Not long after I arrived so did Jeff Sparks and Bill. I knew they would be around to finish the porches this week, but didn't know what day. It was today. A Keene Lumber delivery truck followed them within a few minutes and they went to work installing deck boards on the front entry deck and balusters on the back entry deck and steps.
|With the new deck material that came today,|
finishing the front deck took only a few minutes.
|Jeff installed the railings on the back deck as Bill did the cutting.|
|The finished [all but painted] back deck.|
Picture the rail system and risers white.
But, when I returned I was, again, surprised. Pleasantly surprised. A Consumers Energy crew had just arrived at 3283. Apparently 10:00 Wednesday came early. The two guys said they probably wouldn't finish the work today, but they at least would plow the line between the power pole and the house. Which is what they did.
|The "tool" Consumers brought to the site was much larger and|
more complex than the one the SEMCO contractor brought yesterday.
On one gadget it had a trencher, backhoe, and plow.
|The underground work began with hand digging close to the power pole.|
Besides their electric cable, they installed Cable TV wire which is on the spool at the left.
|The wires [a three conductor power cable plus the cable wire]|
were installed using a large vibrating plow which easily cut
through roots and abandoned sewer and sprinkler pipes.
|They used the plow as far as they could. But the machine's treads|
dug in next to the retaining wall and they stopped plowing.
The heavy machine and vibrations gave the wall a good test.
|They used the backhoe to dig about the last fifteen feet.|
And hand dug around the gas line [see the yellow pipe crossing the trench].
|While the crew didn't connect the line at the pole, they did make|
the house connection. The meter gets plugged in tomorrow.
I did complete my project after the Consumers crew left. I cut and installed the siding that will close off the new bathroom from the screened-in porch. Because of the sloped roof line, the door to the bathroom is shorter than normal. Jeff cut it down for me this morning. I propped it up for the picture below, but it needs to be squared up, shimmed and screwed in place. I think that will require a second pair of hands.
|The new north end of the back porch.|
The siding will be white, and trim boards will surround the door.