Garage Update

It feels as if it has been months since the men were here working on my garage, but it hasn’t even been three weeks. Wow, time sure goes slow when one is having fun — or not!

There have been a couple of things stalling the work — one is that although the lumber yard ordered my door and opener over a month ago, they haven’t had anyone who could deliver it. Something to do with The Bob. People laid off due to falling revenue or out sick or some such.

Another reason is that although the contractor can do the electrical work and in fact had included it in the overall labor cost, the county demands that the work be done by a licensed electrician. I’m not exactly happy about that since it will be adding tremendously to the cost of the garage, but perhaps it won’t be as much of a financial burden as I fear. I can only hope for the best (and hope that the contractor will be able to work out a deal for me.)

There is only one licensed electrician that would agree to do the work and would agree to coordinate with the delivery of the garage door. The last I heard, they will be here Thursday. Or Friday. Or . . .

It’s interesting to me how so much of the work I need done is dependent on other work being done. For example, I need a stoop level with the back door so I can actually use the door as a door. (That extraordinarily deep step up and done is what destroyed my knee, so I can no longer go outside that way, though it’s only me that has a problem. None of the workers have any difficulty going in and out that door, but then, they are all a lot younger and stronger than I am. And anyway, I’m the one who has to live with that hazardous step so it’s my ability or lack thereof that counts.) But that can’t be done until the concrete for the garage apron and the sidewalk from house to garage ready to be poured, and of course, none of that can be done until the garage is finished, and it can’t be finished until I get the door installed and the electricians here.

Nor can I do any landscaping or have them work on the house foundation (fill in some cracks and coat the concrete to protect it) until the garage is done and the old carport removed and . . .

You get the point.

In other words, there is no garage update because there has been no more updating the garage. But soon!



Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

7 Responses to “Garage Update”

  1. Judy Galyon Says:

    I understand your frustration. I have that & a lot more dealing with the probating of Mike’s will. Hope all comes together for you soon!

  2. Estragon Says:

    One way to keep electrical costs down is to get less skilled labour to do the donkey work (pulling wire, making a place to mount sub-panel, etc.), then have a journeyman check the work, and do the final hookup. The donkey work is boring and time consuming. Just doing the final hookup neatly/safely is what they’re really needed for, and as it can be done fairly quickly, it can be easier for them to fit into their schedule.

    I’m not sure why the concrete work is delayed pending the door or electrical work. In fact, I would probably have done all the concrete first (before framing the garage). Is the garage sitting on bare dirt?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      The garage is on a concrete foundation, to whatever specs are required here. (16″ foundation and 4″ thick slab, I think.) I’m not sure why they didn’t do the apron at the same time, except that it pretty much took all day for them to pour the concrete for the foundation. They can’t do the sidewalk and stoop until the carport and all the building materials are out of the way. (The carport is affording some protection from the weather.)

      The contractor wanted to do the electrical work and just have it signed off by a licensed electrician, but neither the building inspector or code enforcer would agree to that, though again, I don’t know why. Small towns are weird, willing to work with people sometime and very strict adherence to rules at other times.

      • Estragon Says:

        Yeah, inspectors et al seem to have their own little kingdoms. When I was doing redevelopments it was often a case of talking to two different inspectors and getting three different answers. Even cities are weird that way. Oh well.

  3. Seyi Sandra Says:

    I’m a novice at building or anything related to that but the garage seems to be coming together nicely.

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