Next Steps–Not These!

What are the next steps?
We still have the membrane and the furring strips to install throughout the house. That is left over from the fall list.
Dave and I both had bad colds these past few weeks. Felt miserable and not up to much in the way of construction. I had a few leads for craigslist finds, being sick in bed and having time to read the ads, but they all seemed like way too much work.

This was an 8 x 10 gazebo that we could have moved for $200. We couldn’t use the deck though, it would not hold the full spa–not hefty enough and it was too big to fit on the truck in one piece.

Gazebo for spa

Gazebo for spa

This was a free toilet that I picked up and broke the tank trying to get it behind the house. I was sad as it was a pretty toilet and I can’t find a replacement tank. It is only a Home Depot Glacier Bay brand made in China. I’m supposed to buy water sense toilets but I could not pass up free. Now it is just trash I guess.

Glacier Bay Victorian toilet

Glacier Bay Victorian toilet

I waited for these folks to close on their house to view and make an offer on this solar system. The equipment is pretty old. One of the pumps had been replaced. It used a temperature differential between the pumps to determine the rate of flow. The pipes coming out of the storage tank were quite warm given that it was completely overcast that day. The former owners had told them not to get rid of it but that was one of the first things they were doing! Kind of odd I thought.

Glycol solar hot water system

Glycol solar hot water system

While I was there I asked if they wanted to sell the greenhouse and they said sure, but then I had to ask Dave if he wanted it, or would help with moving the solar system. As I was leaving another man came to see the solar hot water stuff and I suppose he bought it as I have not heard from the owners. There were three panels and a frame on the roof.

Solar hot water panels

Solar hot water panels

The greenhouse was cool but not quite wide enough for our solar space.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

None of these things are part of the larger picture and we can’t put effort forth to make them happen right now.

The concrete slab for the spa does have to be poured. Would like to have that done in the next couple of weeks.

I have been thinking that while the weather is cooler, I should cut and fit some of the extra polyiso into the outside joists in the crawlspace and caulk it. Maybe even spray the exposed wall with foam from one of those little two part kits.

Once the membrane is up we could get the ceiling and exterior wall drywall installed. If that were done, the rooms would look brighter and cleaner.

I need to plan for the ventilation system–design the ductwork and decide where the intake and outflow will be.

Also the concrete floor needs to be patched, caulked at the edges, cleaned, waxed and polished.

Then the walls could go in! Wouldn’t that be nice?

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