attack of the HVAC, neoplastic cat, decorating, landscaping, artscaping, green knees, and a place for umbrellas
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attack of the HVAC
We've been having issues with the HVAC where it struggles to get the master suite to temp while the rest of the house turns into a meat locker. Case in point from bedtime early last week:
By the morning the "public areas" and "upstairs" were 69 and 68, respectively. Not good. I became convinced that a damper controller and zone had been reversed. While isolating each zone (raising the target temp in the other two zones and lowering the target temp in the zone of interest), the cat and I heard a good crash upstairs when I isolated that zone. And here's what we saw when we rushed upstairs:
Basically blew out the damper (which shouldn't happen, by the way...). The "clean-up dude" came out yesterday to check the zones (he believe the upstairs and public areas had been switched; I'm not so sure...) and southern engineer the blown out damper for another crew to come out and fix properly this week. Hard to see in the photo above unless you know what you are looking for, but the installers left a hunk of solid wall insulation in there that had blown up against the damper (there should be nothing but black distance between the damper blades, some have silver; that's the obstruction). That could have also been the reason for the failure.
We also chatted with the clean-up dude about the ERV not being connected to the thermostat control. For some reason, the installers chose not to use the Bryant ERV, which would integrate with the system both in terms of on and off but also speed of the fan (low, medium, and high). The system they installed only allows the on-off, and that isn't connected to the system. That means the ERV blows all the time, even if the HVAC fan is off. That's fine with a fully ducted ERV, but ours is only connected before and after the plenum, which means that it just circulates with itself when the full system fan is off. Not good. That will (hopefully) get fixed this week, but we're stuck with the one speed.
We had a bulky settee we moved to the house that just wasn't cutting it in the new space, something we suspected would be the case:
It's not as comfy as the other sofa in the living room (perhaps because it's a knock-off?), but the cat seems to like it!
Speaking of the cat, he seems to have gone neoplastic on us!
The yard walls out front received their final coat of paint last week. Lots of comments and questions (and head shaking) over these walls. A friend calls them "the tombstones".
other landscaping bits
In other landscaping news, the feather grass for the front were planted this past week:
The grass is starting to grow in the back driveway:
Found these cool solar yard lights at IKEA to use out front:
Bought some yard art at arhaus (not exactly a place to shop for modern stuff...). As I was checking out, the lady behind the counter asked what I had come in for. "Balls," I replied. "Well," she said, "That's not something you hear every day!"
But it was the truth. When they first opened several months ago, I checked them out, and they had these cool sandstone and granite balls. And that's what I came back for (bonus: on sale this time!).
Also found a cubic planter for the bride's jade plant:
turned my knees green
In other news, I turned my knees green installing those IKEA lights...
Found some removable window film to add some screening to the powder room and the door to the backyard form the master. Seems like it will work like a charm. Had been looking to replace that back door, but the film with wee gaps of unfilmed window has made me reconsider. It totally looks modern now!
a roof for the bookshelves
Finally have a roof for the bookshelves!
Thanks to Beaker's Bro, I've fallen in love with adorne plugs and switches. Along those lines, I switched out the humdrum plug at the front entry with this beauty that hides the plugs. Building code goofily required a plug in this wall. This gray replacement fades into the background a bit and ties in with the floor.
a place for umbrellas
Been raining lately, so we needed a place for umbrellas. Found this beautiful umbrella holder at The Container Store:
found the Gehry
Found Frank's tea kettle.
And here's (some) of the other pieces we have:
Still a lot to dig through and place!
moment of bliss