Kind of a disappointing day. We were super stoked to finish the HRV holes and get plumbing underway. Unfortunately, using the 6 3/8″ hole saw is not the quickest operation. After running the battery dead twice and having a false read on a charge, several hours had passed and a ring only 1/8″ deep had been created.
Drilling for 10 minutes, running home to charge for 50 minutes and then drilling more is just not an efficient use of time. We were due to return the hole saw on Friday so we just decided to put the project on hold until power was hooked up and then we’d ask to borrow it again. The HRV does need to be in place to pass our mechanical inspection so we’ll just make the holes early next week.
This is the location of the HRV hole on the south wall. The solar overhang does not leave much clearance for drilling.
Result of 2 full batteries with the not so sharp 6 3/8″ hole saw.
Reinforcement on the studs that hold the service entrance mast. The right stud was held with the relatively wimpy self drilling screws that would only thread half the time. These through-bolts instill more confidence.
A day of odds and ends – Brian removed the shelter protecting the plumbing ditch and installed the outdoor in-use outlets and their (massive) covers. We had ordered the bathroom fan hanger bars at the beginning of the week and with those now in hand, Brian was able to semi-install the bathroom fan. It still needs to be properly connected but it’s up in its spot.
Initially Brian wanted to connect all outlets in outlet strings with pigtails, which is the ‘cool way to do it’ among electricians. However, after doing one godforsaken outlet that way, and subsequently struggling to fit everything into the box without extensive damage, he’s fine using the feed through method where you “use the outlet as a wire nut” and screw all the hots and neutrals to the side terminals (see pic). Brian’s pigtail frustrations may have a lot to do with New Mexico’s state code amendment which requires about 3.5″ more of each wire to fit in a given box.
They look absurdly large but these mighty in-use covers will protect a 12 gauge extension cord in any weather.
Bathroom fan with hanger bars
We made a deal with the lender of the 6 3/8″ hole saw – he’s going to buy a new one and let us use it and in exchange, we’ll give him a breaker we ended up not needing.
I arrived at the house after work and helped Brian unload the bathroom objects. The featured image above depicts basically where everything will end up. We needed the objects in place so Brian can properly determine where to drill the plumbing holes. The toilet base was in a crazy large box.
Box that contained JUST the toilet base – I was able to curl up in it with room to spare.
Size reference picture – The giant box above, which basically hid me, contained only this toilet base, which I dwarf. [Note: I am not sitting on the base in the proper orientation. The bowl runs parallel to the wall.]
Another look at the bathroom layout.
The day wouldn’t feel complete without using that giant box for something unrelated to construction. Trooper is so awesome.