Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

March 7, 2010

Two Nice Days and Mud

Filed under: Electrical,Geothermal,Plumbing — Duane Diefenbach @ 7:36 pm

I was out of town all last week as the plumber, electricians, and geothermal contractors arrived to work on the house. Great timing.

So most of the wiring in the house is completed and should be wrapped up on Monday. For the most part the directions we provided before I left worked out fine. There are only a couple of outlets and such that need to be changed. They also wanted to know where the cable outlets should go… something we didn’t think about since we don’t have TV. We probably should be considerate of future owners.

The plumber has just about all the drains and vents completed. He is going to wait to tie into the septic after the excavation is completed for the electric and geothermal. The water hookup will have to wait until a passageway is opened through the stone wall in the basement, but probably later this week the plumber will start on that part of the project.

Here is a picture of the first floor looking towards the kitchen and entryway.

Here’s a picture of the master bedroom and bathroom

The geothermal crew arrived to both install the heat exchanger, ductwork, and drill wells. The first 2 days they drilled one well. They hit water at 30′ and the hole collapsed before they could get the pipe down the hole. That meant they had to redo it with 50′ of casing – which means $$ at something like $12/ft of casing. We will be having a discussion on this topic on Monday. The drilling looks like this…

with lots of trucks, drilling rigs, excavators and mud. Did I mention the mud?

Here’s the interior progress on installing the heat exchanger and ductwork. The cast iron grate on the right is where the opening to the old house will go.

Below is a view of the crawl space under the master bedroom.

On the exterior, the roof is completed and the siding is going up quickly. Here’s a photo of the east side of the house.

And the southwest side…

While I was gone there was little sun so the solar kiln didn’t do much drying. However, the weekend was very sunny and the cherry has a moisture content of about 10%. With a few more days of sun it may be dry and I can start another load of wood.

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