Monday, February 11, 2008

Ersatz chimney

Report and photo by Dennis Casebier

It was 44 degrees on the front porch this morning at 6:30 AM with a light breeze. It has been bright and sunny all day. At 1:50 PM it is 82 degrees on the front porch and continuing with a light balmy breeze.

General contractor Dan Cordova and crew showed up a little before 7:00 AM and they are out there "making hay while the sun shines." They are finishing the siding and also they have fabricated the ersatz or artificial chimney and it is being put in place.

Dan tells me he plans to have most of the framing work completed this week and then it'll be mostly up to "the trades;" meaning electrician, insulation, drywall, etc. Each of them will be in and out. In other words, we're getting down towards the end of the framing. The electrician may be here as early as next week.

All the wood scraps are being left for us for firewood and it is approaching time to gather all that kind of thing up and get it carried out to the lumber yard for aging. We could use help moving all this scrap lumber.