Notes, 30 July 2015

Draw 2. Ranserve today delivered by email to the Leons and Brett Grinkmeyer, architect, the paperwork for payment of draw 2. Six figures. No surprise. Ranserve has transformed the house in one month, moving forward from demo. Brett will inspect the work and, if he signs off on it, Steven will confirm the draw and submit it to South Star Bank for payment.

Save the oak floors? 24 hours after a flooring expert advised against trying to refinish the existing oak floor downstairs, Mark, Steven and Jacquela continue to explore options and budgets. Stay tuned.

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Window, repaired

Monday this week, Ron Dahlke and the framers discovered that the frame of one of the front windows bowed inward. In photo above, it is the second window from right — the first of the three smaller vertical windows that transfer light into the entry hall.

Ron called Sean Miller at Martel Windows & Doors. Sean today dispatched Landon Price, operations manager. Sean reports:

Landon de-glazed the window (removed the glass), straightened the frame, and reinstalled the glass.  The glass in most windows is held in to place by 3M glazing tape, basically heavy duty double sided tape.  Sometimes in the factory when they set the glass they do not have the frame straighten and the glazing tape and glass hold that un-straight edge.  All we did was set it straight.  No special care is needed, warranty is not affected.  Landon is factory trained and does this sort of thing for a myriad of different reasons on a daily basis.

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Pocket doors, plywood backing, gas lines

Albert, working in the ceiling chase, wrenching steel pipe fittings together.
Albert, working in the ceiling chase, wrenching steel pipe fittings together.

At the right side of the fireplace, Albert from Custom Plumbing chisled out the open chase behind the brick. He removed the old gas line that no longer meets code and installed a new run of steel pipe, working across the family room ceiling, turning the pipe 90 degrees and traveling down the chase.

Looking down into the chase. Rubble at the bottom of the chase, from chiseling out the brick -- to be removed before the mason patches the brick.
Looking down into the chase. Rubble at the bottom of the chase, from chiseling out the brick — to be removed before the mason patches the brick.
Cris from Ranserve today installed the frames for the pocket doors to bath 3 upstairs, right, and to the laundry room, left.
Cris from Ranserve today installed the frames for the pocket doors to bath 3 upstairs, right, and to the laundry room, left.
Cris also installed the pocket door frame to the master closet. This is a style of frame that permits the nailing of shelf supports into the plywood sheathing -- unlike the open web of lumber that cannot be nailed at the pocket door frames to the bath 3 and the laundry room.
Cris also installed the pocket door frame to the master closet. This is a style of frame that permits the nailing of shelf supports into the plywood sheathing — this will be important in the master closet  — unlike the open web of lumber that cannot be nailed at the pocket door frames to the bath 3 and the laundry room.
And ... Cris, who just does not stop, also nailed into place the frame for the pocket door entry to the master bedroom.
And … Cris, who just does not stop, also nailed into place the frame for the pocket door entry to the master bedroom.
With hours to go and power tools to put to work, downstairs, Cris also began hanging the plywood backing that will help support the bookshelves planned for the library.
With hours to go and power tools to put to work, downstairs, Cris also began hanging the plywood backing that will help support the bookshelves planned for the library.
To the left of the fireplace, a new short wall is framed into place, replacing a brick wall and an extension of the brick hearth that were removed several days back by the demo team.
To the left of the fireplace, a new short wall is framed into place, replacing a brick wall and an extension of the brick hearth that were removed several days back by the demo team.
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