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Painting - Deck Work -Cyc Wall and Landscaping

September 5, 2011 - With the record high temperatures through the month of August behind us (30 out of 31 days over 100 degrees F), the first week of September continued with much of the same. The good news was by the end of the week a cool front has (finally) broken through a stalled high that has made working outdoors miserable for most of the summer. 

The work remaining on the building is now mainly decorative. This week we got most of the Cyc wall built, taped, floated and painted. Yesterday, we got the most difficult part of the wall built - the corner area where all the walls come together. It is very tricky, but Adam and Alan did a great job getting the angles perfect.  Two coats of white primer was used to seal the wall and Sheetrock/ This wall is going to be awesome to shoot against - no seams - a real infinity wall.

We also got all of the wall panels up on the exterior ADA ramp.  This makes the area under the ramp secure and will be a great place for storage. All of the materials used for the walls came from the steel we cut out from the common walls inside the building. It is a patchwork quilt, so we started to caulk all the seams in the ramp room.  While it will never be water tight, it will be wonderful to get some of the materials out of the inside of the building and safely stored here. We also gave the interior a partial coat of paint with some oops paint donated by the local Glidden store.

We did some work on the ramp this week including grinding down the handrail welds, and patching the seams and knot holes in the plywood on the deck.

The weather was nice enough on Sunday to do some landscaping work around the building. We would like to plant some shrubs and grass, but it has not rained now in a month and it would be very difficult to get anything planted to remain alive.

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of being part of the epic Creative Co-Op is getting a chance to sit down with some very creative people and kicking around ideas. Scott of Silver Rock invited me in for a cup of his very special coffee. Scott is a master brewer and takes coffee to an entirely new level (at least for me).  In the kitchen he is like a mad scientist, give special care to every step of creating (yes creating) a cup of Joe. We enjoyed a very strong cup and talked about a number of different things we are working on. This is the kind of unplanned interaction I am hoping will make working at the Co-Op really special. 

Next week we will finish the work on the Cyc wall, continue working on the storage area under the ramp, and begin the exterior decorative trim.

Posted by on September 06, 2011

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View looking north of the exterior walls added to the ramp.

Cliff welds some of the wall panels used for the ramp room.

The vinyl letters on the metal panels were removed using a propane torch.

Cliff adds another panel to the interior ramp room wall.

There is a lot of room for storage under the ramp.

The front part of the room will serve as a garage for a Utility trailer.

Long shot of the ramp room.

A large door was added to the end of the walkway to the ramp room.

Garage area added for the utility trailer

Vic paints the interior walls of the ramp room.

All of the welds were ground down.

The areas that were ground down were primed and next week will be painted.

Three coats of mud were applied to all the wall seams. Bondo was used on the floor joints.

Adam gives the first of two coats of primer to the Cyc wall.

The corner area is the most difficult part of the Cyc wall.

The corner of the Cyc wall required a number of structural ribs be made for a perfect fit.

Interior support blocks were added to the corner of the wall.

Nick helps out with the landscaping in front of the building.

If we ever get some rain, we will add plants and grass.

Scott of Silver Rock is a Master Coffee Brewer. Here he weights just the right amount of coffee for two cups.

Double filters, bottled water, and Guatemalan beans, makes for a perfect cup of coffee.

Scott takes coffee to a whole other level - it was great.