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House 2.0 – Certificate of Occupancy

Just over a week ago, on Friday, March 31, 2017, we received the certificate of occupancy for our new house. (*lets out a huge sigh of relief*). This last week, the painters showed up for the final touch up, and … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – wood floor finish, appliances, driveway grading

Here is a little update on House 2.0: The wood floors were finished a couple of weeks ago. They look great, although the process was not without some minor damage to existing trim work, posts, and kitchen cabinets: The wood … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – electrical fixtures, bath vanities, plumbing fixtures, hardware, screen porch, end is in sight

The end of construction is finally in sight for House 2.0. The list of items required to get the CO is getting pretty short. Once the wood floors are finished (sanded and poly), I can have the appliances delivered and … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – wood stove, bath cabs, electrical in progress

Progress on the house continues slowly along: The wood stove was installed this week. I’m really looking forward to trying that out. My much delayed bathroom cabinets were completed and installed. They were made by the same local cabinet guy … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – HVAC – thermal smugness

We’re indulging in a little smugness. It feels good to be right:) What follows is an explanation of the HVAC system in our new house, and the success that comes from doing some actual engineering design, as opposed to blindly … Continue reading

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Horses in the Snow

I love watching when the neighbor’s horses are first let out after it snows. They seem to delight in it as much as dogs or kids:) It also reminds me that action photography is hard; all that galloping, bucking, rearing, … Continue reading

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Snow Day

First snow of the season! (Remember, click on the photos to see them full size).

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Happy New Year 2017! (and House 2.0 update)

Happy New Year! Obviously, our new house is not complete by the start of 2017. (Its ok, I promise). The latest estimate is that we’ll be able to get the CO in mid-February. After that, there will be many punch-list … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – Interior staining and painting, garage doors

For those who are asking about updates: I haven’t updated on the house because there hasn’t been much to share. Progress has been very slow. We figure no one was at the house at all for five out of the … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – Soapstone Kitchen Counters

The kitchen counters were installed yesterday! The pics below don’t really do them justice, partially because they are covered in dust and I haven’t cleaned them. The kitchen counters are soapstone. For those not familiar, it is a natural stone … Continue reading

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Snappy Lunch

I enjoyed this article on the history of a local favorite: Snappy Lunch’s Famous Pork Chop Sandwich It’s the only Mount Airy business ever mentioned during the eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show. And it’s not only the show … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – Exterior paint, kitchen cabinets, railing, hearth

House construction is moving along nicely: Exterior painting finally happened. The crew did not mess around, and was done in 2-3 days. We’re both very happy with the results. The kitchen cabinets are installed! I am absolutely delighted, the cabinets … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – screen porch, stone

Happily, work on the house is picking back up again after another slow down in October; essentially nothing happened on the house for over two weeks. Here are some pics of some masonry work in progress on the front porch, … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – Oak Ridge TN to Home

Oak Ridge was more or less “on our way” back from Alabama, and the riding in eastern TN is always something to look forward to. The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN, while touting the area’s … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – Birmingham, and Huntsville US Space and Rocket Center

After the noise and chaos that was the very fun Barber Vintage Fest, neither of us really wanted to spend time in a city, and would have preferred to camp somewhere quiet for a night. However, who knows when we’ll … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – 12th Annual Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival

2016 marks the 12th Annual Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. The Barber Motorsports Park is home to an excellent road-racing track, as well as the annual vintage festival, which has become a very large … Continue reading

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2016 Moto Alabama – Home to Barber Vintage Fest

Somehow, we managed to squeeze in a week+ long moto trip into 2016 after all. The Barber Vintage Festival is an annual gathering at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama. Word has it that the festival has become quite the … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – flooring, trim carpentry, interior doors, HVAC

House construction as of this week: Wood floors are installed, including stair treads, and are ready to be finished Tile flooring is installed, still needs grout Trim carpentry has started, and they are making remarkably fast progress. We’re very happy … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – drywall finishing, grading, trenching (well, power, comms), flooring

Updates in house construction – Drywall finishing was completed faster than I thought it would take. They did a really nice job too: Some finish grading around the house to drain the water better, and to prepare for the driveway, … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – Drywall!

It only took two days for the drywall crew to hang the entire house this week. I’m sure finishing will take a bit longer.  Its exciting to get to this step, the house is starting to look just as we … Continue reading

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We Need More Automation Engineering Degrees

I think its hard to overstate the rising importance of automation today. Automation in manufacturing has been having an impact on society for a long time now, but in recent years, the pace of technological progress has been accelerating, which … Continue reading

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Moto Day Ride – Reed Creek Mill

Of course its a hydropower site visit, made even better because we took the bikes. On a hot summer day, we look forward to riding at higher elevations. Twisty roads in slightly cooler air in the mountains make for a … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – Inspections, insulation, septic, porch

Lots of progress on the house this week –  We passed the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, framing, and septic inspections. Rough systems are done!  That meant the insulation crew could start. They only needed two days, since most of the house … Continue reading

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MSF – Intro to Trail Riding

Despite not having any time lately for anything but work or house build related activities, I’m really glad we made time last weekend to travel to Georgia for another moto riding clinic. I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my … Continue reading

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House 2.0 – electrical, plumbing, HVAC, systems

While there has been an occasional burst of activity on the house construction, recently there hasn’t been much progress. Over the last three weeks, our chimney for the wood stove was installed, a minor amount of plumbing and HVAC was … Continue reading

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