Saturday, July 16, 2011

Parger - I hardly knew her!

DAILY  LOG JULY 15, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
13 Blocklayers from Len Crow Masonry, 12 Volunteers, RobA, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project

What Happened?
Yesterday we got the plumbing rough-in inspected and passed.
Mike and Brian and Chris from CoonBros did the backfill. Fred from Brent Quarries came out with the stoneslinger. Lawrence from Simcoe Block delivered the blocks and mortar.
Today the crew of Len Crow Masonry showed up and pretty well finished the blocks. (If we hadn’t run
short, they would have finished the blocks!)
Many thanks to the Crow Masonry Crew, and Tavio’s fine young lads from Beaver Creek.

What Next?
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22
We will be applying the weather-proofing to the exterior of the foundation wall. Brian Fitzsimmons of
Cottage Country Stone has volunteered to spray the tar on the blocks. He has the spray-machine, we
supply the tar and varsol. After that we may apply the dimple-wrap, lay the weeping tiles, and cover
them with drainage stone. Between the dimple wrap and the drainage stone we need to apply our first
course of SM Foam sheathing. As we backfill we can apply the other courses.
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
The framing should be underway and finished by Friday, July 29. Jesse Campbell of Jesse Campbell
Construction has volunteered to bring in his crew and install the truss roof system.
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5
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 insulation materials at cost and
the labour for free. He will also provide the truck to blow in the attack insulation once the drywall is
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
Drywall installation

Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22: three to four volunteers per day
Site Supervisors needed
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29: five to six volunteers per day with framing experience
Site Supervisors needed
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5: two volunteers per day needed to do site clean up
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12: five to eight volunteers per day to do drywall installation
Site Supervisors needed

Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22
SM Foam, O-Pipe, Dimple Wrap, 1” stone, backfill, box-cutter knives, hammer drill, tap-con screws
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
Engineered Floor System, wall framing materials, Roof Truss system, SM Foam, skill saw, hammers,
levels, squares, tape measures, tool belts, ladders, roof shingles
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August: five brooms, dust masks and garbage bags
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
Drywall materials, drywall nails and screws, drywall lifter, dust masks, box-cutter knives


  • For weeping tiles, drainage stones, and weather-proofing on the exterior of the foundation walls.
  • For framing
  • For plumbing, electrical and heating rough-ins
  • For insulation and vapour barrier
  • For occupancy and final

My Thoughts
There must have been 25 people in the hole today. It looked like an ant colony. By noon all the blocks
had disappeared from the piles and the walls were standing. By 4:00 the exterior of the blocks were
Many thanks to Jack who, despite being 80, still helped the guys shovel sand into the mortar
Hats off to Len Crow Masonry and Tavio’s crew from Beaver Creek. Them guys were moving so fast that me and Rob and Fred just stood watching in amazement. (Rob helped for a bit at first. He gets an A for effort.)
All in all it was a great ending to a great week. I extend the warmest thank you to all those who are making this project happen.

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

In this article ... You may also think of parging as applying a form of stucco to a wall.
from the Bala Build: 

Parger - I hardly knew her! 

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