder and windier stuff a couple of days from now, today was definitely one of the best remaining opportunities if you had to work on a ladder outside. The lights that go around the deck end of the house are "onion lights", basically smaller lantern-looking round clear lights that blend in well with the heavy stonework over there. They also put up the lights we'd purchased for outside the apartment; these are a Mexican onyx style that my mother really likes. The electrical wiring in both these areas was some of the first stuff that Electrician Brett had put in, so I think he was a bit worried that everything would still be working fine, but there weren't any problems.

Well, that's not entirely true. There was ONE electrically-related problem that cropped up about halfway through the day when the heavy use of trim tools and tile cutters and the well pump overloaded the inverter and *pop*--off went the power! It was a big surprise and at first we thought it might have been just another short, but when I got up to the shed and checked the system logs they showed the wattage demand at the house rising from ~2,000W to over 6,000W and then to 9,000W... and that was that. The inverters (FX40s) are both very good, but together can only push 7,200W down to the house--more than enough for any normal usage, but the heavy-draw tools the crews are using was just too much. We moved the heavy equipment back to the big generator I'd bought earlier in the summer and left the house power to the electricians for their testing. Things were much better after that.

We also discovered a (minor) problem with the master laundry room sink.  When the plumbers installed the fixtures and whatnot they didn't have any problems at all--until they went to put on the handles.  There were no handles in the box!  None at all.  Can't imagine why; guess we'll have to give the  manufacturer a call and see what options we have for replacement.  We can probably get something over at Lowes or Home Depot if we have to.

The plumbers were up helping with the master-shower door installation (I had no idea that this was yet another contractor!) but otherwise were just getting ready for testing all of their faucets next week. They ran into a potential problem at the end of the day (too late for me to do anything about it) but I'll document that conundrum in another blog entry.

Steven in Colorado Springs


Colleen begins laying out the trim tile for the apartment fireplace.
An hour or so later...
...and a little bit after that. This is going to look very nice, I think.
Electrician Brett stands in the foreground as he makes somebody else put up one of the onion lights.
Lights around the apartment-garage door...
...and along the backyard.
Backsplashes on the kitchen island.
Better view of the backsplash work.
The master-bathroom shower door awaiting installation...
...being installed...
...and done!

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