Thursday, August 25, 2011

Interior walls, drywall,

DAILY  LOG August 25, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Larry, Fred, Henri, Bill, Mike, Duncan, Jim and Miriam, Richard, Ted, Norm, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
More interior walls built after some serious brainstorming. Backing for drywall put up everywhere
needed (still some spots to be done). A good start on getting the roof up over the porch.

What Next?
Thursday, August 25 – Continue installing SM Foam on exterior of Building
Friday, August 26 – Continue framing in porch.
Saturday, August 27 – Continue framing and installation
Monday, August 29 –Go to Barrie for the day to pick up products for roof
Tuesday, August 30 – Install roof products and shingles
Also during this period we will need to get the shingles installed on the roof, and Mike Vettese of
Gravenhurst Bay Cottage Services has volunteered to install the roof shingles for free and to supply
them at below cost.
Many thanks to Mike Vettese of Gravenhurst Bay Cottage Services
Many thanks to Jesse Campbell of Jesse Campbell Construction for volunteering his crew to install the
Roof Truss Systems
Many thanks to Home Building Center for supplying our wall framing materials.
Many thanks to Bob Chamberlain of Chamberlains Tim-Br-Mart for his interest in our build and his
attention to detail.Many thanks to Clyde McDuff of Ready Mix Concrete   for providing the concrete at cost, and for sending
out Eddy and Trevor to deliver the concrete and help with the pour.
Many thanks to Brad Williams of Artistic Stone, and to Chuck and Eddy and Trevor for working a long
hard day to get the two basement floors finished.
Many thanks to SMS Rentals in Bracebridge for supplying us with 2 (two!) concrete finishers.

Further on Down the Road
Phase 2 -- The next portion of the Build is to get the Building Envelope secured. This means letting
the licensed professionals in to do their thing. This Phase involves:
Wind Barrier Installers
Window and Door Installers
Siding, Soffit and Flashing Installers
Tin-bashers (HVAC guys)
During this time the need for Volunteers is going to be decreased. Of course, everyone is welcome to
come out to the Site, but don’t be surprised or disappointed if there isn’t much to do. Hopefully this
phase will not last more than 2 weeks.
Phase 3 – This is the other portion of the Build where our wonderful hard-working Volunteers are
once again in great demand. This Phase involves:
Trimwork and Doors
Painting (everybody’s favourite!)
Floor Installation (sheet goods, hardwood, carpet)Cabinet Installation
Final Grading and Landscaping
Presenting our two Homeowners with the keys to their respective palaces
Patting ourselves on the back for a job superbly done

Wednesday, August 24 – 8 Volunteers.
Thursday, August 25 – 8 Volunteers
Friday, August 26 – 8 Volunteers.
Saturday, August 27 – 8 Volunteers
Monday, August 29 –8 Volunteers
Tuesday, August 30 – 8 Volunteers

Engineered Floor Systems, wall framing materials, Roof Truss Systems, SM Foam, skill saw, hammers,
levels, squares, tape measures, tool belts, ladders, roof shingles
Engineered Roof Truss Systems from Pioneer Trusses
Sheathing, blocking and web-bracing for Roof Truss Systems from Chamberlain’s Tim-Br-Mart
Wall framing materials from Home Building Center
Windows and doors from Muskoka Windows and Doors.
30 Year 3-Tab Shingles from Mike Vettese of Gravenhurst Bay Cottage Services
Concrete floors in the basement from Ready Mix Concrete

Food and Drink
Many thanks to Oliver’s Coffee of Gravenhurst for providing us with their delicious coffee and muffins. Many thanks to North Restaurant of Gravenhurst for providing us with a delicious lunch.
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

For framing
For plumbing, electrical and HVAC rough-ins
For insulation and vapour barrier
For occupancy and final

My Thoughts
It does not always happen that each and every Volunteer finds the job that is suitable for them. As the
Project Manager I make every attempt to insure that everyone who comes out to the Delta Muskoka
Build Site has a good, fun, and fulfilling day.
The Volunteer should never feel that they cannot speak up and ask for another job to do if the job they
find themselves doing is not to their liking, and I for my part am always looking for signs that the
Volunteer is indeed happy in what they are doing. One of my most important duties is to see that all
Volunteers have a great and enjoyable (and safe) experience. This can only be achieved with 100%
efficiency if I get feedback from the Volunteer.
To cite one example, I have noticed that some Volunteers are not comfortable on ladders – especially
ladders that are used to enter the under-construction-house through a basement window. This concern
needs to be made known to me by the Volunteer at the beginning of the day when the various jobs for
the day are being described and people are being asked what jobs they would like to tackle.
When picking their job the Volunteer should only pick the job they really want to do. It should never be a matter of picking “what needs to be done.” Everything needs to be done! But as you can’t do
everything, do what is most fulfilling for you. If you want to learn how to do a certain job, I will pair you up with someone who will teach you the job. If it is a job that you are already good at and like doing, perhaps you will find fulfillment in teaching that job to another Volunteer. Whatever it may be, it should never be tedious.
My friends, I am an approachable person. Do not hesitate to speak to me about your concerns, what you
would really like to be doing, and what are your limitations. If you wish to speak to me in private about
anything, I will always make time for you. Yes, we are building homes for our neighbours, but more than that we are building our community, and talking with one another and working in harmony with one another are the cornerstones of the bridges that connect us all together.

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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