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Decorative Roof Panels Go Up - Silver Rock Moves In - Work Continues on ADA Ramp

August 14, 2011 - We made great progress this week on the last remaining major job on the project - the installation of the Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) Panels. We also worked on adding some side walls to the ADA ramp, installing the metal handrails, and sealing the plywood decks. Silver Rock Productions moved in, and even did a video shoot in the studio which still looks more like a workshop then a production studio.

The heat also made news this week as well. The record for Houston for 100 degree plus days was 10. Today, we hit that record, and are set to break it tomorrow. Now when the thermometer says 102 degrees, it actually feels like 105-107 because of our humidity. When installing panels, you may also be working in the direct sun light combined with the hot metal surface and weight of a large aluminum panel makes it very hard work. It just comes down to putting up one panel at a time - each one representing a small victory.

The best way to understand how we installed the ACM panels is by viewing the photos to your right. Typically, ACM is attached to building on a metal framework. This was not an option for us, so we came up with an alternative that is working quite nicely. We checked with Franklin International to see if their Tightbond Panel Adhesive would work for us.  We sent them several samples of the ALPOLIC ACM panels and they tested them in their labs. The results were satisfactory and we used their adhesive on virtually every ACM panel we installed.




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Tommy drills the pilot holes for the handrail hardware.

Over 320 feet of handrail will be installed on the ADA ramp.

A view from the second landing on the ADA ramp.

We used Tightbond to seal all of the seams on the plywood deck.

A scaffold was used to reach the upper sides of the roof walls.

Special thanks to James Larimore who volunteered to help with the installation of the ACM panels.

Close up detail showing how we did the panel molding.

Tightbond panel adhesive was used to affix the ACM panels to the walls.

Alan pushing the panel into the adhesive.

Adam sets the last of the pre-cut ACM panels on the ground.

Alan follows up with the spacer channel.

Installing the first panel is the most important.

If the first panel is wrong, all the others that follow will be as well.

ACM panel strips were screwed into the OSB board.

Tightbond was then applied to the strips.

The panel were then slid into place.

Even with Mike's bucket truck, setting panels in 102 degree temps is very hard work.

Mike and Alan help position the panel in place. Alan screws the corners of the panel into the OSB walls.

Mid-day on Saturday we started installing the panels. by Late afternoon we had most of the wall installed.

Adam installs the handicapped sign in the parking lot.

The official document from the Fire Marshal.

Silver Rock uses the studio for its first video shoot.

Mike and Brian of Silver Rock enjoying a cup of coffee in their new kitchen.

 
 
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