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Inspection report

The inspection report from the city arrived last week.  Nothing too surprising: permits for the unpermitted work in the kitchen and the bathroom are necessary.  The kitchen needs about 6 more circuits pulled in from the breaker panel — this probably means needing a bigger panel.  Also, and this is the kicker, at least half of a kitchen’s lighting (by wattage) has to be fluorescent.  Right now there are 8 or 10 4″ low voltage halogens (on a dimmer) around the perimeter that look really great when dimmed — to add the same amount of wattage in fluorescent would be an enormous (enormous!) fixture above the island.  So it’s back to the drawing board for the lighting in that room.  I’ve heard good things about fluorescents these days, so I’m not too concerned.

The lighting in the bathroom can stay incandescent, as long as a motion sensor is installed.  Some of these codes are getting a little wacky if you ask me.  The bathroom will require opening a hole in the hallway for the plumbing inspector, and perhaps another hole down low in a different wall to show that the shower pan exists and is of the right material.  Which isn’t too bad, because I needed to hack into that wall for something else already.

The standard water heater installed in the garage needs about 10 things done to it (bollards to protect it from cars, straps to keep it from falling over, spacers to keep it away from the wall, the list goes on …) so I think I might just replace it with a Tagaki tankless and be done with it.  I keep hearing how tankless is the way to go, anyway.  No running out of hot water!

Other items: many of the unit’s outlets are ungrounded and/or wired incorrectly.  Nothing too major.

I got an estimate from a contractor who’s done lots of condo conversions, so I feel like I’m in good hands.

City inspection

As part of the condo conversion process, the city sent three inspectors to our building last week.  It took all of my strength to not follow them around and pester them, but I did notice quite a bit of writing in notebooks when they were in our unit.  I’m guessing that’s not a good sign.  We’ll know for sure when the report arrives in a week or two.  The worst case is having to rip out the bathroom or something … sounds like a fun project to me.


GoDaddy was able to snipe for me.  I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do with it yet, but I think it’s pretty cool that I was able to get it.  Maybe I’ll just squat it and one of the other blogs with the same name will pay me millions for it.

Low budget

There are unused icons on your desktopAttention JetBlue: There are unused icons on all of your flight status monitors in the Boston Airport.  I hear you might want to try the desktop cleanup wizard.

Or do you have your passengers help clean the desktops to keep costs down, just like how we help you clean up the cabin on descent?

Your in-flight DirectTV made up for it though — 8 episodes of COPS and 1 episode of The Reposessors made the flight back to Oakland go pretty quickly.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Saw this parked in the neighborhood yesterday. It’s not enough to just have a chauffeur for New Year’s Eve — the true safety-minded reveler only rides in this Volvo Limousine:

Stretched Volvo