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Toshi

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Oct 23, 2001
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Minivans are good for carrying things. Two SUPs, a ping pong table topper, giant Connect 4, two Costco bags of non-perishables, and a small box of ping pong paddles and PFDs in here. Space carved out is for the cooler for perishables, and our duffels and backpacks will go atop that.

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Comparison of unladen room available with both vehicles set up to carry 5 people:
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Toshi

Harbinger of Doom
Oct 23, 2001
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I'm going to get a Washlet for one of the bathrooms at my mother in law's house

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I think I'll go for the toilet seat alone version, not the one bundled with the rice cooker, yeah

(the SURFboard is not a surf board, but rather is the cable modem. also weird to bundle that, but who am I to judge, I guess)
 
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Toshi

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not sure if pressure washer or butt sorayer


/me rode to the library


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grass update as well

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Toshi

Harbinger of Doom
Oct 23, 2001
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Starting to have more confidence that deck work is going to happen. I let the plow/landscaping guy know that I am around until Friday morning so that I can write him a check for whatever he needs for it to happen next week. Or late this week. Whatever works as long as it’s done by the 20th.

Also confirmed with electrician (for Thurs/Fri heat pump + hot tub line work) that his quoted price is for a check. Cash 10% cheaper. So I’ll be getting $5,006 in cash from the shared branch credit union in Granby on the way back from RMNP tomorrow. That 10 minutes it’ll take is worth $556 even at my rates!

Made some progress on hot tub moving quotes as well, having gotten the requisite photos and measurements. Looks like it’ll run me $800 for the segment from the pad in Denver to the driveway in Tabernash, then $400-500 for the crane from the driveway to the then-reinforced deck. This seems reasonable. Crane company in question, Fraser Crane Co, is actually based in Tabernash!

The electrician’s precious fee includes him routing the final conduit up through the deck surface into the hot tub cabinet and hooking it up. So this will take a day of my time: pick up from Denver around 9, crane company at noon, get electrician to do that final run and hookup (maybe on a different day depending on his schedule!), fill it up, add startup chem pack, turn it on, have it come to temp 10 hours later or whatever. Given back to back renters June and July this might be delayed until after them.
 

Toshi

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For @gonefirefightin the kind of electrical work I get for the premium price I pay. Looks good to my non-electrician eye. These two lines are for the garage EVSE and the existing heat pump compressor. Two more shall snake their way come Friday.

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gonefirefightin

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For @gonefirefightin the kind of electrical work I get for the premium price I pay. Looks good to my non-electrician eye. These two lines are for the garage EVSE and the existing heat pump compressor. Two more shall snake their way come Friday.

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Round hole in wall is unrelated/pre-existing
I figured they would just drill holes and run conduit. In fact I believe I called it in an earlier post, Nothing wrong with it, just not a fan of visible conduit for that price
 

Toshi

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Overproducing relative to at least part time rented usage with that 5.67 kW array. Shall see how use changes during the fully booked July month, what with the to-be-6 heat pump heads enlisted into AC duty.

$39 is the minimum the charge can be. On the upside the excess production is banked against future use, and I’ll be getting both $2k from MPEI soon for the PV array itself and also the sweet 1% x 10 years financing through them.

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Toshi

Harbinger of Doom
Oct 23, 2001
38,744
7,978
Starting to have more confidence that deck work is going to happen. I let the plow/landscaping guy know that I am around until Friday morning so that I can write him a check for whatever he needs for it to happen next week. Or late this week. Whatever works as long as it’s done by the 20th.
He came around today with Dave, the framer. Clarified plans and timeline. 90% likelihood this deck work happens by the 20th as it needs to. Lennon now has a check for $15k in hand.

Many more instances pointed to at how the 2021 rebuild of the deck was a shitty job. Wrong kind of wood for the exterior ledger, not tied in to the beam away from house, flashing wrong, the damage to the EIFS, etc. This should get it fixed up properly, and reinforced with the two 18” concrete caissons supporting a 12’ long beam under the hot tub area proper.
 

Toshi

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Additional heat pump zone install day. (20A line to it to go in tomorrow.)

2 tons for one room, albeit a large volume room, should do nicely.

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Toshi

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And, yes, 20A. The electrician’s quote was for a 50A x 2. The hot tub needs 50A. This doesn’t. I texted him as this should drop the price a bit eh
 

Toshi

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A few snaps from a walk around the neighborhood pond

Salmon colored box of a house with the 14 PV panels on the roof is ours

Two random shots of a house on the walk home with All of the Ridge Vents. Maybe there was a sale on them eh

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Toshi

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And, yes, 20A. The electrician’s quote was for a 50A x 2. The hot tub needs 50A. This doesn’t. I texted him as this should drop the price a bit eh
He said the wire has already been cut. Which is fair, except that he and the HVAC guy should have talked a hot minute and figured out what power was actually needed. Oh well. Small potatoes ultimately.
 

Toshi

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He said the wire has already been cut. Which is fair, except that he and the HVAC guy should have talked a hot minute and figured out what power was actually needed. Oh well. Small potatoes ultimately.
so as a sort of make up for his error on the wiring (I'd initially texted him that I needed a 30A line, but 50A and thus 6 ga was his own invention) I asked the electrician to drill a hole through the main floor wall for me, as I know he has the tools.

and it turns out the whole house is ICF construction!


in other words, it's all concrete in the middle. for his two 240V lines he thus had to drill through the concrete of the walk-out basement wall. and for the extra hole (for Starlink cabling) he also had to bust out the hammer drill and drill through the concrete of the main floor wall! my battery powered tools and Chinesium 1" bits would have had no chance at all…

anyway, being ICF is news to me. I knew the basement was all concrete due to it being walk out and the uphill side having rooms underneath the main floor and garage alike. but I didn't know about the other floors also being done the same. this is a nice surprise for a change.

this also has bearing on the deck reinforcement work: the engineer correctly had figured out that the house was ICF and denoted the same on his drawings of where the new ledger should be tied in, albeit in slightly confusing fashion. these 0.5 x 6.5" Simpson Titen HD concrete screws will thus indeed be going into concrete.

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Toshi

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current status of mountain house projects:

- extra 2 ton mini split heat pump with its head in the new master suite: installed

- 20A line to said mini split's condenser: done

- 50A line with GFCI breaker and a disconnect on the wall: installed roughly under where the proper corner of the hot tub will lie. he'll poke it through the Trex into the hot tub cabinet once I get that in place

- request to get the MPEI 1% loan for the PV + heat pump and the $2k check to me for the heat pump's cold climate-ness: made

- deck work: started. contractor has $15k from me to start with so that he's not fronting the costs himself and he and the framer were by during the week and working today. it'll be tight to get it all done by the 20th (when I have a non-stop slew of renters until the second week of August) but they say it's possible.

- hot tub relocation quotes: obtained. I'll schedule with them for Monday August 12 if possible as I'm away the week before and then there's one last renter group the weekend of the 10th-12th.