Monday, August 30, 2010

That's what she said!

Construction Daily Log,  Patty Parsons Build – That's what she said.

Date: August 28, 2010
Prepared by:  Rob Abbott

On Site:   
Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers:  Peter H, Marnie, Jim P., Tom, Jim H., Nancy, John Mc., David F, and SuperNan got us going and checked on us through the day.

Contractors: Harry Westerby (and son) stopped by to review and discuss siding.  G and B Sanitation serviced the Stool Shed.

Daily Log:    While I'm sure most Muskokans were out enjoying a spectacular summer's day, volunteers risked vitamin D overdose at the site.  Heat notwithstanding, we got most of the gable ends sheathed, the W/D cupboard for 1014A laid out (though it has to be re-done), and a couple of walls started on 1014.

Peter Hemming, reminds me of Paul Bunyan's blue ox Babe: he's seemingly tireless and always there when there is something to be moved.  We welcomed yet another first-timer, David, another Moon River cottager, to the site. Despite my wife's assurances, after much discussion and debate, it was decided that and additional 3” in the bedroom is preferred; the wall will be adjusted accordingly.  Volunteers started slipping away throughout the day, and by 2:30 I found myself alone and decided it was time to close up.

Action/Follow-Up Items: 
•    Reconfigure Bedroom 2 doorway and wall
•    Fix W/D closet and re-size
•    Fix extension cords
•    See if Curtis can come in to review some issues - Rob

Next Days/Week Plan:   
Sunday and Monday – NO WORK AT SITE
Tuesday-  New Site Supervisor, Frank Fraser takes over, but here is what I suggest: clean up site, organize tools, move lumber inside.  Nail trusses on 1014 to party wall top plate.  Nail gable end trusses to top plates. Fill in sheathing over soffits and gables, stairs on 1014, interior walls on 1014, truss bracing on 1014......
Wednesday – Frank will decide.

Volunteer Requirements:   
For the foreseeable future, we should be able to find work for a large crew.  Lots of jobs.

Materials/Tools:  Fire extinguishers! (Ellen, Bala Firefighters recommend 3 x 5 lb, type ABC), 2 weatherproof, male plugs to repair extension cords, 2 replacement bulbs for work lights, and 2 rough-service bulbs for trouble light.  Still waiting on 6” Tapcon screws.  Very soon we will need to get our GIK drywall delivery scheduled.  Pocket door frame.

Inspections: Not yet, but would like to get inspector out to site to advise.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Don't you know - we're on the eave of construction?


¾ of a roof
Construction Daily Log,  Patty Parsons Build – Don't you know, we're on the eave of Construction


Date: August 27, 2010
Report prepared by:  Rob Abbott
On Site: Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers:  Mike R., Peter The Great, Roberta. Dianne, Jim P., The Powerful (and great) Oz, Tom, and SuperNan got us going and checked on us through the day.

Contractors: Jim North, and Bruce.
Visitors: Martha, Frank, Ellen and Harry Smit.







Daily Log: 
She who dies with the most tools wins!
Biting off as much as they can shove
 Another super day and great crew.  They: worked on drywall nailers, removed door sills, installed bracing, and basically finished up a lot of the little framing details in 1014A.  Some sheathing and pieces were put up and much of the day was spent erecting, moving and dismantling scaffold.  The one-piece roll-in shower unit and one-piece tub/shower unit got put through the window in 1014.  




Many volunteers arrive





Meanwhile, contractor Jim North and Bruce got the roof boards installed on 1014 and the front facade lower eave.  Ellen and I met with Frank Fraser, who has agreed to take over as Site Supervisor for 7 weeks.  
Quick, catch!







Write this down, 25" x 58"!
We got a visit from local excavation contractor Harry Smit, who offered to do any grading  or excavation work.  We closed down the site around 4 pm.
Pick on someone your own size!




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Action/Follow-Up Items: 
  • Get G and B to clean out KYBO – Rob
  • Order 2 x 12 for stair stringers – Rob
  • Reconfigure Bedroom 2 doorway and wall - Rob




Upstanding citizen volunteers
Next Days/Week Plan: 
Saturday-  Fill in sheathing over soffits and gables, stairs on 1014, interior walls on 1014, truss bracing on 1014......
Sunday and Monday – NO WORK AT SITE
Tuesday – Continue work from Saturday


Volunteer Requirements:   For the foreseeable future, we should be able to find work for a large crew.  Lots of jobs.


Materials/Tools:  Fire extinguishers!, 2x12s for stair stringers

Friday, August 27, 2010

Coffee, muffins, ladders and saw

Construction Daily Log,   Patty Parsons Build

On Site:           
Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Report prepared by:  Rob Abbott

Volunteers:  Mike Robbins, Bonnie Bean, Don Furniss, Nicole Hrinco, Jim Partridge, Anne Snowdon, Deb Tilson, and as usual Nan Allen got us going and checked on us through the day.


Volunteer Brian Racine brought the morning coffee, and a dozen muffins he had baked, trying to use up baking supplies as he is moving. (This after being asked every Thursday since May, by SuperNan, if he'd brought muffins with the Thursday coffee!)

Muffins from Chez Racine
Coffee courtesy: Olivers
Contractors: Jim North (all day), Ed Voisin, Butch Voisin, Ron Decoste and Joe Voisin, the latter 4 being morning only to help Jim.

Daily Log:       
It was a great day.  What a terrific group of workers we had. They; because I did very little, just flitted around in my stylish and flashy visibility vest; completed the stairs, interior walls, and basement blocking in 1014A, removed the scaffolding from 1014, and carried and passed up to the roof about 36 sheets of plywood.  

 Observant and knowledgeable volunteers even saw a flaw in the plans (making the bathroom plumbing almost impossible) and reconfigured it.   


Meanwhile, contractor Jim North and his crew got  all the remaining trusses up and most of the roof of 1014 sheathed.  Volunteers cleaned up and left around 3:30; Jim and I stayed until about 4:30.


Action/Follow-Up Items: 
·      figure out solution for pocket door frames – Rob
·      Took HFH, Black and Decker circular saw, and Re-Store step ladder out of service.  The bearing and cord is shot on the former, and the rivets are loose and missing on the ladder.   
Send to Re-Store for recycling – Rob   
Delete from Build Inventory - Martha

Next Days/Week Plan:      
Friday – Contractor completing sheathing and waterproofing of 1014 roof.  Fill in sheathing over soffits and gables, move shower and tub for 1014 in through window, stairs on 1014, interior walls on 1014, truss bracing on 1014......
Saturday - Foundation boards, continue with interior bracing and walls
Sunday and Monday – NO WORK AT SITE (Rob has to do laundry!)
Tuesday – Continue work from Saturday



shower
Volunteer Requirements:             
 Friday, the usual site truck and trailer won't be available.  If possible, I'd like to have someone with a vehicle capable of picking up one or two sheets of plywood from  one of the local yards if we need to.  For the foreseeable future, we should be able to find work for a large crew.  Lots of jobs.


many hands...

Materials/Tools:   
Fire extinguishers! Ordered 6” tapcon screws for cement board.  May need to pick-up 1 or 2 sheets of plywood.


indoors

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Patty Parsons Build – What The Truck!

Construction Daily Log,   Patty Parsons Build – What The Truck!
Prepared by:  Fridge magnate Rob Abbott

Date: August 25, 2010

On Site: Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers:  Mick, Mike G., Peter H., Caitlin, and Nan.
Contractors: Jim North, and Kyle



Daily Log:
I picked up the roll-in shower unit for 1014 from EMCO on my way in in the morning.  We got it unloaded and sent volunteers back to pick up the tub/shower units; it took a second/third trip.  We got the tub/shower unit inside 1014A, through the window, but the roll-in and other tub/shower unit for 1014, will have to wait until the trusses are on.

Mighty car

We removed the internal bracing and made and installed one wall for the master bedroom in 1014A.  

Cement board was delivered.

Reconfigured fencing. Contractor: Jim North and Kyle put ice/water shield on 1014A.


Rain and a loss of volunteers necessitated a site shut-down around 2 pm.
We loaded up the trailer with the broken fridge and construction debris and I took it to the dump on my way home. I also picked up 2, large Blue Boxes; we'll use for the build then leave for the homeowners.

Action/Follow-Up Items:  

Pocket Door frames have to be custom made.  Look into 36” swing doors for bedroom and storage room (or bi-fold), but keep pocket door for bathroom. - Rob

Next Days/Week Plan:
Thursday – Contractor working on trusses for 1014.  However, we can safely work on 1014A: truss blocking, stairs, basement blocking, move cement board, install interior walls, etc.
Friday – continue from Thursday
Saturday - Foundation boards, blocking, stairs for 1014.....

Volunteer Requirements:
Thursday – Saturday - Should be able to find work for a large crew.  Lots of jobs.

Materials/Tools:  Fire extinguishers!

Inspections: Not yet


Photos of his Smart car by smart Rob!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

early morning start-up

I have never been to the build site in the early morning. There is a protocol, and many who help get the day started begin at 8:00 a.m.
Many people contribute time, others have contributed a lifetime of hours!

Rob, acting boss, arrived and sorted out what needed to be moved.


First things first, move the fence!


The next order of business was to move more of the fence aside to allow for a delivery.




Brian organizes the volunteers. He presented one volunteer with a cap and t-shirt, your reward for 3 - 5 days working on the project.

SuperNan gets them to sign in.

Hard hats are found for all.
The site is organized and the plans are begun.

I am proud to say that my daughter, a hydrogeologist by trade, birthday girl last week, spent the day at the site, while it took the three of us to look after the kids, while preparing to pack and move while at home. Amazing how much a mother can do and how hard she is to replace!

She is only one of hundreds of volunteers who give up time to help out. It is such a rewarding experience.

Since Caitlin is the milk machine for the baby, special trips were made throughout the day.

Caitlin brought her work boots
combo of cargo pants and breast-feeding shirt!
Josephine didn't quite understand what mummy was doing, but wanted to visit. She knows mummy often works in the field when not on maternity leave, and doesn't have a chance to visit since Josephine is normally in day care.



Mighty car
Today, Howard brought something in with his smart car. Not sure what! Caitlin tells me it was a shower!




starting to look like a home!

Roofing has begun!

sheaths and swords

Construction Daily Log,   Patty Parsons Build
Date: August 24, 2010
Prepared by:  Rob Abbott

On Site:    Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers:  Brian J. and Nan.
Contractors: Jim North, Kyle, and later Mike

Daily Log:    
Brian and I cut and handed up sheets to Jim and Kyle as required.  Sheathing completed on 1014A.  Made a notice and emergency contact numbers board.  Moved sign to more prominent location.



Had a visit from HFH-Mississauga Site Supervisor, Frank Fraser, who is taking the summer off and has a cottage in the area.


Action/Follow-Up Items: 
•    Pocket Door frames from Muskoka Window and Door – I still want to hold off ordering the interior doors until we've got all the walls framed.
•    Pick up tubs and showers from EMCO in Gravenhurst - Rob


Next Days/Week Plan:
Wednesday – Contractor working on trusses for 1014.  However, we can safely work on 1014A: move shower units into building, truss blocking, stairs, basement blocking, move cement board, install interior walls, etc.
Thursday – Foundation boards, blocking, stairs for 1014.....

Volunteer Requirements:
Wednesday – 3 – 4.  We could have a large number of heavy sheets to be moved around the site.  Note: I will need someone to pick-up tub and shower units from EMCO in Gravenhurst.  They can use my trailer, but need a hitch with 2” ball.
Thursday – Should be able to find work for a large crew.  Lots of jobs.

Materials/Tools:  Fire extinguishers!