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Flatwork Begins - Concrete Walks and Driveway

June 19, 2011 - For the third straight week, temperatures reached 100 plus degrees in the shade with humidity levels at 30% - I don't even want to think how hot it was in the sun which is where most of the work took place. The challenge was to keep hydrated while working to meet some very tight deadlines. Cement is something you don't get a second chance at getting right. That is why we hired Jeremy Crow of Crow Contractors (who did such a nice job on the ceiling of the big room) to take…

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ADA Ramp Work Continues - Black Cellulose Added to the Big Room - Dirt Delivered and Leveled

July 11, 2011 - With afternoon temperatures up around 100 degrees each day (that is 10 degrees above normal for this time of year), and no rain in the forecast, we were still able to make some great progress both inside and outside the building this week. We added an additional 115 feet of steel to the ADA ramp, and by the end of the week had reached the second floor. Since the ramp is on the west side of the building, we tried to get most of the work done in the morning, but once the guys get going…

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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…

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Wallboard Work Finally Comes to an End! - Texturing, Painting and Finish Work Continue

May 30, 2011 - For the past 4 months we have been hanging wallboard, and this week we hung the final piece. The last major area to be covered was the ceiling in the video production studio. The ceiling is 19 feet high, and a 4' x 8' sheet of 5/8" wallboard weighs right at 100 pounds. Cutting the wallboard to size, lifting it in place, and screwing it to the roof trusses was a job we felt should be left to the pros. We placed an ad in the "Gigs" section of the Houston…

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epic Creative Co-Op Now Has Electric Service - At a Great Price!

May 27, 2011 - This week Centerpoint returned to our job site and approved the changes we made to the main electrical service boxes we built for the new building. The installation of the three electric meters took just over an hour to do. We had been using power from the temporary electric pole we set up back in February. Every morning we would have to drag out 100' of heavy electrical wire and literally plug it into an outlet on the pole for power. When the Centerpoint electrician flipped…

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Interior Walls Textured, Work Continues on ADA Ramp, Lighting and Aluminum Panels

May 20, 2011 - With most of the Sheetrock up and floated (by the way, the difference between Sheetrock and wallboard, is Sheetrock is a brand name and wallboard is the generic term), we turned our attention to texturing the walls. Some contractors use wallboard mud for texturing, while others buy a special texture mix and blend water with the white gypsum powder in the bag.  We decided to mix our own. We purchased an inexpensive texture gun and hopper from Harbor Freight (on sale for under $20),…

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AC Units Installed - Kitchen Cabinets Installed - Wallboard and Electrical Work Continue

May 15, 2011 - The big news this week was the installation of the two, 5 ton AC units on the roof of the building, and getting started on the kitchen in the Silver Rock unit. We also got all of the wallboard installed (except for the ceiling in the video production room), and second layer of mud on the walls that were taped and floated last week. We picked up a load of steel for the ADA ramp and got a close out inventory of Italian ceramic tile delivered to the epic Creative Co-Op at a great price.…

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Work Continues on Sheetrocking, Electrical, and a New Balcony is Added

May 8, 2011 - This week we got much of the wallboard up, and by Friday we are about 20 sheets short of having all the walls done. We still have our work cut out with the most demanding wallboard job ahead of us - the ceiling of the video production room. We will have to rent a scissors lift to safely get the 50 or so 4' x 8' sheets of 5/8 inch wallboard affixed to the ceiling. Each sheet weighs over 70 pounds. Once the ceiling is in place, we can have ComforTemp back to blow in the insulation…

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