The Army of Landers

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Emerald Hill is invaded today by the Army of Landers — Ivan and his team of eight tasked with installing the new hickory wood¬†floors — Victor, Diego, Carlos, Leonardo, Aldo, Miguel, Manny and Gerardo.

Steven anthropomorphizes. She’s cute in that flirty miniskirt. But then she shows up in that little black dress …

Ron says it took Ivan and his army 10 minutes to remove what remained of the existing oak flooring. Ivan says it took 30 minutes to remove the glue. Here is most of it, loaded into a van for recycling.
Ron says it took Ivan and his army 10 minutes to remove what remained of the existing oak flooring from the upstairs hall, and the office, library, family room and entry hall downstairs. Ivan says it took 30 minutes to remove the glue. Here is most of it, loaded into a van for recycling.
Then they floated the downstairs slab and some of the upstairs subflooring level and smooth with a lightweight concrete mix. Here's the entry hall with a glimpse into the library. The concrete would dry quickly if the weather was warm and sunny -- but today is cool and cloudy. It takes several hours for the concrete to dry -- even with fans blowing air across the material.
Then they floated the downstairs slab and some of the upstairs subflooring level and smooth with a lightweight concrete mix. Here’s the entry hall with a glimpse into the library. The concrete would dry quickly if the weather was warm and sunny — but today is cool and cloudy. It takes several hours for the concrete to dry — even with fans blowing air across the material.
While they wait for the concrete to dry, Ivan and the army prepped -- moving a lot of the prefinished lumber in boxes and the raw hickory treads into bath 2, out of the way. They also stacked boxes of the hickory strategically, putting it within easy reach of where they plan to install floors.
While they wait for the concrete to dry, Ivan and the army prepped — moving a lot of the prefinished lumber in boxes and the raw hickory treads into bath 2, out of the way. They also stacked boxes of the hickory strategically, putting it within easy reach of where they plan to install floors.
By 2 pm, they are pulling a string line tight down the middle of the upstairs hallway -- and snapping a chalk line to follow with the wood.
By 2 pm, they are pulling a string line tight down the middle of the upstairs hallway — and snapping a chalk line to follow with the wood.
Manny trowels out glue along the chalk line.
Manny trowels out glue along one side of the chalk line. The army leaves clear the other side of the chalk line as a passage between rooms.
The first boards are down, starting at the entrance to the master suite at the back of the photo, traveling toward the stairwell.
The first boards are down, starting at the entrance to the master suite at the back of the photo, traveling toward the stairwell.
The master bedroom is started. Blue painters tape helps to hold the boards tightly together, to prevent the glue from lubricating the planks apart.
The master bedroom is started. Blue painters tape helps to hold the boards tightly together, to prevent the glue from lubricating the planks apart.
30 minutes later.
30 minutes later.
45 minutes after that, done -- and moving into the master closet.
45 minutes after that, done — and moving into the master closet.
The master closet and hallway, halfway done.
The master closet and hallway, halfway done.
Manny finishes the last board in the upstairs loft.
Manny finishes the last board in the upstairs loft.
Ivan and his army first work to the left of the chalk line, spreading glue up to the line and then swiftly gluing down planks. The mallets are thumping. The house resonates with each blow.
Ivan and his army first work to the left of the chalk line, spreading glue up to the line and then swiftly gluing down planks. Stock is laid out to the right of the chalk line. The mallets are thumping. The house resonates with each blow.
Spreading glue to the other side of the chalk line.
Spreading glue to the other side of the chalk line.
By 4 pm on a cold and cloudy day, the army needs lights to work by.
By 4 pm on a cold and cloudy day, the army needs lights to work by.
Watching the mallet fly by shadowed light.
Watching the mallet fly by shadowed light.
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The men of steel

The riff is just so obvious …

Ernesto, Jose Luis and Ely from Gilsa Construction today began laying steel rebar for the garage foundation.

Above, Ernesto bends steel with his bare hands — plus a pipe sleeve into which the rebar is inserted, with the rebar also clamped into a bending jig.

At a second jig, Ernesto assembles the bends of rebar into an assembly ...
At a second jig, Ernesto assembles the bends of rebar ¬†…
That Ely, left, and Jose Luis, right, place the steel formwork into a trench for the garage footings.
That Ely, left, and Jose Luis, right, place the steel formwork into a trench for the garage footings.
Ely drills into the foundation slab of the existing garage, cutting the hole into which rebar will be packed, to tie together the existing and new slabs.
Ely drills into the foundation slab of the existing garage, cutting the hole into which rebar will be packed, to tie together the existing and new slabs. Look closely at the drill bit. He wrapped masking tape around the bit to mark the depth of the hole he has to drill — the same thing the rest of do when drilling wood.
Ely cuts rebar to length. Sparks fly.
Ely cuts rebar to length. Sparks fly. He’s wearing safety glasses.
Ernesto ties together two pieces of rebar, twisting heavy wire around the joint.
Ernesto ties together two pieces of rebar, twisting heavy wire around the joint.
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