Monday, December 29, 2008

Siding Started

After a nice break due to the rain and the holidays we are back on site.
Today the cement board siding is being installed. The panels are proving harder than thought to install. The system starts with a track that the bottom course (row) sits on and then as you work your way up each subsequent course sits on the panel below. The problem is that if the track is 1/32" off then the next row is 1/16" then 1/8" then 1/4" etc. so by the top course there is a 3/4" gap. The panels are designed to interlock so shimming is not an option. What seems to be working is to build up a couple courses temporarily to see if any gaps are growing then removing the panels and precisely adjusting the track before the permanent installation.
All this being said, a 3 person crew still completed 1/2 of a house today.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mud Wrestling Continues

The framers have been fighting to get some work in but mother nature is winning.

Tidbit of the day: Rock Row has all solid core doors. A typical 2'-8" x 6"-8" solid core door weighs 62.5 lbs (3.5 lbs./sq. ft.). The hollow core doors found in the vast majority of home built since the '60s weigh about 30 lbs.

This difference greatly affects room to room sound transmission, the tactile feel of the door when using it, and the ability to have an emphatic SLAM after an argument with your cohabitants.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Rain Rain Go Away

Today we have zero people on site as it has rained 1.5" last night and today. The rain is supposed to continue off and on through Wed. and then next week is Christmas so we're hearing subs making up excuses not to show up for two weeks.
The silver lining is that there are no leaks in the model homes' roofs.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What A Difference A Day Makes

Drywall!
During drywall the projects always turn the corner from looking like a construction site to an actual habitable space. Of all the construction jobs drywall would be my last choice. Its heavy, dirty, and since it is the first finish surface, the mistakes of the rough trades become the drywaller's problem. The drywall weighs about 2.2 lbs./ sq. ft so these 4'x12' sheets are over 100 pounds a piece.

The two crews of two people on each model home covered about 400 sq. ft. of floor area today.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wrapping

video

As the model homes are wrapped in building paper, check out how far the framing has come on the next six homes vs. the video from Nov.18