Off Grid...Chapter 36
This was a slower week for us because 1. the weather wasn't the best and 2. we were just plain sorry.
So here we are. Chapter 36
This morning we continued to work on our ceiling tile. We were doing really good "until" we got to the middle of the room. Uh oh. We realized we were off center by 3 inches. Not good. This is what happens when you have never done things before. Needless to say this did not put Mike in a good mood. First we had to figure out why this happened and then fix it. We pre measure everything so it should have been fine. It turns out that the "true middle" of the main 12 foot grid doesn't have a slot for the cross T. It is off 3 inches. Well there's our 3 inches. Mike had to take all 11 tiles and all the grid down and we had to start over. This time we started hanging the grid in the middle of the room. Then I handed Mike the tiles and he installed them.
Mike is re-doing the ceiling.
Installing the tile.
Up to the fireplace and we are centered, yeah!
This ended up being an all day project because of all the delays. We got up to the third row in our main living area.
We started working on the next section of tile. Mike and I now have a system so it is a little easier. First Mike and I put 2 ladders up about 10 feet apart. Then we each carry an end of the 12 foot main grid up the ladder. I hold my end in place and Mike connects his end to the truss.
The main track is up.
Mike installs our first light into the ceiling.
First he puts a screw into the truss, ties a wire around the screw, and connects the other end of the wire to the main grid and levels it.
Then he snaps in the cross tees every 2 feet.
He works his way down to me, I get off the ladder, and start handing him ceiling tile to put in place. It goes very fast when we have no tile cuts.
We got all of our lights up in the main living area.
We have 12 x 36 feet of tile installed and our living area looks huge. We ran out of ceiling grid so we can't finish the room until we buy more material.
It was a very busy day. Poor Mike his legs are killing him from climbing up and down ladders all day.
I e-mailed our order in for the glass transoms above our doors. I ordered 3 different etchings. One with deer, one with turkeys, and one with bears. It will take 2-3 weeks for us to get the order. I can't wait. It should look awesome.
Ah, look who's at the fence. It's Mo, Larry, and Curly.
Today we had to go to the dump and do the grocery shopping. That was the excitement for the day. Since we are out of main grid for the house and Mike didn't want to cut any tiles we took the rest of the day off.
Oh what a sorry day. The weather isn't very nice so we stayed in and did absolutely no work..
It still isn't nice out but Mike started working on the floor trim. He measured each piece and then went outside to make all the cuts using the miter saw. Then he used the trim screws to screw the trim to the wall.
Getting the trim up.
Now for the tough part. He has to make all those crazy angle cuts for our angled doors. And they look good.
Now we have to fill in the screw holes and do some touch up with paint.
Mike called about the rest of out furniture. It is in so we are going to have to make another dreaded trip to Hickory NC to pick it all up. Again we have to wait for a nice dry day.
Oh, what a yucky day. It's rainy and windy out. This has not been a good week for work or solar. So far we have enough electric to run the "important" things like lights, TV, and Internetbut we aren't pushing it. On a sunny day, so far, our 12 solar panels produce about 9 kWh. The past couple of days we are producing 1-2 kWh. I have no idea what the wind generators are producing.
My computer was out this morning. My satellite stand actually sank into the ground because it was so saturated from all the rain. Mike had to move the satellite dish and re-align it. Ah, I have the Internet again. Mike's a good guy.
We did some more cleaning and organizing around the house. Mike also installed my under the cabinet light in the kitchen. Little by little it's starting to feel like a home.
It snowed last night. Yuk. We aren't having any luck with the weather to go and get supplies. We put a thermometer outside and it is 30 degrees out. Inside we are at a steady 62 degrees with no heat. Woo hoo. How cool is that?
We were a little concerned about the electric situation this morning because right before bed last night our lights dipped into "red", not good. That means we are very low on power. But we got lucky because we had a very windy night and the wind generators were doing great. Today the lights are between yellow and green(ok) and double green(great). We always have the back up generator but we are really trying not to use it although I think at some point it will be inevitable.
Mike started cutting and installing the ceiling tile for the edge of the living room.
He got all the cuts done and the living room is complete, at least as much as we can do without more material.
That was our week in the Mike and Lisa world. I hope you all enjoyed our story and I will write again next Monday. Have a great week.