considering all the willing helpers dave has, it's a wonder it's taken him so long to get this done!
soldering the final joint on the copper pipe!
after checking for leaks (there were none!) the pipes have all been filled with water, and all three boys helped to bleed the air out of the lines. this is important, because with air in the lines, the water cannot circulate through the baseboards.
and here we have the most momentous picture of all. the thermostat reading at 68 degrees! (just ignore for the moment that it's mounted to a bare stud in my hallway!) my house (at least zone 1, anyway!) is experiencing a veritable heatwave of 68 degrees! and i can honestly say, that except for that heatwave we had way back in July, the house has never been this toasty warm for the last 200 years!