Why Stop at Just the Kitchen?
Alex woke the neighborhood early by hammering a hole in the floor of
what used to be the entry hall coat closet. We need to move the
electrical subpanel, which requires putting in a new sweep up from below
the floor. He was quite surprised to find water pipes in the slab
and--once we got the water shut off--couldn't understand why they were
there. (They're part of the radiant heat system, and I was rather
surprised to find them there too. The original building plans show no
pipes in that area.)
Dining Room Extension
Alex also finished forming the floor for the dining room. The
steel plate at the east end is a template
to hold in place the bolts that will support a Simpson
Strong-Wall, which will add
some needed shear strength to a wall that's otherwise made only of
glass. Two of the bolts extend all the way to the bottom of the footing.
It's not enough to have only the house in turmoil; today they started
in on two exterior projects that we added to the list "as long as
we had a contractor here." They put in some temporary shoring to
hold up the shade structure over the shuffleboard court. The bottoms of
nearly all the original posts had severe dry rot, so we're going to cut
them off and build some new concrete piers.
A second project in the pool area is the result of the pool light
being on the blink--literally. For several years we've felt it unsafe to
use. But an electrician can't do anything about it until it's brought up
to code, which means relocating the junction box several feet away from
the pool and above the deck. (Currently, it's located in the deck a few
inches from the edge of the pool.) A few months ago, Jan saw an article
in Sunset that showed a planter full of rosemary and other plants
under the diving board of a home in Pasadena. Soon there will be another
home in Pasadena with such an arrangement.
Today Alex and Juan cut out the concrete deck (breaking the electric,
water, and drain lines in the process). We now have no electricity
anywhere out by the pool; all circuits are off. Most of the house
circuits are also dead, so it's getting pretty dark around here.