March Update

Progress was still choppy this month, but we did manage to accomplish a few items.

  • Framed and insulated half of the windows
  • Initiated contact with a few heating and ventilation contractors to start the bid process
  • Installed telephone line
  • Received all our approvals for the solar installation, but we’re still waiting on the building permit to come through. Once that is complete, we can schedule an install date for the solar system.
  • Dug the trench to the house and ran the power into the basement. We had to drill another hole in the foundation because we didn’t plan a big enough sleeve when we poured the foundation walls. But we were happy to get this in before the forecasted 6 inches of snow tonight.

The next big item is getting the siding up. It is currently taking up most of the first floor space. We need space to work before we start the plumbing, electrical and venting rough-ins.

4 Responses to “March Update”


  1. 1 Jim Merrithew 4-April-2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Larry,
    What size electrical service sleeve did you install initially, and what size would you recommend? Thanks. Jim

    • 2 Larry 4-April-2011 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Jim,

      Our original 4″ sleeve would have worked fine except for the awkward location too close to the corner and the extra power line from the generator which we hadn’t considered in the original plan. We drilled a 6″ hole about 2 feet over from the first hole. Problem solved.

  2. 3 Jim Merrithew 5-April-2011 at 10:34 am

    Hi Larry,
    Does the spray foam provide the waterproofing for the penetration, or did you have to use some other barrier/membrane on the exterior at this point? Thanks Jim

    • 4 Larry 9-April-2011 at 8:34 am

      Hi Jim. Good question. Yes, we just foamed the opening to seal it. We have several layers of waterproofing on the inside of the wall. So if anything does get past the foam it will have to get past the Delta drainage plane and taped EPS foam. Plus the opening is on the gable end under a porch so hopefully it won’t see a lot a static water pressure buildup.


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