July & Aug 2017


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Happy 4th of July!

While the rest of the island was in Cruz Bay enjoying the parade I opted for working in my garden. I decided on putting in a hedge of jasmine along the edge of the property. This Jasmine is easily hedged and gets 8-10 ft high and blooms a white fragrant flower. My goal is to block out the wild bush next door that’s loaded with "Catch & Keep" A nasty bush that covered in hundreds of very sharp spines, that will to hook into and hold anything. Painful! I did have a bothersome visitor that was very interested in my digging.

POSTED ON July 4, 2017


Ready for Plaster

POSTED ON July 6, 2017


The Lawn

You don't see many lawns on St. John, it's too hilly and rocky in most areas except for at the big resorts. I love a nice lawn so I thought I would try my hand at growing one down on the lower tier in front of the main house. Just a couple of bags of Bermuda grass seed and the results are good.... so far. I even bought myself, what I call my "mini mower". It's actually a weed wacker with a nifty wheel attachment. It's battery powered and very light weight... perfect for me! I had some extra seed so I tossed it down by the septic area... more lawn. Good thing I enjoy mowing the lawn(s).

POSTED ON July 7, 2017


Pulling Wires

As we race to the end, to get a Certificate of Occupancy for the guest cottage, we are completing the permanent power installation (from construction power). Lots of underground utility power to pull through the underground conduits. Here we are completing the run from the Main House mechanical room that supplies power to the Guest Cottage mechanical room. Betty assisted me in this pull; Betty's first foray into the electrical world. Unbeknownst to her, it actually takes two persons to pull wires, one to pull, the other to push. She offered her assistance and I was more than happy to have a recruit!. Next in store is the "Big Pull" of wires; think of wires that are about an inch and a quarter in diameter when put together. We will be using the truck to pull these! This run goes from the "monument" on the estate road, underground, to the Main House; about 175 ft. Wish us well!

POSTED ON July 9, 2017


The Monument

Here is Alex placing the footing for our electrical monument, which takes the power underground to the house. Next is to build the column which will host the service entrance, where WAPA connects to our underground cable and will host WAPA's meter box. Once this is in place, we will pull the "HUGE" (seems to be a presidential expression these days) electrical wires to power the main house and guest cottage. Just to give you an idea, the electrician suggested we use the truck and some pulleys to pull these! Exciting week ahead :D

POSTED ON July 10, 2017


Alex the Monument Master

POSTED ON July 13, 2017


Cottage Mechanical Room

Now that all the electrical is in place, Harley is back to plumbing. He's installing the water pump, pressure tank, solar hot water heater, pool and water filters down in the cottage mechanical room.

POSTED ON July 17, 2017


Plaster

Plastering has begun! The first coat (called the scratch coat) will be completed today. Two more coats to go.

POSTED ON July 21, 2017


Plaster II

The interior second coat is completed and being prepped for the final coat. The final coat will be done with a colored plaster and will not need painting... YEA!!! The bare concrete areas and soffits outside are about half way there.

POSTED ON July 26, 2017


Plaster III

The plaster is done and looks great but cleaning up after it all is another story. While the plaster's scaffolding is still in place Harley is seizing the opportunity to cleanup all the crud off outside of the windows.

POSTED ON July 30, 2017


Taking the Blues Away

With all the plaster done, we were able to finally remove all the blue sheeting from the windows. Much better!

POSTED ON August 3, 2017


Meter Man

The first thing that comes to my mind is Captain Kirk shouting "Scotty, how long before we have full power?"

POSTED ON August 6, 2017


Tile

The outdoor shower tile is down and after the brushed nickel shower fixture is installed it will be complete. One more thing off the list! Pool tile is in place too and Harley has the plumbing, filters and pump ready to go. After plaster - just add water and its ready to go. Last one in is a rotten egg and it won't be Harley.

POSTED ON August 10, 2017


Cottage Deck

Now with pool filled and ready to go, Mike is back with his faithful companion and on-site supervisor, Sheila. While Mike is putting the Ipe wood down on the deck, Sheila is taking a much deserved morning break.

POSTED ON August 16, 2017


Cottage Deck Before and After

POSTED ON August 20, 2017


Garden Wall

POSTED ON August 25, 2017



Here's the Spot


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