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House update: homeowner's inspection [May. 1st, 2004|09:30 am]
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Yesterday afternoon we walked through the house with our build manager to identify all the stuff that still needs to be fixed before we close. Here's the list, more or less:



  • Lots of nicks and chips and dents in the drywall. These need to be filled in, sanded down, and painted.
  • The wall outside the upstairs bathroom was never sanded before painting. There are lots of bumps from where the sealing compound dripped. This needs to be fixed.
  • Shelving needs to be installed in the linen closet in the powder room downstairs.
  • The microwave ductwork needs to be completed.
  • A longer cord needs to be spliced onto the water pump in the garage. It will work much better once it's possible to plug it in...
  • Setup and startup for the radiant heat still need to be completed. Gratings need to be placed over the openings to the manifolds.
  • Two of the doors upstairs get hung up on the carpet when opened or closed.
  • The hardware needs to be re-installed in the front door. It was removed when the door was sanded down and finished.
  • Various drawers in the kitchen need to be reinstalled and adjusted.
  • Some of the cabinetwork needs repair. Bits of it have holes, protruding nails, et cetera -- apparently this job was done worse than most.
  • The electrician still needs to set up that grounding wire. The wire itself is there but doesn't actually connect to anything.
  • There are a few small gaps at the edge of the tongue and groove ceiling where it meets the wall. These need to be filled in.
  • Overflow drains in the bathroom sinks need to be unclogged.


I may be missing a few, but that's most of it. There's also routine stuff like buffing the countertop, scrubbing all the sinks, sweeping the carpet, cleaning up and painting over the dirt smudges that got onto the walls... stuff like that.



All of the telecommunications outlets (phone, cable, network) are still blank faceplates and will apparently remain that way. I'll have Comcast do the cable outlets when they come in to set up cable service. The phone... hmm. Will Qwest handle those when they hook up our phone line? Will they charge an arm and a leg for it? I will almost certainly handle the network wiring myself: I know all too well how to put an RJ-45 connector onto a wire. Should I do the phone jacks as well?

So far I've found exactly one thing I would have done differently if I were starting over. I'd have moved the phone jack in the kitchen to a different location. This really isn't a big deal, just an "if I had known" thing... and if that's the biggest one I come up with I'd say we're doing fine.

Landscaping in the front is complete. The tile backsplash has been finished. Our microwave, cooktop, ovens, and dishwasher have been installed and look just fine. willowisp commented that the dishwasher is "smaller than she was expecting but she'll live". There is a metal grill about halfway up in the microwave that's clearly supposed to be there. We can take it out, of course, but I find it interesting that microwaves have changed so much that there are designs where you really can put metal in them, albeit in carefully controlled ways. I wonder if it's something to do with the standing wave pattern and exactly where the grill goes...

When we visited yesterday the front door had just had its clearcoat put on... probably in the previous 90 minutes. It had that wet sheen to it that says "if you dare touch me I will show off your fingerprints for all time". It looks really good.

The biggest remaining obstacle is, as usual, the scheduling. The radiant heat folks are... less than enthusiastic about coming out to finish the job. They told Pam they won't be there until Wednesday at the very earliest. She was not amused. Most of the rest of the stuff can happen relatively quickly once the appropriate contractors arrive on site. Like so much else, this is Not My Problem.



The next step is our final walkthrough and orientation on Wednesday afternoon. This is where they show us all the different things to take care of and how to do so. I'm pleased that they're doing this: I could just sit down one afternoon and read all the manuals but I would forever worry that I'd overlooked something important. After that, we go to closing on Friday afternoon.

No new pictures right now -- we didn't want to get in the way of the guys working any more than we already were. I'll go back tomorrow morning (Sunday) and fill up another flash card.

8940 minutes (149 hours) until closing.
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[User Picture]From: colubra
2004-05-01 09:03 am (UTC)
The first microwave I ever lived with had a metal shelf (removeable), too. I'm given to understand that it's got to do with specifically what the metal is, where it sits in the oven (see? You guessed right!), and a few other factors.
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2004-05-01 09:06 am (UTC)
Will Qwest handle those when they hook up our phone line? Will they charge an arm and a leg for it? I will almost certainly handle the network wiring myself: I know all too well how to put an RJ-45 connector onto a wire. Should I do the phone jacks as well?

When I set up the number transfer I told them it was a new house, and I had to give cross-streets. They quoted an installation charge of just shy of $40. I would imagine that new homes' phone jacks are left to Qwest so that they fall under warranty and so on. I could be incorrect, but maybe Susan can tell us if/when we visit today.
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[User Picture]From: merlinofchaos
2004-05-01 06:11 pm (UTC)
If Qwest's policy is like SBCs, and I would imagine it is, they will not give a rat's ass about anything past the demarc unless you pay for the installation charges and/or for inside wiring insurance.

Hooking up phone jacks is no harder than hooking up ethernet jacks, though, so you're probably better off just doing it yourself. As long as you know which pairs are going to the demarc then it's almost trivial. Also, Home Depot carries all the jacks and faceplates you'll need.
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2004-05-05 11:15 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. We are paying for the wiring insurance, so maybe that will help.
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[User Picture]From: esmerel
2004-05-01 09:59 am (UTC)
If you can wire ethernet, you can wire phone jacks. Heck, ours are both served by the same cable. :)
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2004-05-03 08:25 am (UTC)

Blank faceplates

All of the telecommunications outlets (phone, cable, network) are still blank faceplates and will apparently remain that way. I'll have Comcast do the cable outlets when they come in to set up cable service. The phone... hmm. Will Qwest handle those when they hook up our phone line? Will they charge an arm and a leg for it? I will almost certainly handle the network wiring myself: I know all too well how to put an RJ-45 connector onto a wire. Should I do the phone jacks as well?

They're not finishing them off for you?!? I'm sorry, but that's b*llsh*t. Phone companies (and most cable companies too) only deal with the line of demarcation into your house. They'll hook it up to the house and then it's your job to make sure that everything in the house works. Centex should not be leaving that to you and if they are you should speak to them about it.
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-05-03 12:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Blank faceplates

Exactly. Particularly when you paid for an expensive INSIDE WIRING PACKAGE. I mean, WTF else could that possibly mean?
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2004-05-05 11:19 am (UTC)

Re: Blank faceplates

WTF else could that possibly mean?

Apparently, according to prewire, it means "Forget that we made it a prerequisite and then ask if they mind if we don't do what they paid us to, use the expensive cable we claim is so rare that we can't get it to wire their phones, and when we screw up completely remove rather than seeing if we can re-use more of the precious rare wire. And faceplates aren't technically wire, so you're SOL".

Bitter? Me? Never.
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