Civic interruptis 2

Meanwhile, away from the remodel …

First Texas Honda continues the forensic disassembly of the engine from Jacquela’s Civic, tracking the failures from the bolt that sheared into the timing chain that shattered.

After a week of talking by phone, text and email, Steven shook hands with Jay Jank at First Texas Honda.

Jay provides this update:

  • The valves in the upper half of the engine block are shot and both the upper and lower blocks will need replacement.
  • He continues to compile the documentation that Honda needs to determine how it will “participate” in this adventure.
Jay took Steven into the shop to visit Jacquela Civic. The engine is removed from the car, disassembled, smaller upper block at left on the cart, larger lower block at right. Part of the front suspension sits on the floor behind the car, with the tires.
Jay took Steven into the shop to visit Jacquela’s Civic. The engine is removed from the car, disassembled, smaller upper block at left on the cart, larger lower block at right. Part of the front suspension sits on the floor behind the car, with the tires.
Looking up into the vacated engine compartment.
Looking up into the vacated engine compartment. You don’t ever expect to see you car look like this.
Chris, the service tech, turns over the upper half of the engine block for show and tell.
Chris, the service tech, turns over the upper half of the engine block for show and tell.
The timing chain, coiled on styrofoam that is stained with oil leaking out of what's left of the engine.
The timing chain, coiled on styrofoam that is stained with oil leaking out of what’s left of the engine.
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Reconstruction / Transformation #2 — interior

Starting downstairs …

The wing walls between the  living and family rooms are now the same width. The framers extended the wall on the left on stud bay.
The wing walls between the living and family rooms are now the same width. The framers extended the wall on the left one stud bay.
Ron and the framers are beginning to cut away structure from the not-to-code stairs -- scheduled for removal next week, and replacement.
Ron and the framers are beginning to cut away structure from the not-to-code stairs — scheduled for removal next week, and replacement.
The wall between bedroom 1 and bath 2 was updated with new lumber by the framers two days ago -- but framed two feet forward of the proper location.
The wall between bedroom 1 and bath 2 was updated with new lumber by the framers two days ago — but framed two feet forward of the proper location.
About two hours later, the wall between bedroom 1 and bath 2 is reframed in the proper location.
About two hours later, the wall between bedroom 1 and bath 2 is reframed in the proper location.

Moving upstairs …

Upstairs, a small section of floor that was a closet is now removed over the stairs. This creates the head room we need to increase the linear run of the stairs into the extension that will added to the front entry -- the extra square footage that is needed to bring the stairs into compliance with code. Plus ... look at that enlarged front window with a treehouse view.
Upstairs, a small section of floor that was a closet is now removed over the stairs. This creates the head room we need to increase the linear run of the stairs into the extension that will added to the front entry — the extra square footage that is needed to bring the stairs into compliance with code. Plus … look at that enlarged front window with a treehouse view in what will be the loft.
Framing for larger windows in what will be the train room -- also known as bedroom 3.
Framing for larger windows in what will be the train room — also known as bedroom 3.
Steven's first look at the view carved by reframing for the new master bedroom windows. One of the best changes we are making to Emerald Hill -- a bedroom that floats in the trees.
Steven’s first look at the view carved by reframing for the new master bedroom windows. One of the best changes we are making to Emerald Hill — a bedroom that floats in the trees.
The framers raise the interior wall between what will be bath 3 and the utility/laundry room.
The framers raise the interior wall between what will be bath 3 and the utility/laundry room.

 

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Reconstruction / Transformation #2 — exterior

It’s been two days since Steven last visited the house. The advances are dramatic.

Before -- the house is still clad with the original cedar siding that dates back to 1968, when the house was built. And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is also original.
Before — the house is still clad with the original cedar siding that dates back to 1968, when the house was built. And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is also original.
The siding on the second story and the brick wing wall are gone. Ron and the framing crew replaced the cedar with OSB sheathing. Equally significant, the large opening for the new master bedroom windows is also framed at the upper right.
The siding on the second story and the brick wing wall are gone. Ron and the framing crew replaced the cedar with OSB sheathing. Equally significant, the large opening for the new master bedroom windows is also framed at the upper right.
Also outside, at the front left of house, brick is removed to enlarge the front window of bedroom 1.
Also outside, at the front left of house, brick is removed to enlarge the front window of bedroom 1.
And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is dismantled.
And the brick wing wall to the left of the front door is dismantled.

 

Around the right side, the cedar siding on the second floor exterior is removed and replaced with OSB sheathing.
Around the right side, the cedar siding on the second floor exterior is removed and replaced with OSB sheathing.
Around back, replacement of the cedar siding continues.
Around back, replacement of the cedar siding continues.
Before -- the stone cap that is now removed from the porch slab.
Before — the stone cap that is now removed from the porch slab.
Ranserve is storing the removed brick and stone in the boneyard at the back of the driveway. The brick will be re-used as we remodel the exterior. The fate of the stone is not yet decided.
Ranserve is storing the removed brick and stone in the boneyard at the back of the driveway. The brick will be re-used as we remodel the exterior. The fate of the stone is not yet decided.
At mid-day, the concrete team builds forms and drills rebar reinforcing rods into the existing slab as the prepare to pour the new concrete needed to bring the slab up 2+ inches to level the floor where we are extending the front entry forward -- all because the stairs are not to code and we need additional "run" length for the math and material to work correctly.
At mid-day, the concrete team builds forms and drills rebar reinforcing rods into the existing slab as they prepare to pour the new concrete needed to bring the slab up 2+ inches to level the floor where we are extending the front entry forward — all because the stairs are not to code and we need additional “run” length for the math and material to work correctly.
The first bags of concrete are mixed and shoveled into place.
The first bags of concrete are mixed and shoveled into place. When the concrete team is done we will be able to walk on this in the morning.
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Habitat pickup #3

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Habitat for Humanity has nearly emptied the garage of items we are donating.

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And they took away the HVAC condensors.

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With the third Restore/Habitat receipt hanging on Ron’s project-tracking whiteboard in the garage control room.

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