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Taking apart the shelf in the shower

The grout under the gray quartz shelves in the master shower cracked, giving water a route to the structure behind the tile. We discovered this in July. Jacquela and Steven have used the shower in the hall bath since, to ensure no more water penetrates behind the tile and into the lumber.

Today, Joe from Austin Stone carefully chiseled the grout away from the quartz shelf, freeing the shelf, exposing the blue waterproofing that was applied to keep the lumber dry. In turn, that revealed how the shelf was cemented — with the same epoxy grout used to seal the joints between wall and floor tiles. This epoxy grout is inflexible — which means … it apparently cracked apart as it cured and as the shower pan and walls settled.

Joe begins with a painter's blade, scraping grout out of the joint under the shelf.
Joe begins with a painter’s blade, scraping grout out of the joint under the shelf.
With the grout removed between the top of the shelf and the wall tiles, Joe levers the shelf up -- carefully.
With the grout removed between the top of the shelf and the wall tiles, Joe levers the shelf up — carefully.
That reveals the spacers and dried epoxy grout used to mount the shelf -- and the blue waterproofing used to seal the structure of the shower stall.
That reveals the spacers and dried epoxy grout used to mount the shelf — and the blue waterproofing used to seal the structure of the shower stall.
The shelf, lifted free.
The shelf, lifted free.

For the next step — Odell from Ranserve and Joe applied silicon to the blue waterproofing. Silicon is flexible where grout is not. This will allow the shelf to “float” as the house continues to settle. Finally, they set the shelf into the silicon — to spend the weekend curing into position.

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Pin a tail on the donkey

It’s finally time to put the house numbers up.

1-dsc_3722Odell, left, and Kevin, right, supervise as Cris lays out where the house numbers will go, using templates that came inside the packaging for each number. Everything must be level, plumb and properly kerned.

Cris first mounted the "8" and then leveled the three other numbers against it.
Cris first mounted the “8” and then leveled the three other numbers against it.
All four house numbers properly mounted and screwed into the brick, with each screw sealed with silicon, and everything taped to ensure the silicon sets properly and the numbers don't slip out of position.
All four house numbers properly mounted and screwed into the brick, with each screw sealed with silicon, and everything taped to ensure the silicon sets properly and the numbers don’t slip out of position.
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Continuing to punch-list the kitchen

1-dsc_3693Bani, left, and Chris are back, continuing to work through the punch list for the kitchen cabinets. Above, they clamp a new piece of trim under the oven and microwave — one long piece to replace two shorter pieces that failed after the glue gave out.

The utensil storage at the utility drawer between the sink and cooktop is now correctly cut, installed, and functional. Earlier, one of the four stainless steel bins did not fit correctly, due to a hole drilled 1/8 of an inch out of place.
The utensil storage at the utility drawer between the sink and cooktop is now correctly cut, installed, and functional. Earlier, one of the four stainless steel bins did not fit correctly, due to a hole drilled 1/8 of an inch out of place.
Bani and Chris unwrap a replacement cabinet panel.
Bani and Chris unwrap a  cabinet panel. It replaces a similar panel that was defective at manufacture.
Chris screws the replacement panel into position.
Chris screws the replacement panel into position.

 

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Punch list: Plumbing

Barry, Nick and Blake from Custom Plumbing are at Emerald Hill to tackle the plumbing punch list.

The hot and cold water at the shower heads in the mudroom, upstairs hall and master bath were reversed. This appears to now be fixed. Nick and Blake conclude that quality control did not actually test the plumbing for errors.

Water pressure to the wand shower head in the master bath, nearly non-existent, appears to be fixed.

The drains in the master sink are now centered.

The pot filler above the kitchen cooktop appears to be as close to level as Barry can make it, since the wall is not perfectly plumb; it will always appear to be slightly askew.

The drain line to the downstairs tankless water heater is adjusted to spill less water into the emergency drain pan under the unit; Nick and Blake did not have a supply of pex tubing to adjust the drain line under the upstairs tankless heater and will have to return.

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Walk and talk the punch list

Odell and Cris today met Steven at Emerald Hill to walk and talk the punch list.

Odell is tasked with rounding up the teams and building a schedule. Work is expected to begin next week.

 

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T minus 2 days

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T minus 3 days

Odell and Team Ranserve continue to punch through the punch list …

Above, Cris uses Steven’s biscuit cutter to slice slots into the two pieces of wood that Cris is using to build a deep shelf in the electronics closet — for the cable modem, switches, router, UPS, power strip, etc.

What’s really cool is this — Cris needed a biscuit cutter. Steven pulled his Porter Cable out of the stack of plastic bins stored in the garage for moving in. This is the first time on this gig that one of Steven’s tools has been used to build something in the house. It’s an honor to put the tool in the hands of Cris, who is capable of nearly anything — concrete, framing, windows, cabinets, shelving, flooring, plumbing …

This is the shelf that Cris built in the electronics closet. It needs paint. But ... four holes for wires to pass through, and ledgers carefully nailed to studs to avoid hitting any of the miles of wire traveling through the back wall of the closet to the electrical panel.
This is the shelf that Cris built in the electronics closet. It needs paint. But … four holes for wires to pass through, and ledgers carefully nailed to studs to avoid hitting any of the miles of wire traveling through the back wall of the closet to the electrical panel.
Odell replaced the leaking faucet at the left-hand sink in the master bath -- and shifted the medicine cabinet about one inch to the left to center it over the faucet. Odell spotted the install error late last week.
Odell replaced the leaking faucet at the left-hand sink in the master bath — and shifted the medicine cabinet about one inch to the left to center it over the faucet. Odell spotted the install error late last week. Guest appearance in the mirror by Steven and his Nikon camera.
At the end of their day, Cris and Jacinto cut and glued t-molding into the gap in the floor at bedroom 4 between the original laminate and the new hickory. To help set the glue for 24 hours, they weighted down the threshold strip with some of the moving boxes volunteered by Steven. Along with concrete pavers pulled from the garage.
At the end of their day, Cris and Jacinto cut and glued t-molding into the gap in the floor at bedroom 4 between the original laminate and the new hickory. To help set the glue for 24 hours, they weighted down the threshold strip with some of the moving boxes volunteered by Steven. Along with concrete pavers pulled from the garage.
Cris and Jacinto repeated the threshold work at the entry to bedroom 4 -- aka the train room.
Cris and Jacinto repeated the threshold work at the entry to bedroom 4 — aka the train room.
At some point today, Odell and team removed the damaged strip of Hardieboard from the exterior wall of the garage addition, nailed up a new board.
At some point today, Odell and team removed the damaged strip of Hardieboard from the exterior wall of the garage addition, nailed up a new board.
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Blue tape

Ron Dahlke jokes about assigning one small role of very small blue tape to Jacquela and Steven — to identify items to correct such as nail holes, broken glass, floor dings, etc. — a visual guide to punch list items.

Jacquela got a head start late today, inspecting the kitchen sink, picking up a role of blue tape lying atop the island, to flag the drains in the sink, which are misaligned, with small globs of plumber's putty visible.
Jacquela got a head start late today, inspecting the kitchen sink, picking up a role of blue tape lying atop the island, to flag the drains in the sink, which are misaligned, with small globs of plumber’s putty visible.
The plumbers today delivered the drain pans for the tankless water heaters. They are made by hand -- and not very well made. And ugly. And not the correct size. Jacquela immediately flagged with blue tape the pan under the tankless water heater in the mudroom. Earlier, before Jacquela arrived, Steven pulled Ron Dahlke into a conversation with Chris, one of the carpenters who helped to build the kitchen cabinets. Steven asked if there is a way to enclose the tankless unit behind panels or doors, now that we can see how ugly this will be in a high-traffic area.
The plumbers today delivered the drain pans for the tankless water heaters. They are made by hand — and not very well made. And ugly. And not the correct size. Jacquela immediately flagged with blue tape the pan under the tankless water heater in the mudroom. Earlier, before Jacquela arrived, Steven pulled Ron Dahlke into a conversation with Chris, one of the carpenters who helped to build the kitchen cabinets. Steven asked if there is a way to enclose the tankless unit behind panels or doors, now that we can see how ugly this will be in a high-traffic area.
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