Sunday, October 16, 2011

30 Day Walkthrough and Updates

Wow it's been a while!  My brother-in-law had his wedding in Virginia last weekend and things have been crazy all around.  We blinked and it was time for our 30-Day Walk-through.  I wasn't going to be able to participate in the Walk-through so my wife took the reigns on this.  She had been keeping a list of items and I only had a few to contribute.  Overall, I can't complain about the quality and craftsmanship.  They did a great job.

The only thing I'm worried about is how frequently the sump pump runs.  I'll notice it run about once a day.  I thought the sump was supposed to only run once in a blue moon or during heavy rains after a few days.  It's good that it's working, but I'm a little worried about an underlying drainage issue.  I'll have to discuss with our PM when I get a chance.

Most of the major projects (garage door opener, utility sink, ceiling fans) are complete, I'm moving on to more utility-like projects.  I found a video and pdf plan for a work bench in the garage.  The dimensions are 2x5ft overall and is extremely solid structurally.  I'm about 3/4 the way through building the base and will tackle the bench-top with my friend this week.  Once the bench is finished, I'm going to build shelves on the wall of the garage.  Then we'll be able to store things in a better place than the floor of the garage or basement.  Next project will be shelves in the unfinished sections of the basement.  I'll be sure to post pictures when I have something to show!

Remember the pool table I couldn't get down the basement?  Well it's finally gone.  Put it up on Craigslist and a guy came this weekend to pick it up. The cursed table left it's mark on me however.  We were carrying the 350-lb piece of slate up the stairs when I had to set it down, it came down between the stair and my hand, I can't remember how we got it up the rest of the way since my hand was out of commission.  I fear it was broken so I went for an x-ray.  Somehow there were no breaks!  Only a "Deep Contusion" and it hurts when I try to squeeze hard or use it other than typing.  If that's the price to pay to get rid of the pool table, fine.  It's gone.  I do however get to enjoy the new (old) pool table which worked out great!


  1. Sorry to hear about your hand. =( The new table looks nice! Love the pictures!

    Wow 30 days already? Time flies!

  2. The sump pump ran once or twice a day in our old house, and it was no problem (apart from the cost of having it run, of course). In our case, it was because of the height of the water table (our house was in something of a dip).

  3. Very pretty pool table! I can't wait to see your work bench. My hub is so excited to build one for the garage too

  4. Glad to see a "Building a home" blog written by a guy. You cover the things I like to read about; i.e. garage floor, work bench construction, deep sink install. All the things I plan to do on my house. We break ground on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to your basement shelving pics/plans.

  5. Congrats on getting soooo many projects done already. I for one would be interested to hear why your sump pump runs so frequently. Ours is tied to the drain in our basement walkout well, and our AC units drain into the sump pump as well...I have added a dehumidifier to the utility area and it too drains into the sump pump...I can honestly say the only time I have heard ours run was when it is pouring outside and collecting water from the walkout area. We have an additional ejector pit where the basement shower, toilet, and sink drain into and then it pumps it out.