There is so much happening. I may have to do multiple posts. First off we have spent about two weeks installing the rest of the electric. C has been teaching me to run the wire while he installs the switches, lights, and plugs, which is pretty impressive for someone who is afraid of being electrocuted (me). Although I am only working with wires that are not in any way hot, so that’s probably why. It’s definitely going a lot faster with both of us working on it. We still have the living room and kitchen and pantry to finish. Once we are done we can put in the spray foam insulation! Things are getting really exciting.
We are FINALLY having our septic installed. We were able to get the lagoon decreased in size, thanks to the grey water system, and they will be marking where it is going, getting it inspected, and putting it in sometime in the next few weeks. The problem? We have to bush hog the area where it is going before they can even mark it. We don’t have a mower. We have been looking at mowers but aren’t ready to make the commitment of $200 a month for the next 3 years so we can have the mower we need for our property. Instead we bought a heavy duty Stihl brush cutter. A heavy duty handlebar brush mower. This sucker comes with a harness. It’s heavy duty. We even bought the saw blade for it because the regular weed eater type blade isn’t heavy duty enough for our lawn.
C goes to order this crazy thing from a tractor dealer. He tells him what he wants and that he needs it to be able to start easily because his wife will be using it (I have a lot of trouble starting our chainsaw but not our generator so pull chords can be hit or miss with me). The guy looks straight at him and says “you are letting your wife use this?!?! This is a heavy duty piece of equipment for a woman to be using”. To which C replies “first off I don’t ‘let’ my wife do anything. If she really wants to do something there isn’t much that can stop her. Secondly women can do a lot more than people give them credit for”. Kinda made me feel really proud.
Also, I used the brush cutter today. I used it as much as C did, and it’s really not that cumbersome, and it starts much easier than the chainsaw. I feel bad ass right now. And I’m very sore.
We officially have a roof on the house, and it looks DAMN GOOD!!! They are going to be back later this week to finish the outer walls and put up the plywood. That leaves installing the windows and doors and we will have a fully enclosed structure!!! Don’t get me wrong, we still have a TON more to do before we move, but OMG GUYS WE HAVE A ROOF!!!
We also now have lights in our bedroom and will soon have lights in the bathroom and closet and plugs too. That’s right, the electric is going in!!! The picture is supposed to show the lights and plus. Not a great picture, but still better than nothing. I’m pretty excited.
Guys. Guys. This is not a joke. This is the real deal. We have a roof!!!
It’s not finished yet, we are short a few pieces of metal that we are picking up tomorrow morning, and the roof should be complete after tomorrow. It. Is. Amazing. Amazing. Beyond what we could have every expected.
These guys that are doing our roof are phenomenal. Absolutely amazing. Also the house isn’t even enclosed fully yet but the temperature in the house has dropped at least 15 degrees. It was comfortable inside and HOT outside.
We are hiring them to finish framing the outer walls of the house, which hopefully will be finished next week. At that point we install the windows and doors and it’s completely and totally enclosed.
C is working. On installing the electric next week while I am finishing the greenhouse and the concrete on the tires. After that we install the water, have the septic finished, get the propane guys out, spray the insulation, have the drywall done, order the appliances, and we should be ready to move in. This is insane. INSANE. We will still have so much more to do once we move but we will be MOVED!! We will be living in our own house!! I’m so overwhelmed right now I can barely breath.
WE HAVE POWER TO THE HOUSE!!!! We only have 14 lights installed at the moment so it was only pulling 1 amp, but we were able to turn all the lights on inside the house!!! I’m a bit excited. C doesn’t go back to work until the 16th. We are hoping to have most, of not all, of the electric in by then. We are also having the roof guys finish framing the sides of the house and put plywood up. It would be nice to be able to put in the spray foam either right before or right after C goes back to work. Once that goes in we just have to drywall, install the windows and doors, and finishing concreting the tires and it’s almost ready for us to move in. There is a lot more other than that but those are the main things.
Over the weekend C and I moved all the batteries into the battery house (which took a lot of effort because they are very very heavy and were located behind the battery house), and C got them all connected and hooked to the solar panels. The solar panels go to a PV disconnect, then from there to a midnight classic 150 charge controller, then from that to busbars, then to another disconnect, then to the batteries. In 2 partially cloudy days we have been able to fully charge the batteries, which is pretty exciting. We have 40 of our 60 batteries connected, and will hook up the rest as soon as we order more connectors. We opted for data safe 12hx400s because we were gifted them and they should work nicely for a while. We are hoping to have the house connected in the next few days. It will be nice to have power to the house, and truthfully this is a step we never thought we would see!!
this picture was take. At 5:30pm while it was very cloudy, and we were still making 276 watts plus we have 40 fully charged batteries ready to go. I think this could work!