Thursday, September 30, 2010

Foam, insulation, barriers

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Sept. 30

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:  Nan (the Bala Timex) got us going in the morning. Mike Bradley, Mick Boese, Jim Partridge, Doug Paterson, Peter Hemming, Anne Snowdon, 
Willy F., Rob Abbot.

Partner Family:
 Becky stayed and helped with sweeping and putting up Vapor Barrier.
Angel came by on her scooter.

Daily Log: Nan got us started. Rob A., with his trailer pulled by a Smart Car. Yes, a Smart Car. You could park the car on the trailer.  He was in and out all day picking up  and delivering the furnaces as well as the hot water tanks. They are now downstairs ready to be installed.  (Now all we need is some one to install them ASAP ). 



The group worked on installing more of the SM foam on the front of the house. We also had a group working on the rest of the vapor barrier in 1014. All the insulation has been put in the wall on the main floor of both units. Only the vapor barrier on the walls remains in 1014. I thought we still have to insulate and vapor barrier in the Joyce cavities in the basements. That said, I have a conditional passed to start Drywall in 1014A. Great job people.

Action / Follow up Items:  insulate the joyce cavities in the basement , vapor barrier, finish vapor barrier on wall in 1014  and prep for drywall . Reframe eye brow over unit 1014A ( look for Contractor to do it ) Still No show with furnace people.
Nan put out the word for drywallers on Facebook.
Need to find out about the flashing.
Need to find out when the plumbers will finish.

Next Day / Week Plan:  Slide tyvek between basement brick wall and framing going down stairs .   Onto dry wall. Additional framing for the roof eye brow (to be done by Contractor)  that was  missed. Flashing for ledger board so we can continue with SM foam on bottom

Elves in the pm 6-9:30
Thursday:

Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers inside and out. The more the merrier.

Materials / Tools: Could always need more drills (hammer), drywall drills, never enough tools.

Inspections:  "Passed" insulation inspection on 1014A with just a couple of minor technicalities.

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If 2's company and 3's a crowd, then 17's a mob!


Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build – If two's company and three's a crowd, then seventeen's a mob!

Date: September 29, 2010

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Site Supervisor: Frank Fraser


Volunteers: Except for perhaps the block laying party, I think we set a record for numbers today. While people came and went at different times, for most of the day we peaked at 17: Rob, Brian J, Tom-10, Jim P, and Mikes: R. and B, Jack, Carolyn (who's name I missed yesterday), Roberta, Sandy SuperNan, Willy F., Paul D, Doug, and a pair of Peters: H and C.
Contractors: None
Visitors: None

Daily Log: With 34 hands, you would have thought there would have been some for the devil, but no, they were all kept busy. The vapour barrier got done in both units, wall insulation started, exterior SM board done on all but the front gable, and the phone and TV cables got run for 1014. I left at about 2:30 with 600 lbs of debris for the dump, so I don't know what time things wrapped up.
Action/Follow-Up Items:


  • Get HPN to finish rough-in plumbing


  • Get someone else to advise on chimney stacks (I've got a call into Stevenson's)


  • Get contractor to do front eave detail. (Ed V. Was supposed to drop by).


  • Get Corey to move electrical for 1014A Bathroom


  • Check on door swing for 1014A bathroom – Rob

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chim, chiminery...

Construction Daily Log,  Patty Parsons Build

Date: September 28, 2010

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:        Site Supervisor: Frank Fraser
Volunteers:  Rob, Brian J, The Stooges: Tom-TEN, Jim, and Mike R.; Jack, Sue, Bill Niess, SuperNan, Willy F., and a neighbour of Frank's who's name I didn't get.
Contractors: None
Visitors: Howard

Daily Log:
     It was a wet day for golfing, so we had a large crew. The Stooges got the tub framed and placed in 1014A, others worked on the ceiling vapour barrier, while Brian J, got that acoustical sealant (more often referred to as that black #@*%) under the poly along the top plate and just about everywhere else in 1014A.  More insulation and some of the party wall sound batts arrived.  The phone and TV cables got run for 1014A.  With the last of the volunteers leaving around 3, we closed up for the day.

Action/Follow-Up Items: Get HPN to finish rough-in plumbing
Get someone else to advise on chimney stacks  (I've got a call into Stevensons)
Get contractor to do front eave detail.  (Ed V. Was supposed to drop by).
Get Corey to move electrical for 1014A Bathroom
Check on door swing for 1014A bathroom - Rob
Revise vanity for 1014A - Rob

Next Days/Week Plan: Wednesday - Saturday - Vapour barrier and insulation; interior and exterior - and maybe the plumbers

Volunteer Requirements:   We have work for a large crew.  Lots of jobs.

Materials/Tools:   Fix Sure Shots - NOTE:  I had both apart a number of times, but to no avail; they're FUBAR.

Inspections: Insulation very soon

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date:Sept. 25

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:  Nan ( the Bala Timex ) Got us going in the morning. Mike Rollin, Peter Hemming, Mike Bradley

Daily Log: Nan (The Bala Timex) got us started. The day started off a little cool by late afternoon it started to rain.  Peter & Mike finished installing the tub and shower enclosures for unit 1014 they will do the one in unit 1014A on Tuesday. Mike Bradley finished the framing of the knee wall in the basements.    Great job guys .

Action / Follow up Items :  insulate the walls, vapor barrier and prep for drywall on Wednesday or Thursday. Re frame eye brow over unit 1014A ( look for Contractor to do it ) Still
No show with furnace people

Next Day / Week Plan:  Finish tyvek  and foam  on upper part of peek walls . Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof eye brow (to be done by Contractor)  that was  missed.

Elves in the pm 6-9:30
Tuesday:
Thursday:

Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers inside and out. The more the merrier.

Materials / Tools :  shorted on wall and ceiling insulation need sound insulation for party walls. Could always need more drills (hammer) drywall drills never enough tools.

Inspections: inspected  for the rough carpentry and fire block. "Passed" will call for insulation inspection for Thursday.

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fantastic with Plastic


Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build – Fantastic with Plastic

Date: September 24, 2010

Rob Abbott Reporting – back like a bad rash.

On Site: Site Supervisor: Frank Fraser
Volunteers: Rob, Mike B, Peter H., Tom 10 am, Jim, Mike R, Deb, Toni; She Who Can't be Named and Ann Other (because I can't remember their names). In addition to getting us started, catered and mothered, SuperNan walked a mile in safety boots and helped all day with the build. We've had elves, a superhero, Santa and today, I saw a couple of Smurfs.
Contractors: None
Visitors: None

Daily Log: It was quite a shock for me returning to see all the progress having been away for a week. It was downright muggy today, but a lot was accomplished: The bathroom and side door framing got done in 1014, the support blocks under all the beam posts got completed, the ceiling translucent, polyethylene, 6 mil, H2O vapour barrier (plastic) got installed in most of 1014A, the foundation cement board was completed, and we even got a start on the form for the basement cement pour. I think I saw a couple of Smurfs just itchin to install some fibreglass.

Action/Follow-Up Items:
  • Get HPN to finish rough-in plumbing and re-route bathroom sink in 1014A
  • Get Port Heating to advise on chimney stacks
  • Get contractor to do front eave detail.

Next Days/Week Plan:
Saturday – Vapour barrier and insulation; interior and exterior - and maybe the plumbers
Tuesday, Wednesday – Continue

Volunteer Requirements: We have work for a large crew. Lots of jobs.

Materials/Tools: Eye wash from A-G, Fix Sure Shots

Inspections: Insulation very soon

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Sept. 23

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:  Nan ( the Bala Timex ) Got us going in the morning. Mike Rollin, Peter Hemming, Ross LeMonnier( one of My Crew leaders from Mississauga Habitat) , Tom Neville, Jim Partridge, Ozzie Jarick.

Contractors: the plumber show up at 3 today to do a little work.

Daily Log: Nan (The Bala Timex) got us started. The day started off a little cool by late afternoon it started to rain. The inspector came in this morning we passed with just 2 deficiencies. That  means we can start putting in the insulation tomorrow morning.   We had a small  turn out of 7 people. Ross & Ted worked on the backing for the stair railings and bathroom  which are now  finished. I had Peter working on side door header, Jim & Mike worked on the framing for the tub and the shower in 1014. Ozzie helped out were he could. I called for the insulation to be delivered in the morning but it wasn't delivered till after the big guy left figures.     Great job guys .

Action / Follow up Items : finish deficiencies insulate the walls, vapor barrier

Next Day / Week Plan: Build frame for knee wall in basements Finish tyvek  and foam  on upper part of peek walls . 2 pieces of concrete left to do in front of 1014A   Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof that was missed.

Elves in the pm 6-9:30
Tuesday:
Thursday:

Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers.

Materials / Tools : need Hammer drill and more drills for installation of framing for knee wall, concrete board, drills for drywall.

Inspections: inspected  for the rough carpentry and fire block. "Passed"
P.S., they always find something but not enough to stop us.

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If I had a hammer....drill

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Sept. 22

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:  Nan & Brian Got us going in the morning. Bill Niess, Doug Patterson, Ted Daglish, Toni Green, Mike Rollin, Peter Hemming, Ross LeMonnier (one of My Crew leaders from Mississauga Habitat) , Tom Neville, Jim Partridge, Mick Boase, Brian Juniper, Roberta Appleton, Ozzie Jarick.

Daily Log: 
Nan (The Bala Timex) got us started. The day started off a little cool but warmed up nicely. Brian was a little concerned with the number of people that were to show up. Keep the faith Brian it looks like Bala will be there when we need it. We had a great turn out 11 people. This enabled us to finish all the fire blocking in the trusses, all the fire blocking in the basement, the stairs were finished. Then when all that was done, they jumped right  into working on installing the exterior foam. What a "Crew" what a day. Great job people.

Action / Follow up Items: have ordered the insulation from Wisemillers to be delivered tomorrow morning.


Next Day / Week Plan: Build frame for knee wall in basements Finish tyvek  and foam  on upper part of peek walls . 2 pieces of concrete left to do in front of 1014A   Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof that was missed.

Elves in the pm 6-9:30
Tuesday:
Thursday:

Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers.

Materials / Tools: need Hammer drill and more drills for installation of framing for knee wall, concrete board, drills for drywall.

Inspections: Have called for the inspector for the rough carpentry and fire block. Keep your fingers crossed because it time to insulate.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Luck for all

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Sept. 21

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:  Nan & Brian Got us going in the morning. Bill Niess, Doug Patterson, Ted Daglish  Brian Juniper, Toni Green, Mike Robbin, Peter Hemming, Ross LeMonnier (one of My Crew leaders from Mississauga Habitat) , Tom Neville, & Santa Claus ( aka Bob McTavish )

Contractors: Bob Dukes of  ABC Drywall & Painting ( 762-2584) dropped in to find out when he can start the Drywall I told him I hope to start in one week.


Visitors: Howard came in. Paul from Dupont Tyvek dropped in to say hello. Louis H. Parson came by.

Daily Log: At first I thought we were in for a cool and  wet and rainy day and then I remember we have Windows & Doors thanks to Muskoka Windows and Doors. Then Santa showed up. We had a great group again today.

We started with a drywall demonstration then set to work on Fire blocking Doug Patterson and Ted Daglish scooted up the ladders all in harnesses and tethered while Tony & Santa watched from below with drywall  tee square exacto knife and a piece of Drywall ready to cut to size. Before we knew it the day was done with the task 3/4 done. Ross and Tom worked on the beam from Below. Peter & Brian  did the attic hatches.
All kidding aside. It was a was a great day thanks for all your hard work.

Next Day / Week Plan: Build frame for knee wall in basements Finish Tyveking  and foam  on upper part of peek walls . 2 pieces of concrete left to do.  Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof that was missed. fire blocking in basement and roof peek.( Will be done tomorrow)

Elves in the p.m.  6-9:30
Tuesday:
Thursday:

Volunteer Requirements:
lots of projects for Volunteers.

Materials / Tools : need Hammer drill and more drills for installation of framing for knee wall, concrete board, drills for drywall.

Inspections: shooting for Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser

Quote of the week :
What is LUCK
L. learning
U. under
C. Continuous
K. Knowledge
That way you make your own LUCK

Monday, September 20, 2010

A beautiful day in the neighbourhood

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date:Sept. 17

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:  Nan Got us going in the morning. Rob Abbott,  Mike Robbins, Brian Ternaway,Bob McDevitt, Carol & Steve Donaldson, Alan Diplock, Peter Cross, Bruce Kelly, Willy.

Visitors: Bruce Kelly from Dupont Tyvek dropped in to demonstrate the proper application of Flex Rap and assisted in the application.


Daily Log: We could not have asked for a better day today. The weather was bright and shiny. The group of people set to task and achieved all tasks put to them to prep the window and door opens for tomorrow. Great job.  Started installing the Tyvek from Dupont. Application of the exterior foam on lower half of the houses. All but finished the application of concrete board on the lower part of the houses. I think we were short 2 pieces to complete the job. We are now fully prepared for the windows tomorrow.


Action / Follow up Items :
PS. Still no plumber. Spoke to their office on Wednesday still hoping the will  come on Saturday

Next Day / Week Plan: Build frame for knee wall in basements Finish Tyveking  and foam  on upper part of peek walls . 2 pieces of concrete left to do.  Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof that was missed.  Check beam lamination,

Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers.

Materials / Tools : need Hammer drill and more drills for installation of framing for knee wall, concrete board, drills for drywall.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Niwhal grounded

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Sept. 18

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:  Nan Got us going in the morning.. Jeff Hodges  & Willy

Contractors: Muskoka Windows & Doors with 8 installers. And are you ready for this HPN Professional Plumbers.


Visitors: Howard

Daily Log: We could not have asked for a better day today. The weather was bright and shiny in the morning with it clouding over and light rain late in the day. But no worries we have windows & doors. Thank you to all the hard work from the group yesterday.   They arrived first thing and set to work and would have been done by lunch but a minor technicality on the sizing of the side doors slowed them down. Thanks to Jeff & Willy the adjustment was made and in went the last two doors. The plumbers yes  I did say plumbers  arrived after lunch and started the rough ins for 1014. They did promise to return during the week to finish.

Action / Follow up Items :

Next Day / Week Plan: Build frame for knee wall in basements Finish Tyveking  and foam  on upper part of peek walls . 2 pieces of concrete left to do.  Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof that was missed.  Check beam lamination, fire blocking in basement and roof peek.

Volunteer Requirements:
lots of projects for Volunteers.

Materials / Tools : need Hammer drill and more drills for installation of framing for knee wall, concrete board, drills for drywall.

Inspections: shooting for Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wrap artists

Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build – Wrap Artists

Date: September 17, 2010

On Site: Site Supervisor: Frank Fraser
Volunteers: We had a great turnout of regulars, and a newbie: Brian T., Willy, Bob McV, Carol, Steve, Al, Peter (and Pogo), Mike R (nice to see he survived the canoe trip), and this time, I'm not going to forget to include myself in the list. Nan, of course, got us going in the morning and checked on us through the day.
Contractors: None
Visitors: Bruce Kelly, from DuPont/Tyvek came to demonstrate how to apply the flexwrap window flashing material. Though I should really list him as a volunteer as he jumped right in and helped us throughout the day.

Note: Many thanks and kudos to Bruce and DuPont – Tyvek for the generous donation of their special stucco wrap, and flexwrap. It is very much needed and appreciated.

Daily Log: It was cold this morning; many donned their Torrance Tuxedos, but by late morning, the sun was out and it was great for working. We took full advantage of all the volunteers and weather getting the Tyvek housewrap completed (except for the gables) and the exterior foam on the lower half, and the flexwrap on all the window sills. We even finished all, but one small section of foundation boards. We loaded up my trailer with building debris destined for the dump, but I just missed closing time (I'll take it there Monday).

When I left, Willy and Frank were considering staying later or coming back to continue with the SM board, but I don't know what they decided.

Action/Follow-Up Items:
  • Get HPN to rough-in plumbing
  • Get Port Heating to advise on chimney stacks
  • Get a dictionary

Next Days/Week Plan:
Saturday – Muskoka Windows and Doors and maybe the plumbers
Tuesday, Wednesday – Finish SM boards, prepare, seal up attic fire wall, attic hatches, beam in 1014, finish foundation board

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rain, rain go away

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Sept. 16

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers: It was a rainy day.  Nan Got us going in the morning. Rob Abbott,  Peter Hemming , Tom Nevil. Willy made an appearance at about 10:30 and stayed till we cleaned up.

Contractors: A.D.A.D. The electricians returned again today to continue wiring 1014 which they tell me they are Done. Till we call them for hook up.


Visitors: Howard dropped by and seams to be recovering nicely. He also lent us another Hammer drill.

Daily Log: Weather WET all day. We received balance of dry wall. It was unloaded into the units. Started installing the  Tyvek from Dupont.  Finished  drilling  the holes for  Tap cons to hold the lower part of the concrete board with the drill Rob brought this morning.

Action / Follow up Items :
PS. Still no plumber. Spoke to their office on Wednesday still hoping the will  come on Saturday

Next Day / Week Plan: Build frame for knee wall in basements Finish Tyveking  exterior in preparation for windows and doors on Saturday. Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof that was missed.  Check beam lamination,

Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers.

Materials / Tools : need Hammer drill and more drills for installation of framing for knee wall, concrete board, drills for drywall.

Inspections:Soon

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser

Why Brian volunteers at Habitat

Oh, and we promised not to tell his wife he was sweeping up!


Or he will be nailed!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tyvek wraps it up

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date:Sept. 15

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers: It was a light day.  Nan Got us going in the morning. Jim Partridge, Paul Dempsey, Peter Hemming, Brian Juniper, with Tom working the afternoon shift.

Contractors: A.D.A.D. The electricians returned again today to continue wiring 1014

Visitors: None

Daily Log: Weather was clear and sunny today. The day started with the delivery of the dry wall. It was unloaded into each of the units. Received the delivery of the Tyvek from Dupont.  Finished capping the stairs in 1014A. Finished the PT capping Then moved onto installing the concrete board on the outside wall. Finished the West wall and back wall.  Started drilling for the Tap cons to hold the lower part of the concrete board till the Hammer Drill decided it didn't was to work any more.

Action / Follow up Items :
PS. Still no plumber. Spoke to their office hoping to come on 0saturday

Next Day / Week Plan: Build frame for knee wall in basements Tyvek exterior in preparation for windows and doors on Saturday. Then onto insulation and dry wall. Additional framing for the roof that was missed.  Check beam lamination,

Elves in the pm 6-9:30
Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers.

Materials / Tools : need Hammer drill and more drills for installation of framing for knee wall, concrete board, drills for drywall.

Inspections:Soon

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser

Quote of the week :
Rest if you must but never "Quite"

Break for lunch!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cool day but they kept plugging along!

Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build

Date: September 14, 2010

On Site: Site Supervisor: Frank Fraser
Volunteers: It was a small group of regulars: Mike G., Bill N., Brian J., Jim P., Chris T, and Tom TEN. Brian McD and Nan got us going in the morning and checked on us through the afternoon.
Contractors: Corey and crew from A.D.A.M. Electric
Visitors: Not sure. I bugged out around 2 and I think Ellen was planning on coming by.

Daily Log: Sorry for the tardiness of this report.

The dry weather and shelter really dried things out in 1014. It was a cool summer day, but great for working. While the electrician worked on 1014, the rest of us tried to stay out of their way. 1014A was cleaned up and the stairs trimmed out. Basement wall bridging was done on 1014 and the ledger for the foundation cement board was put on. I skipped out around 3 pm, but my guess is that the others continued till about 4.

Action/Follow-Up Items:
  • Get HPN to rough-in plumbing
  • Get Port Heating to advise on chimney stacks
  • Get George Westerby to make up ledger flashing

Next Days/Week Plan:
Wed PM – Foundation boards. Drywall and insulation arrives.
Thursday – Basement step form, continue with foundation board

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

Materials/Tools:

Inspections: Framing very soon

Ice and weather shield is on!







Patty Parson's Build Daily Log
Date: Day of Sept. 11

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:   Nan got us going this morning. Thank you Brian for your hard work last night In trying to  find people to put the ice and water shield on. John Mcnechan & Ron Decoste (THX's  Nan for getting Ron), and yes happy joy. joy the roof has been completely covered with ice & water shield. We also put flashing over the peek. It is as tight as a ducks you no what. Marnie Sherk gave 1014 a really good sweeping and clean up.

Daily Log:  The weather was wonderful after all the days of rain. the ice and water shield as stated above was done. The units cleaned up.

Action / Follow up Items :  Stephen is going to bring a few friends by to help with the roof as well. I will pick up the house & window trap from Dupont Tyvek on Monday. Thank You Dupont for supplying the material.

Next Day / Week Plan: finish rough-in framing for 1041. Check beam lamination, foundation PT edging exterior foam insulation , exterior House wrap.  Windows & Doors next  Saturday,  stairs to basement in 1014 & 1014A, A.D.A.M. Electrical return next week to work on 1014 as 10140A is competed.
Elf Crew Tuesday and Thursday Evening 6 pm - 9:30pm
Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers.





Editor's note: 
Progress is being made! There is now an ice and weather shield on the roof, to eliminate the sopping wet floor issues! The wiring and heating are getting roughed in. Things are looking good at the site! I have the video to prove it!

Monday, September 13, 2010

SuperNan!

Nan is REALLY in charge! Not Howard, Rob or Frank... Honest. Listen to her! Of course, it helps that she knows everyone who is anyone in Bala! She hammers it home...




Sunday, September 12, 2010

Round and round we go

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Day of Sept. 9

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:   Nan & Brian Got us going this morning. Rob Abbott, Brian Ternoway, Deb Tilson, Mick Boese, Jim Partridge, Tom Neville


Contractors:  The 3 Electricians from  A.D.A.M. Electrical.  Were on site again today  finishing the wiring in 1014A. One down. One to go.

Daily Log:  We  worked on stair's  for 1014. As well as the fire blocking, backers in the closets. Spoke to the plumber (ya aaa) hopes to drop by the this Saturday to scope it out. Still unable to do the Ice & water shield as the roof still too wet.

Action / Follow up Items:  John will try to return on Saturday. Stephen is going to bring a few friends by to help with the roof as well.



Next Day / Week Plan: finish rough-in framing for 1041. Check beam lamination, foundation PT edging, stairs to basement in 1014.

Elf Crew Tuesday and Thursday Evening 6 pm - 9:30pm
Thursday: No Elf Crew this evening


Volunteer Requirements: lots of projects for Volunteers.

Inspections:"O" so close

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser







Saturday, September 11, 2010

Elf King - Frank Fraser


Frank Fraser, another addition to the Patty Parsons Build team, cottages on Moon River.

He is the site supervisor and he kept saying that 'elves' were working in the night. 


I (Jenn Jilks) ordered my personal assistant to drive me in the dark to check it out. Normally, I have been posting Construction Logs, prepared by either Rob Abbott, or Frank Fraser. Tonight, I wanted the full story!


Sure enough, he was there. I had just missed the elves, though.  


According to one Habitat Mississauga report: 


Lemme outta here!


Site Supervisor Frank Fraser, who never missed a day on the build site ... 



Frank was closing up the site for the night.


He's infamous, you know! I love searching for
info on the Internet. You can run but you can't hide. These are snippets from some of the articles, copied using our "Fair Dealing" Canadian law. Please read the full articles, they are very interesting!

Habitat for Humanity Mississauga - Frank Fraser

 Frank completed several builds with Habitat Toronto. He especially recalls one occasion working at the Rotary site. It was winter time and Frank and the team had left openings in between the town homes to facilitate moving within the units instead of going out in the frigid February cold. One day during their lunch time when the team and partner families were gathered around the heater Frank noticed that Maria, one of the future home owners, was not there.

Closing up the site in Bala for the night
“I went looking for her and saw her sitting outside on the porch of her unfinished home,“ he said. “I called her in and she replied, words that went straight to my heart: ‘I am having lunch on my porch Frank’.” From that moment his desire to continue helping others became even more firmly entrenched.





Each day on the build site new volunteering teams from different companies, as well as individual volunteers, are given a safety demonstration that leaves even seasoned do-it-yourselfers acknowledging they have learned something new. At the end of a work day they are treated to the Frank Fraser philosophy:
It doesn’t matter whether you only banged in one nail, drove in one screw, hung one piece of drywall, whatever, it all helps to build this house for a family who otherwise would not be able to afford this home.”
And then he adds: “So when you pass this house in years to come you can always say to yourself: ‘I helped build that home’.”




The success of Habitat Mississauga’s first build has been due in no small measure toFrank Fraser’s belief in and dedication to Habitat for Humanity’s mission

I have seen the work done in Bala by community volunteers;


Frank - fearless leader
Under the supervision of site supervisor Frank Fraser, Mississauga’s first HFH build was completed due to a large community effort with volunteers, sponsors and local businesses all coming together to make one family’s dream a reality. Dozens of locals businesses, churches and individuals donated products, services and man hours to make the project a success.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Elf sightings at Bala Build

Prepared By: Frank J. Fraser

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

Date: Evening of Sept. 8

On Site:  Frank J. Fraser
             Site Supervisor

Volunteers:   Nan Got us going this evening. Stephen Dursley


Contractors:  The 3 Electricians from  A.D.A.M. Electrical  became members of my Elf Crew after being there all day stayed till about 7:30 pm finishing the wiring in 1014A. One down One to go.

Visitors: John McMechan

Daily Log: Stephen and I worked on cutting the 3  stair stringers for 1014.

Action / Follow up Items: John, Steve and I talked about how we can solve the covering of the roof till we can get the ice and water shield on. John will try to return on Saturday. Stephen is going to bring a few friends by to help with the roof as well.

P.S. no plumber
Next Day / Week Plan: finish rough-in framing for 1041. Check beam lamination, foundation PT edging, stairs to basement in 1014.


Elf Crew Tuesday and Thursday Evening

Tuesday: Elves postponed to Wednesday  pm 6-9:30




Elf king shuts 'er down

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ark Building 101


Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build – Ark Building 101
Prepared by: well rested, Rob Abbott
Date: September 8, 2010, day-shift.

On Site: Site Supervisor: Frank Fraser
Photos by Jenn Jilks
Volunteers: It was a small, but, as usual, dedicated crew of volunteers today; many were attending a funeral. Our deepest condolences.
Light off, nobody home?
I saw evidence of work! 

Mike Bradley, Brian Juniper, Doug, and Tom. Brian McD. Got us going in the morning, and Nan checked on us through the afternoon.


Martino - there for us
Contractors: John Whyte from Martino Contractors (HVAC), and Corey and crew from A.D.A.M Electric
Another A.D.A.M.
Visitors: Jenn, photographic blogger, Geeks 'R Us, tooth ache and all!

Daily Log: Another wet night and with periodic rain throughout the day, so we still didn't get a chance to seal the roof of 1014. 




The heating and HRV vents for both units were roughed in. The electricians got a good start on the rough-in for 1014A. Meanwhile, volunteers, blocked and braced walls in 1014 (after sweeping the water out). I bugged out around 3 pm, but my guess is that the others continued till about 4.

Check 'em out! 

Note: The first “Elf Crew” is expected tonight from 6 – 9. Frank will report on this separately.

Action/Follow-Up Items:





  • Get HPN to rough-in plumbing





  • Get Port Heating to advise on chimney stacks

This sucker is in to stay!
Next Days/Week Plan:
Wed PM – I think the Elf Crew will work on the basement stairs and front facade roofline.
Thursday – Ice/Water shield, weather permitting, foundation boards, framing and bracing in 1014.
Friday – beam in 1014, continue with foundation boards
Saturday: I hope the plumbers may show up.

Volunteer Requirements: For the foreseeable future, we should be able to find work for a large crew. Lots of jobs.
"And then I told her..."

Materials/Tools: 6” Tapcon screws will be at site on Thursday morning, 2x12's for floor stringers, GIK drywall and fibreglass batts delivery scheduled for September 15.

Inspections: Framing very soon
Where's that lunch????
Lunch arrives - hot soup! Rob acted as bell ringer.

Nice time to debrief, relax and visit.


Editor's note:
Jenn was quite pleased to turn up just at lunch time. Everyone is very happy when lunch arrives.

Smiling faces and a much-needed break.
Thanks to the people that create the lunches every work day.

Thanks to the Anglican church for giving Habitat a kitchen in which to build the lunches!

I commented on how dry the floor was, and they disagreed, but I'd seen it dripping and cms of water.