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First Fire
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Proof of Concept - Fire in the new firepit! The wood was kinda wet, but we managed to get it burning with newspaper and bits leftover from the construction in the bedroom. There's plenty more where that came from, thanks to the breaking down of the garage (no pressure-treated stuff, though it does make pretty pretty colors...). We built the firepit itself on Saturday, then had people over and didn't end up doing anything. I skipped fencing tonight (too much going on in my brain argh), and while waiting for the chicken pie to finish cooking, we wandered into the back yard, and had a little burn. Lovely.

The garage project is going well... Photos up here. There's snags and unforseen stuff, as with any construction project, but they've stripped it to bare bones now, so I don't think there's anything else that they can find. I hope not, anyway.

It appears that the only thing keeping the previous garage and roof standing was sheer force of will, and a bit of luck. Generally, additional structures ought to be attached to the strongest part of the existing house, which ensures they will not fall down, or tear out Important Bits. Our garage roof was not very securely nailed to the 2x6es, 14" underneath where they should have been, which was the biiiig heavy chunk of wood that supports the first floor. So. Options. $7000 to raise the entire garage (ACK NO), or $2500 to get a great big beam, big enough to both attach it to the wall in the right spot, and so that it is what the new rafters are secured to, at the proper roof pitch, while still leaving room for eventual decking. Lolly columns to further support it will go beneath (OK, more reasonable) Option 2 is what we're doing/has been started, but... *cries* I was hoping, in whatever capacity we could, not not use the ENTIRE home equity loan in one go, but that was a long shot dream, there. Added a few days to the project, but it will be done right when it's done, and all worth it in the end.

Also: The house was, I am more and more convinced, wired by drunken dyslexic monkeys. [livejournal.com profile] kurlon opened up the main breaker panel in the garage on Saturday, to attempt to get the generator hookup set up before winter hits, and found spaghetti. The kitchen outlets are on the same circuit as some, but not all, of the outlets in the main garage. We already knew the basement lights and furnace are on the same breaker (notgoodnotgoodnotgood), and the wiring for the 3rd garage... yeah... crispy, I believe, was a word used to describe some of it. Add that to the staples that we found stapled THROUGH LIVE WIRES, and, as I have said many times before, it's a wonder this place hasn't burned down. So anyway, the power to the 3rd garage is shut off now, and gone. Took it down today.

Conveniently enough, the roofer's brother happens to be an electrician. He came out today, took a look at things, will be able to fix it all for us for not a ton of money... And I think (hope) this is the last of the worst of the drunken monkey wiring.

Right. So budget is important now. I've never in my life had to keep so close track of where everything goes. Good heavens, please let both of us keep our jobs, and maybe even by some miracle get a raise in the next year or so... that would take a little bit of stress away. We may be eating a little bit more ramen and mac n cheese for a few months...

Date: 2010-10-27 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] evensongs-fall.livejournal.com

Yes, it's good to have a house that is neither going to fall over nor spontaneously combust, but the budgeting and worry are unfun. My fingers are crossed for a lack of extra bumps.

Date: 2010-10-27 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurlon.livejournal.com
Beware the SDMs*... they will muck up any project!

* Stupid Drunken Monkey


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