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Backhoe & Power

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!





Contractor Issues

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.20120909-093249.jpg20120909-093437.jpg

Water & Prep for Stucco

For some important stuff done this weekend. W the new address now official, I paid the bill on getting the water tap.
Permit: $70
3/4″ Tap: $300
Deposit for water service: $50
Total: $420
Even better, they said it’d be done by Friday. So next weekend, hopefully the backhoe can be there to dig the 5′ deep, 3′ wide ditch we need to lay both the water & sewer line to the RV & two containers. Kid’s container will be added in Phase 4, but we can stub out the water & electric now.

Further, I bought a bunch of 36″ stakes & drove them into the dirt at the edge of the back of the container & one end to prep for stucco. As soon as I get the doors & windows framed, but before they’re installed, we need to add the stucco on the outside. There’s a good video on YouTube of a container that was stuccoed & ended up smooth on the outside w artistic touches. We’re not going artsy but ‘smooth’ & uncorrugated is good enough.

With the roof already planned to be done in 3 parts (deck, house, garage), I can stucco the roof at the proper angle then join the deck & garage into it later. The majority of sites suggest spraying the stucco for some good reasons: speed & consistency. The main issue I have is the speed issue. If I had an experienced crew to help, it’d be different but w 2 of my kids helping, I’m not sure I trust them to be consistent in producing enough stucco fast enough. More than likely, I’ll need to go slower in order to make the batch, spray it on, i& let them do the troweling. A good crew could possibly do all four sides & roof in one day w enough supplies. That’s my other issue: how much total cement, lime, etc. am I going to need for each side. 11’6″ x 40′ almost unbroken for the back wall is going to take quite a lot of raw materials. As u can see in the pic below, I built some simple wooden stairs also.