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An Inspector Calls

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:04 AM
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by Steve Rapport ( last modified Dec 09, 2010



Rain stopped play yesterday, but at least I was able to clean the ginormous windows
After losing a whole day yesterday thanks to torrential rain, the house was buzzing with activity today - Inspection Day!

Andrew the HVAC Guy and his assistant were running 4" vents from the dryer hook-up in the utility room to the 4" hole in the concrete basement wall that Hector drilled last week (this vent cleverly turns 90º downwards into the faux panel, so that it emerges invisibly underneath the panel). Additionally they added intake and outake vents to the utility room and ran them throught the floor joists to then emerge underneath the deck.

The fire sprinkler guy was running water through his system in advance of his inspection, and was concerned because the inspection involves pumping water at 200psi pressure through the pipes - nearly four times more than the regular 60psi that the system uses. He sounded a little like Scotty, warning Captain Kirk that "I can't hold her Captain, she's gonna blow!"

Hector was busy cutting Kynar for the bedroom window, and was nearly ready to start hoisting up the big corrugated panels onto that side of the house when I had to leave for work.

Danny the Plumber was doing a pressure test of his own, filling the big sexy Duravit Happy D bathtub with water to ensure that it would drain properly to the rear of the house - and it did.

And it was all good. Inspector Chai arrived and we passed our rough electrical and rough plumbing inspections; and the Fire Marshall visited after lunch and approved our elaborate and very expensive fire sprinkler system. Now we're ready to move ahead with insulation, and I'll be on site in the morning with my friend Jovanny to pack some green R13 EcoBatt insulation into the interior bays, and R19 EcoBatts into the basement ceiling/sub-floor.

Then it may finally be time to spend my first night at The Minnie House.




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