Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Woodwork, staining, bancos, and the latest septic system disaster. Shares needed.

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Oh, my god, this day.

We have both been on the run, flat out, since about 8 AM. (I was up two hours prior, but it all really started to hit the fan shortly after 8:30.) First, it was a constant and confusing barrage of "what comes next," which I think we have now vaguely sorted out just enough to let me plot purchases and labor and so forth.

For today, the good is up above, with the staining the guys started on upstairs. It matches the stain we used on the front doors. 

The bad (because I didn't know the place didn't take debit cards, dammit, but the guys managed it and are reimbursed) is below:

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Sherm and Miguel are working here the rest of this week. We're waiting for the pigment reorder, so they went down to EspaƱola to pick up another pallet of adobes, and they're going to start the bancos (my window seats). We also picked up molding for Tony and Reynaldo to start work soon on the crown mouldings and baseboards upstairs (nothing decorative; just plain), and we have to order the remaining doors and the flooring from Lowe's probably yet this week. And I have to finish painting as far as possible tomorrow, after I get done all the stuff I couldn't get to today.

And the really, really, REALLY ugly is here:

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That's the new septic tank. Yeah, it's hooked up to the house (not to the RV), but there's no water flowing to it, because the water is hooked up to the house but not yet turned on. There's no way for it to be getting any flow from the house.

And it's got more than four feet of water in it. FIFTY-TWO INCHES, to be precise, but who's counting? This was supposed to be a hermetically sealed tank, so that even with the rerouted spring issue, absent the leach field (which is not going in until we can install the evaporative system), there's no way for water to get into the tank.

Yeah, and I'm Santa Claus.

We're pissed, our plumbers are pissed, and the supplier is going to have to make this right. But it's going to take some doing, some time, and, of course, a lot of money on the back end anyway once we have a truly sealed tank, thanks to that evaporative system's price tag.

So there's an unreal amount of work under way, and it's all adding up to an equally unreal cash flow (all outward), and we have to pay for it all as it comes. So we need constant, consistent shares. Here are all the links, and the cut-and-paste:
  • First, to donate, the PayPal link is here
  • Second, for sales (which we really need to make, and I'll be highlighting some of his high-end stuff on the site this week), the link to Wings's site (preferably with a testimonial, if you have some of his work), because sales are gonna keep this thing rolling. 
  • And finally, the link to our wishlist (which badly needs updating), with an emphasis on the Lowe's gift cards, because those are what will help us pay for all the stuff that will make this place liveable, like a water heater and flooring and so forth. A note here: I really do dislike Home Depot, but they have a terrific tile that would work for pretty much the entire downstairs (except the bathroom) that's less than a third of the price of a lot of what's comparable from Lowe's. So I might need to add them to the wishlist, too, much as it pains me. 
As I've also been saying, we need to make some sales, and sales of some of Wings's bigger-ticket items would go a very, very long way toward this phase (the most expensive of the entire process, unfortunately). We've been blessed with a couple of sales this week, and this weekend I've posted Wings's two latest works. I haven't even had time yet to do a separate post for the new micaceous pottery by a member of his extended family. Please share them as they go up; his new work in particular is pretty spectacular. I have more work this evening, and I have to get on it. Many thanks and much love to everyone.

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