Week ending 14 Aug. 2015

Ron Dahlke files this week’s summary report:

This week:

  • Completed and passed COA electrical rough inspection
  • Started HVAC repairs
  • Received some of the shower inserts — one broken, it was reordered, and one still in route
  • Replaced yard water line and passed COA inspection
  • Sprayed in shower pan liner
  • Completed brick pockets at soffits
  • Completed brick at front of house
  • Received cedar for patio at entry
  • Received approval on stairwell materials
  • Completed final penetrations through roof
  • Confirmed tile measurements
  • Ordered  3 step lights from Tracey at Lights Fantastic
  • Confirmed front door specs
  • Ordered pick up for dumpster full of trash
  • Received final exhaust fans

Next week:

  • Complete HVAC repairs
  • Complete plumbing top out
  • Complete stairwell
  • Call in COA inspection on above three items
  • Cover water yard line
  • Install cedar siding at entry
  • Roofer scheduled Monday to do repairs
  • Send tile measurements to Renee for quote
  • Ordered treatment of first floor framing with Better Choice Pest Control for Thursday
  • Install daylight drain for utility room
  • Insulate behind upstairs tub before installation
  • Call in for HVAC duct leakage test with ATS Engineering
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Anchors

Some of the original framing of Emerald Hill was anchored to the slab when it was built in the late 1960s. That was then; code has changed. As Ron Dahlke explains, we are now required to install anchors at every corner of every exterior wall, and the floor plates must also be anchored every x feet down the length of the wall.

Cris from Ranserve uses a hammer drill on the floor plate at the new front wall of the new entry -- while Gabriel the mason works on the other side of the window, laying brick.
Cris from Ranserve uses a hammer drill on the floor plate at the new front wall of the new entry — while Gabriel the mason works on the other side of the window, laying brick.
Cris drills into the floor plate at the kitchen wall, where he will install an anchor. Earlier, he mixed concrete and filled the trench that he cut the other day with Kevin that will be used to run electric cable to the new island. Ron Dahlke added a second conduit for data cables -- an idea suggested by Aaron, the cabinetmaker.
Cris drills into the floor plate at the kitchen wall, where he will install an anchor. Earlier, he mixed concrete and filled the trench that he cut the other day with Kevin that will be used to run electric cable to the new island. Ron Dahlke added a second conduit for data cables — an idea suggested by Aaron, the cabinetmaker. Since he was mixing concrete, Cris also sealed holes in the slab at what will be a closet now that copper air conditioning lines no longer have to run under the slab; he also sealed up the exit for the copper lines outside the house. One benefit of this — it makes it that much more difficult for termites to get back into the house.
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Bathtub and shower deliveries

If we turned the corner on electric yesterday, today is the day plumbing begins to take its great leap forward.

Ferguson today made the first delivery of the shower kits and bathtub for Emerald Hill.

We opted for fiberglass kits for the mudroom shower and bathtub/shower in bath 3 upstairs -- where we don't have to "make a statement." This approach saves multiple thousands over custom-build showers where tilesetters build shower pans and tile walls.
We opted for fiberglass kits for the mudroom shower and bathtub/shower in bath 3 upstairs — where we don’t have to “make a statement.” This approach saves multiple thousands over custom-build showers where tilesetters build shower pans and tile walls.
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Laying brick

We resized several of the front windows with architect Brett Grinkmeyer. We pushed the front entry of the house forward about four feet. We are expanding the kitchen window and taking out the sliding glass door off the kitchen, replacing that double door with one door. Around back, Jadin’s bedroom gets more glass. So we knocked down a lot of brick during demo, stored the good brick on the driveway for re-use — and the masons started rebuilding the front exterior on multitasking day.

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Gabriel returned yesterday to continue work on the front elevations, working around the new windows.
Gabriel taps a brick into place in a bed of mortar.
Gabriel taps a brick into place in a bed of mortar.

Gabriel is back again today, moving his string line higher up the wall, laying course after course of brick.

Here, Gabriel lays the window sill, angling the brick to force water to run off the house and not collect behind the brick.
Here, Gabriel lays the window sill, angling the brick to force water to run off the house and not collect behind the brick.

 

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