Winter, Dec. & Jan. 2017

Not a lot happening now, with holidays and being very wet around here.  Good it wasn’t very cold would have had a lot of snow.  Outside work stopped till things dry out some.  Electrician came just before Christmas and got service installed.

Electric service from inside.
Outside of electric service.

We had a non-traditional Christmas dinner, Swordfish with cheese raviolis covered with a butter lemon sauce, and cheddar biscuits.  Came out very good, this was all Donna she does all the good cooking around here.  I did do the cleanup tho.

Non-traditional dinner.

Also had wine with meal that we got while in Cape May, NJ.  Isaac Smith Port from Cape May Winery.

Isaac Smith Port

Talked to contractor about building house for us, waiting on estimate.  No more dumpsters sitting around now.  All cleanup is done except old barn foundation and brush pile.

Penelec hooked up electric on the 6th of January.

Penelec hooking up electric

Started working on the inside wiring, starting with lights. Putting together and rewiring lights for LED bulbs.

Lights, conduit, wire, and other materials for wiring.
Six of 12 lights ready to go.
Down to last light.
Working on putting up lights, got 8 up this day.

That’s all for now. Going to do some product reviews soon.

 

November 2016

This month we finished cleaning up the old barn and tear down of old summer kitchen.

Coming for the summer kitchen
After tractor pulled building over.

That same day saw a fire up on the mountain.  must have been a controlled burn, never heard anything about it.

Mountain fire November 8th
Backside of summer kitchen.
Summer kitchen gone.
Everything that’s going in dumpsters is gone. This is what is left of the old barn.

Stone foundation still needs to go before house can be built. Have to figure out where to put all the stone. Equipment delivery, Wood Max wood chipper.  More on this later, days are to short and cold right now. This spring I’ll use this to clean up the brush pile. Maybe sooner depending on weather.

Newest piece of equipment arrived. Wood Max wood chipper.

 

October 2016

Pole barn got finished up early October.

Finished Pole Barn.
Finished Pole Barn.

On the 4th. of October we got to see a blimp fly over the homestead.

Blimp fly over.
Blimp fly over.
Close up of blimp.
Close up of blimp.

The 13th. of October the concrete has cured enough to support vehicles.

Jeep and Tractor in Pole Barn.
Jeep and Tractor in Pole Barn.

Started some work inside pole barn, while waiting on dumpster to clean up old barn.

Second layer of insulation for an R-Value of 19.6 then covered with 3/4" plywood. Electric service and air compressor going in this corner.
Second layer of insulation for an R-Value of 19.6 then covered with 3/4″ plywood. Electric service and air compressor going in this corner.

Dumpster arrived, time to cleanup.  This is first of three so far, will need a forth delivered.

Donna helping.
Donna helping.
Filling up dumpster.
Filling up dumpster.

Cleanup is going good.

Before
Before.
After
After.
Before.
Before.
After.
After.

 

September 2016

September saw most work on pole barn getting done.  Still waiting on electric service install.  Preparations for pouring floor started on the 15th. with arrival of foam board insulation.

Foam insulation for floor.
Foam insulation for floor.

On the 27th. floor drain, Foam insulation, and pex tubing were installed.

Floor Drain and radiant floor heating being installed.
Floor Drain and radiant floor heating being installed.

Floor is ready for wire and concrete.

Came back the 28th. to finish floor.

First of three mixers arrives.
First of three mixers arrives.
Almost half poured.
Almost half poured.
Emptying second truck.
Emptying second truck.
All poured and setting.
All poured and setting.
Finishing up.
Finishing up.

September finally saw rain, in a day and a half we got 3.5 inches.  On the 30th. more stone for driveway was delivered.

Tri-axle dump truck and 3.5 inches of rain.
Tri-axle dump truck and 3.5 inches of rain.

That’s it for September.