Hubby is officially out of commission for the month, traveling on business. And, as per usual, within 24 hours of him rolling out of town (to warm and sunny Texas, no less), we got our first snow and I had to shovel by myself.
Okay, well, technically, I didn’t shovel. I just stomped through it grumpily and my mom came over and shoveled it for me. I’m fragile. And spoiled.
It’s a guarantee that when Ryan leaves in the winter, we’ll get a snowstorm. He’s like a human doppler radar.
But, have no fear, friends. Some progress was still made in week 18.
Last week, I mentioned that we wanted to get our house insulated now that all exterior walls are drywalled. We had already made contact with the same contractor who insulated our rental house. The owner came out in August and gave us a quote. We knew we needed to get everything closed in first.
But, before we could do that, we had to:
- Tear out current walls
- Pull out old plumbing
- Tear out old electrical
- Re-run all plumbing for bathroom and kitchen
- Have it inspected
- Re-run all electrical for the entire house
- Have it inspected
- Tear out all pipes and radiators from the old boiler
- Get new heating and cooling installed
So, now you can understand why it took a little time. Yikes! That’s a lot to do.
But hubby did it. (Go, Ryan!)
We knew that we were cutting it a little close for the rebate (which expires on Dec. 31). The contractor must be paid before then to qualify.
So, when we called the insulator again, he surprised and delighted us when he said that he’d be there the same week. He fit us in to make it work and get the rebate. This is great because they usually book several weeks out, especially at this time of the year. But it’s good for us and for him.
So, they showed up last Friday morning with all the equipment and got it done while I was working. (I love that.)
They drilled holes throughout the first and second floors to blow in the insulation. Then, they capped the holes. We’ll have to repair these areas before we paint, but it shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Now, we just need to get the new windows in. This should all make a huge difference in efficiency. The current windows are so bad that it feels like the wind is blowing straight through the house… when the windows are closed.
So, that’s the week in review. No photos. I didn’t wanna stomp through the snow when it’s 5 degrees outside.
Updated spreadsheet here.
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