Sunday, July 24, 2011

Framing, flooring, fencing, Friday

DAILY  LOG JULY 22, 2011
Who Was On-Site?
Brian and Mike, from CoonBros;
Steve and Janice, Larry, Fred, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?

The fences were taken down and the backfilling begun. Everybody worked really hard on the shovelling and wheel-barrowing. Unfortunately, the bulldozer came too close to the foundation wall and the downward pressure compacted the loose-fill and bowed out the foundation wall on the south side of
unit 517. The backfill was then removed from the area where the foundation wall had bowed, at which
point the wall straightened itself out again. Nonetheless, the integrity of the wall is compromised and
we are looking into solutions to put the integrity back into the wall using minimal materials and labour.
It is a set-back, but not anything major, and the installation of the floor joist system on unit 519 will
proceed on schedule.
The fences were put back up, the site was cleaned up, and we called it a day.
Bala Build 2010

What Next?
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
The framing of the floor joist system should be underway and finished by Friday, July 29.
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5
Framing of the main structure.  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 we will provide. 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

Bala Build 2010
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
5 -6 Volunteers per day with framing experience
Site Supervisors needed
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5
We are hoping to have the big company crews come out for the framing
Site Supervisors needed
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 the CWL ladies of Saint Paul’s Parish in Gravenhurst for providing us with a most
excellent lunch on Friday.
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
  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
It is impossible to get through a build without some mishaps and set-backs. One learns when running a
build to just take it in stride. The one thing to avoid at all costs is panic. The other thing to avoid is the
blame game – at least until a strategy has been worked out and implemented. The bowing of the
foundation wall is repairable, and we will strive to get it repaired next week so as to not hold up the
schedule.Having said that, my thanks and appreciation goes out to Steve and Janice and Larry and Fred, who all worked so hard to get the dirt into the hole, and then get that same dirt back out of the hole. They were real troopers, and they toughed it out through the heat of the day even though it may have seemed to them that their hard work was, well, maybe not put to the best of uses. But, without their hard work and dedication the problem would be far greater than it is now. Because they stayed and did what
needed to be done, the damage is minimalized, and I do not see it being anything more than a small
impediment to continuing the build on schedule. The importance of their work on Friday cannot be
overstated. It was crucial.

So, from myself and everyone involved in the build, a stack of kudos to Steve and Janice and Fred and
Larry. The esprit d’corps is alive and well and lives within their generous hearts.
Thank you.
Many generous hearts,
all connected on the same branch,
with one goal in mind:
a hand up - not a handout.

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

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