Water, Water, Water!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Category: Travel and Places

Yesterday when we visited the site they had changed to yellow the bulbs in the entrance lights. Outside, with the light orange walls, the effect works well, but inside, with the white walls of the living room, it will make us look as if we all have a bad case of jaundice. So I think we may pass on changing all the lights to yellow.
Last night the Northcon supervisor was looking somewhat dejected as it seems that, despite their best efforts, the electric pump on the Hyner deep well is still not doing its job. We had installed some additional parts in both pipes for the deep wells but apparently this was not the only problem, it was the pump that was faulty. Or maybe it was the wrong spec for the depth of well. We really don’t know, but anyway they said they would replace the pump with another model. In the meantime we have been asked to make the Mangigot well even deeper as the amount of water is slightly less than the Hyner well at present and needs to be increased. Nelson will arrange for the deep well team to return today (Sunday).
Today when we arrived at the site the electric pump on the Hyner house deep well was positively gushing lovely clear water. Apparently the Northcon team had tightened something inside the pump and this cured yesterday’s problem.

The Mangligot house deep well is also being made deeper today, adding a further 5 metres.

Inside the Mangligot house all the ceiling panels are at last up (delayed while the roof trusses were fully welded for the second time) so we can at last now prepare the walls and ceiling for painting and tile the floors. I must buy a grinder and some disks, one of which will remove the ridges on the walls between each concreted section and another to cut tiles when we start the flooring. For the walls and ceilings Northcon use gysum putty, paste it into any cracks, including the ceiling panel joints, and then rub down to a smooth surface ready for painting. The ceiling panels will also need taping before painting.
Between the entrance of Hyner house and the garage/parking path of tiles has now been added and inside the garage/parking the floor has been concreted. We believe they will be adding an expoxy type rubberised surface to the floor to make it easy to keep clean.
The tiling of the walls and floor of the common bathroom is almost complete and it now has a toilet, shower hardware and a granite top to support the counter-top style handbasin.
Peaking inside the kitchen, most of the painting seems to be finished now as does the dirty kitchen. The cupboard doors have been hanging outside for painting and drying so maybe today (Sunday) they can finish both rooms. That will be only one day over the bonus target date.
Defects (the snagging list as it is otherwise known) are gradually being dealt with. The roofers came yesterday to complete their bits and inside Hyner house several efects we had reported in our room turnover review have already been cleared.
The lanai now has the same colour walls as the outside of the house and the spiral staircase steelwork has now been painted black except for the decorative leaves which are gold. No lights have been installed yet in the lanai but we have already supplied the central light which was our responsiblity to purchase. We have also previously supplied the two central lights for the living/dining area and one for the kitchen.
If Wellcome Enterprises continue to lie about sending fitters for the aircon, Northcon say they will instruct local installers here in Santiago City to do it.
Update 18 May 2010
Amazingly, the Wellcome Enterprises ACU installers arrived today so I will remove my blog.

We visited the furniture maker in Cordon again yesterday. They have started making our table and bench chairs for the lanai (similar to the ones they we had seen on our first visit) and we admired a bar and stools that they had recently completed, which could easily be accommodated in the lanai. This again used salvaged driftwood or fire-damaged timber. The roots and trunks of trees featured on the front of the bar and supported the three stools, each of which had a back and footrest. The complete set was 35,000 pesos and include a raised arm of wood for a light fitting. Very unusual, as is all the furniture this wood carver produces. Out front was a huge pile of bits of tree trunk etc, much of it showing different kinds of damage, which itself will dictate the use and shape of whatever the woodcarver creates.