APRIL 2004 - THE BIG MONTH!!
March ended with the big concrete pour for the patios. Unfortunately, the larger of the
front patios didn't turn out so good and had to be removed and repoured, which will
happen later this month.
But the good news is... on April 2, we finally got our building permit!!!. It took a lot more
time than we ever imagined, but we finally jumped through all the hoops. So, April will truly
be a month for major progress. We're now in a mad rush to try to get this livable by June so
we can sell our current house while the market is still flaming hot.
FORWARD TO MAY
Derrick, Duke of Water & Gas, inspects one of the very rare splits in the entire water
delivery system. We are using Pex plastic tubing instead of copper water pipes
because they are easier to install and much cheaper. The other reason to use Pex
is that nearly every fixture has its own uninterrupted dedicated line from the water
heater manifold so there is very little chance of leaks. Of the over twenty five water
outlets in the house (hot faucets, cold faucets and toilets) there are only three splits,
one to the refrigerator from the kitchen sink and a hot and cold split at the master
bedroom's double sinks.
04.16.04 The rear yard is all tore up. The existing main sewer line was relatively new,
so it won't be replaced, but there are trenches for two new lines from the left and
right side of the house that will connect with the existing center line and meet at
the city sewer hook-up (top of right photo).
04.17.04 Trenchmaster Bill arrives at 7am the next day to dig the garage footings,
which intersect the sewer line trenches he dug the day before.
The new sewer lines (top left and bottom) join the existing line (center left)
and all connect to the city line and a new clean out (right).
4.26.04 (Monday of a very busy week) Paul Hicks gets busy removing the roof and
joists from the foyer/entry area.
4.27.04 (Tuesday) The busiest day yet! While Paul and Don get busy demoing the
entry foyer roof, Brian from B&H Concrete Cutting and a crew from Dave's Garage
Door Co. get to work on the floor slab and living room/patio "gagage" doors.
As Dave inserts a rubber weatherstripping in the aluminum door edges, his son
installs the door panels into place.
The door tracks are hung from the ceiling joists and the door spring is adjusted to
make it roll up and down smoothly. The two "garage" doors will create a glass wall
effect between the living room and front garden patio when closed. When rolled up,
the living room will merge with the patio to double the floor space and make the
inside feel more like a covered patio than a living room.
The 4"-5" thick concrete slab floor has been cut in all three bathrooms to facilitate
new drain pipes connecting the new exterior sewer lines to the new facilities. There
was a nice layer of large stone gravel under the slab.
Chris from B&H bores 1 1/4" holes through the walls where there will be exterior
sconce lights. In the right photo, you can see his drill punching through the wall.
Don Sr. cleans up some nails and wood from the roof hole where the new dormer
will be constructed. He also conferes with Paul on the framing plans.
Paul uses a hammer drill to bore anchor bolt holes through the existing wood base
plate and 8" into the concrete block. Don Sr. uses an air hose to blow out all the
dust and dirt so the bolts can be epoxied into the holes. By the way, between
shooting all these photos, Don (Jr.) was doing a lot of work as well. Just so you
Future occupants Julian and Quinn make a site inspection visit.
4.27.06 (Wednesday) Chris returns to jackhammer the cut concrete floor into chunks
small enough to be removed by hand.
Anchor bolts are layed out near their holes above the front door.
Industrial strength epoxy is squeezed into the anchor holes and the bolt is inserted
before the epoxy quickly dries. This stuff is stronger than concrete.
Brian spends hours jackhammering through the 47 year old concrete footing below
the bathroom walls. He was not having fun.
Paul frames up the left front dormer sheer wall. It is anchored to the base plate and
concrete block with high-strength steel straps that were required to prevent the
future cantilevered roof from flying away.
The two sheer walls and adjoining side walls are framed and sheathed in structural-
rated plywood. New roof joists are in place on the left and right sides.
4.29.04 (Thursday) Paul starts the day with his early-morning rooftop tai chi
excercise. Actually, he's holding a vertical 8x4 post as he nails it into place from
behind the dormer side wall. This is one of two posts that will support the 12x8
beam that will carry the most of the cantilevered roof's weight.
Don Sr. helps Paul's brother Charles strap the first beam for it's ride skyward. Paul
and Don Sr. guide the beam to it's spot on the sheer walls as Charles operates the
The center beam is layed in place. The front cantilevered joists and rear roof joists
will attach to the metal brackets on the front and back of this beam.
The dormer's rear solid wall is framed flat and then lifted into place and connected
to the front side walls with long 2x4s.
Charles watches from below as the front beam is adjusted and Don Sr. makes sure
the wall is plumb (straight up and down). Don Sr. nails in front plywood panels that
Don Jr. cut.
All in all, April has been the most productive, and costliest, month so far. We have
already purchased a good deal of the materials, fixtures and appliances that will be
installed in May, which will hopefully continue and this accelerated pace.
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