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Friday December 6, 2013

House is done

The house is done, the last check written, and we are moved in. It was a long five month slog with lots of interruptions, some delays, and a few discussions. If I had known before hand I am not sure we would have built, looking back I am glad we did, but do not think I will ever do it again. Next spring I get to repair the yard but that is several months away. Now we can just enjoy it.

The first snowfall of the year covers the bare construction look.


We had a good builder and he has a good crew. So first off I would like to thank our builder, Gareth Hays and his helper, Todd Luna. There were other helpers but he and Todd did most of the work and quality work it was. Many thanks to the excavator, Mike Hogan, and concrete by Catlin Friend, they both knew what they were doing and it shows in the finished work. Spray Foam Insulators of Ozark made us a very tight shell that is easy to heat. The crew of Dale Sheetrock did an excellent job, some of the best sheetrock work I have seen. Kitchenland of Ozark built us a beautiful set of kitchen cabinets and SNC Flooring of Mountain Home installed a beautiful set of Quartz and Granite countertops. The Gainesville lumber yard kept us supplied with quality materials at a decent price. Joe Morgan installed a heating system that is keeping us cozy in this cold weather. If anyone wants recommendations for any of these I will gladly give it.

My current stack of books
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My reading has slowed plus I am getting more books from the library so the list is not changing much.

  1. The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America
    By David Stockman

My son's books
How to Rebuild and Modify Your Manual Transmission (Motorbooks Workshop)
by Robert Bowen

How to Build Max-Performance Mitsubishi 4G63t Engines (S-A Design) (Performance How-To)
by Robert Bowen

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