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Duncan Gregor Mackey
Today's completed tasks:
*Installed the fireplace venting. Kind of a pain in the ass, as each joint has to be sealed up with Mill Pac, a high-temperature sealant for direct-vent applications.
Ron came by to dig the hole for the propane tank, and Holtzman showed up to run the gas line to the fireplace and place the tank.
The electricians are well underway in the basement. Funny story - when I got there this morning I noticed that the electricians had run three wires right in front of the exterior fireplace vent. HELLO - did you not notice the huge hole??? So they had to be moved before I could work on the vent system. When the electricians pulled up (not the company owner, just a couple of kids fresh out of trade school...) I mentioned the issue to them and offered up a suggestion for an alternative wire placement - and got a boatload of attitude. Now mind you, I did not introduce myself as the homeowner, and I certainly did not look like one in my shorts, workboots, ratty hair and torn sweatshirt. So after about ten minutes they came back and offered to move the wires to a different location. Then the kid asks "Have you seen the homeowner today? I have some questions for him." Quite slowly I just raised my hand, and watched the blood drain out of his face... Actually, after that we had a very productive walk-through and discussed some minor changes and clarifications. He was very helpful and offered up some great suggestions.
But you should have heard his asshole pucker when he realized he was being a little jackass to the check-writer!
I have to say though, the greatest moment of the day came when Shannon called and gave me the update from her morning midwife appointment. They decided to break her water tomorrow - Duncan is coming!!! :) That news made it VERY tough to concentrate on the work, but I fumbled through and got it over with.
Daily hours = 8
Total hours = 89
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January 10, 2007 10:46 PM
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