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Days 239-240: Finishing the Drain Plumbing

Wednesday, 3/9
32 degrees this morning with an expected high of 61 by early afternoon.  That’s quite the temperature range.  Things are heating up in life as well – business is great, we have a ton of new beans to roast, I’ve been invited to play piano at an event, Fred is a bird (according to him), and the house is nearly done!

We touched base with our tile installer to confirm how much we should order of the thinset and grout.  He’s encouraging us to use the local supplier.  Since the thinset alone is going to weigh about 500 lbs it might be good to get it locally.  We’ll see…

We also touched base with our insulation guy in El Paso, TX.  Unfortunately, he is leaving town in a few days and won’t be back for over a week.  That means he won’t be available during the ideal window for insulation.  But wait!  Being a cool dude, he set up our account ahead of time, assigned the crew and scheduled us for Monday…as in four days from today.  Wowza!

As of my 3pm check-in with Brian, he had completed the under-house drain plumbing elements and was about to start inside.  According to him, the inside tasks are much simpler and we might be able to finish today and call the inspector before 5pm.

Fast-forward 30 minutes…

It turns out we still need to connect to the sewer, which requires some more pipe.  It’s now clear that we won’t be able to schedule our inspection today.  A call put into the inspector, however, did tell us that he was out of town until 3/14…the same day as our insulation installation.

Brian's back after scooting and thrashing around under the house.

Brian’s back after scooting and thrashing around under the house.  Ouch!

The last thing we did before leaving the house Wednesday night was break down all of the furniture/fixture boxes that had been accumulating.  Thursday is our recycle pickup day.

We also witnessed a bird of prey knock a bird out of the sky, which hit the metal side of the house REALLY hard and then pick it up and fly off with it.

Life as an under-the-house gnome

Life as an under-the-house gnome or as the wicked witch of the west.

Trying out the other foam blocks as seats/inner tubes. Very comfortable!

Trying out the other foam blocks as seats/inner tubes. Very comfortable!

The toilet plumbing is connected.

The toilet plumbing is connected.

Wow, what a nice 'tiny' home. Wait a second, where's Chelsea?

Wow, what a nice ‘tiny’ home. Wait a second, where’s Chelsea?  [The back of the foam seat is also foam….so after a few minutes it became a recliner.]

Thursday, 3/10
We called the insulation company in El Paso to reschedule for Tuesday afternoon with the hope that our mechanical/plumbing and framing inspections would magically happen Monday and that we would pass them.  We also touched base with the building inspector (who will do our framing inspection after our plumbing/mechanical inspection) to confirm that he would be around all week.  Everything looks good.

Brian lost most of the day because he was needed at the coffee shack.  After leaving, he picked up pipe and supplies at the local stores, arrived at the house around 3:15, started working on the sewer connection and GRABBED A RAT’S TAIL!  What the hell is a rat doing at the end of an immensely long sewer pipe which has been sealed off for months?!

Because Brian was digging and ripping out roots, it was only natural to grab the tan/skin colored root-like object.  But in his words, “once it started wiggling around in my hand, I was f*cking out of the hole.”

I joined him at the house after work and learned that the rat tail was actually some kind of large lizard.  Fat tail body with a weird snake/rat like tail tip.  A foot long altogether.

Lizard, view 1

Lizard, view 1

Lizard, view 2

Lizard, view 2

As for the plumbing, Brian made the 15′ long connection from the plumbing stack to the exterior clean-out in the driveway.  It was a tad tricky maneuvering under the house quickly enough before the glue set.

Sewer

Exterior cleanout.

15' long connection

15′ long connection

The only correction from the electrical rough-in inspection was that the laundry circuit needed to be both AFCI & GFCI, which meant we had to replace the breaker. This is the correct panel setup.

The only correction to be made after the electrical rough-in inspection was that the pretend laundry circuit needed to be both AFCI & GFCI protected, instead of just AFCI [even though it’s nowhere near a sink].  Here’s the panel with the breaker revision. [Key: Light blue = AFCI & GFCI, Blue = AFCI, White = GFCI]

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