Our Country Cottage a Narrative
About This Show
Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
Most Recent Episode
Episode #19 ITB, Month 20, OCC Update & Some Generator Talk
6 days ago
This episode I will tell you about my recent encounters with Our Country Cottage and as promised In The Beginning, month 20 I will tell you about one of the more trying months of the build. I found out that the month wasn’t all bad though, it just seemed like it. Also, I will talk a bit about back up generators, in particular, ours. On with ITB, In The Beginning, month 20, March. This is where I try to figure out what happened using the pictures, emails, texts and invoices I kept from that month. To give you an idea I received 47 emails and sent 35, just in that one month and just relative to OCC. I also paid 12 visits to OCC including every day from the 25th and a couple of days into the next month. If you remember, from ITB month 19, we have just managed to get water into Our Country Cottage. I had left the utility room in a mess, just dumping the hose and whatever down the hatch and leaving. So the next day, and 1st of the month, I went back to clean up. Upon entering I found the control panel with several errors flashing away. They all seemed to clear, OK. Clean up in the utility room had the hose being much easier to handle, now that it had warmed up a bit. There was a fair amount of water on the floor mixed in with plastic that been used to protect stuff from the fire retardant that was sprayed on the utility room ceiling. Shop towels and rags were used to clean up and I noticed some water dripping from a large nut near the bottom of the pressure tank. I figured, how bad could it be, with the pump turned off. I was now in the habit of building a fire or two every visit and I had graduated from taking the pre-packaged bundles of firewood, that I was buying at the gas station, to the “Winter special” from the company that supplies the gas stations. Same bundles, but, at a lower, quantity discount, cost. While I was picking up the “winter special” I noticed large containers of fire wood at a very much lower price. That would have been great if I could have transported it somehow, but I couldn’t, as the “winter special” was all I had room for. After building the fire I noticed that the boiler was on. An indication that there was a call for heat. It wasn’t obvious which thermostat was the culprit, so I turned them all down a degree or two. Keep in mind that