Friday, July 30, 2010

July 30, 2010: Wrapping up some things

Eric and Roger finished putting the last trex boards on the lanai, among other things.

I realized that I haven't posted pictures of the whole house for a while, so here are a few:

Nice, my house! All the workers are doing a wonderful job.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 29, 2010: Mauka Rails

Eric put up the final rails today, on Mr. Ishikawa's side of the house. He had to do a bit of specialty work, including a fabulous fa├žade, to make them fit perfectly. See for yourself...

And here's the doc admiring the work!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July 28, 2010: More rail work

Spent my entire day in Mapunapuna waiting for my Vespa to have a "2-hour" diagnostic to figure out why the battery continually loses its charge. So the only house photos I got were the range ducts waiting to be installed.

HOWEVER, I did discover all kinds of interesting flora and colors in Mapunapuna!

Not sure there are any here that I would use in my yard, but they are sure beautiful! It's amazing how much life and color you can find in the industrial district!

These last three were taken at an irrigation supply company. Purple irrigation pipes! I love it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010: Side Rails

More work on the rails... and I got to help!


Proud carpenter :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

July 26, 2010: Still Working on the Details

Amazing how many small, detailed components make up the beauty of a house. So many details probably aren't noticed for themselves, but the house overall would be less without them. Kind of like today's devotional reading in 2 Peter 1.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. —2 Peter 1:5-8

People don't always notice the individual components of your faith that comprise it: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love. But they can tell that there is something about you that is... special. You are taking time to incorporate the details that make your faith genuine and impacting, and God is blessing you because of it. Just like a beautiful house.

Learned some new hous-y terminology from Eric yesterday. Tired of not knowing what to call things. So I know that those pieces of wood under the roof are called "rafters." And the corner rafters are either "ridge rafters" (outside corners) or "valley rafters" (inside corners), with some "jack rafters" thrown in for good measure. "Belly bands" are easy (we even have a fun name for the big belly band around the base of the house: the pot belly band!). The pieces holding up the trex boards on the lanai are called "joists." And the piece that the joists are attached to on the outside are called "girders." Thought girders only referred to steel in skyscrapers! Oh, and the bird nests at the top of the house under the roof are called... rats! I forgot what they're called. Puka vents? Shucks, guess I'll have to bother Eric AGAIN!

Sorry, no pictures today. Just more of the same. I'll have some tomorrow, though.

Michael's home!!!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 25, 2010: Taping & Mudding Take 2

By the way, Happy Birthday, Marc! And Happy Anniversary!

So the guys have gone for the week. They'll be back again next weekend to resume their mudding.

I discovered another of the design details the carpenters have been building:

The doc has been up on the roof and discovered that ancient relic... so it's going bye-bye!

So the house is getting closer and closer to livability... some people are pretty comfortable in it right now!

P.S. Michael came home today from NYC. Praise the Lord! So happy to have him home!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010: Taping & Mudding

I know... I doubt "mudding" is a word, but my vocabulary is totally getting screwed up with all these construction terms!

Today and Sunday, Mark's second crew, the tapers, consists of Kurt, Marc and Don. Their job is to create a seamless finish for Calvin's crew to paint.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010: Starting the Lanai Rails

Bruce caulking, Bennett inspecting, and Eric making the rails.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July 21, 2010: Skirt Work & More Detail Work

Eric and another cousin, Jason, worked today. That Wai family is chock full of talented carpenters!

In the third photo, you can see the skirt (as well as the belly bands) all the way around the house, and in the last photo, you can see Eric's fine caulking work between the window and the wood.