After two hectic weeks of trying to get all the high altitude work done while we have the Genie lift, we put in a 13-hour day for this, our final day. And this was no ordinary 13-hour day. Try adding 104-degree heat to the mixture and you’ll have some idea how much we didn’t want to pay for another $1000 week of Genie.

Rachel and I were up at dawn to try to the beat the heat but we were sweating before the sun rose above the eastern horizon. Spreading the white, reflective house wrap on the south wall put us in a reflector oven situation. I could tell by 9 AM that we needed to try something a little different. The solution to the heat was a surprisingly simple, low-tech one: evaporative cooling. We dipped our shirts and head wraps in water and, ooh la la! A wet t-shirt will raise goose bumps even when it’s over 100 degrees. And so, with absolutely no concern for hypothermia, about once an hour throughout the day, we wet ourselves. I can honestly say the heat was not a problem after that.

The roof is on and all the siding that can’t be reached from a ladder is on. Whew! After dressing up the front of the house, I’ll start on the electrical wiring.

The forecast is for a brief cooling spell (into the 90s!) and then back over 100 degrees again into next week. At least we won’t be sizzling on top of a metal roof any more (cats on a hot tin roof?).

I’m anxious for Rachel to total up all her receipts to this point. She should have a good idea where she stands financially. The house exterior is paid for and she’s purchased a heating system (ductless mini-split) and laminate flooring. We have feelers out for drywall sub-contractors. That’s the one job I think is probably worth paying someone else to do. When she sees how much is still in the kitty, she will have some idea how fancy her interior can be.

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