We now have a firm date from PG&E when they will come and start installing our 200 amp service. Trenching should occur on Feb. 23, when they will install the conduit and backfill. On Feb. 25, they will pull the new cable, connect it to the grid, and transfer the meter. In preparation, we now have a new breaker box on the side of the garage:
Today we had the gardener come an clear out all the vegetation between the concrete box on the border between our property and our neighbor's, where the underground electrical service for both our houses comes in. We were warned by PG&E that we had to have all the vegetation out in a straight line between the breaker box and the concrete box or they would not dig the trench.
The drywall guys started this week in earnest. Paul convinced them to install the Thermablok on the south hallway wall studs, but, as you can see from the following picture, they didn't quite get the concept:
There are also some problems around the windows. We had the windows replaced in 2004 from the outside. Here you can see how they used nails to shim the window:
In other places, the caulking bead goes from an eighth inch on the top to a quarter inch on the bottom. Previously, we had a nice contemporary finish where the drywall wrapped into the windows and there was no molding. Now, we will need some kind of wood trim to hide the imperfections. We're planning on using a stained wood, which matches the wood in the downstairs windows.