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Tile, delivered

Above, Matt from Ranserve unloads the first of several tile deliveries to Emerald Hill.

It’s almost time to lay tile.

This is a box of tile for the floor in bath 2 and bath 3.
This is a box of tile for the floor in bath 2 and bath 3.
Matt and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve cut the plastic wrapping away from a palette of tile. Closest to camera is a box of wall tile for the master bath shower.
Matt and Ron Dahlke from Ranserve cut the plastic wrapping away from a palette of tile. Closest to camera is a box of wall tile for the master bath shower.
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Notes, 25 Aug. 2015

The framers are nearly done putting up cedar siding at the front porch and entry.
The framers are nearly done putting up cedar siding at the front porch and entry. The smell of the fresh-cut cedar is intoxicating.
The plumbers are busting concrete around the toilet drain in the mudroom bath, in order to pivot the toilet 90 degrees -- a better design for the use of space in this small bath, realized only after it was framed and rough-plumbed.
The plumbers are busting concrete around the toilet drain in the mudroom bath, in order to pivot the toilet 90 degrees — a better design for the use of space in this small bath, realized only after it was framed and rough-plumbed.
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Water testing

DSC_3077The shower pan for bath 2 finally arrived. Custom Plumbing installed it, filled it with water — testing the plumbing.

The tub in bath 3 upstairs has been holding water since it was filled last week. No leaks!
The tub in bath 3 upstairs has been holding water since it was filled last week. No leaks!
After Albert repaired a drain line above the kitchen, the shower pan in the master bath held water all weekend.
After Albert repaired a drain line above the kitchen, the shower pan in the master bath held water all weekend.
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Notes, 19 Aug. 2015

  • Ferguson reports replacement for the bath 2 shower pan will be 20 August.
  • Without the shower pan, Ron Dahlke and the City of Austin inspector opted to delay the framing inspection — because the plumbers are still punching holes in lumber.
  • Custom Plumbing began today to test drain lines — pulling a hose through the house to fill drains with water in the master, laundry/utility, bath 3, mudroom. The master shower leaked and was quickly fixed. It’s better to test now, before the insulation goes in and the drywall goes up …
  • The painters caulked the bottom plates where the lumber met the slab, sealing against air, water and insects. If you build new today, the framers unroll a thin layer of foam that adheres to the bottom of the bottom plate — the foam was not invented in 1968 when Emerald Hill was built. Silicon caulk is the alternate to ripping down the house and starting over with new lumber and foam.
  • The painters caulked today because Ranserve will spray borate on the exposed framing of the first floor. Termites don’t like borate. Steven and Jacquela and Ron don’t like termites. We’ve seen the damage termites do. The framers were forced to replace a lot of lumber that the bugs chewed through. The borate is a line of defense — and it is also required by the Austin Energy Green Build program.
  • Ron now plans to re-attempt the framing inspection for Friday this week, or early next.
  • Ron put the insulation team on alert to start next week as soon as Emerald Hill passes the framing inspection — with drywall anticipated for the first week of September.
  • Steven received and is reviewing updated quotes for door handles and hardware, and for tile — and the potential third garage bay.
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Small steps forward

Ron Dahlke is scheduling two inspections for Wednesday with the City of Austin — HVAC rough-in and framing.

Steven today ordered the exhaust hood for the kitchen from Harway. Ron needs the hood onsite to properly mount it over the cooktop and configure the busiest wall in the kitchen — exhaust, wiring, plumbing, electrical.

The rough framing for the new stairs is complete.
The rough framing for the new stairs is complete.
There's a rumor that the clouds might spit rain later this week. So ... with the new exterior door off the kitchen in place, Ranserve carved a channel to push runoff away from the door. Why? The exterior deck was built too high -- and it pushes water into the house. Another something to fix.
The canyons of Mars? Not quite. There’s a rumor that the clouds might spit rain later this week. So … with the new exterior door off the kitchen in place, Ranserve carved a channel to push runoff away from the door. Why? The exterior deck was built too high — and it pushes water into the house. Another something to fix.
Cris from Ranserve inserted additional framing at the left side of the tub in bath 3, closing up the extra space the tub does not need against the framing.
Cris from Ranserve inserted additional framing at the left side of the tub in bath 3, closing up the extra space the tub does not need against the framing.
We think the electricians or plumbers left behind this sawdust filled pair of glove liners. Found Art.
We think the electricians or plumbers left behind this sawdust filled pair of glove liners. Found Art.
Now that the new exterior water line to the house from the curb passed inspection, the plumbers bury the line  in the front lawn.
Now that the new exterior water line to the house from the curb passed inspection, the plumbers bury the line in the front lawn.
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Bathroom fixtures, day 1

Ferguson delivered some of the bath and tub shower kits. Barry and Albert from Custom Plumbing unboxed the parts.

The shower pan for bath 2 is cracked. Ferguson will need to expedite a replacement.
The shower pan for bath 2 is cracked. Ferguson will need to expedite a replacement.
With the shower pan already cemented into place, Barry, at right, positions the rear shower wall while Albert  calls out flange locations.
With the shower pan already cemented into place, Barry, at right, positions the rear shower wall while Albert calls out flange locations.
Albert screws the back wall to a stud.
Albert screws the back wall to a stud.
Upstairs, the plumbing team wrestled the tub into place in bath 3.
Upstairs, the plumbing team wrestled the tub into place in bath 3.
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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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Waterproofing the master shower

Steven today learned how the master shower is waterproofed.

A team from Armored Star Waterproofing parked the truck, uncoiled a hose, donned protective gear, and sprayed a seamless, flexible waterproofing membrane of Polyurea. John applied the first layer to the lightweight concrete base and vertical masonite walls that he installed last week, giving the concrete time enough to cure.

 

John from Armored Star Water Proofing sprays the first layer of membrane.
John from Armored Star Water Proofing sprays the first layer of membrane. Above, John explains how the system works as he distributes lathing staples for the tilesetters around the shower pan.

In the time it took for John to explain to Steven that the membrane is flexible and never cracks, the polyurea dried — and John stepped onto the membrane, dropped a supply of lathing staples for the tilesetters to use when laying tile, and sprayed a second layer of polyurea.

John sprays the second layer of membrane, checking all corners as he works his way around the shower pan.
John sprays the second layer of membrane, checking all corners as he works his way around the shower pan. The polyurea dries nearly instantly; John is standing on membrane that he just sprayed into place.

It will be ready for water testing tomorrow. The plumbers will seal the drain with an inflatable ball, fill the shower basin with water, and let it sit. If it leaks, it gets fixed. If it doesn’t leak, the inspector will pass it.

 

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