Archive for November 21st, 2010

Surviving the First Rains of the Season

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

It rained yesterday.  Actually, it poured.

Fortunately, at this time of the year the ground is a sponge, soaking up the rain and not allowing the water to run off.  However, the ground will get soaked quickly so we have to continue to move fast to get weather tight and backfill our open trenches.

Dry Fitting the Cement Fiber Board Under the Gables

We tried fitting one of the cement fiber boards that were cut and primed on Friday in place today.  It fit nicely and looked great.  To complete installing these components, we need to order and receive stainless steel nails so the boards can be fastened.  We’ve go the adhesive and need mechanical fasteners. 

Front Door Design

We’re working on the front door design and, specifically, selecting the hardware to use.  There are a few alternatives and we need to work with the manufacturers and local dealers to see who wants to work with us.  We committed to Nathan that we would order the hardware for the front door so that needs to happen.

Understanding How to Buy a Nissan LEAF

Given it was a Sunday and we couldn’t do much, Bryan dropped by Stevens Creek Nissan to understand how we get our Nissan LEAF.  Nissan received deposits on 20,000 LEAFs, which they committed to deliver by April 30, 2010.  Of those, 1,200 LEAFs were sold in the Great State of California.  We have one of those 1,200 reservations.

According to Aaron Depriest of Stevens Creek Nissan, his dealership will receive 10 to 12 LEAFs in December and then 12 to 15 per month through April 30 for those customers that were among the first 20,000 registrants.  Then, in August 2010, Stevens Creek Nissan will start taking delivery of LEAFs under the general availability program.

The MSRP of a fully loaded LEAF is $33,720.  The DC rapid charge feature is a $700 option and the dealer delivery charges are $820, making the pre-tax price at Stevens Creek Nissan $35,240.  Aaron ran the numbers for us, showing the DMV fees to be $526.75 and the local sales tax to be $3,264.79, for a total drive off cost of $39,031.54.

The Great State of California provides a rebate of $5,000.00 (apply through the internet) and there is a Federal tax credit of $7,500.00, after one files their 2011 Federal tax return. 

Oh, we need to have a charging station and those are available at a cost of ~$2,200 or so.  Of that amount, there is a Federal tax credit of $1,500 through 12/31/10.  After that, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District provides an installation credit of $1,000 for the first 3,000 single family home charging stations.  The BAAQM intends to install over 5,000 EV charging stations in the Bay Area.

Of course, a major incentive for us is the white car-pool lane stickers, which allow a single driver to enjoy the carpool lanes.

Aaron advised us that Nissan is contacting each individual that paid the reservation fee regarding how to purchase and take delivery of their LEAF.  They are contacting the individuals in chronological order, based on when they paid their deposit.

Since we paid our deposit on 07/31/10, we will be expecting the e-mail with the purchase details in early April 2011.

South side of the East Gable roof, showing where the fiber cement board will fit between the two windows (over the Grace Vicorp Butyl).

South side of the East Gable roof, showing where the fiber cement board will fit between the two windows (over the Grace Vicorp Butyl).

We dry fit the fiber cement board in place between the two windows - it looks great!

We dry fit the fiber cement board in place between the two windows - it looks great!

View of the upper flat roof, with the Deck Armor showing on the gable roofs.  It is conforting to know that we're almost water tight.

View of the upper flat roof, with the Deck Armor showing on the gable roofs. It is conforting to know that we

View looking North along the West side of the East Gable roof.  There is some water ponding on the white membrane, which is acceptable.

View looking North along the West side of the East Gable roof. There is some water ponding on the white membrane, which is acceptable.