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yoderjac

5 year old buck +
They make the mini split heat pumps now with a third line so that you can have Units running in heat mode and cool mode at the same time. This works well for instance if you have sunny south facing rooms that get real warm and north shady rooms that need a few degrees of warm And want to keep the whole house the same temp. However this luxury comes at a much higher price.

Interesting. Evidently this Mitsubishi doesn't have that....at least according to the manual.
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Sounds like it's coming along Jack. Great feeling! Thanks for the update.

Yes, there is still a long way to go. I'm cheap, so once it is turned over to me there is a lot of work for me to do. I'll build the shelving in the kitchen and install wire shelf in the utility room. I bought some UFO LED barn lights. I'll run the power and install those as well. I can't really start any of that until they turn it over. Then comes the big tack of emptying our house of anything we don't want in it when we show it for sale.

On top of all this, I need to finish the entry road. They put in the road base with culverts and the first layer of stone. There are places that need some French drains and grading. There will be final grading to do around the barn when they are done.

Between this and all the road maintenance at the pine farm, I'm considering buying a used mini-excavator: https://habitat-talk.com/index.php?threads/mini-excavator.12269/

Thanks,

Jack
 

Buckly

5 year old buck +
Interesting. Evidently this Mitsubishi doesn't have that....at least according to the manual.
LG Multi V is what you would need. Too late now!!!!!! LOL. I have a Carrier mini split system. Similar to the Mitsubishi units. Has a good warranty. I’m very happy with the mini split ductless systems. Very efficient with the modulation Works very well. My cooling bills have dropped by tons
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
LG Multi V is what you would need. Too late now!!!!!! LOL. I have a Carrier mini split system. Similar to the Mitsubishi units. Has a good warranty. I’m very happy with the mini split ductless systems. Very efficient with the modulation Works very well. My cooling bills have dropped by tons

This is my first mini-split. I guess I didn't get into enough detail when I studied up on them. I think it will be very efficient for me. First, I had them spray 1" of closed cell foam in the wall of the barn to seal it. Then they put R30 in the outside walls of the living area and I'm in zone 7A. Cooling is a bigger concern than heating. The barn roof is Artic white which had the highest reflectivity factor of all the color choices. The barn sides are fairly light and reflective as well, and the overhang protects the side wall on one exterior side of the living area. All of my lighting is LED. There is no stove or oven, just a microwave and maybe a toaster oven. My meter base cost is $30/mo. I'm guessing that will be more than my usage cost even when we are living in it.

Thanks,

Jack
 

Buckly

5 year old buck +
Pennies a day is what they told me to run. I didnt believe it but my electric bill was cut in half for cooling and my place isn’t anywhere near as insulated as yours. I don’t use mine for heat, it’s just a backup heat source. It’s set up for air. High wall. Modulating condenser and modulating fan speeds equals whisper quite No more air whistling through duct work. You’ll love it
 
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yoderjac

5 year old buck +
We made a little progress over the last week. The HVAC installer came out and worked on the programming. It looks like I can now set the heat down to 50 degrees at least (would have like 40 as a minimum set point) and set back scheduling is now available on the menu. The next thing we worked on was barn lighting. I decided not to have the contractor put in the lighting and may it a DIY project. I bought some of these LED UFO lights: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08DHGP5GB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

We can't get the final inspection and the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) until the 3B work is done on the well. I don't want to have any electrical open when the county comes for the final inspection, so I'm limited in what I can do until that occurs. We did do the lighting layout and installed the hooks to physically hang the UFO lights. The barn door openers are plug-in so there is an outlet near each of them. The UFO lights are direct wire, so we stopped at Lowes and picked up a plug and an extension cord. I also bought a forced air propane heater from Lowes: https://www.lowes.com/pd/DEWALT-DEW...Portable-Forced-Air-Propane-Heater/1001045892 I just took one of my propane tanks off the trailer at the farm. They have not been used since I got the big 320 gal propane tank and hooked it up to the trailer. This kept us toasty as we worked.

I opened one of the UFO lights and attached the plug. I then got on a ladder, plugged it in, and held it up so my wife could see the footprint on the floor. Based on that, we decided where to put lights for general lighting in the barn. Once I get a shop setup in a few years, I'll work on more specific lighting if I need it. I had purchased 4 of the UFO and we decided we needed 5 to cover the barn. We put up the hooks at the appropriate locations and I ordered one more two-pack of lights. We will use the last one eventually in the basement of the new house where we will have a butchering station setup for processing deer. The wiring will need to wait for the CO.

That brings us to the next problem, insurance. A couple years ago someone applies for credit in my name. It was quickly caught, but I put credit freezes on with the big three. For some reason, baffling to me, insurance companies want access to your credit report to sell you insurance. For some reason I was having trouble lifting the freezes but I finally got that worked out. That must not have been the issue because the insurance company is still having issues. I've learned a lot through the process. The insurance company can add it to my current homeowners policy and an "other structure" but only until the OC is issued. They can do that immediately without a credit check. That is good since the builder's risk policy just expired. Once the OC is issued it needs it's own policy. So, I've told the builder to get the 3B work finished on the well as soon as he can but to hold off on calling the county for the final inspection until the insurance company can work out their glitch with the credit bureaus. Once that happens, I'll give him the go ahead to call the county. As soon as the policy is issued, I'll freeze the credit again with the big three.

We did this work between trips looking at mini-excavators: https://habitat-talk.com/index.php?threads/mini-excavator.12269/ If I get one of these, I'll use it to deal with driveway drainage as well as the final grading. I wish I had it as our next project was cleaning up a couple oaks that were uprooted during the recent ice storm we had. I got lucky. They fell across the field right where I planted fruit trees. They fell exactly between the cages and did not hurt a single one! I took over my new Dewalt chainsaw and cut it up. There is still some more that needs done, but I'll need to bring the Kioti over when it dries out (unless I get a mini-excavator in the meantime) to finish it.

I hope John gets the picture posting issue resolved soon and I'll post some more pics.

Thanks,

Jack
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
I was at the Meadow today doing some mowing when the well guys showed up to do the 3b work. It was interesting to watch. They had tubing sticking out a few yards that was put in when the casing was sunk. They disconnected the pump from barn and connected it to some tubing they ran to their machine. They dropped bags of cement into the machine making a slurry and pumped it into the hole around the outside of the casing. I guess the idea is to seal the well from ground water that might have contaminants in it. This is the last thing the contractor has to do before he can get a final inspection by the health department and county building folks. That should allow them to issue the certificate of occupancy.

The only issue is that the insurance folks have not solved the issue yet. I called them today and kicked them in the butt again. Hopefully they can resolve the issue soon. The builder said he has ordered the cement for the aprons and patio. We decided to expand the patio to about double the size. He was planning on bringing his skid loader back to move the stone into the forms, but I told him I'd do it with my FEL. So, I'm meeting him Tuesday morning.

My wife and I plan to go down early next week to take the first load of stuff out of our garage for storage in the barn. Things are shaping up nicely!

Thanks,

Jack
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
Cement is poured! We met the builder to move stone with my Kioti as he extended the forms to larger patio size we wanted on Tuesday. As it turns out, he had forgotten he had as much stone as he did already laid under the overhang. So, I did not have to move stone for them. Instead, we worked on modifying large workbench that we brought down the other day. This morning we met them to watch the concrete pour.

Other than some minor punch list items, the barn is done from the builder's perspective. I need to get the insurance issue dealt with and then it is final inspection time! The work then begins for us adding barn lights to he barn and shelving and other final items to the living area.

IT has been an experience!
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
In late Jan, the county came out and did the final inspection. They found a few small electrical issues. The contractor came out and fixed them the next day. Last week, the county came back out. The inspector said I was good to go. Last weekend, my wife did a good cleaning of the living area and we installed overhead LED UFO lights in the barn. I didn't want to start that until the county was done inspecting.

Finally, today I received a copy of the Certification of Occupancy! I got my insurance changed over. It now has it's own policy rather than being an "other structure" on our home insurance. I found they cut holes for the HVAC and left them open on top of the living area. So, today, I created access panels for them so they can still be easily serviced but they are no longer an invitation to vermin.

Before:

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After:

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Also install shelving in the utility room

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Thanks,

Jack
 

swat1018

5 year old buck +
In late Jan, the county came out and did the final inspection. They found a few small electrical issues. The contractor came out and fixed them the next day. Last week, the county came back out. The inspector said I was good to go. Last weekend, my wife did a good cleaning of the living area and we installed overhead LED UFO lights in the barn. I didn't want to start that until the county was done inspecting.

Finally, today I received a copy of the Certification of Occupancy! I got my insurance changed over. It now has it's own policy rather than being an "other structure" on our home insurance. I found they cut holes for the HVAC and left them open on top of the living area. So, today, I created access panels for them so they can still be easily serviced but they are no longer an invitation to vermin.

Before:

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After:

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Also install shelving in the utility room

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Thanks,

Jack
You run out of anti-freeze jugs?
 

yoderjac

5 year old buck +
My wife made a short video of the tiny living area:

 
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