The world has changed….
I feel it in the water….
I feel it in the earth…
I smell it in the air…
Much that once was, is lost. …for none now live who remember it….(Fellowship of the Ring music in the background.) You kind of have to be a Lord of the Rings person to get it. Apologies to all who aren’t with us on that one. But welcome and I’m glad as always to see you made it back for another addition of the Hobbit Hollow Construction Blog. I hope everything is well. The holiday season is upon us and all.
The holidays….A double edged sword if ever there was one. I could probably write a book on the holidays. It would probably be called something like: “A Hobbit Hollow Christmas…The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” We’re definitely gonna try to stick to construction though. That’s what it’s all about.
I was actually thinking I could probably use some of that super sod as a spacer between some of the conduits. It will make it easier to put on the couplers in the spring. The early Italians developed super sod. It was sort of like their duct tape of today. You could use it for just about anything back then. You know like shimming rocks for an acqueduct, fixing a heel on a sandal, etc. But I digress. (Food of the gods????????)
Just to get back to where I was originally going. ( This super sod thing is really in my head now) The world has changed was the original thought here.
Have you ever walked into your house and realized that something has changed? You feel it in the air for sure. You say to yourself: It’s freezing in here. Then the editor says: “There’s no heat in here. I’m freezing.” Which is then followed by an expletive from myself realizing that what I had planned for the day is now going to change. Great!
So you guessed it. The boiler isn’t working at the old homestead and I can’t figure out what’s wrong! No heat, no hot water. That’s a problem that has to be dealt with now. What I don’t get is why, when you call the plumber, he can’t sort of give you a rough idea of when he’s going to get to your house. I mean I call the guy up at 8 am and he says:” I have one stop ahead of you and then I’ll be over.” I didn’t ask him how long it would be. You know I kind of figured he’s got like an hour or so at one job and then he’d be over. He should be over by 10:30 the latest, right? Right???? This guy does know I’m building a Hobbit House on the weekends and it’s the holidays, doesn’t he? I’ve got errands to run as well.
Okay Jim get to the point will ya. Well he wasn’t here by 10:30 so I called. Just to find out if he’s gonna show up at like three o’clock. If he’s going to be that late at least I can get my errands done. I leave a message. He never calls back. Oh well. I took care of the Christmas lights outside so it wasn’t a total loss. He showed up just as I was finishing putting together my rebar Christmas tree outside.(Like around noon.) Were you expecting a concrete guy’s tree to be normal? Check it out.
Anyway the plumber got the system back up and running in about an hour. I had scheduled the plumber to come out Monday to check out the boiler. I knew something was wrong. So he’s going to swap out a few things that need replacing. So it was a timely visit. I just couldn’t get over to the hobbit house when I wanted to.
I did send Ethan, Terence, and Peter over there though with instructions to start leveling off the gravel I had put in last Sunday. I forget which day I went over there but I put the insulation blankets down on the ground so the dirt wouldn’t freeze. I thought that that would be enough but I was wrong. The gravel froze quite a bit. When I got there the three of them were hacking at the gravel with picks and shovels.
They did a good job. It was pretty rough though. All the hacking at the gravel I mean. There was no other way though….and of course we didn’t have enough gravel. That didn’t help my demeanor. I’m going to have to order more. I’m going to call the concrete plant and see if they’ll deliver stone like Frank had mentioned. Have to check out the cost though. At least Jude and Ethan are home now so I could schedule the delivery for during the week. We shall see.
So just to play it safe we covered up the whole slab with styrofoam insulation and the blankets. This way when we do get the balance of the gravel we will be able to spread it out and level the whole thing in one shot. Check it out.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention a few weeks ago I received the insulation for under the slab.
So when I got this delivery I wasn’t able to be there. They had a spider on the back of the truck to unload it. So I really didn’t have to be there. I was nervous though. It’s a costly item and you should be there to count it so there are no problems later. The driver called me on delivery day and said he was an hour away at like 8 AM. I told him where to put it and he said no problem. I never heard back from him though. So I call my mother-in-law and ask her if she wouldn’t mind driving by and seeing if the guy had dropped off a load of white styrofoam at the house. She says fine no problem. She’s watching a rerun of Judge Judy so she didn’t have a problem taking a quick ride before the next episode. She calls me back and says there’s a bunch of big black boxes in the driveway. I’m not kidding. Black? I’m thinking that’s weird. I guess they shrink wrapped the white styro in black. Never heard of that before. Do you see the same picture as me?
What is the color of George Washington’s white horse, dear mother in law?
It’s white….for the record.
That’s all for now. Here are the boys at the end of their days work.
Just quick on a Christmas note. The boys are home and their mother asks them to bring the chair downstairs to make room for the tree. Look at where the geniuses from college re-located the chair.
Now to get into the family room you have to high hurdle the chair. It’s fun. Merry Christmas!
Enjoy the season!
Hobbit Hollow Jim