Happy New Year’s everyone! What better way to kick off 2011 then by painting the first two rooms in our new house! Check it out!
With a shiny fresh coat of white primer.
I’ll have to give the credit to my father who was up bright and early at 5:30 AM January 1st so that he could put a full coat on the two rooms and still get a half day of skiing in. I was too busy being lazy recovering from an incredible New Year’s of sushi, lots of friends, and a very late night!
Lots of great things really happened at the end of last week with both plumbers Gary and Joe putting in a hard push to finish the garage heat and rough in plumbing for the entire house. Only things left are to tie up a few loose ends, install a shower valve, and charge my shower (to check for leaks) and they’re done until the cabinets are installed.
As you can tell, the heat is working plenty good inside the garage. When Gary brought the garage zone online the temperature was reading about 40°. One day with the thermostat wires shorted and the garage slab quickly got up to temperature. We unshorted the thermostat wires for most of the day, and then connected them back together for the night to make sure everything chugged along and stayed warm enough until the temporary thermostat is installed tomorrow. What I find so amazing about this radiant heat is you can completely turn the boiler off for the majority of a day and the temperature will barely move. We’ve really been noticing incredible efficiency now that the slab, and Earth underneath the insulation is up to temperature with the entire heat system just coasting along barely calling for any demand throughout the majority of the day. Throw in a little sunlight and we are heating for free all day long even with the majority of windows/doors not completely sealed and only R-19 (for now, until we blow more in) in the ceiling.
I want to really show off the heating system now that everything is all completed.
This is one of those models that can flush 6 full hot dogs (before they’re eaten!) Without breaking a sweat :-). Laugh all you want, but the manufacturer has all kinds of videos of this flush putting down all sorts of crazy things. Cell phones… golf balls… 2 1/2 pounds of ravioli… and yes, the hot dogs. The things that impress people when they’re buying a toilet.
Other than that the builders kept pushing on ticking the days closer to being finished with drywall (I’m sure they’re ready for that!) with Mike hanging sheet rock in my parents bathroom, sanding their/my bedroom, and Jerry putting another 5 gallon bucket of mud all over the ceiling/walls. Mike had a really, cool rendition of how he likes to sand with a little music in the background dancing around the room, but once we pulled the camera out to take a video he quickly clammed up and stapled himself behind a tarp so that we couldn’t see. He was trying to play it off that he was so deeply concerned about our respiratory systems, but I think he just got a little camera shy. Okay… Okay… he really did want to keep from filling our lungs with dust and I certainly thank him for that.
Doing a bit of research for a projection screen and then looking very forward to spending the morning up on the hill. Hope everyone is looking forward to 2011 as much as I am. Going to be a great year!