Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Delta Muskoka Resorts Build - 2011

Daily Log, June 28, 2011

Mike O'Grady reporting

Today we received the drawings from Doug Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Tim-br-Mart for the engineered trusses and the floor joist layout, and they were approved by the Gravenhurst Building Department. I will be getting the remaining information we need for the Building Permit on Thursday. Bobbi Lovering says if I can get it to her before 4:00 p.m., she will issue the Permit right away. “But,” she added, “I am so not going to be in the office after 4:00!” To which we both had a good chuckle.

Nonetheless, she has authorized us to begin the dig on Monday. 


I am just waiting to hear back from Coon Brothers to confirm the date. Once that big shovel hits the ground, my friends, we are jumping into the whirlwind. WOO-HOO!!!
shovels at the ready!

I am proud to be a part of this team, and am confident that with elbow grease, and providence, we can get our clients into their new homes by Christmas. Not promising. Just hoping and striving.


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

♪♫ ♪♫♩Hard-headed woman! ♪♫♬

Message from big Mike,

The hardhats in our storeroom do not have an expiration date.

Safety is a must!
As they are American made hardhats, I contacted OSHA in the USA. The hardhats should be inspected daily. If any defects are found in a hardhat it must be removed from service immediately. Other than that, we have a whole passle of hardhats waiting for wonderful blessed heads to grace.


Volunteers, step up to the plate!


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




In other news:
Habitat noon meal delivery
Patty Parsons Bala Build, 2010
We are grateful to announce that Jennifer Gilmore has agreed to take on the huge and very important role of coordinating the food for the Gravenhurst build. Many of you got to meet her at the last build meeting.





Monday, June 27, 2011

Delta Resorts Muskoka Build - 2011


June 27, 2011
Report from Mike O'Grady



The most notable happening today was a call from Bobbi Lovering, of the Gravenhurst Building Dept., telling me that everything was in order for the Permit, just waiting for the additional information concerning the electrical, which I am hoping to have tomorrow.

It would be nice to present the Build Committee with a Building Permit at Wednesday's Meeting. Met with Phil Williams of Coon Brothers Sand and Gravel Ltd. and we went over the site grading plans. Confirmed a few things with Tom Bunker of TA Bunker Surveying, and then e-mailed Phil that we should be good to go on July 4 & 5.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

DAILY LOG: DELTA RESORTS MUSKOKA BUILD

Date: 24/06/11

Mike O'Grady reporting 
(All photos are from the Patty Parsons Project, Bala Build, and/or Jenn Jilks, blog editor.)

Went over the Blueprints today.



Changed the location of the Washer and Dryer to the other side of the proposed laundry room. This allows us to put the Dryer Exhaust Vent 3’ from the side door.




The Furnace and the HRV are going to have to be located at the front of the Basement.
/Editor: HRV =  Heat Recovery Ventilator!
Their Intakes have to be at least 6’ from any Exhaust Vent (including their own).
flooring joists, Bala
Stevenson’s Electric want to donate some materials – bless their generous hearts!


Patty Parson Build Basement

I dropped by Chamberlain’s on my way back from Bala, and imparted to Doug C. our condolences. He assured me he would have the Floor Joist Layout and the Roof Truss Design by Wednesday of next week.
trusses for the Patty Parsons Build, 2010
For more trussing see: 'In Howard we truss'
(I love Rob's way with words, his puns are atrocious!
Editor: Jenn Jilks)

Those, and some further information from Greenside Electric, and Mr. Williams and his band of Merry Excavators, should be out on Muskoka Beach Road by the first week of July.
Merry Excavators, Gravenhurst, ON,
drive by shooting,
from the Home Hardware excavation 7/5/2009 

The revised Site Grading Plan, which the town of Gravenhurst has verbally approved, calls for a French Drain in each of the back yards.
French Drain image from Wiki -
/enquiring minds editor
That is a big hole filled with gravel that takes the water run-off and distributes it underground.
French drains are common drainage systems, primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations.
No worry for the Homeowners as it is covered with some topsoil and some nice green grass.

Volunteer Requirements:


I will be wanting some Volunteers who know how to do Concrete Forms early in July, possibly the second week.
And there is no time like the present to call upon the good will of any Cabinet Makers.

 We appreciate the esteemed services of all those who have volunteered for this Build.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log

TODAY IN BALA - Michael J. O'Grady reporting

June 22, 2011
 After today's meetings at the Re-Store I drove off to Bala. It was raining, and I do have this thing about working with power tools in the rain, but I chanced it anyway.

Good thing! Heather Sheppard showed up just after I arrived. I was installing the carriage bolts in the porches, which was good because she said she wanted them in there. (I told you she would, Rob.) After that I finished screwing down the deck-boards on the porches and stairs.

 Anyways, the permit is all closed out as soon as I e-mail Heather the pictures I took of the drainage trench, which I just did 5 minutes ago. So, Rob should be receiving the sign off papers tomorrow by some electronic medium or other.

I raked out a little more down the trench to level the stones with the surrounding fill. I said good-bye to Angel and thanked her for giving us the honor and privilege to build her house for her. Becky wasn't home. I'm gonna miss them gals, but we is DONE DONE DONE.

Michael J O'Grady
Saint Judy Enterprises, Gravenhurst

Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build

Date: June 21, 2011

 Rob Abbott reporting
 On Site: Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers: None
Contractors: None
Visitors: None

  Daily Log: 
The summer solstice may be the longest day of the year, but it was one of the shortest work days. On my way in I picked up some sprinklers and hoses. I got the sprinklers set and adjusted to cover all the seeded areas and loaded up my trailer for a run to the dump. I knew it was a pretty heavy load when I pulled over on the side of the highway to check my load and the car couldn't get enough traction on the gravel shoulder to pull away.

A fellow motorist stopped and with some pushing and rocking I was on my way.
 At the dump, it turned out to be 1-1/2 tons of rocks, cement, wood and trash, not including the aluminium soffit, tools and wheelbarrow I wasn't leaving (no wonder my back is aches).

  Action/Follow-Up Items 
Mike: Bolt porches and inspection

  Next Days/Week Plan: 
Wednesday- Mike to get final inspection. We'll have to wait at least 3 weeks (probably more) for the grass seed to take before starting the shed and fence.
 Inspections: Mike will arrange final inspection for porches and grading.

Delta Resorts Muskoka Build - 2011


I had a great day today. I went into the Re-Store and lo and behold the Office Elves had come by last night and set me up an office in the Board Room! (Ok, I didn't get my shoes mended and there was no talking puppet, but I am still overflowing with gratitude.) 

Many thanks to Ellen and Allison and Derek and anyone else who participated in this wonderful event. I am eternally at your service.
After I left the Re-Store I picked up a copy of the grading plan from Tom Bunker, then I purchased 5 copies of the revised plans for 517 and 519 Muskoka Beach Road from Mark Jones. 
One I dropped off at Tim-Br-Mart for Doug Chamberlain.
 One I am keeping. 
One I have for Ellen. 
And two I dropped off at the Gravenhurst Building Department. 

Bobbi Lovering went over them with me, approved them on the spot, as well as the grading plan (she already had 2 from Tom), and now awaits only the schema for the floor joist system, the schema for the trusses (both of these from Doug C.), and some further information from Greenside Electric (whom I faxed the request to). Hopefully all that is in our possession by the middle of next week, and we will have the green light.
Phyllis at Greenside had an interesting question for which I will find out the answer from ESA tomorrow: How does the electrical permit thingy work when there are multiple electrical companies on the job? And another enigma I ran across in my meeting with Bernene this afternoon: What is a "Power Pipe" and who hooks it up? (I know that Rob knows the answer.)

I also called Stevenson's Electric, talked to Susan about the GFI, then made contact with the people at 515 Muskoka Beach Road, contacted the owner, got his approval, and faxed the contact information off to Susan (I will be sure and tell her where the owner wants the GFI located). Stevenson's will take out the permit for the installation of the GFI. They really want to be a part of this build, so I will fit them in wherever I can.
All in all it has been an exhilirating day.
Many thanks to everybody for making it so.
Mike

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Patty Parson's Build Daily Log


TODAY IN BALA
 
After today's meetings at the Re-Store I drove off to Bala. It was raining, and I do have this thing about working with power tools in the rain, but I chanced it anyway. Good thing! Heather Sheppard showed up just after I arrived. I was installing the carriage bolts in the porches, which was good because she said she wanted them in there. (I told you she would, Rob.) After that I finished screwing down the deck-boards on the porches and stairs.
 
Anyways, the permit is all closed out as soon as I e-mail Heather the pictures I took of the drainage trench, which I just did 5 minutes ago. So, Rob should be receiving the sign off papers tomorrow by some electronic medium or other. I raked out a little more down the trench to level the stones with the surrounding fill.
 
I said good-bye to Angel and thanked her for giving us the honor and privilege to build her house for her. Becky wasn't home. I'm gonna miss them gals, but we is DONE DONE DONE.
Michael J O'Grady
Saint Judy Enterprises
Gravenhurst ON

Monday, June 20, 2011

Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build


Date: June 20, 2011

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers: Sammy O'Grady
Contractors: Mike O'Grady

Daily Log: 
Morning meetings kept delayed the start of work until well after lunch. After confirming with the Town that a native species tree was required, on the way to the site I bought a sugar maple tree for the front, somehow getting it into my car.
I planted the tree and collected more garbage for my overloaded trailer.
Sammy finished seeding the side yards and Mike completed the porches.
Once again, by the time I finished, the dump was closed so I left the trailer there and will deal with it Tuesday. Mike will return on Wednesday afternoon to meet with the inspector.

Action/Follow-Up Items
Rob: Take debris to dump
Mike: Bolt porches and inspection

Next Days/Week Plan:
Tuesday – Pick up trailer and soaker hoses for side yards

We'll have to wait at least 3 weeks (probably more) for the grass seed to take before
starting the shed and fence.

Materials/Tools: soaker hoses.

Inspections: Mike will arrange final inspection for porches and grading.

Volunteer Appreciation

Habitat for Humanity knows how to treat its volunteers!
Kevin Manely (Retail Operations Manager) awarding Isobel Heathcote a Dale Durnan print for all her hardwork at the ReStore.

A cake with the ReStore logo provided by The Bakery in Gravenhurst.

A group photo of staff, group members and ReStore volunteers.

Blues, Brews & Barbeques!


BBB-for-email.jpg

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Construction Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build


 Date: June 17, 2011 Rob Abbott reporting

  On Site: 
Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
  Volunteers: Samantha
  Contractors: Mike O'Grady
  Visitors: Of course nothing happens in Bala without Super Nan

SuperNan and Writer Robber
  Daily Log: It was a beautiful day...for boating, golfing or working on a tan. While Mike was working on the porches, his daughter, Sam, and I spread, raked and leveled the topsoil and worked on our sunburns and sweating off a few pounds of water. We got the front and back yards seeded and tool our sweet time setting and adjusting the sprinklers. I wheelbarrowed a trailer load of rocks and concrete from the back yard, but by the time I finished, the dump was closed so I left the trailer there and will deal with it Monday. Mike got 1014 porch set, but 1014A still needs to be rebuilt.

  Action/Follow-Up Items: 
Source tree for front yard
 Order lumber for fence – Rob

 Source contractor to repair porches – Rob and Brian

  Next Days/Week Plan: 
Monday – Mike should finish up the porches on Monday and I'll seed the sides We'll have to wait at least 3 weeks for the grass seed to take before starting the shed and fence.

Rob and the Elf King, 2011
  Volunteer Requirements: I'll see if I can pre-build the fence sections at the ReStore. When it's time to erect the fence, 3 to 8 volunteers would make it go faster
Happy Nan!
  Materials/Tools: Rent a brush saw.

  Inspections: Mike will arrange final inspection for porches and grading.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Daily Log, Delta Resorts Muskoka Build

Date: June 15, 2011

 Rob Abbott reporting 
 Site Supervisor: Rob
Volunteers: Gravenhurst High School Shop Teacher: Richard Snyder, and ten students who signed in, but I don't remember their names.

Visitors: Doug

 Daily Log
Bus driver Doug and Mister Snyder delivered truckloads of teenagers to finish the garden shed. They got the soffit boards on and trim done. Mister Snyder will return by himself at a later date to install the door. The roof is unshingled, but we put a tarp over it. We'll get it shingled with the homes.

 I forgot to cancel the lunches I'd arranged yesterday, so at 10:30 we had a whole luncheon delivered by one of the churches. Plus a pair of party-sized pizzas. I figured the raccoons were going to have feast of leftovers, but those ten teenaged boys lit into the buffet, and downed the two dozen drinks until there was only a single cube of watermelon and 2 sticks of celery left.

I'm thinking a gorge is an appropriate term for a group of teenaged boys.

 The shed, is without question, the best quality and built I've ever seen. All the students signed a board which they mounted in the rafters.

 I closed up the site around 11 AM and returned the scaffold to SMS.

 Action/Follow-Up Items: 
Rob: Site grading status.
New Project Manager: Build Committee meeting early next week to plan.
Vince: Follow-up with Bracebridge High School.

 Next Days: 
The next major item is the excavation, but I want to wait until we know for sure about the site grading plan and building permit.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Teens, garden sheds, pizza!

Rob Abbott reporting!
Daily Log, Delta Resorts Muskoka Build: Date: June 13, 2011


Rob Abbott reporting 
Site Supervisor: Rob
Volunteers: Gravenhurst High School Shop Teacher: Richard Snyder, and about a dozen students who signed in, but I don't remember their names.
Visitors: Doug and Emma

  Daily Log: 
Before the students showed up, I talked to the neighbour and she agreed to let us use her electricity during the build.


 Doug, acting as school bus driver, and Mister Snyder delivered truckloads of teenagers to continue erecting the garden shed. They got the roof sheathed, one fascia board up, and two pizzas devoured.


 They plan to return Wednesday morning to finish the *sheathing, *fascia, and maybe the door.

*Sheathing:
A layer of boards or of other wood or fiber materials applied to the outer studs, joists, and rafters of a building to strengthen the structure and serve as a base for a weatherproof exterior cladding.

 *Fascia:
Used to describe the horizontal "fascia board" which caps the end of rafters outside a building, which can be used to hold the rain gutter. The finished surface below the fascia and rafters is called the soffit or eave. A soffit is also often installed between the ceiling and the top of wall cabinets in a kitchen, set at a 90 degree angle to the horizontal soffit which projects out from the wall.

scaffold
  Action/Follow-Up Items: 
Rob: Return scaffold to SMS. Build Committee meeting early next week to plan.
Vince: Follow-up with Bracebridge High School
Doug: Pick up students Wednesday at 9:00
Emma: I'll need food for about 12 teenagers at 10:45 on Wednesday

 Next Days: 
Wednesday – GHS students return to work on shed. They will leave the school around 9:00 and finish by 11 a.m.   The next major item is the excavation, but I want to wait until we know for sure about the site grading plan.


  Materials/Tools: 
GHS won't be able to do the shingles, so I bought a tarp to protect them.

Volunteering - what is your value?


Being A Volunteer

It’s not for money, It’s not for fame,
It’s not for any personal gain.
It’s for love of fellow man,
It’s just to lend a helping hand.
It’s just to give a tithe of self,
That’s something you can’t buy
With wealth.
It’s not for medals won with pride,
It’s for that feeling deep inside.
It’s that reward down in your heart,
It’s that feeling that you’ve been a part
Of helping others far and near
That makes you be a volunteer!

(Author Unknown)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pre-Construction Part 3 – Prep-School

Another clever piece by Rob Abbott to be published in the Muskoka Sun!

 Everybody knows, or should, that you can't start building without a building permit. The consequences can be significant if you do. However, there is a lot of site preparation work that can be done while you wait for your building permit.
Excavation during the Bala Patty Parsons Build!
  What lies Beneath 
You are likely going to be digging a lot of hole for foundations, posts, or underground services and you don't want to locate these accidentally. Take a look around and see if you can locate where the electricity, phone, cable, natural gas, water and sewer lines are.
Look for posted signs identifying buried utilities.

Look for evidence of unmarked utilities. Maintenance holes, catch basins, pedestals, junction boxes, water and gas meters, valve chambers, conduit affixed to wood poles, test posts, sunken ground, these may indicate the presence of underground structures. However, don't rely on a simple visual check.

Phone Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255. They will tell you which utilities will be contacted in your work area and arrange to have them marked. If you hit one of these lines, it will ruin, or possibly end, your day.

  On a Clear Day 
Unless your site is already cleared, chances are there are some rocks and trees that will need to be removed to build. Keep in mind that it's just not the building footprint and driveway. You'll need area to store back-fill, building material, and to unload during construction.

In our case, there was a large, majestic, red oak tree that would be in the middle of the parking pad and had to be removed. We looked at having it milled into lumber, but being such and old tree in a residential setting and with a bracket for a bird feeder hanging from it's trunk, the risk of ruining an expensive saw blade on an embedded nail ruled that out.
 While I've felled a few trees in my life with a chainsaw anything thicker than my head, or that could possibly land on an overhead wire, building or me, I hire a professional; it's just not worth the risk. They have the skill and equipment to do the job safely and quickly.

In our case Bartlett Tree Service donated their services to fell the tree, haul away all the brush and cut the trunk into firewood lengths. While the firewood will be red oak, the stump is a son of a birch to remove. Since we'll have heavy equipment to excavate for the foundation, removing the stump will be part of that contract.

  Barriers
If you're going to be excavating for the foundation, you're going to need a barrier fence around the hole for safety.
You also may require a barrier fence around the construction site to keep looky-loos and the curious from wandering onto a potentially dangerous construction site. If there is a stream or ditch nearby you may require a silt and run-off barrier. You might as well get these barriers in place before the excavator shows up.

  Diggin It. 
Technically, you can excavate for your foundation before receiving the building permit. However, this carries some risk. The building permit review could necessitate a change in the size or location of the foundation. Furthermore a common notation on drawings around foundations is “undisturbed soil”, and since it does not refer to Mother Earth's emotional state, it means that it is sometimes not just a simple matter of refilling the hole and digging again.

Once you start to dig, the foundations should be as fixed on the plans as they will be to the ground.

=> Rob is a Habitat For Humanity Muskoka volunteer, director and Build Committee Chair.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Daily Log, Delta Resorts Muskoka Build

Date: June 9, 2011
 Rob Abbott reporting 

 Site Supervisor: Rob
 Volunteers: Gravenhurst High School Shop Teacher: Richard Snyder, and about a dozen students who signed in, but I don't remember their names.
Contractors: None
Visitors: Doug

Nothing slows down Muskoka. Rain, snow, sleet or hail.
Bala, Muskoka, June 8, 2011
Courtesy Jack Jazz Hutton


 Daily Log
Before opening up the site, I visited the surveyors TA Bunker & Assoc. They are working on the site grading plan, getting it ready for resubmission to the town.
 Doug, acting as school bus driver, and Mister Snyder delivered truckloads of teenagers to continue erecting the garden shed. They got the top plates and roof trusses on. A couple of tall, strong lads helped me pound metal fence stakes around the property. They had to return to classes around 11 AM. They plan to return Monday afternoon to install the roof sheathing and fascia.

 Backyard neighbour Doug (not Doug Patterson) gave us 2 metal shelves for use in the new shed. I loaded up the trailer with brush and debris and took it to the dump. I also return the rented fence post pounder-inner and finger blisterer.

 Action/Follow-Up Items: 
Rob: Return scaffold to SMS. Contact neighbour to south regarding use of power and water. Build Committee meeting early next week to plan. Deliver tarp.
Vince: Follow-up with Bracebridge High School
Doug: Pick up students Monday at 12:20

 Next Days: 
Friday- Sunday – Nothing, site closed
Monday – GHS students return to work on shed. They will leave the school around 12:20 and finish by 3 pm.
 The next major item is the excavation, but I want to wait until we know for sure about the site grading plan.

 Materials/Tools: 
GHS won't be able to do the shingles, so I bought a tarp to protect the plywood (but left it in my car).

Daily Log, Delta Resorts Muskoka Build


Date: June 8, 2011
 Rob Abbott reporting (submitted photos)
 Site Supervisor: Rob

Volunteers: Gravenhurst High School Shop Teacher: Richard Snyder, and about a dozen students who signed in, but I don't remember their names.

Visitors: Doug and Emma

 Daily Log:
Before arriving at site, I picked up a slide hammer from SMS for the fence posts. Doug and Mister Snyder delivered truckloads of teenagers to erect the garden shed they pre-built in their shop class (though it's probably called industrial construction fabrication technology arts now and not “shop”). Anyway, they got the footing pads located and levelled and the four walls erected. I also got some to help me clear out some garbage and debris from behind and beside the garage. They had to return to classes around 11 AM.
 They plan to return Thursday to install the top plates and trusses.

 Friday, they will work on the roof sheathing and put the door in.

 At noon, Emma delivered a half dozen pizzas and cake for the crew from Crossroad Camp that were scheduled to help erect the barrier fence in the afternoon. However, they never showed up (I later learned that they were hit by a major storm and were hunkered down). I met the neighbour to the north (525). He rents from the owner (who lives in B.C.) but said we could locate the porta-potty on his property under the tress and we could also go across his property if necessary to retrieve the construction trailer.
 I gave him all the leftover pizza and cake.
 I also introduced myself to Doug, the property owner at the rear. His only concern is that he ask that we not play loud thumping music. I promised him we would add a couple of metal stakes to repair shore up the rotten wood posts directly behind the garage.
 I emptied the fencing from the trailer and loaded it up with leftover blocks and scrap metal and delivered it to the ReStore. I also picked up 2 sections of scaffold from SMS for them to work from (rather than ladders).

 Action/Follow-Up Items:
Rob: status of revised site grading plan and building permit re-submission. Return scaffold to SMS. Contact neighbour to south regarding use of power and water. Build Committee meeting early next week to plan.
Vince: Follow-up with Bracebridge High School


 Next Days:
 Thursday – GHS students return to work on shed
Friday: 9 – 11 GHS working on shed?? to be confirmed. Note: I won't be available to supervise Vince, can you?
Sat. - nothing
Monday – will depend if GHS still needs to finish the shed. Otherwise, I want to wait until we can schedule the excavator until we plan further work at site.

 Materials/Tools:
Some zip-ties, twine and scissors are in the garage to do the fencing.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Habitat for Humanity Muskoka Board of Directors 2011


Not THE Board, but some boards...

Linda Action-Riddle - President
Rob Abbott - Construction

William Bell - Site Acquisition
Martha Coburn - Risk Management
Rev. Paul Dempsey - Faith Relations
Paul Erb - ReStore
Christine Larkin - Treasurer
Dane Morrison - Fundraising
Rod Mundy - Secretary
Jayson Swain - Privacy Officer
Jane Weiland - Family Support
~~
Ellen Frood - Executive Director