Interior Plumbing, Electrical, Sheetrock and Siding Work Begins

March 4, 2011 - We just had a great week and in this blog entry we will provide some details about the interior plumbing, electrical, sheet rock, and exterior siding work that was done.  With some jobs - like electrical for example - a lot of work goes into it, but the actual job site does not change much.  With others - like welding, sheet rock, and siding, when new work is done you can really see a difference in the way the building looks.  Even though they are hidden behind the walls, things like plumbing and electrical work are on the critical path to getting the job done.

We made a trip to U.S. Fence early in the week and purchased just under $2,000 in structural steel and metal.  This material was used to fabricate the large, second floor 44' wrap around balcony on the North side of the building. That balcony continues around to the west side of the building and becomes the walk that connects the units on the second floor. It will become the ADA ramp that allows wheelchair access to the upper units.

First the metal framing for the decks, walkways and balconies were cut to size and welded together. Next, fabrication work was done on the hand rails which included drilling holes for the wire rope that will be used below the rails. 

We asked for a visit from our ADA Engineer - George Harris - who checked out our work, and let us know what things needed to be corrected before we got too far into the construction process.  For example - I had some very nice 32" French doors that were replaced after Hurricane Ike.  Beside some small areas of rot at the bottom (easy to repair), the doors were in good shape.  When both doors are open, the opening is over 60" wide. According to ADA specifications,  a person in a wheelchair needs to be able to open both doors at once with a pull of less than 5 pounds. These doors were rejected Since we had 3 sets of doors we were planning to use, and now cannot, we will need to spend over $1500 to meet this requirement.  Don't get me started...!

We started running the EMT electrical conduit and pulling wires through the steel pipe to all parts of the unit (you can't use Romex Wire on a commercial structure).  By quiting time tonight, we had most of the interior electrical work done. It was the same story with the plumbing.  At the beginning of the week, we just had the stub out lines that were placed in the slab months ago, and by Sunday night, just about all of the interior plumbing will be in place. Next week we will rent a mini-excavator and dig the trench needed for the sewer line, and water line.  We will also use the excavator to dig the trench for the electrical power lines that will go from the utility pole to our meters, then into the panel boxes inside the building.

With most of the work on the interior framing in place, the Silver Rock guys came in on Sunday and ran all of their data and voice cable.  With the cable in place, we were able to begin the sheet rock work on the interior walls.  We got several rooms done, or at least started and should finish those rooms next week.  Silver Rock will be in this weekend as well to drop their cable in the trenches we will dig next week to tie into our fiber optic switch.

We awarded the work for the siding, roofing, and other exterior trim to the framing contractor who installed our roof trusses. It will take them 6 days to do this work, and they got a good part of it done over the past two days.  We had a salesman from Triple S Steel visit the site today and he will give us a bid on the R-Panel needed for the roof.  The walls will be covered with ACM (Aluminum Composite Materials) from Diassa (AluDiassa brand) and Mitsubishi (Apolic brand) for the big room's walls and trim.

With so many things going on, the support provided by David Cox of Pinnacle Residential has been and continues to be priceless.  David knows how to work with subs, suppliers, and his 30 years of experience has made me move forward with confidence.

We have been receiving a number of emails asking for site visits, but at this time, it is dangerous out there, and have asked people interested in visiting the project to sit tight for now.  Our plans are to have a formal workshop at the end of the job.  We will offer a tour, lunch and a beer, followed by a step by step slide show of the construction process.  If you are interested, send me an email ([email protected]) and we'll put you on the mailing list.


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