Brian had an exciting morning walk. Not only was a deer lurking near where the dogs pee every morning, but he got a great picture of a red bird we have been trying to identify.
Brian tackled the north endcap, south endcap and west arched wall outlets. We ran out of wall plates so we’ll have to order those tomorrow. He has two outlets left and then everything else will be standing work. After those outlets, there are a handful of switches to do (2 singles, 3 doubles) and then 6 light fixtures.
We confirmed with the electrical inspector that we can pass our inspection without some of the wall plates in place. If he had said no, we would have had to purchase local options that would end up not being used and it would be wasted money.
Brian called the inspection scheduling center and got us on the list for Friday. Now we just have to finish… *bites fingernails*.
I brought over the light fixtures after work. Brian had finished the outlets/switches except for the bathroom and kitchen. He started on the bathroom while I ran home to make food. After bringing back food, we switched gears to light fixtures. Two on the south endcap, two on the north endcap, one on the piano wall, one in the bathroom and the requisite outdoor light. It was 8pm at this point so we left to go home.
We left the night before with 1 outlet in the bathroom and 2 switches in the kitchen still to be installed. The plates we had ordered already shipped and will be here Tuesday, likely before we have our final inspection.
We woke early, roasted as fast as possible (this doesn’t mean anything – you can’t expedite the roast at all; you can just prevent interruptions between batches) and hustled Brian out of the shack by 9am.
We spoke with our insurance agent this morning and she reiterated what she had initially reported about our stairs – she doesn’t feel an insurance company will allow our handrail-less stairs regardless of building code. This is exceedingly irritating; even more so than having to have child-proof outlets despite the only way children are going to find their way into our house is if they leap/cross our barbed wire fence, break through the front door and then electrify themselves.
We feel the stairs are plenty safe, especially since A) the code agrees with us and B) you can use the house as a way to stabilize yourself. Plus, no unaccompanied children are welcome and even children with an adult must pass both a height and intelligence test.
We implored our agent to find us an insurance provider that will cover us without a railing so we will see what happens.
We passed our inspection! The inspector noted that we needed to fix the following three easy things:
- More permanent labeling in the main panel (the post it note slivers have to go)
- Carflex liquid tight conduit for water heater needs attachment within a foot of the box
- Carflex liquid tight conduit for heat pump needs attachment within a foot of the main panel
We are only missing one piece for our plumbing inspection (we need to secure the bathroom vent pipe to the crossbeam) so we went ahead and got on the schedule for our plumbing inspection. It looks like he’ll come by on Monday or Tuesday.
Some Friday Achievements: