Friday, July 29, 2011

Ledger boards, joist hangers, block

DAILY  LOG JULY 29, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Larry, Mike, Jim, Brian, Andy, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
Mike and DougP and Jim built some beautiful shelves in the big shed. I procured some stain and brushes for the staining of that shed. Larry finished securing the Ledger Boards and Mike installed the joist hangers. Brian and Andy continued laying block.
Many thanks to Benjamin Moore Paints in Bracebridge for donating 3 gallons of stain, 4 brushes and 3
pails.

What Next?
Tuesday, August 2 – The Corrections Canada Crew is coming out for a hardy day’s work of installing the engineered floor joist system.
Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5 –We will have resumed framing of the main structure.
Jesse Campbell of Jesse Campbell Construction has volunteered to bring in his crew and install the truss
roof system.

IN TWO WEEKS: 
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 he will provide at cost. He will also provide the truck to blow in the attack insulation once the
drywall is installed.

IN THREE WEEKS: 
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
Drywall installation

Volunteers
Monday, August 1 – HOLIDAY
Tuesday, August 2 – Corrections Canada is providing 13 Volunteers + Larry + Emma + Derek + DougP + MikeO
Wednesday, August 3 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Thursday, August 4 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Friday, August 5 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
8 Volunteers per day to complete framing and do site clean up
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
It does not seem likely the big company crews come out to do drywall installation. (They are booked for
later dates.)

ERGO:
8 Volunteers per day for Drywall installation

Materials/Tools?
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 Oliver’s Coffee of Gravenhurst for providing us with their delicious coffee and muffins.
Tuesday, August 2 – Food and Drink Required for 18
Wednesday, August 3 – Friday, August 5 – Food and Drink Required for 10 each day

  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections
  • For framing
  • For plumbing, electrical and heating rough-ins
  • For insulation and vapour barrier
  • For occupancy and final

My Thoughts
The morning was a wash out, but the afternoon was a success thanks to all the hard work and
dedication of our Volunteers.

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike@habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The holy rake of Antioch (whose tines shall be ten)

DAILY  LOG JULY 28, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Larry, George, Janice and Steve, Mike, Susan, Brian, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
Brian and Susan and Janice mixed mortar and laid block. Susan took to block-laying like a fish to water. She was lugging blocks all over the site and doing the pointing. Larry and George installed the other Parallam Rim Support (Ledger Board).
Steve and Mike completed the backfill. I let Steve use the holy rake of Antioch (whose tines shall be ten).
Mark  Jones of Draftech Designs called me over for a consult and gave me a letter to take over to the Gravenhurst Building Department for the stamp of approval; which letter was stamped and approved by early afternoon, at which point I picked up the correct fasteners for the rim supports, at which point Larry and George started drilling holes and pounding them in.
Vince Tournour (Site Supervisor) dropped by towards the end of the day. It will be great to have him back in September.
Many thanks to Wes Finch and Sons Excavating of Bracebridge for donating our masonry sand along with free delivery.
Many thanks to Clyde Macduff of Ready Mix Cement for agreeing to supply the 17 meters of concrete needed for our basement floors at cost, and agreeing to supply the trucks and drivers au gratis.

What Next?
Friday, July 29 – Complete installation of additional blocks. Complete installation of Parallam Rim Supports. Fill top 2 courses of fire-wall blocks with concrete.

NEXT WEEK:
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5
Tuesday, August 2 – The Corrections Canada Crew is coming out for a hardy day’s work of installing the engineered floor joist system.
Wednesday, August 3 –We will have resumed framing of the main structure.
Jesse Campbell of Jesse Campbell Construction has volunteered to bring in his crew and install the truss roof system.
 IN TWO WEEKS: 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 he will provide at cost. He will also provide the truck to blow in the attack insulation once the drywall is installed.
IN THREE WEEKS: Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
Drywall installation

Volunteers
Friday, July 29 – 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Monday, August 1 – HOLIDAY
Tuesday, August 2 – Corrections Canada is providing 13 Volunteers + Larry + Emma + Derek + DougP + MikeO
Wednesday, August 3 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Thursday, August 4 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Friday, August 5 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
8 Volunteers per day to complete framing and do site clean up
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
It does not seem likely the big company crews come out to do drywall installation. (They are booked for later dates.) ERGO:
8 Volunteers per day for Drywall installation

Materials/Tools?
Monday, July 25 – 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 Window 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
Boston Pizza of Gravenhurst

Food and Drink
Many thanks to Boston Pizza of Gravenhurst for providing us with a great lunch!
Many thanks to Oliver’s Coffee of Gravenhurst  for providing us with their delicious coffee and muffins.
Friday, July 29 –Food and Drink Required for 10
Tuesday, August 2 – Food and Drink Required for 18
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections
  • For framing
  • For plumbing, electrical and heating rough-ins
  • For insulation and vapour barrier
  • For occupancy and final
My Thoughts
What a great day! What a great crew! What great response from our donators/suppliers! We had a lot of fun today. We did a lot of work today. That is what it is all about.

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike @ habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bows, blocks, bags, bolts

DAILY  LOG JULY 27, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Kevin, Larry, George, Rick, Brian, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
We repaired the bowed wall. Kudos to Goerge Genereaux for non-stop mixing of 49 bags of Sakrete
Concrete.
We set the first Parallam Rim Support in place.

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Kudos to Larry for executing the job, from setting up the temporary supports to marking the positions of anchor bolts and joist hangers.
Kudos to the rest of us for working so hard to keep up with those two powerhouses.
The matter involving the structural concern was resolved, and we are ready to begin installing the
Bala build blocks
blocks.
Kudos to Darryl Moore of Simcoe Building Center for getting our blocks and mortar out to us so quickly.

What Next?
Thursday, July 28 – Complete backfill. Begin installing additional blocks.
Friday, July 29 – Complete installation of additional blocks. Install second Paralam Rim Support. Secure rim supports. Fill top 2 courses of fire-wall blocks with concrete.
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5
Tuesday, August 2 – The Corrections Canada Crew is coming out for a hardy day’s work of installing the engineered floor joist system.
Wednesday, August 3 –We will have resumed framing of the main structure.
Mixing concrete in Bala
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 he will provide at cost. 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

Volunteers
Thursday, July 28 – 6 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Friday, July 29 – 6 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Monday, August 1 – HOLIDAY
Tuesday, August 2 – Corrections Canada is providing 12 Volunteers + Emma + Derek + DougP + MikeO
Wednesday, August 3 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Thursday, August 4 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
Friday, August 5 -- 8 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO
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

Materials/Tools?
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 Sobey's Gravenhurst for providing us with a great lunch!
Many thanks to Oliver’s Coffee of Gravenhurst for providing us with their delicious coffee and muffins.
Thursday, July 28 –Food and Drink Required for 10
Friday, July 29 –Food and Drink Required for 10
Tuesday, August 2 – Food and Drink Required for 16
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections
  • For framing
  • For plumbing, electrical and heating rough-ins
  • For insulation and vapour barrier
  • For occupancy and final
My Thoughts


A Build is like a work of art in progress. It takes on a life of its own. If a Build begins with a good momentum, then that starting pulse will keep it going even through the sometimes tedious and slow times. Thanks to all the hard work (and the hearts and souls) of our wonderful Volunteers, we are now through our first slow and tedious time (yes, there will be others), back on track, and only a few days behind schedule.
The slowdown that we just experienced was due to two factors.
First, one of the block walls was compromised.
Second, a correction was needed in some of the structural components. The first was corrected with the hard work of our Volunteers. The second needed some behind the scenes brainstorming.
Kudos on that one to Mark Jones of Draftech Designs and to Paul Brunskill (P. Eng.) who put their time and effort at our disposal and provided us with the simplest and easiest procedure to
correct it.
Words fail me in expressing the heartfelt gratitude of Habitat Muskoka for the gregarious effort and excellent accomplishment of all involved who kept the momentum of the Build going.

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike @ habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

They aren't floored!

DAILY  LOG JULY 26, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Mike from Tom Bunker Surveying, Paul, Kevin, Bill, Fred, Dorothy, Marjie, Brian, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
We hauled all of our very expensive floor system to the back of the house, had a coffee break, and went home.

What Next?
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
The framing of the floor joist system has been put on hold until some structural problems are resolved.
Wednesday, July 27 – Repair of the bowed wall
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 5
Tuesday, August 2 – The Corrections Canada Crew is coming out for a hardy day’s work.
Wednesday, August 3 – Hopefully we will have resumed framing of the floor joist system and 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

Volunteers
Wednesday, July 27 – 4 Volunteers
Site Supervisors needed
Thursday, July 28 – NO VOLUNTEERS
Friday, July 29 – NO VOLUNTEERS
Monday, August 1 – HOLIDAY
Tuesday, August 2 – Corrections Canada is providing 12 Volunteers
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

Materials/Tools?
Monday, July 25 – 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 Oliver’s Coffee of Gravenhurst for providing us with their delicious coffee and muffins.
Wednesday, July 27 – Food and Drink for 7
Thursday, July 28 – No Food and Drink Required
Friday, July 29 – No Food and Drink Required
Tuesday, August 2 – Food and Drink for 15
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections

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

My Thoughts
We have a plan in place to fix the bowed wall. It will require some re-bar and some concrete and a short, but hard, day’s work from our many willing and generous Volunteers. Once again, thanks to all for their hard work and willingness.

I apologize for not having a full day’s (even a full morning’s) work for everybody today and yesterday.
We are dealing with a couple of big issues right now pertaining to the structure and design of the house, so there are severe limitations on what we can do until these are resolved. However, I do not want to take the wind out of our sails or cause our momentum to slow down. Maybe I am using the wrong approach, but I am thinking that it is better for people to come to the jobsite every day and do
something rather than have the site sit abandoned.

The problems we are facing will be resolved in a short space of time, and it would be a shame to lose the momentum we have going now.

Thanks to everybody for their patience.
Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike @ habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

Monday, July 25, 2011

Silliness; gaskets and plates


DAILY  LOG JULY 25, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Susan, Kevin, Larry, Fred, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
We got the sill gasket and the sill plates on, and we got rained out. Thanks to everybody for showing up
and making a good start on the walls.

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

Volunteers
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
5 -6 Volunteers per day
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

Materials/Tools?
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 Catholic Women's League ladies of Saint Paul’s Parish in Gravenhurst for providing us with a most excellent lunch on Friday.
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29
FOOD AND DRINK FOR 10 EVERY DAY
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections

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

My Thoughts
We have a plan in place to fix the bowed wall. It will require some re-bar and some concrete and a short,
but hard, day’s work from our many willing and generous Volunteers. Once again, thanks to all for their hard work and willingness.

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike @ habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

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

Volunteers
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

Materials/Tools?
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
FOOD AND DRINK FOR 10 EVERY DAY
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections

  • 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
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike@habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

Saturday, July 23, 2011


DAILY  LOG JULY 21, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Bill, Marjie, Dorothy, Dylan (NEWBIE), Larry, Fred, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
Fred came and slung the stones. Dylan and Bill raked them out. We all cleaned up the site.
Chester (the Building Inspector) arrived after lunch and passed our glorious work!

What Next?
Friday, July 22
Backfill
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 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
installed.
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
Drywall installation

Volunteers
Friday, July 22
4 volunteers + 4 tradesmen + DougP + MikeO = TOTAL OF 10
Site Supervisors needed
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

Materials/Tools?
Friday, July 22
Wheel barrow, shovels, rakes
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
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
Friday, July 22 – FOOD AND DRINK FOR 10
Monday, July25 – Friday, July 29 FOOD AND DRINK FOR 10 EVERY DAY
  Be sure and call 644 3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count .

Inspections
  • For framing
  • For plumbing, electrical and heating rough-ins
  • For insulation and vapour barrier
  • For occupancy and final
My Thoughts
It was a hot one today. Nonetheless, some great Volunteers came out to the site and made things
happen. That is dedication. My heartfelt thanks to our veterans: Bill and Marjie and Dorothy and DougP, and a very special welcome to Dylan: a worthy Padawan, and a fine young man.

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike @ habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

Thursday, July 21, 2011


DAILY  LOG JULY 20, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Arlene, Bill, Larry, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
Arlene, Bill, Larry and Doug installed the SM Foam. Larry and I installed the Dimple Wrap.

What Next?
Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22
Thursday – Fred from Brent Quarries will come first thing in the morning and sling the stones over the OPipe. I have called for a late morning inspection. Once the inspection is passed, hit the beach. (I hope them Greenpeace guys don’t show up and try and push me back into the water.)
Friday -- Backfill
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 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
installed.
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
Drywall installation

Volunteers
Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22
Thursday – 4 VOLUNTEERS
Friday – 4 volunteers + 4 tradesmen + DougP + MikeO = TOTAL OF 10
Site Supervisors needed
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

Materials/Tools?
Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22
1” stone, backfill, box-cutter knives, hammer drill, tap-con screws, wheel barrow, shovels, rakes
Monday, July 25 – 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
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

Wednesday, July 20 – FOOD AND DRINK FOR 6
Thursday, July 21 – NO FOOD AND DRINK REQUIRED
Friday, July 22 – FOOD AND DRINK FOR 10
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 8:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections

  • 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
All of the volunteers are great, and every so often a shining star appears. Such is the case with Larry
Fernley. It was a hot horrible day down in the hole. Larry was drenched and tired. I told him without
the Dimple Wrap I would have to call off the stoneslinger and the inspection and the backfill. “Well,”
says Larry. “Then let's do it.” And he stayed and we got the Dimple Wrap installed.

The efforts of all our wonderful volunteers got us this far, and without their hard work and dedication
we would not even have been considering installing the Dimple Wrap. But when that last push was
needed, and Larry was the last man on the job, he stayed and got 'er done.
And, so, as the old song goes: “Hats off to Larry!”

And hats off to each and every volunteer for working so hard to keep us on schedule.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Stones, beaches, tar


DAILY  LOG JULY 19, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Arlene, Paul, Fred, DougP, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
Arlene, Paul and Fred rolled the tar on the foundation walls. (Brian’s machine went kapooie.) We laid out the O-Pipe, cleaned up the site, ate a wonderful lunch, and called it a day.

What Next?
Wednesday, July 20 – Friday, July 22
Wednesday – Apply SM Foam and Dimple Wrap
Thursday – Fred from Brent Quarries will come first thing in the morning and sling the stones over the OPipe. I have called for a late morning inspection. Once the inspection is passed, hit the beach. (I hope them Greenpeace guys don’t show up and try and push me back into the water.)
Friday -- Backfill

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 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
installed.
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
Drywall installation

Volunteers
Wednesday, July 20 – Friday, July 22
Wednesday -- 4 Volunteers + DougP + MikeO = TOTAL OF 6
Thursday – NO VOLUNTEERS
Friday – 4 volunteers + 4 tradesmen + DougP + MikeO = TOTAL OF 10
Site Supervisors needed
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

Materials/Tools?
Wednesday, July 20 – Friday, July 22
SM Foam, O-Pipe, Dimple Wrap, 1” stone, backfill, box-cutter knives, hammer drill, tap-con screws,
wheel barrow, shovels, rakes.

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.
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

Wednesday, July 20 – FOOD AND DRINK FOR 6
Thursday, July 21 – NO FOOD AND DRINK REQUIRED
Friday, July 22 – FOOD AND DRINK FOR 10
  Be sure and call 644-3138 around 10:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections

  • 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 barrierFor occupancy and final.

My Thoughts
I heard that Thursday was going to be 43˚C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Double Ouch.

Mike O'Grady
Construction Project Manager
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
1964 Muskoka Beach Road
RR 1 Gravenhurst ON P1P 1R1
705-646-0106 Ext 204
mike@habitatmuskoka.com www.habitatmuskoka.com

Crowing about work done!

DAILY  LOG JULY 18, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Jamie, Richard and Ainsley from Len Crow Masonry, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
Today a crew from Len Crow Masonry showed up and finished the blocks. Many thanks to Len Crow Masonry.

What Next?
Tuesday, July 19 – 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. 
  • Tarred up
  • 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 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.
  • SM Foam Insulation from Bala Build
  • 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 installed.
Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 19
  • Drywall installation


Volunteers?
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22
3 – 4 Volunteers per day
Site Supervisors needed
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

Materials/Tools?
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, 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.
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
Tuesday, July 19 – Friday, July 22
3-4 Volunteers per day + Site Supervisor
Be sure and call 644 3138 around 10:30 a.m. for a final head count.

Inspections
  • 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
I heard that Thursday was going to be 41˚ C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ouch.

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
Manager)

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
installed.
Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12
Drywall installation

Volunteers?
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

Materials/Tools?
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

Inspections?

  • 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
*parged.
Many thanks to Jack who, despite being 80, still helped the guys shovel sand into the mortar
mixer.
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! 


Thursday, July 14, 2011

♪♫♩ S-hed and shoulders, feet and sono tube♪♫♬

DAILY LOG JULY 13, 2011

  Who Was On-Site? 
Jason, Sean, Joe, from Gravenhurst Plumbing. Brian and Mike from CoonBros, Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

  What Happened? 
We located the Bell Wire, and dug back to the sewer and water lines and hooked them all up.

  What Next? 
Inspection of the service hook-ups, backfill the trenches, sling the stones into the basement hole, deliver the block and mortar and masonry sand.
Friday : lay the blocks.

Volunteers?
Thursday, July 14 – Stone slinger in the morning. Delivery of blocks and mortar in the late afternoon. No volunteers.
Friday, July 15 –Len Crow Masonry is booked to build our foundation walls. We will need from 8 to 12 strong able-bodied people to carry the block, mix the mortar, and bring the mortar to the masons. Also, to set up and take down scaffolding. Total volunteers for the day will be somewhere around 20 (twenty). I will have a more definite number by the beginning of next week.
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22 – We will be applying the weather- proofing to the exterior of the foundation wall. Brian Fitzsimmons 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.
Volunteers required will be posted as a more precise scheduling takes shape.

Materials/Tools? 
For Friday, July 15, we will need to supply our volunteers with shovels and gloves (both of which are now on-site).
For Monday, July 18, we will need Foundation Tar and Varsol, Dimple Wrap, Socked O-Pipe, SM Foam (amounts, linear and square footage to follow).

Inspections?
Inspection on Thursday for the Service Hook-ups.
The next inspection will be for the weeping tiles, drainage stones, and weather-proofing on the exterior of the foundation walls.

My Thoughts 
We are moving along very well. Been blessed with some great weather. A great many generous and skilled professional people volunteering their time and materials are making this build successful. Every person is my teacher in that I may learn from them, and all work is noble.


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

[ED: Thanks to Ellen Frood, ED Habitat for Humanity Muskoka, for the photos!
We live far away, and are terribly curious about the progress of the fine people of Muskoka!]

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Delta Muskoka Resorts Build - 2011


DAILY  LOG JULY 11, 2011
Mike O'Grady reporting!

Who Was On-Site?
DougP, Fred, Roberta, Derek, Larry (carpenter), Chip & Dave (Gravenhurst Plumbing and Heating), Bill Gee (Great Northern Insulation), Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
We stripped the footings and piled the form boards in the shed. Then we laid out the basement rough-ins for Gravenhurst Plumbing and Heating. Bill Gee from Great North Insulation dropped by and asked if he could do anything for us. I told him we would be most grateful if he insulated the 2x4 walls for us. He said he would ask his head office. Then Chip and Dave from Gravenhurst Plumbing and Heating dropped by and we made arrangements to get the basement rough-ins done for Wednesday. I dropped in to see Phil Williams on the way home and he said he would get a small excavator out there on Wednesday.

This is great, as our hook-ups will be complete. I talked with Terry and Stevenson Electric and with Peter at Greenside Electric. It was decided that Greenside would do the rest of the electrical as it was pointless to take out an extra permit for the pole to house installation when that was already included in Greenside’s permit. I did advise Peter that now was the time to get the service cable in for 519 so that we could backfill and not have to dig it up again. All agreed this was the best way to proceed.

What Next?
Tuesday and Wednesday; Gravenhurst Plumbing rough in the sewer lines.
Thursday is sling the stones into the hole, and deliver the block and mortar and masonry sand.
Friday is lay the blocks.
Monday, July 18; weatherproof the blocks.
Tuesday, July 19; begin installation of SM foam insulation on exterior of blocks, place O-pipe in hole
and place 12” of ¼ stone over all.
Wednesday until the end of the week is to complete the exterior insulation and backfill.
Thanks, Ellen, for the photo!
Monday,  July 25; begin framing.

Volunteers?
Tuesday, July 12 – Gravenhurst Plumbing install rough in for sewers. No volunteers.
Wednesday, July 13 – Gravenhurst Plumbing install rough in for sewers. No volunteers.
Thursday, July 14 – Stone slinger in the morning. Delivery of blocks and mortar in the late afternoon. No volunteers.
Friday, July 15 –Len Crow Masonry is booked to build our foundation walls. We will need from 8 to 12 strong able-bodied people to carry the block, mix the mortar, and bring the mortar to the masons. Also, to set up and take down scaffolding. Total volunteers for the day will be somewhere around 20 (twenty). I will have a more definite number by the beginning of next week.
Monday, July 18 => Friday, July 22 – We will be applying the weather-proofing to the exterior of the
foundation wall. Brian Fitzsimmons 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. Volunteers
required will be posted as a more precise scheduling takes shape.

FROM TUESDAY, JULY 19, TO FRIDAY, JULY 22, 3-4 VOLUNTEERS PER DAY WOULD BE GREAT!
Monday, July 25, BEGIN FRAMING => 6 VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE GREAT.
Once the knee-walls and flooring system is installed we can pour the basement floor.

Materials/Tools?
For Friday, July 15, we will need to supply our volunteers with shovels and gloves (both of which are now on-site).
For Monday, July 18, we will need Foundation Tar and Varsol, Dimple Wrap, Socked O-Pipe, SM Foam (amounts, linear and square footage to follow).

Inspections?
The next inspection will be for the weeping tiles, drainage stones, and weather-proofing on the exterior
of the foundation walls.

My Thoughts
I am always in awe of the willingness of people to help make these Habitat Builds a success. Today was a hat-trick for that. Larry stopping by the site, just chomping at the bit to get at the framing. Then Bill just offering his services out of the blue. And then Terry saying that he definitely wanted to do more on the next Gravenhurst build and that if we had a list he wanted to be on it. These three persons, and all of the people I have met on this Habitat Build, give me pause to give thanks.

If ever your faith in humanity is flagging, just come out to a Habitat Build and have it restored.


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

Friday, July 8, 2011

Delta Muskoka Resorts Build - 2011

DAILY  LOG JULY 8, 2011

Who Was On-Site?
Brian Fitzsimmons (Form Man Extraordinaire), Mike from Stevenson Electric, Ed from Serjeant Fuels,
Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
We poured the concrete in the footings, placed the Bigfoots, and poured the piers for the front porch.
The GFI outlet on 515 Muskoka Beach Road is installed.

What Next?
Monday, July 11, is strip the wood from the forms.
Tuesday and Wednesday is Gravenhurst Plumbing rough in the sewer lines.
Thursday is sling the stones into the hole, and deliver the block and mortar and masonry sand.
Friday is lay the blocks.

Volunteers?
Monday, July 11 – We need two able-bodied persons in addition to myself (total of 3) to strip the wood
forms from the footings.
Tuesday, July 12 – Gravenhurst Plumbing install rough in for sewers. No volunteers.
Wednesday, July 13 – Gravenhurst Plumbing install rough in for sewers. No volunteers.
Thursday, July 14 – Stone slinger in the morning. Delivery of blocks and mortar in the late afternoon. No volunteers.
Friday, July 15 –Len Crow Masonry is booked to build our foundation walls. We will need from 8 to 12 strong able-bodied people to carry the block, mix the mortar, and bring the mortar to the masons. Also, to set up and take down scaffolding. Total volunteers for the day will be somewhere around 20 (twenty). I will have a more definite number by the beginning of next week.
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22 – We will be applying the weather-proofing to the exterior of the
foundation wall. Brian Fitzsimmons 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. Volunteers
required will be posted as a more precise scheduling takes shape.
Materials/Tools?
For Monday, July 11, we will need to supply our volunteers with hammers and pry-bars (2 of each).
For Friday, July 15, we will need to supply our volunteers with shovels and gloves (both of which are now
on-site).
For Monday, July 18, we will need Foundation Tar and Varsol, Dimple Wrap, Socked O-Pipe, SM Foam (amounts, linear and square footage to follow).

Inspections?
The next inspection will be for the weeping tiles, drainage stones, and weather-proofing on the exterior
of the foundation walls.


My Thoughts
Once again, I would like to thank everybody involved, especially Brian Fitzsimmons who helped again today in the pour. He is a licensed Mason with a great and generous heart. His expertise in surmounting the difficulties we encountered was invaluable as is his continued support for the Muskoka Delta Build.

Also, I forgot to thank George from B&B Sanitation Services for installing the you-know-what on Thursday. Thank you, George!


Delta Muskoka Resorts Build - 2011


DAILY  LOG JULY 7, 2011
Mike O'Grady reporting

Who Was On-Site?
Brian Fitzsimmons (Form Man Extraordinaire), Jack Young (Retired Surveyor), Phil Williams (CoonBros), Chester Klingshott (Gravenhurst Building Inspector), Doug and Mrs. Patterson (Good People), Martha Coburn (Health and Safety), Michael O’Grady (Project Manager)

What Happened?
Brian and I completed the forms. Jack dropped by to check our progress. Phil offered to put some sand back into our a-bit-too-deep hole. Martha gave us a bag of socks from Marks Work Wearhouse. Doug
popped in with his lovely Mrs. to ask about future volunteer requirements. Chester came by (a bit early) to inspect our forms.

What Next?
We have the concrete booked for Friday, July 8, at 9:30 a.m. It can set up over the weekend and we will have some mighty solid footings.
On Monday we can strip the wood from the forms. After that some
work needs to be done on the floor of the hole. Sand needs to be added to bring it up to 8” below the top of the footing. Then we need to get 6” of stone in there. Then we can get the blocks and blocklayers in to finish the foundation walls.

Volunteers?

  • Friday, July 8 – We need one able-bodied person in addition to Brian Fitzsimmons and myself (total of 3) to get the concrete poured into the footings.
  • Monday, July 11 – We need two able-bodied persons in addition to myself (total of 3) to strip the wood forms from the footings.
  • Tuesday, July 12 – I hope to have CoonBros back on the site. No volunteers.
  • Wednesday, July 13 – I hope to get the stone-slinger in that day. No volunteers.
  • Thursday, July 14 – Catch-up day. No volunteers. Delivery of blocks and mortar in the late afternoon.
  • Friday, July 15 – This is the day I would like to book Len Crow Masonry to build our foundation walls. We will need from 8 to 12 strong able-bodied people to carry the block, mix the mortar, and bring the mortar to the masons. Also, to set up and take down scaffolding. Total volunteers for the day will be somewhere around 20 (twenty). I will have a more definite number by the beginning of next week.
  • Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22 – We will be applying the weather-proofing to the exterior of the foundation wall. Brian Fitzsimmons has volunteered to spray the tar on the blocks. He has the spraymachine, 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. Volunteers required will be posted as a more precise scheduling takes shape.

Materials/Tools? 

  • For Monday, July 11, we will need to supply our volunteers with hammers and pry-bars (2 of each).
  • For Friday, July 15, we will need to supply our volunteers with shovels and gloves (both of which are now on-site).
  • For Monday, July 18, we will need Foundation Tar and Varsol, Dimple Wrap, Socked O-Pipe, SM Foam (amounts, linear and square footage to follow).
Inspections?
The form inspection passed today.
The next inspection will be for the weeping tiles, drainage stones, and weather-proofing on the exterior of the foundation walls.

My Thoughts
Once again, I would like to thank everybody involved, especially those brave souls who showed up Wednesday morning and got the ball rolling. In particular I would like to thank Brian Fitzsimmons. He is a licensed Mason with a great and generous heart. His expertise in surmounting the difficulties we encountered was invaluable as is his continued support for the Muskoka Delta Build.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Delta Muskoka Resorts Build - 2011


DAILY  LOG JULY 6, 2011
Mike O'Grady reporting

Today we got the forms for the footings placed and levelled. (Photo from Bala build! /JJ)

From 2010 -  Habitat for Humanity Muskoka
Special thanks to Jack Young (retired surveyor) and Brian Fitzsimmons (professional foundation man). Without those two we could not have gotten as far as we did.

Also, many thanks to PJ and Ted Smith and DougP for all their hard work.

Tomorrow I will put the finishing touches on the forms. Inspection is a go for the afternoon. Brian will
help me again for a couple of hours in the morning. I will stay and clean up the site and wait for the
inspector and book the delivery of concrete for Friday.
Cement truck - keep on truckin'!
Once again, thanks to all for all their hard work and professional guidance.


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

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Delta Muskoka Resorts Build - 2011

DAILY LOG JULY 5, 2011

The hole is dug.
We had to remove the two big maple trees straddling the property line. Many thanks to Coon Bros. for pulling guys off another job to take care of us.

Thanks go out to Brian, Chris, Mike, and of course to Phil Williams. (Sorry if I left anybody out.)

Tomorrow we start the forms. There are 5 volunteers, Doug P and me, for a total of 7.

The guarded secret that I can now disclose is that Jennifer G. will be BBQ-ing sausages for us for lunch. WOO-HOO! (Hope we can get back to work after such a great feed!
Which is why I am thinking the forming will take 2 days.)

The delivery of our forming material from Chamberlain’s will not be until about 11:00 a.m. That gives us time to do the layout, and, if there are willing hands, to get the picnic table and tent set up so we can eat that great lunch sitting down in the shade. (I am also hoping we have lots of sun so we need to sit in the shade.)

My hope is to get the forms inspected and the concrete poured for Friday.

That means on Monday, Len Crow and his blocklayers of renown can begin the foundation walls. I will contact Len and get a number of how many blocklayers will be there. I will also order the delivery of the blocks, mortar, ties, and masonry sand from Simcoe Block in Bracebridge.

Doug P can go ahead and book the hard working lads from Beaver Creek. Many thanks to Doug P.

We got boots,
we got hats.
We are the
Habitats.


Oooh Raah

Fence me in, digging a hole!

Report from Ellen Frood

A great start to the build…Coon Bros. were out doing the excavation with great skill.




Pictured are volunteers Marjorie and Dorothy along with staff from Coon Bros. and Build Construction Project Manager, Mike O’Grady as they work to secure the site and have a fence in place.

 Thanks everyone for a job well done!

 Ellen Frood
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity Muskoka

THESE boots are made for wearing

We are so fortunate to have the continued support from Mark's Work Wearhouse.

Pictured is Elizabeth from the Gravenhurst Mark's Work Wearhouse with some of the donated boots.

We recently also received work boots, socks and work jackets from Mark's Work Wearhouse in Huntsville.

 Our volunteers will be particularly happy to have the socks as they slip in to the shared boots available on the build site for those who do not have safety footwear. A big thanks goes out to Mark's Work Wearhouse Gravenhurst, and Huntsville, for their continued support.


MWW crew, 2010
Mark's Work Warehouse participated in 2010, Patty Parsons Build in Bala.
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