Here is Richard at work on the piping layout for the radiant heating grid that will lie beneath the floor of the workshop. How nice it will be to stand on warm concrete through winter evenings! To be able to work in socks instead of mukluks! Do you know how cold my feet get? (Richard does.) But before such pleasant work times, must come the building times. At midnight last night we looked down upon our work and smiled. All the pipes were connected and glued, all the loops of the grid lay beneath the reinforcing wire that will support the concrete floor, all the pipe was tied to the grid with little zippies every 3 feet. We were unable to stand up and walk normally, but the grid was finished, and in time for the inspector to look at it in daylight. Magnificent, isn’t it?
Lest you wonder why we were doing this in the dark, let me elaborate. The mechanical inspection had been ordered in concert with the concrete-pouring schedule in the confidence that it wouldn’t take all that long to make up the loops of CPVC pipe and set them in place. And while that was true who could know that, first, the supply line would have to be dug out of its bed of gravel and sand and foundation work two feet deep and replaced because of, let us say, specification errors? Who could know it would take a statewide search to find correct reducing tees and couplings? And who knew they would arrive in the early evening of the day before the inspection? Who even imagined?
So here we were, happily sharing the night with the hoot owls and coyotes, and Yellowcat who carefully supervised the whole matter.