Team Ranserve continue working through the punch list as we count down to moving in.
Odell called for the Final Inspection. The inspector arrived. Emerald Hill failed. As expected. This inspector is new to the remodel. He requires more documentation of where the two layers of fire-resistant drywall are and are not installed in the garage, around the mudroom. The previous inspector approved two layers around the mudroom and one layer on the walls that do not connect with the body of the house. Odell is attempting to contact that previous inspector for clarification and resolution.
Above, Julian test fits the 12×12 sheets of 2×2 black tiles that will become the final floor of the master shower. This is how we resolve an issue that has festered since November, when the shower floor was first tiled. The grout lines do not line up. Jacquela objected — the first issue she ever raised on this project. Julian laid out the mosaics. Jacquela arrived to inspect. She approved. Julian is five sheets of tile short. Odell ordered the tile. Now we wait for delivery and install.
Upstairs in the master bath, Odell discovered that the left-hand medicine cabinet is not centered over the sink faucet; he will take it down and recenter it. He also ordered a replacement for one of the sink faucets, which seems to have developed a permanent slow leak via the cartridge.
Above, Celis hung drywall on two walls in the garage — the front wall closest to the street, and the back wall around the exit door. This should be the final sheets of drywall to go up at Emerald Hill.
We counted out the runs of track. There are four 8-footers and two 2-footers for the train room. That’s correct. There are four two-footers for the office downstairs. That’s wrong. Tracy at Lights Fantastic stepped through the paperwork to discover the error. Two 8-footers and two 6-footers will be delivered early next week.
Which means … Steve the electrician and Ron are pushing for an electrical inspection tomorrow. The electrical boxes in the office must be populated with lights. Ron advises he will locate temporary fixtures.
Chris and the team from Celis Drywall walked Emerald Hill yesterday, inspecting the drywall for cracks where hot/cold weather cycles propel expansion and contraction.
Today they chipped out drywall along seams in the ceiling of nearly every room. Then Chris added a ton of drywall screws to each sheet of drywall, tightening the panels to the ceiling lumber. Next he applied yellow fiberglass tape to the joint. This tape is more flexible than paper tape. Then came drywall mud to cover the tape.
Above, Chris working on stilts in the kitchen ceiling. This is the location where a water leak damaged the joint between two sheets of drywall; the plumbers were installing fixtures in the master bath above the kitchen — and a fitting leaked.
All the other cracks are caused by expansion and contraction issue. Chris says this is normal, expected — and Celis Drywall plans to inspect each job.
The work week begins with the construction team continuing to build the forms for the garage foundation, filling sandbags, and, for the first time, compacting roadbase. Steel rebar is scheduled for this week, to be inspected possibly as soon as Thursday or Friday, depending on weather.
Ferguson reports the plumbing fixtures are on schedule for delivery Wednesday this week.
Today’s discovery: The drain lines for all six bathroom sinks are too low. As built, they will require us to cut apart the vanities to create clearance for the drain pipes.
This error will not be paid for by Steven and Jacquela. Months ago, when Steven ordered the vanities online, he downloaded, printed and delivered to Ron Dahlke the specs with dimensions for locating the drain and water lines.
The instructions were not followed.
Above, an excerpt from the spec sheets. The waste line is supposed to be 20 inches off the floor. The water lines are supposed to be 22 inches off the floor.
With irony and good humor, Ron advises that he is happy we made this discovery today, with two months to go until construction ends — instead of having to rip open the house with one week to go before Jacquela, Jadin and Steven move in.
Above, Capstone Electric is installing the 4000K 6-inch LEDs that Steven specced for the ceiling cans — cool white, not warm white. Steven sees the 4000K light as white, not yellow, brighter than the average bulb.
Tracy at Lights Fantastic is ordering all the other interior lights and ceiling fans. Tracy, Jacquela and Steven worked on this task for months.
Celis Drywall is cranking. Corner bead. Second coat of mud to seal the joints and hide the screws. Ron Dahlke reports they will be done today — and the painter will move in to prep the interior of Emerald Hill starting Monday.
Above, Steven arrived at Emerald Hill early Friday, 2 October. There was this constant sound — scratch, scratch, scratch, scratch, scratch. The Celis team was working upstairs, sanding the drywall joints smooth, raising a cloud of dust.
Gelipe and Anthony from Celis Drywall today prepped Emerald Hill and began to tape and float the drywall.
The process of taping and floating is a common task that takes place during the installation of sheetrock. Essentially, this procedure helps to hide the rough edges of the sheetrock where the sections join, creating a smooth look to the entire wall. Just about any type of drywall finishing project will require at least some taping and floating before the job is finished. Wisegeek.
When the drywall went up on the ceiling in the kitchen, Steven discovered that the three 4-inch ceiling cans for lights above the island were not equidistant from each other.
Ron said, don’t worry, we’ll fix it.
With the drywall install done, Ron and Cris took down the sheets of ceiling drywall over the island, exposing the cans and ceiling joists.
Ron and Steven dragged a 10-foot-long sheet of drywall into the kitchen, propped it up on two garbage cans, to simulate the location and size of the kitchen island.
Then we used three paint cans to approximate the location of the lights on the island, to confirm that the only way to center the middle recessed can would require cutting a ceiling joist and restructuring the two adjoining joists — a process that would also require inspections and approvals from the structural engineer.
Ron suggested an alternative approach — adding a fourth can, dividing the four cans into two pairs, and installing each pair to mirror the other. This requires no cutting of lumber, no structural engineer. It does require the electricians to add the additional can, but that’s easy.
Ron and Cris from Ranserve installed the duct for the kitchen exhaust hood inside the kitchen, foaming all around the metal duct to insulate it and the exterior wall, then sealing up around the duct with drywall.