Sorry it’s been so long since the last post.
1) Hired a backhoe & operator for $85/hr which dug a nice water/sewer ditch for my main line on the outside perimeter of the house. It’s only on the north side for now. (see pic)
2) He also cleared out a bunch of weeds, leveled some of the sand, & moved the stairs from the font of one house to the side entrances of my new house. (see pic)
3) Electricity finally got turned on last weekend, & contractor installed an outlet for me to connect my power tools to. Awesome! Laid down the plastic vapor barrier & cut & screwed in all the plywood for subfloor. Now I can start building the 2×4 stud walls on the inside & trim the windows & doors! Lots of progress FAST!
The month of August was a wash. I’ve spent all month piddling w working around the property because I’ve gone as far as I can without water, sewer, or electricity. My electrical contractor was either on vacation or on other projects. TX-NMPower couldn’t give me a straight answer on power turn-on process. Finally I got them to assign me an ESI number, gave it to the retailer, & should have electricity to the main box by the 17th of Sep (cross fingers). The contractor will drop me a power outlet to plug in power tools so work can continue, but I’m not sure when he’ll actually install the RV power panel.
Texas One-Call for utility digs has not revealed anything. Gas line is not “in danger” so they didn’t mark anything. Water & sewer is in the alley & already marked back when we were talking about a new tap. Phone is the only thing left. They should get their stuff marked by Monday night or it’ll get cut w trencher next weekend. Scheduling the water plumbing install is another matter entirely. Sewer would still need a cold tap done by master plumber, but at least the trunk trench is dug.