Day Two of Office and Bathroom Reno

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Day two was primarily an electrical day, and, of course, there were surprises, like that you can buy either a 110 or 220V AC, depending on your house wiring, and, of course I bought a 110V model when my outlet was wired for 220V. 🤦‍♀️ At any rate, I’m in good hands and the contractors sorted out everything for me.

copper wire for ground the outlets; I like how it’s going to be under the floor

contractor photo showing the wires connecting the rooftop condenser and the interior AC unit, as well as the drain.

contractor photo showing the rooftop condenser, with grounding wire, and the cracked skylight that we will replace with a glass block

The contractor made an executive decision to give me a third grounded outlet, the one to the left. At this time, I really don’t need it, but I bet in the future, I’ll be glad he was smarter than me.

copper rod driven into the ground to which all the copper wires connect

the third grounded outlet

How is the shower looking both better and worse than it did last night?

New AC and fan in — super happy with both. The dark grey is a change from the usual white, and the dark brown fan will pop against the blue walls and white ceiling..

The new fan was a source of amusement because I won an argument. The contractor said that it was pointless to install a fan that small and that I might as well just put in a new light fixture. I found him at the end of the day standing under the fan with a look of surprise on his face — that thing was really moving air!

Two days down, how many more to go? At least, we agreed that the guys are starting around 8AM and are to use their key. I’m usually awake by that time but not downstairs, so my mornings aren’t going to feel so rushed if they can just let themselves in.

First Day of Renovation SURPRISE

(Post 108 of 263. Thanks again to those who participated in the Fundrazr. As I mentioned in the post announcing Bast’s passing from COVID, I thank everyone for your generous donations to the original Fundrazr campaign, which resulted in sponsored 263 posts. I will continue to honour the commitment to write those 263 posts, but I will not commit to more. The link above is to a new campaign to help Bast’s family.)

All renovation projects come with surprises, but the surprise I got yesterday was definitely not one my contractor expected, given the age of the house — I’ve got a nearly 2,500-square-foot house without a proper subfloor. The flooring replacing project should have been quick — pull up old tile, clean and level out the subfloor, apply “pegazulejos” (literally tile glue), and add new tile and grout. Instead, the subfloor came up with the tile to reveal bare sand underneath. This was apparently an older building method that doesn’t use concrete for the subfloor. So now, we have to pour a whole new subfloor before we can replace the flooring. Am I glad I’ve got experts working on this and did not attempt a DIY! My contractor says that we should go over top of the existing tile for the rest of the house, which sounds like both a great and terrible idea.

I trust my contractor and am letting him do his magic. This morning, they are clearing out debris and someone is coming by to install the new minisplit air conditioner. I was surprised that that’s happening already, but then I realised that that will give them a climate-controlled/dry room to work in, which will make everything everything easier.

I also just had to pick out my two doors. I was middling on my choices and my contractor must have sensed that because he came back with more options that were much closer to my vision. It’s amazing to feel so heard. I really lucked out finding him!