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Work on the ADA Ramp - Interior Gets a Primer Coat - Getting Ready For The Flat Work

June 4, 2011 - On Saturday Alfredo Guzman from Goosestone Construction Company came by with his 35hp tractor (with front end loader and box blade) to knock down some of the dirt piles that had been delivered to the site last week. Alfredo arrived right on schedule at 7:00am, and immediately went to work. Within 3 hours he had most of the dirt leveled around the building, and spent the last hour moving dirt from the back of the property for driveway ramp to the building.

Jeremy Crow from Crow Construction returned to the site to finish some touch-up work on the wallboards. He also helped grind down the cement threshold area of the large doors to the big room. The weight of the doors made them rub against the concrete and they were hard to open. Jeremy took off about a half inch of concrete and now the doors are ready for the remote control door opener we will install later.

With the wallboard work completed, we put on a coat of Glidden PVA primer.This will allow the finish coat to go on evenly. It required almost 30 gallons of paint to prime all the walls of the Creative Co-Op. Next week we will turn our attention to the finish coat which will take more planning and time to do. We also painted all the wooden window sills with a primer coat, and filled all the screw holes.

Towards the end of the week we turned our attention to building the ADA ramp. We opted to move the ramp to the south side of the building for aesthetic purposes, but having the ramp here will also allow us to expand the front of the building if necessary. The guys had pre-cut the metal purlins to size over the past week, so building the first leg of the ramp went quickly. With the temperatures hitting the 100 degree mark, building the ramp in the afternoon sun is really hard work. We were able to complete 35 feet of the 160 feet of ramp needed. Work will continue on it next week because we have to get it approved by the ADA inspector before the building can be occupied.

The one remaining area of the ceiling that needed attention was the access opening to the attic. We had to leave this area open to be able to get the HVAC equipment installed. With the equipment in place, it was time to seal the last remaining opening. I found a commercial grade attic stairs (30" wide instad of 24", with reinforced steps) on Craigslist. The latter was brand new and I paid $150 (which was less than half of the big box store price of $384).  Now, when we turn on the AC, all the cool air stays inside the insulated areas.

This week I also had a chance to head up to Conroe and visit the Habitat for Humanity Restore Shop. For those looking to build or repair a home and are on a tight budget,your first stop should be the Restore. You will find all kinds of great buys here, with building materials, appliances, and other supplies that range in condition from new to well used. We needed an electric cook-top, and the least expensive one I could find on Craigslist was $120.  At the Restore, I picked up a beautiful Jenn Air 4 burner unit for just $60. Super deal. 


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Alfredo begins the dirt work by knocking down the piles with the front end loader.

When the piles are flat, he uses the box blade to level the dirt around the building.

We had 9 loads of dirt to work with.  We need about 4 more to finish the job.

The north side of the building took two loads of dirt. The finish work will be done by hand.

We removed the wooden picnic table and benches. They will be replaced with a metal table.

Jeremy uses his stilts and applies another coat of muc to the drywall.

Alan primes the wallboard in the big room with Glidden PVA primer.

We moved the work bench to the back of the building.

Adam lays out the ADA required ramp and removes the paint where the rail will be welded to the building.

Using a grinder he removes the paint down to the metal.

The temperature was right at 100 degrees in the shade when I took this picture.

Adam, Mike and Alan check to make sure the ramp is level then tack weld it in place.

Every 30 feet the ADA code requires us to  have a flat landing.

Side view of the building showing the first section of the ramp.

We called it a day after the first section was secure.

4 unit burner from the Habitat for Humanity Restore shop.

We also got the attic stairs installed.