Archive for October, 2005

Plumbing final…. pass! (but)

October 28, 2005

Yes, our plumbing final passed, except the water meter wasn’t sealed by the city (something I should’ve asked the city to do apparently, but nothing I knew before today!)

So we couldn’t pass our final inspection today.

So we need to fix that, and two other small issues, and we’ll get our Cert. of Occ. on Monday.

The good news is we have the ok to move in this weekend. Give us a call if you want to help us out Sunday!

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Mechanical A-OK!

October 26, 2005

GML4 just reported that our mechanical inspection has been passed! The last one will be plumbing, which may not happen until Friday. We have heat, and possibly hot water. Yea! Gas for the fireplace should also be connected yet today.

Meanwhile, the movers have arrived in Mound with lots of big stuff from various locations…. Rogers, Minnetonka and the storage place in Delano. Not sure where it’s all going to end up, but I am looking forward to seeing the stove and refrigerator in place when I get there later this evening!

Tomorrow we’ll be visited by the bank appraisor once again. We are hopeful he will be impressed and (cross your fingers) say that we’ve done enough to constitute a finished house!

It’s all finally falling into place. Thanks again to all the many folks who have pitched in and helped us out, be it staining, trimming, sweeping, painting, wiring, insulating, babysitting… and the list goes on!!! We literally couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Stay tuned for more pictures, and the good words from plumbing, city and bank inspectors!

Final inspections starting

October 26, 2005

As you see, we passed the electrical final Monday. On Wednesday, the mechanical inspection is to be done. Fortunately our gas was finished Tuesday. So that is good. Our plumber has his final set for Friday morning. I’m trying to get them to do it Thursday… but we’ll see.

We have the bank representative coming Thursday to check things out. Hopefully he’ll see things are finishing up, and we’ll be able to move forward on our loan.

Tuesday my dad and Jon came out to hang doors. And my cousin Katti came out and touched up some more paint! Thanks guys!

Wednesday, our fireplace should be finished, and we have movers moving our large furnature and appliances to the house. We are planning to move into the house this weekend. We are renting a truck Sunday, and would appreciate any and all help!

Electrical inspection – passed!

October 25, 2005

Even though we haven’t heard directly from either Geary or the inspector, there was a note on the fuse box this morning stating that the electrical has been given final approval! Yippee!! Now we are just waiting and hoping that all will go well on Wednesday with plumbing and HVAC (that is, after the gas is hooked up this afternoon) and we are still on track to get certificate of occupancy from the city on Thursday.

October 25, 2005


You can see the fireplace taking shape here… and some of the trim we got up around the windows and doors.

October 25, 2005


A closeup of a window.

Exhausting weekend!

October 25, 2005


Here’s three doors that we hung, along with some trim. Looking pretty good!

Sorry for the delay in the post. I’ve been spending every free moment I have at the house.

Thank you to all who helped over the weekend! You did great. Janet and I are very grateful to have such wonderful friends and family. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

We have most of the doors delivered Friday, and started hanging them Saturday. Had a guy come out to show us how. It went pretty slick, except some doors didn’t fit where they were supposed to. I guess the framers changed some of them without telling me! I should get replacement doors Tuesday.

The gas never came last week. That was very frustrating! I called Centerpoint (the local gas monopoly) and they had a crew out there this afternoon. They said they would be back to finish up Tuesday.

If that’s the case, we should have our mechanical and plumbing final happen on Wednesday, so we can get our certificate of occupancy from the city. Then we can go to the bank (provided we have the rest finished up) for modification.

The guys came back Monday to finish work on installing the Microwave, so that is working now. Fireplace guys should be there Wednesday to finish their installation.

So besides trying to finish the house, we also need to start moving to our home this week. We have professional movers coming to move the big things Wednesday. They’ll handle the big furnature, appliances, and Merrill’s tools. We are supposed to be out of the apartment Nov 1st.

Thank you again to our friends and family and all their support!

October 25, 2005


Here you can see the finishing work done on the bathroom… with towel bars, and toilet paper holder!

October 25, 2005


My aunt Sue, and my cousin Katti working around the fireplace.

October 25, 2005


Katti’s husband Pat helping out… well after the donut.