|Project by Calgirl||posted 11-16-2007 10:38 PM||2712 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
I say, running a computer cable thru conduit is a job for the young! My back is killing me! Working in a 3’ trench, worming pvc around bends and under all the other pipes and cables is hard work. What I want to know is who put all that stuff under my lawn? Not to mention laying on your belly in the damp dirt which was fun too ! I finished backfilling the trench today and that portion of the job is complete. I could not be more thankful for being able to move on to the attic! At least in the attic I had the forethought to have the last workman working up there lay a pull string from one end of the house to the other. Since the computer I intend to hook-up to is at the farthest point in the house from the workshop (who would have it any other way?) the pull-string will be a wonderful convenience. The darn thing better not break !! I’m using the computer set-up that Mot described. It consists of a KVM unit (actually two units) that plug into your computer at one end and terminate with another unit in the workshop. I supply a monitor, keyboard, and mouse in the shop, and I can use the CPU from in the house via this KVM and Cat5 cable thingy. That way, I have a computer in the shop without having to worry about dust and dirt ! It also means that the loads of computer files I have relating to woodworking are available to me in the shop.
The shop limps along. Seems like the end of building takes many times longer than the beginning. All the electrical is roughed in but the inspector has decided that the grounding rod (which is sunk 5 feet into wet soil) is not enough! So the electrician had to make a special trip out to sink another rod 6 feet away from the first one and run a grounding wire back to the first one. I am waiting for the “dry-in” inspection which should have happened today but someone forgot to tell the Gen’l. Contractor that all was ready. So now were looking at Monday or Tuesday. Then the builders can place the trim (which is all painted and on the shop floor) and soffits. The soffit man is going to do his thing Sunday. Then there is the “final” inspection. Only after the “final” inspection on Tuesday or Wednesday, can I begin to “move in”.
The builders built the “sliding 8 foot back door” today and hung it. It works fine and is securely locked from the inside with 4 “eye” bolts into hidden “T” nuts sandwitched between the plywood and the siding on the door, when not in use. I will make some handles for the eye bolts to make them more user friendly. I wanted to have a way to securely lock the back door for security purposes and I think this system works fine. The “front” door finally came in today and it was hung also. So, now it really does look like a shop with doors and everything! The first coat of paint went on yesterday, but the second could not be applied because we had a slight rain, so they finished it today.
I ran conduit in the trench for water and bought a utility sink at the BORG. So, I will be able to have running water out there. Still no commode as I am on a septic system and the hookup to that system would be very expensive. I’ll have to “retire” to the house when necessary.
Before I place the insulation I will take pictures of the “rough in” as Gary suggested. That way I will have pics of exactly where the cables are, etc. That was a great idea. I wanted to use vibration isolation bolts to hang the cyclone, but the only ones I could find were at Granger’s for $32.00 apiece! So, I went to the local hardware store and bought rubber grommets, etc to make my own. We’ll see if the rubber is the right consistency for the weight of the cyclone unit. Time will tell on that one. But my isolation bolts cost $9.50 for all four bolts….a lot better than $128.00 I’d say.
I found that Owens Corning makes a special insulation for noise control. Lowe’s carries it but did not have the quantity in stock that I need, so I have to order it. I hope it works as well as the O.C. internet home page demonstration (http://www.owenscorning.com/quietzone/products/comparison.asp#) shows it does.
I had an idea to install a “dumbwaiter” contraption next to the attic stairs. That way I can haul large boxes of storage stuff up to the attic safely and much more easily. Have you ever tried to carry a box up attic stairs? With my dumbwaiter system, it will be a breeze. I’ll post pics when I get it built. One of the jocks reminded me not to forget to put a light in the attic, so the electrician gave me two lights with the switch by the stairs. A light up there will work out just fine.
Well, that’s it for now. Hope all had a great Veterans Day and did not forget to give thanks to all of our past and present veterans for the wonderful freedom we enjoy.
-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !