Wednesday, June 4, 2014

And so it begins…in medias res

This will be, hopefully, a chronicle of the house build we are doing. I can already tell that this blog will be filled with trials and tribulations and hopefully, lessons learned. I should have started a few weeks ago but with school, a move, and some travel, I was not able to set up the blog before now.

As of today, we are working on finalizing the building permits. We are out of the house, the asbestos removed, the gardens farmed out to others, trees cut down, the temporary power pole and portable toilet have been delivered. 

Still a few hurdles to go before the city says we can deconstruct, but we are moving there slowly but surely. 

Today's frustration was having a city inspector come to check on the temporary power pole installation. My dealings with National Rentals have been a very frustrating experience this week. They did not show up on Monday, which meant I had to cancel the inspection set for Tuesday. They show up on Tuesday and deliver the thing, but it has the wrong cover on one of the things on the panel… so they had to come back this AM to change that out. The inspector shows up at 12:15 and fails us because the ground wire is not connected to the actual panel. They grounded it to the actual earth, but did not hook the wire to anything. So… they are coming back for the 3rd time in 4 days tomorrow. Then, another inspection. Hopefully it will pass so that we can have PG&E come to move the power over. (Ironically, the city inspector asked for my temp electric permit… which her building department did not give me…I think she let that slide because it was her own folks who messed that part up. They gladly took my money, just never gave me a paper to go with it that she says they should have.) 

As of now, the only thing that is holding us up is the gas shut off. I will go into that whole PG&E debacle at another time. 

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