I got tired of waiting on the pool insaller's electrician and our electrician is still behind due to a family emergency. so, yesterday I hit craigslist. I called five electricians, left messages. within an hour one called back. turned out he was familiar with this pool pump/heater connection and was already doing one that day. he said he would probably be done early afternoon and could likely get to me then.
this was all good news. and then he told me I just had to pay for parts and his hourly rate of just $75, that included his helper. they arrived at 1 pm and finished at 3 pm.
I wasted no time and called in for inspection. the inspector arrived and confirmed all four things listed from his last visit had been resolved. then, he proceeded to bring up a completely new issue, he wanted to see 35 psi in the PVC lines. I was assured this was no big deal, I could just do it and he'd come back later today. yet, I had to ask; "how?"
he thought for a while and eventually replied, "you have run this pump, haven't you?"
"well, NO" I was getting frustrated, "I have NOT run the pump because I can't put water in it until I pass inspection"
I could see wheels spinning in his head.... he then suggested we could use compressed air to charge the system and I again asked "HOW?"
finally, it was concluded that since this is not a POOL, it's a factory assembled swim-spa/hot tub that they would have tested the pvc lines for leaks at the factory. YES! surely they had to!
we have passed the inspection and can fill this sucker with water!
the cover has been shut for almost two months. we have been fearful of what sludge lurked beneath. but the water is clear, just a dead cricket and a few leaves. I'll use my net to get the debris out, pump out as much of the old water and in with new!
Kay-so's Kitty Kat Kondo (below)
the cats have been evicted from indoors. upon arrival at the new house they got into a pissing contest (literally). the two cats were claiming things so out they went. they mostly stayed out front, near the food and water. but with winter coming we needed a shelter for them; a place to place a pet warming pad for when temps dip below freezing. also, we needed a place for the food that was out of the dog's reach (they love cat food, which is fine with me since it costs the same as dog food, but it upsets Kat). another issue to consider is that when we have hard rain, it get's into the doggie door. it needed a awning. this is just phase one of their condo addition.
I used some scrap steel from when I built the privacy screen over at scenic brook house and some left over polygal.
kay-so is adjusting quite well. cheez (our other less attractive and less personable cat) is a bit more resistant to change.
for those tracking our monarch habitat...