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DCP02962.JPG (135980 bytes)    October 19, 2004 - Tuesday - In many areas, even plumbing systems like our radiant floor heating must be pressure tested and inspected.  This picture shows the termination of all our PEX tubing in the laundry room.  To do our pressure test we connect the send of one loop to the return of the another loop until all the loops are effectively one long tube.  The exceptions are the two end tubes.  One end tube is capped off while a test gauge and valve stem assembly are connected to the other end.  We then hook an air pump to the valve stem (which is just like the valve stem on your car tires) and pressurize the system to 100 PSI (pounds per square inch).  The system is pressurized the day before the inspector comes to prove there are no leaks.  The builder also wants to know if there are any leaks so they may be fixed prior to the tubes being buried in concrete.  If you look real close in this picture you can see the test gauge reads "100".  Perfect.  Last comment for this picture is you can see the main water pipe for the home and the conduit for the phone/cable on the right.  They are positioned to be inside the wall between the laundry room and the master bedroom.

DCP02966.JPG (110297 bytes)    October 20, 2004 - Wednesday - Our first window is installed.  This is the 4 foot square glass block window that goes behind the soaking tub in the master bedroom.  We decided to start with the heaviest window and this one sure fit the bill!  

DCP02967.JPG (149906 bytes)    October 21, 2004 - Thursday - Since we are going to install trusses next week, now is the time to dig the big hole and trench to connect the home to the city sewer system.  This shot is taken from the driver's seat of the mini track hoe we rented.  Our area is starting to enforce the requirement of no glued plumbing connections outside the home.  To meet this requirement we use fittings with built in gaskets referred to as "slip joints".  The stack in the middle of the line is for a clean out and will be fitted with a threaded cap for easy access if needed.  Again the pipe is in a bed of sand for protection.  Last note is we needed to do this prior to the truss install so we could use the track hoe.  Remember this back area will be a covered patio.  It would be bad to crash into the trusses over hanging what will become that back patio with the tall digging arm of the track hoe.

DCP02969.JPG (123759 bytes)    October 21, 2004 - Thursday  - After passing our inspection for the sewer line, we decided to quickly fill it in and use the track hoe to dig the trench extending the down spout drains toward the North end of the lot where the dry well will be located.  Even though we had the track hoe, there always seems to be some work that needs to be done by hand.  Staff member Mark Everson indicates this with shovel in hand.

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