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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 3/16/2011

Since I only had a bit of time during the course of the day to move things, I elected to take a smaller load in my trusty Honda Fit this trip and see if the road was in fact passable for a non-four-wheel-drive vehicle. We've had a great deal of marvelously warm weather lately and more of the snow has been gone with every trip I've made up the canyon, so I figured it was time to see if I could navigate a more fuel-efficient vehicle to Tanglewood. (Blackie is a wonderful truck, but not particularly stingy on the gasoline!) My thinking was that if the road was still too much then at least I hadn't packed a bunch of stuff that would just need to be unpacked when I turned around, whereas if it were passable then I'd a.) know that, and b.) have moved at least a few more things.

I shouldn't have worried at all... the road is in fantastic shape right now, with very little ice and snow left on the roadbed proper. There's one spot that has some serious ice, but it's "slushy" ice... probably refreezes every night, but is otherwise easy to drive over.

This particular load focused on lamps and pictures from various rooms around the house. We had several lamps that haven't been heavily used for the last year or so which made them perfect candidates, and pictures were particularly easy, since I've never been too "aware" of wall art per se--I just started in one room and kept taking things down until the car was full! 

Once I got to Tanglewood, the pictures were deposited in a nice stack in front of the kitchen island (since we don't quite know where they want to go yet) and the lamps were hauled upstairs for later distribution to (most likely) the guest bedrooms. I suspect that since I'd designed Tanglewood with a plethora of lights and lighting combinations (much to the frequent dismay of my electricians) we probably will discover that we don't need nearly as many lamps as we used to, but if that's ultimately the case I can always donate them later.

Once those were distributed, I figured it would be a good time to inventory the window cranks and screens. Back when we first installed the windows delivered, Builder Dale warned me that windows often were damaged during construction and/or (with casement windows) sometimes didn't arrive with their cranks (which are apparently kept separately). We fortunately didn't have any rebar end up impaled through a window (though we did have to have the tower windows replaced since the first batch were too large), but during my inventory I did find one window screen had been torn. We were also missing a total of eight cranks, which as operable windows goes, is about a 25% shortage--seems high. I shot off an email to Builder Dale to please get replacements ordered and he's already done so; they should show up in a couple of weeks.

I also began to lay out tile for one of our Punch List items, that being to tile the pedestal we'd installed over our first radiant heat manifold (the one that was so ugly). I'm not sure if Stonemason Jeremy just completely missed this area, or if it wasn't quite done when there was a falling out over payment, but either way it's not too serious of an issue for me to do. The area in question is large (~4 feet square) and level, so all I've really got to do is lay out tile and make sure I leave enough of a flexible seam along one end to open the pedestal should we ever need to do so. Once it's all done, the area will probably hold several plants, since it's right next to both the library and a nice window for light and it'll be good to have something organic near the computer room anyway.

Looks like I'll need to use about 16 tiles in this area, with cuts for the ones along the back (to fit the seam) and along the edge tiles (to match the tiles they installed along the sides of the pedestal). Fortunately our wet tile saw is still in the garage and I have lots of this particular type of tile (Castle Harvest; nice color variation) so I think it probably won't be more than a day's work all told. The hardest parts will likely be making sure the pedestal can open if necessary (which means making that back seam large enough) and providing a nice "lip" for  the edge the covers where side and top come together (since I can't use mortar here). I'll need to track down some more of the edging we used in the master bathroom around the tub; those match very well and look nice.

Busy busy busy!



Steve in Colorado Springs

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I *really* need to get some shelving for the garage, or stuff like this is gonna pile up like crazy.
This pedestal will be tiled before all is said and done. Looks a bit barren like this, doesn't it?


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