Sunday, November 30, 2008

Plastering Complete!

At long last the plastering is complete, both inside and outside. Here are a couple photos of the inside.


The Well? Still waiting for the lab tests.....stay tuned!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Look at this innocent looking drilled well. It stands there solitary, like it doesn't have a care in the world. It turns out that this little guy (actually not so little, he's 192' tall), contains methane. It's funny how that little word can get you a whole lot of attention!

A couple phone calls, and our well site turned into a CSI investigation. The Fire Department, The Ministry of the Environment and a Government Geo-Scientist all came to pay a visit to our little well.

They extracted some very delicious and refreshing looking water, which they will be taking back to their labs to examine further. Would you like a taste?

Stay tuned - we await the findings from Gil Grissom, Horatio Caine, and friends to tell us how much methane is contained in our little water samples. Next, we get to invite an engineer to come and tell us how to properly deal with the methane found within our water.

One possibility is that an aeration tank needs to be installed to try to separate the gas from the water before it is pumped into the house. All I can hear is more well delays.....

The GOOD NEWS is that plastering has started inside the house, and about 1/2 of the upper floor is done. It looks truly amazing! The rounded walls around the window make the wait worthwhile!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Plaster at Last!

The well continues to be a far distant dream, but we have started the plastering by using a water tank instead. The cold weather makes it more difficult to plaster so it is great news that the plastering has started now before we have to contend with snow as well (which could be any day now). Here is a photo of John Crowe, the well driller, hard at work. Unfortunately he is finding more sand and clay than water.

There is an 1100 gallon water tank that is being used, which needs to be filled on a daily basis. It takes a lot of water for the plastering job!

In addition to water, sand and cement are used. You can see the big pile of sand.

The great news is... the Exterior plastering is done and it looks amazing!! I have added some pictures here but it really doesn't do justice to how fantastic it looks. It's hard to get a good photo with all of the scaffolding that is still there.

Next week - plastering inside the house!

Here are some photos of JP from Generation Solar ( who came to do a site assessment to help us situate our Solar panels.

And here is a photo of the pipes that have been laid for the Geo Thermal system. (5 loops, each 300 feet long).