Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Workshop & Garage Doors

The workshop is starting to look like a workshop. And the garage is starting to look like a garage--doors and all. Here's some proof: 

I hope to get a lot of use out of that machine that resembles an aircraft carrier in the middle of the picture... It will be great to actually have enough room to walk around the machine without running into things.

My brother-in-law Bill installed the garage doors earlier this week:

Those are 9' x 8' carriage style steel doors by Haas Garage Doors. They have applied trim that makes them stand out a bit more than the garden variety door. They feel pretty solid. And they do a pretty good job of keeping the snow (and wind) out of the garage. 

As I promised in the last post, here's one of Danny running wires:

Believe it or not, he's actually about 15 feet above the camera, up in the rafters.

The building inspector came today to do electrical and structural inspections. We passed all the mechanicals: plumbing, hvac, and electrical. He wants to see some additional blocking in the basement to carry point loads. Once that's done, we'll have passed the structural inspection too. Here's a picture that shows what he had to inspect:

That's a kitchen wall. Every stud bay is filled with either plumbing, electrical wiring, structured wiring, or hvac supplies or returns (or a combination of all of these).  People often complain that each trade wants to work alone. Nobody wants to start working until the previous trade is done. I've had plumbers, hvac guys, rough carpenters, and electricians in the house at the same time. They've been working together very well. 

The inspector did mention that he didn't want insulation to start until the siding was installed. I'm hoping he'll be okay with installing both the insulation and the siding at the same time: that way both can start on Monday, and I'll be on schedule.

We still have a fair amount of work to do before starting the insulation. We finished running the video, audio control, ethernet, and speaker wires. I still have to finish some video matrix wiring, some audio source wiring, security, and vacuum outlet wiring. The goal is to have all the wiring done by end of day Sunday so that insulation can start on Monday.