Friday, October 22, 2010

The First Hole In The Wall

You spend years, over many seasons crafting a well built and tightly sealed home only to reach a point where you must drill a huge hole through the entire wall. It's scary and a little freaky thinking your are about to rip through multiple layers of painstaking construction. But it has to be done.

It turned out to be less painful, much easier and neater looking than anticipated. I made a big effort to be sure this first, 5 and 3/4 inch diameter hole in the wall was neat and perfectly round. I also said no holes will be put through the wall until all vent components are in place and ready for immediate assembly.

The tankless gas hot water heater is what the new vent is attached to. This is mounted on the wall in the bathroom and will have a closet built around it. This new 30 inch wide and 25 inch deep closet, already under construction, will house the water heater, pressure tank, water filter, pressure switch, plumbing configuration for water throughout the cabin and if I am lucky a spare shelf or two.

There are three more holes through the wall to come. One gas dryer, one gas wall furnace and one gas stove top vent. With every hole through the wall you have to kind of keep your fingers crossed and hope you don't run into any electrical wires. Hole number one was wireless. I hope my luck holds.

The remaining vents should not take years over many seasons to accomplish. When the Witch Hazels bloom again next October I will be sitting warm and cozy inside the cabin.

The circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems of the cozy cabin will all be alive and functioning. The major organs are being installed now and with a little spark, the nervous system will bring it all to life.

Then time will have its way.

The first wine bottle edging was placed today. I will have a regular supply. A little foraging could speed this project up, but perhaps a slow and steady approach is more fitting to the nature of this place.

Does this vent look like a bolt in the neck?

It is the season when the Witch Hazel blooms.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Naw it doesn't look like a bolt in the neck. It is just the season making you think that way. Think of it more as a beauty mark. It won't be long now. I can feel the anticipation mounting.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lisa It won't be long considering. I'll have the whole winter to finish things up.

chuck b. said...

Our summer was so cold, the recent heatwave tricked the snowdrops into thinking it was spring and they are blooming here now.