Spreading topsoil

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

At long last, Chris rented a bulldozer and moved mountains of topsoil, transforming our moonscape of clay and stone. Grass seed, drifts of rudbekia and purple salvia, and banks of pachysandra will be coming soon.

Inside electrical wiring

Dean Warner, electrician, returns to install more interior wiring and keep an eye on the deer walking past in the field. Fixtures are attached to the one-and-a-half-inch furring strips attached to the SIPs panels. In the next week or so, this will all be covered by drywall / sheetrock. This approach is easier than creating chases within the rigid foam to run wiring, or hiding it in a fat baseboard, which are alternatives when working with SIPs.

Spool caddy for telephone cable

Several months ago the phone company, Verizon, dropped off a spool of cable weighing several hundred pounds. Chris built a spool caddy and waited. At long last, the nearest neighbor granted an easement to the nearest utility pole, a date was set for electrical service installation, Chris dug the trench with his father-in-law, National Grid installed the electric cables — and yesterday Chris unwound the cable the length of the trench.