Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wascally RAbbott “Bugs Punny” reporting

Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build – Halloweenies
Date: October 30, 2010, Wascally RAbbott “Bugs Punny” reporting

On Site:
Hoarseless Headman: “Grave Robber” Abbott

Zombie Wrangler: Brian “McDracula
Head List Ghoul- Goo Goyle: Nan Alien
Voluntolds: “Dungeon Master” Bill, What the Cat Doug Up, and “Crypt Keeper” Cody.
Contractors: “Banshee” Bob Duke
Visitors: Mad John Mcmechon

Daily Log: Unfortunately, we didn't get very much completed today. A lack of supplies, rain, closed stores and a small turn-out limited what we could do. After learning that both lumber stores in town were closed, Doug was dispatched to Gravenhurst to pick up 10 more sheets of wire mesh. Cody continued with fastening the mesh on the rear side of the building, but dirt behind the platon and cement board resulted in many screws not holding. Also, the drill bit was too short for the screws. Much of the back will have to be re-fastened with 8” spikes into suitably larger diameter holes. I found that, 95% of the fasteners placed to hold the mesh at the front side yesterday weren't holding and I spent the morning re-fastening them; I only got about ¾ of the front done before I ran-out of supplies. Bill and Doug moved the molding and trim into PPPG and put poly over the insulated basement wall in 1014A. Rain made continuing the mesh along the sides where the icy rain dripped down off the eave, impractical. Besides, all the volunteers left at noon so I closed up. Bob continued with sanding 1014A.

Action/Follow-Up Items:  
Howard: Parger, Front porches, Siding, Plumbers (so we can drywall, run vent through roof, and hook-up sump pumps, Colin Butler, re furnace. EXPENSE REPORT!
Jane: Paint/Primer, light fixtures (Needco, or Home Hardware Pt. Carling), toilets and sinks, blinds (GIK), Temporary/permanent door locks, 1014 mirror, and the list goes on.....
Rob: Go away

Next Days/Week Plan:
Note: Andrew WC, from Metroland Publishing may be out sometime next week. A-Channel will be filming Wednesday, and Hydro One is scheduled to pull the pole in front of 1014 out Tuesday or Wednesday.

Monday - Continue with parging mesh (weather permitting, but this is high priority). Check and repair what's been done so far. If the sanding is done in 1014A, start scraping floor and cleaning to prep for priming. Foam outside cracks and peel-and-stick flashing tape on windows and door flanges. Mud and tape 1014, Butler Heating and contracting is supposed to hook up oil tanks and chimneys. Bell is supposed to move wires off of old pole.
Tuesday – Continue un-finished tasks. Primer/sealer on drywall Hydro One might arrive to remove pole. Install door knobs/locks. Tidy site for A-Channel. Pick-up MDF and rip for jambs and sills and get to PPPG.
Wednesday – A Channel. Hydro One pull pole? Painting.
Thursday – Painting, and everything else.
Friday – Start Trim?

Volunteer Requirements: When we have the primer and paint (Tuesday?) we can start priming, both at the site and at PPPG. Jim indicated he plans to come would come Saturday. Stu said he and his crew aren't available again until partway through the week of November 8. We may be able to start trim work later next week. As you can see, we have lots of jobs that need to be done (and there are lots more not listed).

Materials/Tools: 
 Jane: Primer and door locks. Check on fridge delivery and destination (and Plan B: PPPG)
Howard/Jane: Pick up MDF from Muskoka Lumber to be ripped and primed for window jamb extensions and sills.
Howard: You will need ASAP: 6”, ardox galvanized spikes and a roll of soft iron wire to fasten and repair where the tapcon screws don't hold. If HPN doesn't get the sump pumps soon, see if they will lend us one to pump out 1014A (it's at the floor now!). Get yours fixed or replaced and expense it.
Nan: Return Bruce Caton's flooring sample book to Bill Goltz at Weismiller's.

Inspections: Plumbing (arranged by HPN?)

Note: I'll be away for the next 4 weeks, assuming I make it back at all towing a 32 year-old tent trailer with an un-servicable in the US Smart Car all over the US. Jane, Howard and Ellen will be picking up the slack and all the balls I dropped. Please don't call my cell phone unless it's an emergency (roaming charges and all that). However, please keep me up to date with emails; I should be able to get them most evenings.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Leave it to Beaver

Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build – Leave it to Beaver
Date: October 29, 2010, Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers: Eager joint-creakers Peter T.G., Quartermaster Bill, and myself; Stu plus 6 or 7 eager Beaver Creekers; and, in time for lunch, Oz-Some. As usual, Nan got us started and checked on us throughout the day.
Contractors: Bob Duke, Mike and ADAM Electric.
Visitors: Jane Pierre, Ian Wallace

Daily Log: Howard, is taking a well earned long weekend, so It started out cloudy and cool, but turned cold and windy (even before eating lunch). When I arrived at 8, Mike was already busy taping 1014. “Gee Ward, there's nothing wrong with the Beaver!”: a large and great crew meant we got a lot accomplished. So, make yourself comfortable; it's a long list:
  • Mike made good progress taping 1014A.
  • The parging mesh got applied to the front, one side and about half of the back.
  • ADAM electric wired each unit for a temporary 220V construction heater and loaned us one. Mike will loan us his tomorrow. This will mean we will no longer have to rely on those portable 110V ones.
  • The drywall got cut and placed for the electrical panel, except for the bottom of 1014, which had to be left open for the temporary heater cable.
  • The section of drywall that was cleaned of mould at the bottom of the panel cabinet was painted with a fungicide paint.
  • The old outside notice board was retrieved from the trash trailer and a movable stand was made so it could be placed outside as an emergency station.
  • Scrap wood and lumber was organized and neatly piled and some clean-up was done.
  • Poly was put on the insulated wall build by the crew on Tuesday (1014A still needs to be done).
  • All the raised screws in 1014 were set.
  • Bill, our Quartermaster, organized the tool crib in the basement.
  • Jane stopped by and delivered a number of steel studs (placed in the basement of 1014A) to be used for the chimney chases (now only the drywall, not the framing has to be a minimum of 2” away). We managed to stuff 2 bundles of surplus insulation in the back of her car to be taken back to the Re-Store (there are still 2 bundles in the basement of 1014A that need to go back).
  • Ian Wallace, who has volunteered to do/help with the trim came by to assess what was required. He recommended MDF for the jamb extensions and window sills.
  • Jane, Nan and Angel met at Paul's garage to assess it's suitability as a paint shop.
  • Nan, as usual, ran errands and brought coffee and lunches.
  • A dusty Bob started sanding the drywall in 1014A.
All this was accomplished by 1:30, at which time all the volunteers left. I left Bob and Mike, mudding and taping the drywall at 1:30. They promised to close up the fence.

Action/Follow-Up Items: Howard: Parger, Front porches, Siding, Plumbers (so we can drywall, run vent through roof, and hook-up sump pumps, Colin Butler, re furnace. EXPENSE REPORT!
Rob: Jamb extensions and interior door hardware from Muskoka Lumber (see separate email).
Jane: Paint/Primer, light fixtures (Needco, or Home Hardware Pt. Carling), toilets and sinks, blinds (GIK), Bell/Hydro One, Temporary/permanent door locks, 1014 mirror, and the list goes on.....

Next Days/Week Plan:
Note: Andrew WC, from Metroland Publishing may be out sometime next week. A-Channel will be filming Wednesday, and Hydro One is scheduled to pull the pole in front of 1014 out Tuesday or Wednesday.

Saturday - Continue with parging mesh (weather permitting, but this is high priority). Corner bead the inside of the breaker panel cupboard (Ian recommended a flush mount MDF door which would be least obtrusive). Poly basement wall in 1014A. If sanding is done in 1014A, start scraping floor and cleaning to prep for priming.
Monday – Howard's back, I'm gone. - Complete parging mesh, foam outside cracks and peel-and-stick flashing tape on windows and door flanges. Mud and tape 1014, Butler Heating and contracting is supposed to hook up oil tanks and chimneys. Bell is supposed to move wires off of old pole. Set-up Paul's Primer and Paint Garage (PPPG)
Tuesday – Continue un-finished tasks. Primer/sealer on drywall Hydro One might arrive to remove pole. Install door knobs/locks. Tidy site for A-Channel. Pick-up MDF and rip for jambs and sills and get to PPPG.
Wednesday – A Channel. Hydro One pull pole? Painting.
Thursday – Painting, and everything else.
Friday – Start Trim?

Beavers work under water
Volunteer Requirements: When we have the primer and paint (Tuesday, but possibly Monday) we can start priming, both at the site and at PPPG. Bill and Peter indicated they would come Saturday. Stu said he and his crew aren't available again until partway through the week of November 8. We may be able to start trim work later next week. As you can see, we have lots of jobs that need to be done (and there are lots more not listed).

Materials/Tools: Jane: Primer and door locks. Check on fridge delivery and destination (and Plan B: PPPG)
Rob/Howard: The bypass door kits I ordered from from Home Building Centre, Gravenhurst (contact Anne), weren't in and aren't expected to be in until next week or the following week. I gave them Howard's contact info. Panels will have to be bought and cut for these.
Rob/Jane: Muskoka Window and door for interior door hardware, jamb extensions for casements, and sliding door latch.
Howard/Jane: Pick up MDF from Muskoka Lumber to be ripped and primed for window jamb extensions and sills.
Rob/Jane/Howard: I checked on the HRV units this morning at Don Park and they weren't in yet. Sandra will call one of you when they're in.
Howard: If HPN doesn't get the sump pumps soon, see if they will lend us one to pump out 1014A (it's at the top of the chamber). Get yours fixed or replaced and expense it.
Nan: Return Bruce Caton's flooring sample book to Bill Goltz at Weismiller's.
Inspections: Plumbing (arranged by HPN?)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MUSKOKA: BLOWING IN THE WIND!

VOLUNTEERS:
SITE SUPERVISOR: HOWARD RUTTAN
NAN ALLEN, WILLY FLETCHER

STU BARNES HAD SHINGLES BLOWN FROM HIS ROOF SO HE WAS REPAIRING IT AND WAS UNABLE TO BRING THE BEAVER CREEK GUYS TO THE SITE EITHER TODAY OR TOMORROW. HE IS HUNTING NEXT WEEK SO THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TILL THE WEEK AFTER AT THE EARLIEST.


Weather report:
At the height of the storm, 50,000 customers lost power. Since then, Hydro One first restored power to 21,000 customers, and now, only 2,000 are without power.

At the height of the storm, 50,000 customers lost power. Since then, Hydro One first restored power to 21,000 customers, and now, only 2,000 are without power.
The hardest-hit areas were Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, Muskoka, Barrie and the Bruce Peninsula.


CONTRACTORS: 

  • BOB DUKES WAS IN ALL DAY. HE WILL BE SANDING FINAL COAT TOMORROW AND EXPECTS TO FINISH.
  •   MIKE FROM DAN GOFORTH CONTRACTING WAS MUDDING 1014 TODAY AND WILL RETURN TOMORROW. IT WILL TAKE NEXT WEEK TO FINISH.
  • MARTINO HEATING WAS IN TO LOCATE THE FURNACE. IT IS NOW IMPORTANT TO GET BUTTLER IN TO RUN THE VENT PIPE AND INSTALL THE TANK,LINE AND FUEL PIPE.
  • JEFF VINCENT WAS IN AND DROPPED OFF SOME METAL FOR THE ROOF. CARE MUST BE TAKEN SO IT DOESN'T GET DAMAGED.

ACTIVITIES

CLEANED EVERYTHING OUT OF MAIN FLOOR ON 1014 FOR DRYWALLER TO HAVE FREE ACCESS. WE TOOK IT DOWNSTAIRS. I LEFT MY TRAILER THERE TO BE FILLED WITH DEBRIS.
STARTED TO MARK AND DRILL SCREW LOCATIONS TO ATTACH SCREEN

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 

  • SEVERAL (PREFERRABLY) SOME SKILLED TO DO SOME SPECIAL TASKS; CAREFULLY FINISH DRILLING AND INSTALLING SCREWS TO LOCK SCREEN DOWN.
  • INSTALLLING PINE ON SIDE DOOR JAMB EXTENSIONS, SHELF AND POLE SUPPORT IN CLOSETS. FRAMING IN FURNACE EXHAUST PIPE AS SOON AS BUTTLER RUNS PIPE THROUGH ROOF.. REBUILDING ACCESS PANELS FOR ACTTIC HATCH SO THEY ARE MUCH LIGHTER.  

THE CRITICAL PATH: 

FURNACE. PARGING. SOIL FILL. RAMP  AND OUTSIDE STAIR BUILDING (DAN GOFORTH) . DRIVEWAY. ROOF. HYDRO POLE REMOVAL. SIDING.

ROB, HAVE A GOOD, SAFE TRIP. ENJOY.

HOWARD
 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Just give me the Muskoka FAQs


Habitat for Humanity Muskoka
Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in the United States. It is a non-profit, faith-based housing program that seeks to eliminate poverty housing worldwide and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from a broad spectrum of social, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds to work in partnership to build homes and hope with families in need.

Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 homes in over 100 countries around the world. A new home is dedicated worldwide every 10 minutes.

Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985, consists of over 50,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations, and has dedicated nearly 2,000 homes from coast to coast since its inception.

Habitat for Humanity Muskoka was established as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2002. Our first home was built in 2003. Since 2003, eight homes have now been built by Habitat for Humanity Muskoka for families across Muskoka who may not otherwise be able to experience the joys and responsibilities of home ownership. Our ninth and tenth homes are being built in Bala this summer.

2. How Does Habitat Work?

Through volunteer labour, efficient management and donations of money and materials, Habitat homes are built and sold to partner families at no profit. They are financed with affordable, no interest mortgages, geared to the families' financial circumstances. Habitat for Humanity is not a give-away program. In addition to the mortgage payments, each homeowner contributes 500 hours of unpaid labour into the building of their home and other homes. This is called "Sweat Equity". Sweat equity increase pride of ownership and reduces Habitat's costs.

3. How Does a Habitat Project Get Started?

First, through finding a partner family, obtaining a suitable building lot, finding sponsors for the build, designing a home for the partner family, obtaining cash donations as well as donated building materials and services, recruiting volunteers and finally, building the home.

4. How is This A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out?

Habitat houses are sold to families, not given to them free of charge. In addition, families help to build their own home. By building homes at low cost, requiring very little or no down payment, and not charging interest on the mortgage, Habitat for Humanity is able to provide an opportunity, or a "hand up", to buy a home for families that would not otherwise qualify for a conventional mortgage. CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) requires our homes to be mortgaged at fair market value.
      
5. How are Habitat Projects Funded?

The cost of a typical Habitat home in Muskoka is about $65,000 including the cost of services and construction. We depend on the community to donate material, time and services to decrease build costs however the more we are required to purchase, the higher the home cost is. If we must also purchase the lot, the cost can be substantially more. The funds to complete our building projects come from a number of sources. Mortgage income from our eight existing homes, profits from the ReStore operation, donations, income from fundraising events and financial support from major sponsors all go toward the construction of Habitat homes in our community. In addition, donations of materials and services, and volunteer labour are used to minimize the direct cost of construction.

6. How Does Habitat Relate to Government?

Habitat is a Registered Charity. We are not a government agency. However, Habitat does encourage participation with all levels of government to partner in the provision of land or existing houses for rehabilitation as long as the principles of Habitat for Humanity remain intact.

7.  Who Controls and Manages Habitat for Humanity Canada?

The National Board of Directors determines and monitors operations. Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing in Canada. The President and COO direct the National Office with an administrative staff, assisted by a core group of dedicated long-term and short-term volunteers.

8. How Does this Program Benefit the Families and Communities in the Long-Run?

Over time, a family's equity in their home increases. Habitat families also often see an improvement in their financial situation since the percentage of their income being spent on housing remains at 30%. Prior to purchasing a Habitat home many of these families are spending over 50% of their income on rent.

A safe, healthy living environment contributes to the positive growth and development of children. Habitat has recorded many examples of children within Habitat families becoming healthier, completing a post-secondary education and establishing successful careers.
Communities benefit as former renters become homeowners who contribute to the tax base. Habitat build projects also offer an opportunity for community members, of all walks of life, to come together and work side by side in a meaningful way.

As the poverty cycle is broken, and a family's financial situation improves their dependence on local social services is decreased. In addition, pride of ownership leads to a renewed sense of confidence, and along with their stable, long-term housing arrangement, they become long-term contributors to the community and the local economy.

The three criteria to qualify for a Habitat home are:

1.      need for affordable housing,
2.      ability to repay a Habitat mortgage, and
3.      willingness to partner with Habitat.

Need for affordable housing is defined by a family income that is below the government-set Low Income Cut-Off (poverty line) for their particular region, and existing living conditions that are inadequate in terms of structure, cost, safety or size. The ratio of shelter expense to total income is also factored.

Ability to repay a Habitat mortgage requires that the family has a stable income sufficient to cover the monthly mortgage payments and other expenses that come with home ownership.

Homeowners must demonstrate a willingness to partner with Habitat by contributing 500 hours of volunteer labor ("sweat equity") towards the building of their home.

9. What about Community Partnerships?

Habitat fulfills its mission by forming partnerships with individuals, churches, corporations, local businesses and service organizations across Muskoka.

10.  How Can I Become a Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Muskoka?

General volunteer information is available on the Habitat for Humanity Muskoka web site.  Habitat needs volunteers to work on build site, committees and at the Habitat ReStore.

Habitat for Humanity Muskoka – 705.646.0106 or  Email us at:  info @ habitatmuskoka.com Website
To travel to a location outside your community to help build,
       contact the local Canadian affiliate to see where they’re building this year or contact Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village Program for a list of projects worldwide.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY!

Foam, insulation, drywall, parging - you name it!

  Patty Partsons Daily Construction Log

THIS WEEK:

-  COMPLETE  2" FOAM BOARD AROUND TOP OF WALL
- DISSASSEMBLE SHELVES IN STORAGE CAN, RETURN TO DAN LACROIX
- EMPTY STORAGE CAN AND CONTACT CRS TO REMOVE
- BUILD INSULATED WALL AROUND PORCH WALL IN BASEMENT
- DRYWALL BASEMENT STAIRS
- DRYWALL AND CORNER BEAD ON WINDOWS IN 1014
- RIP 1X PINE TO BUILD OUT JANBS AT SIDE DOORS

ON THE CRITICAL PATH BY 3RD END OF WEEK IN NOVEMBER:
- PARGING BASEMENT WALL -- HOWARD/CONTRACTOR
- ORDER AND GRADE SOIL FILL AROUND BASEMENT WALLS -- HOWARD BRENTQUARRIES, TED SMITH, JEFF OVERBEEK
- BUILD AND INSTALL RAMP AND STEPS AT SIDE DOOR AND FRONT-- CONTRACTOR/HOWARD
- POUR PORCH SLABS --- SOLID CONCRETE/HOWARD
- INSTALL SIDING -- WESTERBY SIDING/HOWARD/CONTRACTOR
- PAINT PRIMER AND COLORS -- VOLUNTEERS/BRIAN
- HEATING AND HRV INSTALLATION -- MARTINO, HPN/HOWARD 
- COMPLETE PLUMBING

~Howard Ruttan

Porch pour, parging, painting of primer!

ON SITE:

SITE SUPERVISOR: HOWARD RUTTAN

VOLUNTEERS:
NAN ALLEN SUPPORTED US THROUGHOUT THE DAY, BRIAN IN TO START THE DAY WITH LIST, BILL NEISS, ROB ABBOTT.

CONTRACTORS: BOB JUKES MUDDING 1014.
NOTE: BOB INDICATED THE PAINTING OF PRIMER COULD LIKELY NOT BE STARTED BEFORE SATURDAY. DEPENDS ON OW MUCH TIME HE CAN SPEND IN THE NEXT
3 DAYS....STAY TUNED.
STEVE BYNO IN TO REVIEW PORCH POUR. HE WILL BE DOING IT ASAP.

CONTACTED ADDITIONAL CONTRACTORS FOR PARGING.

6 SKILLED VOLUNTEERS COMING IN TUES, THURS, FRI.

LOTS OF JOBS WHICH I WILL SEND UNDER SEPARATE NOTE.
NOTE TO BRIAN: WE WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR WEDNESDAY.

HOWARD RUTTAN

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Duke of Drywall = Bob



Construction Daily Log,  Patty Parsons Build 


Date: October 23, 2010

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:  
Site Supervisor: Howard Ruttan
Volunteers:  G, Peter - The Great, Rob, Chris, Paul Murphy, and John Mech.  Brian McD and Nan got us started and checked on us throughout the day.
Contractors: Bob Duke
Visitors: Bruce Caton stopped by to measure up the floors.

Daily Log: It's been the same all week: drywall.  The Duke of Drywall, Bob, got another coat on all the seams of 1014A.  People started drifting away in the afternoon, but I managed to get stairway drywall screwed up in 1014A and Chris managed to get it screwed up.  We're almost done, just the the stairway and a few bits in 1014, and the electrical panel cupboards and window returns on both units.   We closed up around 4 PM (Note: I was too tired to properly tidy-up the site).

Action/Follow-Up Items:
Howard: Parger, front porches, siding, plumbers (so we can drywall, run vent through roof, and hook-up sump pumps.
Rob: Porch slab insulation, Arrange for ReStore truck, pick up HRV units
Jane:  light fixtures (Needco, or Home Hardware Pt. Carling), toilets and sinks, paint/primer (GIK), blinds (GIK).

Next Days/Week Plan:
Monday
  1. Tidy-up site and put away some of the tools
  2. Move items in container needed for build into one of the units
  3. Set aside tools and materials that can be sent back to the ReStore
  4. Load up ReStore truck
  5. Dump run with trailer
  6. Finish drywall and window jambs
Tuesday – Meeting @ 8:30 with Ellen, Jane, Rob and Howard
  • finish up drywall and prep for primer on 1014A
  • corner bead on 1014
  • SM foam rim joist around front porches
  • tape flashing around windows and door flanges.
Wednesday – Continue from above, ductwork contractor might start

Materials/Tools: Howard was to pick up some more drywall mud.

Inspections Plumbing and Electrical (arranged by contractors)

Editor's note:
Rob is nothing if he isn't dedicated. His self-depracating humour is fun, but not truly earned. Rob - The Mediocre, is nothing like that. A dedicated, hard-working man. He has the smartest car in Muskoka!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Peter the great

Date: October 22, 2010

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:  
Site Supervisor: Howard Ruttan
Volunteers:  Deb, Jim P., Mike G, Peter - The Great, and, for a few hours only, Rob - The Mediocre.  As usual, Brian McD and Nan got us started and checked on us throughout the day.
Contractors: Bob Duke

Daily Log: The crew got bored with wall board; most of 1014 is done and the corner bead got started.  The Duke of Drywall, Bob, got another coat on all the seams of 1014A.   The office trailer got removed to be put in storage for the winter. These laconic sentences belie the significant progress made today.

Action/Follow-Up Items:
Howard: Parger, Front porches, Siding, Plumbers (so we can drywall, run vent through roof, and hook-up sump pumps.
Rob: Porch slab insulation, Arrange for ReStore truck, pick up HRV units
Jane:  light fixtures (Needco, or Home Hardware Pt. Carling), toilets and sinks, paint/primer (GIK), blinds (GIK).

Next Days/Week Plan:
Saturday Drywall 1014, Start moving tools and materials needed for completion out of container and into one of the units.
Monday – Clear out container.

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

Materials/Tools: I ordered the bypass door kits from Home Building Centre, Gravenhurst (contact Bob Collins).

Inspections:  Plumbing and Electrical (arranged by contractors)

Drywall, mudding, parging

Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build
On site:
Site supervisor: Howard Ruttan

Inspirational Supervisor: Nan Allen

Volunteer godfather: Brian Mcdonald

Volunteer(s): Jim Partridge

Contractors: Bob Dukes, ABC drywall

Jiim and myself insatlled drywall in 1014, finishing the ceiling and most of the hallway and repaired the drywall in 1014A that was removed by electricians.


About 85% of the drywall in 1014 is completed.


Next: complete drywall in 1014 ( I expect this may be completed tomorrow with additional volunteers).
Clean up 1014 for mudding.

Upcoming-- soon: Arrange parging-- Howard
                Emptying of storage contaner-- Rob
                Arrange backfill and lot grading--Howard
                Arrange porch pad pour --Howard
                Arrange contractor or build  steps and ramp

Then: Priming and paint first coat of color on completion of mudding
         Install interior doors
         Install interior trim

 -- Howard Ruttan 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The More the Marriott


Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build - The More the Marriott

Date: October 20, 2010

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Site Supervisor: Howard Ruttan
Volunteers: There were a lot today. About a dozen volunteers from the various Marriott enterprises around Muskoka. Though I met most of them, I'm terrible with names and won't even try to list them all; Brian has the list. We also had an excellent turnout of our regulars: Jim P., Doug, Mick, Mike G, Peter - The Great, Rob - The Mediocre, and Attic Angel Roberta. As usual, Brian McD and Nan got us started and checked on us throughout the day.
Contractors: None, but I saw Bob Duke and Ron D'Costa stop by.

Daily Log: Wow! We got a lot accomplished today. Both attics got insulated, the SM board around the exterior got installed, 400 lbs, of debris got loaded into the trailer and taken to the dump, the Canned Ham office trailer got emptied and the little Smart Car was able to get to the backyard and tow it out front, a lot of drywall got put up in 1014, and we even managed to re-insulate the joist bays. We effectively got everything done on yesterday's Wish List of tasks. While volunteers came and left throughout the day, the last left around 4 pm.

It's important to note how great the Marriott volunteers were. They were all eager to work and help out in any, and every, way. In fact, Howard and I owe them an apology: they were so diligent and quick that they often had to wait for us to find another task for them.

Action/Follow-Up Items: 
HowardParger, Front porches, Siding, Plumbers (so we can drywall, run vent through roof, and hook-up sump pumps.
Rob: Porch slab insulation, Arrange for ReStore truck
Jane: light fixtures (Needco, or Home Hardware Pt. Carling), toilets and sinks, paint/primer (GIK), blinds (GIK).

Next Days/Week Plan:
Thursday – Saturday Drywall 1014, Start moving tools and materials needed for completion out of container and into one of the units.
Monday – Clear out container.

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

Materials/Tools: Howard: Get your sump pump we burnned out fixed or replaced at our cost.

Inspections: Plumbing and Electrical (arranged by contractors)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Post Cranfest activity

Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build

Date: October 19, 2010

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Site Supervisors: Howard Ruttan A.M.; Rob Abbott P.M.
Volunteers: Bill Niess, Tom - Bo Derek- Neville (for a couple of hours), Jim P., Doug, Rev. Paul, Peter - The Great, and Rob - The Not So. As usual, Brian McD and Nan got us started and checked on us throughout the day.
Contractors: Cory from ADAM Electric, and I hope Bob Duke will be in tonight to tape.
Visitors: Jane Pierre, my potential replacement for the month of November.

Daily Log: It occurred to me that with the inside work and cooler weather, the weather hasn't been noted for awhile. Well, we had a lot of it today: it started out cloudy, then poured rain, cleared up to sunny skies, but cool, and later it warmed up a bit, but got quite windy in the afternoon.

What a difference a day makes. After being all alone for most of yesterday, our regulars returned (perhaps too many cranberry cocktails over the weekend).

Even Howard showed up this morning, making a spectacle of himself in his groovy shades, but leaving after lunch to have spectacles made for himself. While all the diehards wrestled putting up the heavy 5/8 drywall on the ceiling, I puttered around outside, picking up materials (dragging a pylon cone all the way to Muskoka Lumber) and only managed to get the ledger boards on for the side door porches. All that mental and physical work wrestling that drywall was hard on them and by 2:30, I was Mister Lonely once again.

Action/Follow-Up Items:
Howard: Parger, Front porches
Rob: Ductwork, Porch slab insulation, Flooring
Jane: Countertops (Murray's?), light fixtures (Needco, or Home Hardware Pt. Carling), toilets and sinks, paint/primer (GIK), blinds (GIK).

Next Days/Week Plan:
Wednesday – Note: It's garbage day and the truck arrives early now. Collect the trash and recycling. Marriott-chee band, plus the usual suspects. Weather permitting, potential jobs include:
    •    drywall 1014
    •    patch drywall that Cory removed in kitchen of 1014A
    •    insulate attics of both units
    •    SM board over rim joists
    •    Re-Insulate and vapour barrier joist bays behind ledger boards
    •    take down and stack scaffold
    •    clear out trailer and remove jack stands
    •    clean up site, load trailer
    •    remove table from 1014, and stairs from basement of 1014A

Thursday - Saturday Continue above

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

Materials/Tools: Return scaffolding to Pro-Line

Inspections: Plumbing and Electrical (arranged by contractors)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rob's Smart car

Hauling two furnaces!
Over the course of the Bala build, Rob's car has been amazing!

Parger - I hardly knew her!


Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build

Date: October 18, 2010

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers: Roberta. Nan was back and forth all day.
Contractors: Lots: Dan Goforth and his crew Daryl and A.N. Other, Jeff from HPN, Collin from Butler Heating and Plumbing, and Arden from ADAM Electric stopped by.
Visitors: Mick delivered the pocket door; Tom 10 picked up his saw, a goatee and Frank's cold.
Prepping for parging.
Thanks for the photo! 

Andrew Wagner-Chazalon


Daily Log: Howard phoned in late today; he had truck, dog and eyeglass problems. So that left me to supervise all the volunteers, but there weren't any. 
Dan Goforth and his crew provided materials and labour to do the little shed roof along the front and even installed the SM board for us. 
Jeff from HPN checked on the plumbing (found some leaks and repaired them). 
Colin stopped by to look at the furnace installation and advised where the furnaces and tanks will go and agreed to install and run the chimneys. However, it won't be for 2 weeks. 
The ESA Inspector came by to inspect the electrical work. He has some issues with the kitchen wiring and will be meeting with Cory tomorrow. Meanwhile, with myself the only volunteer, I puttered putting up some small sheets of drywall and running the last phone cable in 1014. After lunch Roberta came by and we put up a couple of sheets, including one ceiling piece.

Howard planned to come back in the evening with Bob Duke.

Action/Follow-Up Items:
Start deciding on flooring
*Parger * (See note below. Can't find a free photo! /Jenn)
Arrange for trailer and container removal

Next Days/Week Plan:
Tuesday – Thursday Drywall and Outside
Friday – consider removing trailer

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

Inspections: Plumbing and Electrical (arranged by contractors)

Editor's note: Rob makes me do my research. Never too old to learn a new thing!


*Parge the ugly out of your concrete wall by Bill Leonard Issue #57


In this article ... You may also think ofparging as applying a form of stucco to a wall.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Holy mudders...

Patty Parsons Build Daily Log


ON SITE SUPERVISOR: HOWARD RUTTAN

VOLUNTEERS: BRIAN TUROWAY, ROB ABBOTT 

ACTIVITIES: DRYWALL, DRYWALL, DRYWALL
                  TUNED UP DRYWALL SCREWS IN 1014A TO ASSIST DRYWALL MUDDER
                 
CONTRACTORS


  • ABC DRYWALL MUDDER WAS IN LAST NIGHT AND COMPLETED ALL THE FLATS IN 1014A  
  • HPN PLUMBING WAS ON SITE ALL DAY COMPLETING AND PRESSURIZING THE PLUMBING FOR INSPECTION ON MONDAY. 
  • NEXT: DAN GOFORTH'S CREW IN ON MONDAY TO BUILD EYEBROW OVERHANG
  •           PLUMBING INSPECTION ON MONDAY
  •           COLLIN FROM BUTTLER HEATING COMING TO SITE MONDAY TO REVIEW FURNACE SITUATION.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: LOTS....
  •        FROM DISCUSSIONS I EXPECT WILLY FLETCHER IN MOST DAYS TO GET HIS SISTER MOVED IN ASAP  
  •        HOPEFULLY WITH Cranberry FESTIVAL OVER ON MONDAY WE'LL HAVE MORE AVAILABLE

~HOWARD RUTTAN 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Climbing the walls

ON SITE SUPERVISOR: HOWARD RUTTAN

VOLUNTEERS: KENT HAMILL, MIKE GUERY, ROB ABBOTT

CONTRACTORS: JEFF VINCENT (VINCENT ROOFING) DISCUSSED PLANNED ROOF INSTALLATION.(ABOUT 2 WEEKS)
                         BOB DUKES (ABC DRYWALL) CAME IN AT 5 PM AND STAYED TILL 8 PM. HE WILL CARRY ON WITH DRYWALLING FOLLOWING THE FESTIVAL WHEN HE FEELS HE WILL HAVE MORE TIME AVAILABLE.
                         CONTACTED HPN AND THEY PLAN TO SEND THEIR GUY OUT TOMORROW FOR PLUMBING

ACTIVITIES: KENT, MIKE AND ROB COMPLETED DRYWALL IN 1014A. MIKE AND KENT MOVED TO 1014 TO CONTINUE DRYWALLING. ROB TOOK ANOTHER LOAD TO THE DUMP.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: LOTS NEEDED

NEXT: DRYWALL CEILING IN 1014. THEN CONTINUE WITH WALLS.

~HOWARD RUTTAN 

Frank's fab photos!




Lots of people have worked on the project!
Thanks for the photos, Frank. Good to see the progress.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More mud, drywall, scrapping and eyebrow

ON SITE SUPERVISOR: Howard Ruttan

 VOLUNTEERS: Jim Partridge, Paul Dempsey, Doug Patterson, Nan Allen, Toni Green, Roberts.

 CONTRACTORS:

- HPN onsite all day, expecting to have pressure testing done so we can drywall both washrooms. However, laundry room in 1014A cannot be drywalled till testing and inspection due to plumbing fixture locations.
-Dan Goforth came by and committed to do the eyebrow. He called later and confirmed he will have a crew there Monday.
-ABC Drywall (Bob Dukes) called this evening and will come in tomorrow night, 5 p.m., to mud.

 ACTIVITIES:
Drywalling both 1014A and 1014. Everyone involved worked hard and made substantial progress. Rob took a load of scraps to the dump.

 NEXT:
 - Get heating people in (ROB, HOWARD) / This is getting critical.
 - Dan Goforth's crew in on Monday for eyebrow.
- ABC Drywall in tomorrow night by 5 p.m.
- Carry on drywalling (Finish corners on 1014A for mudders and continue boarding 1014).



Taping and Mudding Drywall
7 min - 25 Dec 2008


 VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS:
 - LOTS NEEDED.
- Willy Fletcher has committed to continued assistance after he is finished with the family business during the Cranberry Festival, since he wants to have his sister in by end of November.
 -Toni Green is not going back to Toronto till houses are complete since she wants to paint them.
 - Determine what has to be completed for building and lot requirements for severance of lots.

ROB - Determine availability of construction crew from Beaver Creek ASAP and ongoing.

BRIAN AND ELLEN - Decide when to return Ocean Can and moving and storage of contents.

HOWARD, ROB
- Finish drywalling, painting, trim, fixtures. (Various)
 - Parging basement wall (Parge the ugly out of your concrete wall  -Howard to follow with contractor on w/e)
- Backfill and grade (Howard)
- Build outside stairs and ramp (Howard)
- Remove hydro pole, install driveways. (Howard, Rob)

-- HOWARD RUTTAN

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Muddy waters - Oct. 12th


Rob's 'TRUCK'
Lots of contractors pitched in
On site Supervisor: Howard Ruttan
                            Back on the job till it's done
 
Volunteers:  Nan Allen Rob Abbott, Doug Patterson, Jim Patridge, Toni Green, Peter Hemming  Brian Mcdonald 


 
Contractors: HPN working on plumbing all day. A.D.A.M. Electric completed wiring the panels. They are now finished till final hookup after drywall completed.


  
Activities: Nan got things organized in the morning and stayed with us throughout the day. Brian checked in early in the morning and he and 
Marian brought a delicious hot lunch.
The gang returned to doing drywall boarding and almost completed 1014A. A tough day man-handling boards all day. Rob did a dump run with his "truck".

 
Next planned activities: -  Rob has ordered 5/8 and 1/2 inch drywall from GIC for delivery on Thursday.
- Working the phone to get drywall mudders and roof overhang installers (Howard).
- Due to the Cranberry Festival we will not work Friday, or Saturday (School busses start arriving 11a.m. Friday). We will however restart Monday work. (However we will evaluate schedules due to the repetitive calling of volunteers and very few willing to show up. Howard, Rob, Brian)

eyebrow

- Finish drywalling 1014A (everyone).
- Get contractors for roof eyebrow, and mudding. (Howard) 
- Plumbers pressure testing plumbing today.
 
Volunteers needed: Lots

Howard Ruttan reporting!