Sunday, November 18, 2012

House 3 Week 8 - Perking up the Front

We're starting to get the "WOW" factor going with the new siding and first coat of paint on the doors. 

Helper Bob's on his own today as the Mr. is taking a much needed day off. Since Helper Bob only works weekends, he's got plenty of energy to keep things going.

Cozy house wrap all set on the other end of the front. 

And bits and pieces of the interior are finding their way into the dumpster. Always a little sad to see personal remnants of a home (like the little decorative thing attached to the former closet doors here). 

But I've seen enough full dumpsters that I don't dwell on it. 

The main wall in the kitchen is now free and clear and ready for plumbing and electrical. It's a busy wall which will eventually have washer / dryer hookups, dishwasher, sink / disposal, oven, microwave, and a place for the refrigerator. Lots of planning to get everything to fit.

Anybody need an oven?

Oh nasty. Look at that ceiling. The outlines are where there used to be cabinets. Hopefully James the plasterer can work his swirling ceiling magic to cover up those spots and blend them with the rest.

Note chandelier is in place, but will eventually be added to our collection. 

There remains an oil smell from the whole oil spill event last week. Since the spill itself was contained to the utility room, I hope that once the walls are closed off and the new carpets, paint, plaster all installed that the only lingering odor will be out in the utility area. Either that or we'll be burning a lot of  Yankee Candles during the open house.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

House 3 Week 7 - Oil Spill

Ho hum, a photo of the oil tank, so what?

Not so fast.

Notice how shiny and pretty that oil tank is? That's because it is brand spanking new. Why? Let me tell you.

The Mr. was merrily working on the area above the oil tank when.... whoops! Dropped a piece of wood on the line leading out of the tank and.... SMASH!

Oil line snaps off. 275 gallon oil tank starts emptying its contents on the floor. Uh oh.

So, after spending a few moments doing this...

He called the fire department (meanwhile shoveling dirt against the foundation to try and create a dam).
Fire department arrives and puts down a truckload of magic oil soak up stuff (photos are a bit blurry as they were taken with the Mr.'s prehistoric phone).

Next, call the oil company.
Oil company comes and pumps out the tank, followed by turning it on its side and moving it out of the way.

At some point, the EPA shows up to see if we have now created a toxic waste site. 

Then, NStar arrives because (how could he have forgotten) it was the day of the energy audit.

I just hope we get that many people for the open house. 

Call to insurance company, followed by Clean Harbors.

EPA declares the spill to have been contained. Phew.

Clean Harbors shows up and applies more soak up oil stuff along with scrubbing bubbles.

Next day, new oil tank arrives, and is installed by the mysteriously named "Froggie" whom I have yet to meet, but is apparently our oil burner mechanic of choice.

Saturday, oil company comes to put back the oil they pumped out.

End of story

So, let's see, last week three days lost due to Hurricane. This week one day lost due to Nor'easter. Two days lost due to oil spill.... uh oh.

By now, the goal was to have those seven day work weeks over, but it's all about catching up with getting the exterior ship shape for the winter.

My weekly trip to the job site found the Mr. continuing the painstaking process of putting the soffits up.

Poor dear. So many trips up and down the ladder and each piece has to be cut and placed just so. You don't think this house is anything like square and plumb, do you?

Helper Bob, the weekend warrior was out back. 


I offered to pop a $20 in his pants for his excellent performance, but he was having none of it.

The site of destruction looks all spiffy. The only indication that anything happened is a lingering fuel oil smell. The Safe Harbors people assured us that it would dissipate well before we put the house on the market, but in the meantime, doors and windows open whenever possible to create fresh, oil stink soaking up breezes.

No word from the insurance company yet, but I'm not going to count on much relief there. At best, I suspect, they'll pick up the cost of Safe Harbors (after our $1000 deductible). Ca ching, ca ching.

I am hoping that the coming week is mind numbingly dull, with sunny days, warmer temps, and nothing more exciting than stepping back to admire a completed front wall.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

House 3 Week 6

After 52 hours without power, I received a nice call from NStar informing me that my recent disruption of service was due to "inclement weather." Ya think?

Yup, Frankenstorm came to call and while neither of our houses suffered any damage, we did lose power for a few days which shut the job down.

But on Thursday, the driveway guys arrived and now we have a nice new driveway and walkway.

I had a query about the house color. The truth is that it is showing up as different colors under different lighting conditions. The siding is aluminum and it is all coming off.

In fact Helper Bob is hard at work stripping the siding off the side of the house.

That is, of course, when he isn't yapping on the phone. Uh oh.

Might have to dock his pay...

Weather permitting, there should be big changes in the exterior by the next post. The curb appeal of this house is going to be awesome.