04 December, 2016

Sunny Saturday

Saturday, 03 December, 2016. A softly sunlit day. I guess that means, partially cloudy. Better than yesterday morning. Two of the workers showed up, hung around for a few minutes, then Dianna saw them strolling toward the gate. I hollered and asked if they were leaving. Yes, was the response. So I asked if they would lock up the gate as they left.

At the time it was drizzly and gray. Just as well, no work was going to happen yesterday. It had started Thursday afternoon. Everyone left early. There you have it in case you're tracking days by blog title.

By yesterday afternoon, of course, it was sunny. Dianna and I joked that workers would be streaming back for the afternoon. So, today's another day. and work is progressing.

Fence Walls Going Up
Work is proceeding right along today. Already two rows up on the fence. I'll bet by the end of the day, they have most of it up.

Everyone Bending to the Task
Another view of the corner work. It'll be nice to have that back looking like it should instead of something that was ready to fall into the canal.

Bani Finalizing an Outlet
Bani is uncovering an electrical outlet hole. He'll also be switching over the water, so that the pool and house will both have ¾" pipes feeding. The theory is that we'll have flow in the house even when the pool is filling. Something we haven't seen for years.

He's also going to hook up the motion detector light, speaker, and porch light. Be nice to have all that finished.

One of our 11 or 12 Motion Detectors
One of our old motion detection lights has been reinstalled just on the patio side of the house. Next to it is an electrical outlet that might come in handy for Christmas lights or something. Probably better to have too many outlets than not enough.

I just mentally counted up. We have about eleven motion detection lights around the joint. It's not that we're that paranoid (well, maybe we are), but as we built new stuff, we added one here and one there, even under the parking palapa, so there's light getting in or out of the SportTrac. Before you know it, we've got a bunch of the things all over the place.

Great Progress With the Fence
Work is moving right along with the fence. The guys are just finishing forms for the column.

New Electrical Panel Arrives
 Bani's been working on separating the electrical circuits so that the Mennonite house upstairs and the laundry room downstairs are all on one circuit and meter. The rest of the downstairs (the basement), the gate, well pump, pool and other house are all on the other circuit and meter. Progress.

The lower 16 slot panel was a story in itself. Vien, at Lano's sold me the panel and the cover. Unfortunately, it was the wrong cover.

I went back to Lano's to get the correct one. After Vien dragged out every cover they had (none were correct), the place looked like a shoe store with someone who isn't satisfied with the fit.

I went back to the house, got Bani and the panel, and headed back to Lano's to see if we could either get the correct cover or replace it (this is a Square D panel. We would be replacing it with a GE panel. Of course, the breakers used on one aren't compatible with the other. To replace it with the GE panel would mean having to purchase seven GE breakers for around ten bucks BZD each, so it was important to find a cover that fit.

After looking and trying most of the covers, Bani kept trying to tell Vien the part number of the covers they had was wrong. Finally, Vien called the downtown Lano's and they had one cover, that they would send 'right now' to the Ranchito store.

After about a half-hour, it arrived. Believe it or not, it was the correct one. We were happy. By the time we got back to Casa Winjama, it was time to knock off for the weekend. I told Bani, who had just rehung the panel, to leave it as is, and take up the work on Monday.

Fence Project Almost Finished
After the workers left, I snapped a shot showing the progress they made. It's damn near done, and really is looking good.

02 December, 2016

Rainy Thursday

Thursday, 01 December, 2016, near the end of the workweek. Of course, it has to rain. Off and on, vigorously at times, others just a slight misting.

New Ramp Customized by Nelson
Yesterday evening, shortly after the workers left for the day, I heard Nelson meow loudly and then a sort of crash. What it was, I think, was that Nelson, didn't think a barricade to keep him out was a big deal. He proceeded to climb over it, and it collapsed, causing some scrapes and scratches on the newly poured ramp. Oh, yes. There were also a couple of incriminating kitty foot prints there as well. No harm done in the long term anyway.

Just about ready to start laying block
Rene is setting up a string line getting ready to start laying blocks to rebuild the wall. Progress is moving along.

Pump House Water Source
 I saw what appears to be a leak in the pump house, but I think it's rainwater collecting in the trough of the waterfall and since the pipe isn't hooked up, the water is simply coming back down the pipe and draining into the pump house.

Doggie Barricade
Since it was a gray day, and the fact that every time the workers began to do something, the heavens opened up, they decided that today probably wasn't the best to try and work.

They packed up early and erected a workable barricade across the opening, combining chain line and plastic sheeting. Very effective. Maybe things will be better tomorrow.

01 December, 2016

Mid-Week Wednesday

Here it is, the last of the 2016 hurricane season (20 November 2016), although, I wouldn't relax my guard till at least half way through December and even better through the end of December. Late breaking storms are not unheard of.

I forgot to cover some things yesterday, so before we zoom into the future, let's take a look at the immediate past.

Another Deep Dig
 I took this photo shortly before the guys knocked off for the day. The hole is getting progressively deeper. They have to remove the old footing and dig deep enough to place a bunch of rocks for the water to deep exiting without eroding everything in its path. Just like under and around the swimming pool.

Near Perfect Loaf
 I have a new bread maker, which I think I love, now that I've tried using Bebe Agua flour. Compared to the stock flour that I was using, this stuff is a dream. It not only behaved during the mixing stage, but baked up exceptionally well.

Small, fine grains in the flour turned out a very nice looking and tasting loaf of bread.

Two Thumbs Up
Here's another view of the loaf. Very nice. Using the bread machine is very hard work. Put the ingredients in in the proper order. Press a couple of buttons, and relax for two or three hours, then take the loaf out of the machine and admire your handiwork. It just don't git no better!

Got to Channel That Watah
I mentioned channeling the water. Here it is. It won't take long now to get that rocked in and begin forming up to cast the column again.

Alright. That took care of my forgetfulness from yesterday. On with today's activities.

More Pipes
This is that little step area on the south side of the patio to the right of the gate. It soon will be a small ramp so Dianna can get up to her fairy garden-to-be area. The long PVC pipe you see will become a floor drain for the hose and will empty out right beside the gate. The other big PVC pipe you see bending away, is one of the drain field pipes for the septic system under the utility room.

White Paint Makes A Difference
The pump house is becoming very bright. White paint makes all the difference. You can actually see everything in there.

So Clean Looking
Here's looking the other direction in the pump house. Clean and professional.

Water Level Is the Water Level
fill for the hole has already been underway. The far end is ready to begin concreting. The water you see in the hole is at the same level as the canal beyond. A few more rocks and it too will be ready for concrete.

Endher Troweling the Mud
Endher troweling concrete to form the garden ramp. It leads to and from the patio.

Better View of Him Working
This is a little better view. The part to the right will remain undone until Bani hooks up the water supply to the house. Then it can be finished along with the small drain for the hose hanger.

I Forgot, Pipes Haven't Been Glued Yet
Just a couple of shots to remind myself that there needs to be another valve or two placed on either side of the pump. Otherwise if you open the union, the pool will attempt to drain and pour huge amounts of water inside in a hurry.

Good View of the Filter Piping
Conversely, if you loosen the filter side of the pump fittings, the system will try to empty the filter the same way. With valves in place, the pump can be removed for maintenance with little worry about flooding.

Pouring the Ramp
Adding a bit more concrete to the pour. Dianna is most appreciative of them putting in this ramp. Otherwise, that area would have been unusable for her.

Bucket of Tablets and Bags of Sand
New supplies for the pool. Yesterday, I got a new big bucket of chlorine tablets for the chlorine tower in the pump house and for our floatie in the pool itself.

This morning, I had to take Noel to Dr. Charles (very nice man. I enjoyed talking with him), for some more flea meds. unfortunately what he had had dried up. He recommended I go to Prossers and get a spray bottle of flea killer.

Since I had to go there anyway, that's what Noel and I did. I got the spray, and picked up six bags of filter sand for the pool.

Colored, Stained, and Stamped
 Progress on the ramp. It's been colored, with the base color and the highlight, the purple highlight gives a burnished gold look, and stamped. Very nice.

Almost Done With Column Footing
Pouring more concrete into the hole for the column footing. They will probably form the column tomorrow.

Rene Working On the Footing
Rene is stuffing a few more rocks into the crannies of the hole.

Dock Hole Patched and Done
The hole in the dock has been filled with rock and capped with concrete. The rebar framework is for the column footing.