As noted in many previous posts, I have a ton of smart devices throughout my houses, all tied together by a plethora of Amazon Echoes. Today, as described in detail in a post on Gizmodo, Amazon rolled out a ton of new Echo devices. I’m excited to see how I can incorporate them into my … Continue reading So Many New Echoes!
After installing the water softener earlier in the week, the next step was to install a water heater. While the guest house does have LP lines for the furnaces, it was going to be easier to install an electric water heater, especially since it will be used fairly infrequently. I am planning on having a … Continue reading Guest House Water Heater
Today I installed a water heater in the guest house, the second to last utility room appliance to be installed before the water heater. Since the only major plumbing in the guest house is going to be a bathroom, a fairly small water softener with a built in brine tank (versus a separate tank) was … Continue reading Guest House Water Softener
Most of my posts focus on successes, and hide the fact that sometimes there is a learning process, or trial and error, involved in home projects. Here’s an example of a lesson learned: In the process of hooking up the new plumbing fixtures in the guest house to the water that was brought in by … Continue reading Plumbing Lessons Learned
After the second outdoor plumbing fiasco of the summer, the lake house well (and all associated pipes) are back in working order thanks to the hard work from Eckmayer Plumbing. Here are the final results after the excavators put everything back together and repaired the path leading up to the parking area: That’s about it … Continue reading Lake House Well
As the final part of our HVAC repairs at the house in Verona, we had a new furnace put in since the old furnace had been measured at 15 ppm of carbon monoxide (which is bad). We have now replaced literally every appliance in the house since buying it four and a half years ago, … Continue reading New Basement Furnace
The primary purpose of building the Hardin Access Pipeline was to allow me to build a bathroom in the guest house. Before doing the framing work for the bathroom and the utility room (which will hold the water filter, softener, and heater, among other things) I am doing some initial plumbing work. My first step … Continue reading New Project: Guest House Bathroom