Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bows, blocks, bags, bolts

DAILY  LOG JULY 27, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Kevin, Larry, George, Rick, Brian, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
We repaired the bowed wall. Kudos to Goerge Genereaux for non-stop mixing of 49 bags of Sakrete
We set the first Parallam Rim Support in place.

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Kudos to Larry for executing the job, from setting up the temporary supports to marking the positions of anchor bolts and joist hangers.
Kudos to the rest of us for working so hard to keep up with those two powerhouses.
The matter involving the structural concern was resolved, and we are ready to begin installing the
Bala build blocks
Kudos to Darryl Moore of Simcoe Building Center for getting our blocks and mortar out to us so quickly.

What Next?
Thursday, July 28 – Complete backfill. Begin installing additional blocks.
Friday, July 29 – Complete installation of additional blocks. Install second Paralam Rim Support. Secure rim supports. Fill top 2 courses of fire-wall blocks with concrete.
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5
Tuesday, August 2 – The Corrections Canada Crew is coming out for a hardy day’s work of installing the engineered floor joist system.
Wednesday, August 3 –We will have resumed framing of the main structure.
Mixing concrete in Bala
Jesse Campbell of Jesse Campbell Construction has volunteered to bring in his crew and install the truss roof system.
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
Gravenhurst Plumbing and Greenside Electric will do the plumbing, electrical and heating rough-ins.
Bill Gee of Great Northern Insulation has volunteered to provide us the labour to install the insulation which he will provide at cost. He will also provide the truck to blow in the attack insulation once the drywall is installed.
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
Drywall installation

Thursday, July 28 – 6 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Friday, July 29 – 6 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Monday, August 1 – HOLIDAY
Tuesday, August 2 – Corrections Canada is providing 12 Volunteers + Emma + Derek + DougP + MikeO
Wednesday, August 3 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Thursday, August 4 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Friday, August 5 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
2 Volunteers per day needed to do site clean up
Site Supervisors needed
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
We are hoping to have the big company crews come out to do drywall installation
Site Supervisors needed

Monday, July25 – Friday, August 5
Engineered Floor System, wall framing materials, Roof Truss system, SM Foam, skill saw, hammers, levels, squares, tape measures, tool belts, ladders, roof shingles
Engineered Floor system from Chamberlain’s Tim-Br-Mart (at a nicely reduced cost)
Windows and doors from Muskoka Windows and Doors.
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
Brooms, dust masks and garbage bags
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
Drywall materials, drywall nails and screws, drywall lifter, dust masks, box-cutter knives

Food and Drink
Many thanks to Sobey's Gravenhurst for providing us with a great lunch!
Many thanks to Oliver’s Coffee of Gravenhurst for providing us with their delicious coffee and muffins.
Thursday, July 28 –Food and Drink Required for 10
Friday, July 29 –Food and Drink Required for 10
Tuesday, August 2 – Food and Drink Required for 16
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

  • For framing
  • For plumbing, electrical and heating rough-ins
  • For insulation and vapour barrier
  • For occupancy and final
My Thoughts

A Build is like a work of art in progress. It takes on a life of its own. If a Build begins with a good momentum, then that starting pulse will keep it going even through the sometimes tedious and slow times. Thanks to all the hard work (and the hearts and souls) of our wonderful Volunteers, we are now through our first slow and tedious time (yes, there will be others), back on track, and only a few days behind schedule.
The slowdown that we just experienced was due to two factors.
First, one of the block walls was compromised.
Second, a correction was needed in some of the structural components. The first was corrected with the hard work of our Volunteers. The second needed some behind the scenes brainstorming.
Kudos on that one to Mark Jones of Draftech Designs and to Paul Brunskill (P. Eng.) who put their time and effort at our disposal and provided us with the simplest and easiest procedure to
correct it.
Words fail me in expressing the heartfelt gratitude of Habitat Muskoka for the gregarious effort and excellent accomplishment of all involved who kept the momentum of the Build going.

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike @

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