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Hey Folks, So sorry it has been so long for another update. Life has been a roller coaster with computer/sleep/wildlife/steep learning curve issues. In my last post I advise that my Outlook file had corrupted and thought I was an hour away from a solution – NOT! Spent the next two days and $400 on software to recover 95%, but I…

Quick Update

Hey Folks Just a quick update.  I have been meaning to provide a site update for the last two weeks, but life keeps getting in the way.  Today, it was my Outlook PST file corrupting because of some network issues I am having.  My life is in Outlook, so I have been working all day on a repair solution,…

Hot Water

Once again, I need to share my gratitude to another manufacturer that has seen the value this website provides to the public. I am happy to announce Rheem has joined as a partial sponsor on this project, and I am thrilled that their Hybrid Hot Water Heat pump has arrived on site. For this project, we are using their

Grateful for Sponsors

Hi Folks, Hope you are all staying healthy and maintaining social distance. I am pleased to advise that things have been progressing well at site.  Since your last visit I have completed the installation of the cabling between all of my main and second floor general receptacle box circuits and also started the installation of the upper hall bathroom tub. I…

That's going to suck!

Hey folks, How is everyone enduring the new ‘normal’ these days. I have generally being working alone for close to 6 years, so no big change there, but I am seeing supply chain issues resulting in much longer deliveries for items.  With some stores no longer accepting in person visits, it is also becoming more complicated to source some goods…

Cold Shower

Hey folks, Time for my bi-weekly check in. Sorry for the soap-box, but it was nicer than I had planned on being, but still needs to be said. Maybe if enough of us repeat this message, it will finally get through, and hopefully before it is too late! The shower design took a full 12 hour…

Hanging Down

Good Evening to everyone in Web Land. I debated not sending updates for a while, but if you are like me, it would be a relief to get something in my email that was not Covid related.  These are interesting and trying times.  At least we are in Canada where our public health system is great as long as…

A man and his island

Hey folks, Time again to check-in and provide a site update. Sorry, I missed last week, but as explained in the following vid, I did not have too much to show. Going forward I will adjust my timing of these updates to every 2 weeks unless I hear that you all would like another schedule. The following is a short video…

Lots of Boxes

This week has generally been about boxes – lots of boxes. I currently have 139 light switches planned for all three floors.  ? Add to this the power receptacle boxes, and I will need to install over 200 electrical boxes in the dwelling. Many of the light switches are in 2, 3, or even 4 gang boxes,  cutting down on…

Gathering Steam

Hey folks, Another week has flown by and unfortunately, I do not have anything exciting to show you this week. It has been a week gathering up steam to start both the electrical and water supply rough-ins.  There was an agonizing amount of time looking through online plumbing fixture catalogues deciding on bathroom faucets and tubs so that the plumbing…

This and That

Hey folks, Time for my weekly check-in.  I am again using videos to speed up the documenting of my progress to hopefully ensure more consistent updates for you. One of my first tasks, this week, was to seal the eys on the conduit leading to my Duplex Ground Water Pump station.

Going to need a mulligan!

Well – this week I am going to claim a mulligan or do-over. My back decided it was going to rule the roost for the week, regardless of how much meds it received. For much of the week, I could barely walk, so climbing around on ladders was NOT going to happen. SO, there was no physical work done at…

Non Potable - Done!

Hey Folks, Time for my weekly check-in albiet a little late due to technical difficulties yesterday. I had intended to have a video showing the installation of each of the components of the non-potable water circuit, but technical difficulties meant I lost most of the vids.  By the time I figured that out, the work was complete and I…

More Planning

Hey folks, Another week has flown by and as I look back to see how I have spent my week, I am amazed at how long planning has continued to take on this project.  I certainly start to understand the costs assocated to architects on custom homes. At least my efficiency is high because I am both the designer…

Front Yard Summer Work

Hey folks, Trying to abide by my promise of weekly updates.  While over the last week, I have only been performing boring office work, I did manage to squeeze out two new time-lapse vids for the outdoor roving cam. I have some fun and narrated the main video and provide a music sound track to make these a bit more…

Finally!

Finally!  This sums up my thoughts of the moment and covers a wide array of topics this year. Finally: On June 8, I finished the installation of the roofing insulation package and Ceiling OSB air and Vapour barrier. This significantly closed up the dwelling and will finally keep the birds out! Finally: On July 18,…