Scheduling Our Trench Inspection with PG&E

We finished the trench work for our natural gas and electric service lines from PG&E today.  Bryan called for the first inspection and was fortunate to schedule the appointment for tomorrow (08/04/10).  However, our PG&E Project Manager, Nathan Lee, cautioned us that the next available ‘lay in’ was two weeks out.

Meeting with Allan Courtney

Bryan met with Allan Courtney of Statewide Roofing this morning at 9:00 am.  Al liked the progress and thought the insulated skylight curbs should be raised to allow better flashing.  Bryan agreed to raise the curbs by 1-1/4 inch while reducing the thickness of the plywood from 1/2 inch to 1/4 inch.  These two changes will increase the effective curb height by 1-1/2 inches.

Also, Al reviewed photos of some bathroom exhaust fans that vented through a flat roof and recommended that we place the fan vents directly on the tapered flat roof and simply flash to them.  That works with us.

Reviewing Preliminary Home Automation with Brandon Smith

After meeting with Al, Bryan met with Brandon Smith at the job site.  Brandon walked Bryan through the home automation design and Bryan provided feedback.

Also, they discussed possible locations and mounting alternatives for a satellite dish and a weather station on the roof.  Given our membrane roof system and other components in our house, it is critical to anticipate and plan for future needs and requirements.  We will invest in the connectivity infrastructure now, when we can, so that we will be able to accommodate different systems in the future.

Brandon will updated the home automation design plans and return them to Bryan by Friday.  Then, they will be ready for Paul Fulton to review.

Picking Up Two Loads of Sand

To complete the trench for PG&E, we picked up two loads of sand in our Dodge RAM 1500.  We got the sand from Granite Rock on Snell Road in San Jose.

Izzy, the master trencher, distributed the sand in the trench and he and Michael Bennison were able to install 3-inch conduit from the PG&E box in the front yard to the conduit in the foundation, as requested by Nathan Lee.

After completing these activities, Bryan called the Inspection Desk at PG&E and requested a ‘Trench Inspection.’  PG&E was able to accommodate our schedule and will send an inspector tomorrow.  Only after passing the Trench Inspection will PG&E schedule a Lay-In for the natural gas.  According to our Project Manager, Nathan Lee, the next available Lay-In in two weeks (08/16/10).

Laying Out the Downspout Locations

Based on the shop drawings that Leo Richardson sent to Bryan, we mapped out the locations and verified the dimensions of the insulated skylight curbs on the roof.  Given the other requirements and some conflicts, Bryan adjusted the downspout locations by a few inches and then marked the downspout locations for Izzy to trench to.

Izzy completed the trench to one of the four downspouts on the West side of the house.

Scheduling a Meeting with Matt Jung for Wednesday, 08/04

We need to get all of our geothermal ground loops completed and tested, before we can close the trenches on the East and West sides of the house.

Ken Martin completed the design and now we need 88HVAC (Matt Jung) to be on site to connect the ground loops.  Bryan spoke with Matt this afternoon and Matt will be at the project site in the morning to review the details on connecting the HDPE in each of the concrete piers.  Connecting the HPDE will require using a concrete chipping hammer, which Izzy is the master of.

Completing the Fascia

While there were several meetings and lots going on below, the two-person team from Earth Bound Homes continued to work on completing the fascia.  Francisco and Carlos finished putting in the 2x material on the lower flat roof on the North and West sides of the house, and completing the fascia on the West end of the South Gable.

After completing the roof tasks, Francisco and Carlos raised the door height framing so it would be at the bottom of the drop beams on the West side of the house.  And, they adjusted the stud spacing to accommodate the faucets in the Upper Powder Room and between the Master Shower and Kate’s Shower.

The first partial bucket of sand is loaded into our pickup truck at GraniteRocks Snell Avenue location. This load was almost 1,900 lbs.

The first partial bucket of sand is loaded into our pickup truck at GraniteRock’s Snell Avenue location. This load was almost 1,900 lbs.

Given the first load was a bit heavy, Bryan asked the excavator operator to go a bit lighter and give us 1,600 lbs. He erred on the light side and gave us 1,460 lbs.

Given the first load was a bit heavy, Bryan asked the excavator operator to go a bit lighter and give us 1,600 lbs. He erred on the light side and gave us 1,460 lbs.

With the sand, we were able to backfill the trench and get the 3-inch electrical conduit in place. Were ready for our Trench Inspection, which will be tomorrow (08/04/10).

With the sand, we were able to backfill the trench and get the 3-inch electrical conduit in place. We’re ready for our Trench Inspection, which will be tomorrow (08/04/10).

Izzy, the Master Trencher, quickly dug the trench to the North West downspout on the West wall. Three more to go on this side.

Izzy, the Master Trencher, quickly dug the trench to the North West downspout on the West wall. Three more to go on this side.

The fascia around the lower-, upper- and gable roofs is now complete. All of the tasks have been completed relating to installing the tapered insulation (except for completing the mounts for the solar panels).

The fascia around the lower-, upper- and gable roofs is now complete. All of the tasks have been completed relating to installing the tapered insulation (except for completing the mounts for the solar panels).

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