Getting Back on Track

We’re getting our project back on track.  We are continuing to working on the roof (so we can install the windows), and also starting to backfill our open trenches (versus digging more trenches).

Agreeing on the Trenching

We wanted to ensure PG&E approved our trenching strategy before digging too much.  Our project coordinator, Nathan, came to the job site and reviewed the electrical conduit that we uncovered.  He saw the water pipe (from San Jose Water Company’s meter, and agreed that it would be ok.

After the City of Monte Sereno inspects the water connection behind the meter, we’ll be able to backfill the trench from the water meter to the cistern trench.  Filling this trench will provide some much-needed real estate.

Identifying the Roof and Floor Penetrations

We can’t put our roof membrane on until we identify and make all of the penetrations through the flat roof.  The penetrations of the roof are for plumbing, dryer vents and exhaust fan vents.  The most complicated are the plumbing vents as we want to limit the number of penetrations of the roof.

Wes Wenger, of Wenger Plumbing, arrived at the job site and walked through the various plumbing fixtures that we will have.  As well, Greg (‘G-Man’) went through all of the penetrations with Wes.  Yup, Wes makes the promises and G-Man has to deliver on those promises.  It was good to establish the vents and penetrations.

We (Jo-Anne and Bryan) need to establish where the free-standing bathtub will be located in the Master Bath, as the tub drain needs to be drilled through the concrete floor.

Also, we need to get Kate’s soaking tub as this drain needs to be established, too.

Finishing the Skylight Curbs on the Lower Flat Roof

Francisco and Carlos continued working on the curbs for our Velux skylights.  This was their second day on this task and they were able to finish it off.  Bryan sent the exact locations of the skylight curbs and dimensions to Leo at Johns Manville so he could complete the shop drawings. 

Leo promised an updated layout on Monday morning, with shop drawings by close of business on Monday.

Backfilling and Compacting the Sewage Trench in Front of the Garage

With the pipe that will take the Lifesource Water Filter backwash water to our cistern stubbed out, we could now backfill and compact the sewage trench immediately in front of the garage.  This trench has been particularly irritating since it limits our movement into and out of the garage.  Plus, it looks messy.

This item was completed today.

Hosting a Friday Night Flamingo Event on Vista Avenue

As with other neighborhoods across the U.S., our neighborhood on Vista Avenue (plus Bruce Avenue and Kavin Lane) has a long-standing tradition of ‘Flamingo Nights’.  On the first Flamingo Night of the year, we signed up to host the July 30 Flamingo Night.

Kate, Sierra and Carli worked on decorations, and Jo-Anne and Wendy hung up our Flamingo lights over the garage.

Our project coordinator from PG&E, Nathan Lee, reviewed our trench from the San Jose Water Company meter to our house.  He approved the location as the trench did not interfer with the PG&E natural gas or electric lines.

Our project coordinator from PG&E, Nathan Lee, reviewed our trench from the San Jose Water Company meter to our house. He approved the location as the trench did not interfere with the PG&E natural gas or electric lines.

Wes Wenger (left) and Greg (G-Man) review the plumbing plans while establishing the locations for the plumbing vents in the SIP roof and the coring through the concrete floor (drains, hot and cold water supply, and vents from the lower level).

Wes Wenger (left) and Greg ('G-Man') review the plumbing plans while establishing the locations for the plumbing vents in the SIP roof and the coring through the concrete floor (drains, hot and cold water supply, and vents from the lower level).

The completed insulated curb, which will have a sloped cover and support the Velux skylight.

The completed insulated curb, which will have a sloped cover and support the Velux skylight.

The backfilled and compacted trench in front of our garage.  Finally done!

The backfilled and compacted trench in front of our garage. Finally done!

Our table is ready to host the Friday Night Flamingo on Vista Avenue.  Note (right to left), Kate, Sierra and Carli are working on the decorations.

Our table is ready to host the Friday Night Flamingo on Vista Avenue. Note (right to left), Kate, Sierra and Carli are working on the decorations.

Jo-Anne found some excellent Flamingo lights several weeks ago, so Wendy and Jo-Anne strung the lights up for the event.

Jo-Anne found some excellent Flamingo lights several weeks ago, so Wendy and Jo-Anne strung the lights up for the event.

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