This week Ed completed all the finish wiring. That means he put in the trim for all the can lights, set all the light bulbs, and installed all the plugs. I was in charge of faceplates. With a few exceptions, such as the chandeliers and appliances, we are powered up. Last night we turned on the interior lights and the porch lights, stood at the end of the driveway and admired our work.
My job was to vacuum the whole house with a cumbersome shopvac, sucking up sheetrock dust and debris. Using a shopvac is like taking a pig on a walk with a leash. After every room, I had to break down the shopvac, take the filter outside and pound the crud out of it, then blow it clean with the air compressor. Then I put it back together and started on the next room.It's a good thing vacuuming the finished house will be easier! The sheetrock mud got everywhere, so Ed used a paint scraper to clean the globs off the stairs.
This afternoon I need to open the ends of the boxes so the wood can acclimatize to the house, to temperature and humidity. That way it won't shrink or swell once it is installed.
I couldn't help but to open at least one box as soon as I could. Acacia, or asian walnut has a very active grain and color play, which I love. I'm sure someone a hundred years from now will buy this house and say, "What were those people thinking? That floor has to go." By that time, it won't bother me a bit.
My biggest pending task is to stain all the wood for the door and window trim, baseboards and interior doors, which were delivered last week. If I look at the whole pile, it's overwhelming. So I just tell myself that I can only stain one piece at a time anyway. The amount we save by staining and sealing the trimwork will more than pay for the installation of the flooring.
I set the wood on the sawhorses, usually 4-6 lengths per sawhorse set. I wipe them down with pre-stain wood conditioner. By the time I'm done with the last piece, the first piece is ready for stain. I brush the stain on one piece, wipe it down and move to the next piece. Then they come off the sawhorses and get stacked vertically against the wall. Because the roll up door is nearby, there is plenty of ventilation, but everything is out of the rain.
Speaking of rain, this has been the wettest spring in recorded history. We've had very few days without rain since the first of the year, and most of those have been bitter cold. Two days ago, we had a lovely double rainbow, followed by hail. Finally yesterday we had a full day of sunshine, the first day to break 60 degrees. Come on, Spring!
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