Monday, July 4, 2011

Work Doesn't Take A Holiday

It's a holiday weekend for everyone - everyone except we hardy noTTafarmers!  We haven't exactly been overworked but we have managed to stay busy.  Saturday, Scott took 5 or 6 hours to mow.  The recent rains have made the grass grow tall and some areas needed special attention.  While Scott ran the Toro, I weeded part of the cottonwood flower bed and vacuumed up some insulation crumbs. 

That's right!  I said "insulation crumbs"!  The spray foam insulation was installed on Friday, and we couldn't be more excited to have an actual "improvement" completed. 

The electrical inspector recommended a light switch be added west of the front door, but the rest of the parlor walls have been insulated.

Put away your spoons...that's not marshmallow fluff! 
The spray foam expands after it's sprayed to fill all of the space.  The contractor scraped off the excess with a long, flat knife.  The 30-40 bags of leftovers will be recycled.

Also on Saturday, the roofing contractor finished his work.  Before the mini heat wave, he installed two roof vents which will be utilized by the bathroom fans.  Saturday, he was back to fix the flashing around the leaky chimney. 
Hi, Mike!

On Sunday, we took it pretty easy.  The major task of the day was hooking the trailer up and going to Home Depot for some sub-floor and wall studs.  Scott is going to frame the colonnade wall between the parlor and the future-kitchen area.  We also want to get the sub-floor in place throughout the first floor.  This may not seem like a heavy-duty task but we lifted and moved eight pieces of sub-floor (80 lbs. each), eight 2x8x10 and eight 2x8x8 and four 2x4x8 studs three times . . . once onto the cart, once onto the trailer, then finally into the house.  That's a lot of work for two 40-something people in the 85-degree heat!  (Ok, whining over.)

The eight new pieces of sub-floor plus two previously-purchased pieces are now neatly stacked in the corner.

New studs stacked in the library.
Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!

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