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), hooked it up to our compressor and began spraying the walls. Texturing requires a lot of air, and our compressor had a difficult time keeping up. We would do a section of the wall then wait a couple of minutes to let the pressure build back up in the air tank. While it is not as fast as we would like, we were able to get all the walls textured in two containers in about 3 hours. Some contractors "knock down" the spray texture using a wide flat blade. We liked the way it looked right out of the gun.

We heard some chirping sounds on the Silver Rock deck, and realized we had some new tenants in the epic Creative Co-Op. A family of birds built a nest in one of the container turnbuckles. In the spirit of the project, the mamma bird used an empty pack of cigarettes, and a number of other items from the job site. Nature's way of recycling and upcycling. The four babies in the nest are too young to identify, but stay tuned, and as soon as we know what we have, we'll let you know.

While it may not seem like a big deal, we got eight loads of free dirt from a national landscaping company working in the Woodlands. A dump truck load of dirt is anywhere from $60 - $90, so we were happy to get a call from the landscaper looking for a place to dump his dirt. While it is not the best dirt (we have to remove concrete and other construction site debris), it will work just fine to bring up the level of the soil around the building. We will spread it around as time allows. 

Last week we purchased the metal tubing needed for the ADA ramp. We met with Ron Saikowski, our engineer, and reviewed with him our idea for a modified ramp. He made some simple design changes, so next week we will buy the remaining metal and exterior plywood and take on that challenge. Ron checked our electrical and HVAC installation, and was happy with the wiring, the air conditioning system and safety signs we installed. Our goal is to have Silver Rock in on July 1, 2011, so we will need to have the building "substantially completed" to get the Fire Marshall and the ADA engineer to sign off on it around the middle of June. 

David Cox, our construction consultant (really our guardian angel) came by a couple of times this week to check out our progress. David generally stops by on his way to work to make sure we are not doing anything silly, and his suggestions have always been right on. David builds million dollar houses, so this project is kind of an odd one for him. Even so, he knows good construction practices, and we are happy to have him involved in this job.

We did some more experimental work with the ADA composite panels this week, and in this post have provided some photos showing how nice this material is to work with. We are using 4mm ALPOLIC panels from Mitsubishi, and 3mm ACM panels from Groupo Daissa. We sent samples of the ALPOLIC material to Franklin International, the manufacturers of TightBond construction adhesives. They are using the samples for lab testing and will get back to us this week with the best adhesive to use for the various parts of our project.


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