Day 76: I got the bathroom light installed above. I also got one step closer to finishing my bedroom fixture. The picture above is after I demolished and drilled a hole through the top of the lanterns that used to be solar. This was very sad but now they’ll be interior solar lights. I strung the bulb patio lights through all 7 lanterns but I need a small extension cord to complete the thing. I finished up all the baseboards, nailed, glued, caulked and painted. It’s coming along but I still have several projects that I haven’t even started yet. I better get busy!
Day 77: Well two trips to town for Home Depot and I still built my counter about 4″ to tall. I’ll need to go back and buy some shorter pipe. I couldn’t afford the slab counter that I really wanted so I settled on doing a pipe/flange & 2×12 counter thing. I like it but just a bit too high. I also fell in love with ship portholes last night browsing the internet. Two problems: I cannot afford large portholes and even if I could I can’t get them shipped to Hawaii. The later is an issue nearly everyday. So this left me to wander every aisle of Home Depot looking for something circular with a 12.5″ hole or something I could cut a 12.5″ hole in. There were a lot of almost perfect things. What I ended up using I. The picture above is a cheap black planter bucket that I cut 4″ down, spray painted gold and fit into the window pane. I’m undecided about adding hardware to it for more of a porthole look but I’m liking it so far.
Day 78: I have solar power!!!! I spent most the working on readjusting the counter height and wiring the inverter and controls. Thanks to my electrician buddy back home who sent me extremely thorough instructions with labeled pictures and wires, it went together fairly easy. What I struggled with was my ground wire. I had wired it into the wrong box and it was really difficult to move by myself. Had I had another person to catch it up above while I threaded it down below it would have taken seconds but instead I struggled for nearly an hour. So worth it though that now I can plug in my phone without the noisy generator and having to run up and down the ladder stairs.
I went and picked up a couple packages at Greg’s that included part of my nightstands and the bamboo and thatch I’ve been waiting for. I got about 3/4 of the bamboo put on the front and it looks awesome!