Thursday morning started early. I met the gentleman from the propane company, and we discussed where the propane tank would go, and hook up to the generator and the house.
The connection to the house isn't in yet since I didn't have the gas piping ready to go. However, I now have propane supplying the generator, and can start and stop it from inside the house.
First, a view inside the generator. Making the electrical connections was a little challenging with where they have protective shields that can't be removed without tearing apart a lot of parts.
So as for the propane install. Here is my tank:
I started the generator, and it started right up. After a couple tests, I shut it down. In the afternoon, they filled my tank. So that evening I was able to run things off of the propane generator. Here I am recharging a couple battery packs while we are working. The light switch in the middle, turns the generator on and off.
Mom, dad and Matt came out, and we worked on getting more plywood painted for the utility room, running gas pipe, and some cleanup.
Yesterday, work started early. I had a couple things I wanted to take care of outside, and I new it was going to be hot sweaty work. I wanted to get the vent drainage trench finished to the point where it was ready for Adam to come and back fill it. I also wanted to get some dirt added to the back edge of the house, where the ground has settled. I had the fresh dirt that was excess from burying the propane tank that I had them leave on the back side of the house. At least it was fairly close to where I needed to put it.
For the vent drainage, I had to dig further toward the vent pipes to get to the gravel around the vent pipes. I seem to have finally gotten to the gravel bed, and so then I laid PVC drain pipe in the trench. I had some gravel in the trench, and I added some more around the pipe. Then I put down filter fabric to keep the dirt from washing down into the gravel and the pipe. After that I put some more gravel on top to hold it in place. I also took a piece of drain tile, and used that to finish the drain.
Then I hauled dirt up from the pile they left me, and covered where it had settled along the back edge.
After that work yesterday morning, my clothes went "squish" when I sat down. I drank a lot of water during and after that work.
In the afternoon, I took a picture of the inside of the breaker box.
Mom and dad came out. I set up mom for more painting. Then dad and I worked on a pressure test of the gas pipe we currently have up. After we got that set up, we worked on mounting the first plywood sheet in the utility room.