Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How Many Habitat Volunteers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?


Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build: 

Date: January 17 , 2011

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site: Howard and Rob
Visitors: Nan popped in to check on us.

Daily Log: It was an all simian castrati choir this morning.
Howard and I knocked off what we could of the Punch-List items identified during the homeowner walk-throughs. We installed the grab bars, cleared out he basement of all the remaining tools and loaded up the little Smart Car (and it's not so smart trailer), insulated the dryer exhaust ducts, ran drain lines from the HRV units and caulked around a vent. And, in answer to the title question: it takes only one, but I had do do it twice. I didn't realize the two cases of CFLs were of different lumen ratings, and had to re-re-lamp them; I luxed-up! We were done by lunch-time and I delivered the tools back to the ReStore (without getting a ticket).

Except for the items below requiring a contractors, and the replacement cabinet door, that does it for volunteers, until the spring.

Action/Follow-Up Items: 
Howard: Roofers and siding contractors to finish up. 
Rob: Window screens and replacement door. 
Brian: Once the roofers and siding contractors are finished, Would you please take a final photo from your spot across the street?

Next Days: Life and laundry

Materials/Tools: Back at ReStore

Inspections: Done

Friday, January 14, 2011

HOUSTON WE HAVE LIFT-OFF!!



VOLUNTEERS: DEB TILSON, ROB ABBOTT, HOWARD RUTTAN
NAN GOT US ALL GOING WITH JAVA
DEB PAINTED AND FILLED WALLS AND TRIM THAT WERE IDENTIFIED DURING INSPECTION.
ROB INSTALLED VARIOUS TOWEL BARS IN 1014.
HOWARD INSTALLED SOME BARS IN 1014A AND OBTAINED APPROVED  FINAL INSPECTION REPORT. THIS WILL TRIGGER OCCUPANCY PERMIT FROM THE TOWN.

NEED I SAY MORE.
HOWARD


Woo-Hoo!  Thanks Howard.  Take the weekend off.

I've got some insulation for the dryer vents.  I'll bring them, and some tubing for the HRV condensate, on Monday, but I won't be there until about 9.

Rob

electrical plumbing!

SITE SUPERVISOR : HOWARD RUTTAN

VOLUNTEERS: NAN ALLEN, BEB TILLSON, ROB ABBOTT, DOUG PATTERSON, ROB'S FRIENDS: DON AND PETER, WILLY FLETCHER.
                     BEAVER CREEK CREW OF 5
                     RESTORE CREW 


CONTRACTORS: A.D.A.M. ELECTRIC. ALL ELECTRICAL WORK WAS COMPLETED IN BOTH UNITS TODAY.
                         HPN PLUMBING. ALL PLUMBING WORK WAS COMPLETED IN BOTH UNITS TODAY.
                         WESTERBY SIDING. SIDING WAS COMPLETED TO THE POINT OF A SMALL AREA WHERE IT INTERFACES WITH THE INCOMPLETE STEEL ROOF.

ACTIVITIES


  • THE ROOF IS TO BE COMPLETED NEXT WEDNESDAY. AT THAT TIME WESTERBY WILL BE COMPLETING THE REMAINING SIDING AS WELL. HOWEVER THIS SHOULD NOT HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE FINAL INSPECTION SINCE THAT IS NOT A STRUCTURAL OR CODE VIOLATION. I GUESS WE'LL FIND OUT WHEN FINAL IS DONE.
  • DEB HAS COMPLETED TOUCH-UP PAINTING AND REPAIRING WALLS AND CEILING IN 1014A.
  • WILLIE MUDDED AND SANDED DAMAGED WALLS. ALSO CUT ONE OF THE CABINETS TO PROPER 12 INCH SIZE.
  • DOUG INSTALLED STAIR HANDRAILS.
  • RESTORE AND BEAVERCREEK CREW  DELIVERED FRIDGES, STOVES AND WASHER DRYERS FOR BOTH UNITS
  • EVERYONE ASSISTED MOVING NEW APPLIANCES INTO RESPECTIVE UNITS. AS WELL TRUCK WAS LOADED WITH ALL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT THAT WAS ON SITE FOR THE BUILD AND RETURNED TO THE BUILD ROOM.
  • VARIOUS ITEMS REPAIRED AND INSTALLED.

NEXT: 


  • SCHEDULED INSPECTION FOR TOMORROW.
  • ROOF AND SIDING COMPLETION NEXT WEDNESDAY.
  • COMPLETE PAINTING TOUCH UPS IN 1014.
  • COMPLETE VARIOUS INSTALLATION ITEMS SUCH AS  DRYER VENT PIPES, ETC.
  • TAKE TRAILER IN TO LOAD GARBAGE FOR DUMP RUN.
  • SCHEDULE CLEAN-UP CREW FOR FINAL CLEAN-UP ON  MONDAY. 
~HOWARD RUTTAN  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

closer and closer to THE DAY

Patty Parsons Project Daily Log
Jan. 13, 2011


On Site:  Howard, Rob, Martha, and our force of nature Nan.
Contractors:  Busy Lizzie's, Harry Westerby, HPN, Butler Heating
Visitors: Becky and Dan Lacroix, Angel and Connie Fletcher

Daily Log: HPN fixed the plumbing, Butler fixed the HRV controls, Harry Westerby worked on the siding, the cleaning crew vacuumed, dusted and moped both units, and we did the walk-through on both homes.  Whew!

Action/Follow-Up Items:
Rob: Towel bars. Howard: schedule inspector.

Next Days:
Final Inspection, work on punch list items.

Materials/Tools: Towel bars, etc.

Inspections: Friday

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build: OPP OOP

Date: January 12 , 2011

 A *C-note poorer Rob Abbott reporting
(*Editor: Long story. Best left for a cocktail party.)

 On Site: Howard, Rob, Doug and Deb

Contractors: Vincent Enterprises

 Daily Log: Howard, Doug and I finished of the deficiency list from the inspection. Meanwhile, Deb spent most of the day re-retouching up all the paint and spackle. We moved the remaining tools and supplies to the basement to make it easier for the cleaning crew scheduled for Thursday and loaded up the trailer with all the garbage to haul to the dump. The roofers worked on the front eave for a few hours, but ran out of material.

Action/Follow-Up Items: Rob: Grab bars and cable TV connectors.

Howard: HPN to fix leak in 1014, Harry to finish siding.

 Next Days:
 Thursday: Busy Busy!: Cleaners, Plumbers, Siding, Homeowner walk-through.
Friday: Final Inspection, work on punch list items.

Materials/Tools: Towel bars, etc.
 Inspections: Friday

*OK. Editor thought it a funny story, told well from Rob the Sage.

Side-note:  Guilty as charged, but my intentions were good...honest.  I'd noticed that the license plate on Howard's trailer was almost falling off.  


So, I pointed it out to Howard, removed it, and we go new stainless steel washers and bolts to re-attach the license plate.  However, we got side-tracked and after carefully lashing the load in, and spending the extra few minutes to check and fix the trailer lights we forgot to re-attach the license plate.    


I offered to take the trailer to the dump, since it was on my way home, so we hooked Howard's big steel trailer up to my Smart Car and I headed down 169 towards Orillia.  I stopped at “The Bala Chippers” and checked my load again to make sure none of the trash was going to blow out on the trip.  Then, just outside of Torrance, I received a phone call so I pulled off onto the shoulder to talk on the phone.  


As I was sitting talking on the phone, a policeman tapped on the window and asked if I knew there was no license plate.  I slapped my forehead and explained that I'd removed it and forgotten (I probably should have claimed it must have just fallen off as the outline could clearly be seen).  He then asked for the registration which, like the license plate, was back in Howard's truck.  


With that news I had to wait while presumably he ran my license through various data bases.  Eventually, he came back saying he was giving me a break by not impounding the trailer and not giving me a ticket for no registration, but I was getting a ticket for not having a license plate.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Inspection time!

Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build:
Date: January 10, 2011

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site: Howard, Rob, Doug and Bill Niess
Visitors: Ed Voisin, Ron D'Costa, ESA inspector

Daily Log: Howard and the others started the day cleaning up and readying for the deficiency list from the inspection. Meanwhile, I loaded up the ReStore truck with tools and materials we needed from the ReStore and brought them over to the build. Thanks to an enquiries by Ed, we learned that the continuous handrails were not necessary (probably the toughest task on the list.) We got 1014A handrail lowered, the header on 1014 cut down, the bridging on both stair landings, 2 (of 4) hose bib NRV's, the grip-tape on the ramp, the vapour barrier fixed, the vent cover and the basements unloaded of unnecessary tools. 

The ESA electrical inspector came by and did the final inspection. That just leaves:
caulking, lowering one of the handrails, the inside threshold strip, siding and roof edging to be completed for the final inspection. In addition there are a couple of details that we will need to complete before closing: cleaning, cable and phone wiring, towel bars, grab bars, and the blinds.

Action/Follow-Up Items: Rob: Chase down new cabinet door. Howard: chase down Butler for HVAC Balance and fix HRV.

Next Days:
Tuesday: handrail, caulking, threshold ramp, cover plate in basement of 1014, NRV's on hose bibs.
Wednesday: Contractor Day!: Cleaners, Jeff Vincent is to finish the roof and Harry to finish siding.
Thursday – Homeowner walk-through.

Materials/Tools: Towel bars, etc.

Inspections: Thursday or Friday