Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Plaster, plaster and more plaster...

The lean, mean excavating machine did its damage (or good work, depending on your perspective on large machines) on the weekend. Mark the Excavator created a huge trench to enable the plumber to run wiring and pipes from the well to the house on the north side. We now have running water indoors(!).

As of today, we should have a functioning septic bed on the south side of the house though we don't have our bathroom fixtures installed on the interior yet (can't wait for that! *Good bye* little blue, nasty chemical outhouse).
We plastered our pants off on this three-day, Thanksgiving weekend. The weather worked in our favour and we had a hard working crew. Here's my [newly red-headed] niece Val up on the staging pitching in. With the assistance of my folks, Jozef, and Val, we finished the west gable end fill coat, and the east gable end will likely be completed today. We still have some fill coat to do under the porch, but that's all.

We're hoping we might even be able to apply some of the finish coat since the temperatures are still warm. This will enable us to see how it performs for the winter and make adjustments for the finishing touches in the Spring.

In the spirit of the holiday, my sister twisted our rubber arms and convinced us to join her family for Thanksgiving turkey on Saturday night - a fabulous treat and a much needed break. This week, our driveway will become more drivable when Mark the Excavator breaks up some of the rock and cuts down some of the steepness. Mark will also backfill around the house hiding most of that pepto-bismol-pink insulation (GAWD, I hate pink) that wraps around our foundation. Our soffits and fascia will finally be complete, and we'll hopefully be able to finish the dormer shingling, if we're not too tied up w. our plastering.

4 Comments:

Anonymous DavidR said...

I helped a friend build a straw house about 3 years ago... It was a pain. We finished the floor in clay. It was quite the project and he has to redo the outside plaster (cracks) on a yearly basis.

Conclusion... I can relate how much work it is. Keep up the good work and all the best.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Danny Wilson said...

Wow. Thanks for maintaining this blog. I am interested non load bearing hay bale construction. Your posts have already proven to be an excellent resource. I live in Saint John and would be very interested in seeing your place. Are you planning another open house anytime soon?

11:32 PM  
Anonymous Danny Wilson said...

Wow. Thanks for maintaining this blog. I am interested non load bearing hay bale construction. Your posts have already proven to be an excellent resource. I live in Saint John and would be very interested in seeing your place. Are you planning another open house anytime soon?

11:33 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

Hi Danny

We won't be ready for an open house until sometime next year. We expect to be working on it until early summer at least. You're welcome to drop by. We're there most weekends. Contact me for directions at karawiggins@yahoo.ca

12:02 PM  

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