Apr. 18-23, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #28
Pictures: show new construction and renovations of
Synopsis: Roof and collar ties along with reincarnating
Permit: SENTENA has the paperwork and has, by law
(yea!!!) 30 days to turn it around and as I said before, I'm
7 ft. tall. The City hasn't been here so they seem to be sticking
to their word.
Units 114 / 115 / 116: The structural roof elements
are mostly in place and the subroof (corrugated tin) is being
installed. As before, I place an insullative foam cushion
between the tin and the structural elements. This prevents
metal against metal which can cause cracking noises went each
heats / cools at a different rate. The cushion also thermally
isolates one from the other and acoustically as well so any
rain noise doesn't translated into noise inside. Kitchen designs
approved and granite secured. The bonding broke down on areas
of parged walls; these areas were cut out and are being redone.
Units 117 / 118 / 119 / 120: We've concentrated on
framing and pouring the exterior wall collar ties. This is
now finished. The collar ties on the interior walls will be
the focus next week. On Tuesday, we should be working
on the structural steel for the roof. We will be using a slightly
different system; it will be faster and just as effective.
Units 121 / 122 / 123: no progress here -design pending
completion of working drawings for 107.
Miscellaneous: Doors: price-quality-delivery evaluation
completed. Order to be placed initially for 50. Closet doors
to follow finalized design. Granite supplier moving closer
to here; he wants my business-his price and delivery seem
to be o.k. Purchased more hand tools and repaired many -they
are used hard and periodically need to be repaired. We buy
only the brands which we have a decent shot at getting repaired
-DeWalt, Skil, and Makita and I prefer Dewalt or Skil. Getting
works insurance has been a nightmare this time; they keep
changing the system and has this time, taken 5 trips and I
still don't have it finished -Monday is another day,
another trip. We have about 50 people on the payroll.
Unit 108: Minor deficiency work continued. The coral
stone for the shower and other areas was started. It appears
we put the wall safe in upside down so the tumblers on the
locking mechanisms don't work. That will be fun ripping it
out and redoing it!!!
Unit 107: This unit is beginning to take shape. Once
we have it done, the architect can draw it-this isn't the
way it's suppose to work but not everything is normal here.
Marketing: We sold three units this week -#116 which
was to be the unit for Lita and I but we're flexible, and
two units (upper and lower) in the fourplex planned for the
VOIP phone: I'm currently trying a new battery -the
original one didn't seem to hold a charge. It's still a technical
challenge for me. I just want a phone that allows me to turn
it on,, dial a phone number, and turn it off; I don't need
a phone that does a million other things.
Comment: We've been plagued by small but persistent
mechanical failures this week: the automatic gate system continued
to act up: The UPS system on the gates seem to fail -various
ideas suggested and discarded. We're currently working on
one theory which seems plausible. A component in the sand
filter on the large pool failed and it's taken some time to
find the part. At one point I had a cross over valve installed
for this very situation-it would allow me to isolate one of
the two filters while the other was out of service. However,
this plumbing got changed when I wasn't here (and wasn't advised)
-and no, it wasn't a Tico who did it, but a gringo. He also
screwed up some other aspects which I had carefully and purposefully
built in to the previous plumbing design, like serviceability.
Not all N. Am. know what they are doing.
Dealing with paperwork also included dealing with mail which
finally caught up with us. That was and continues to be really
depressing. Bad news always finds me. Only minor joy in that
bundle of mail. Looking at the positive side of it, the bags
of depression are the very same items which drove me to look
for a better quality of life here. The solution may be to
cut all ties with the source of discontent -Canada. This morning's
e-mail reminded me of another reason:
A quote from a potential purchaser who has temporarily
returned to the U.S. and who wants to move from the
costal area to the Central Valley-he has quite a way
Greetings From the Midwest! Skies gray, temps enroute to
mid 20's, we're to get 3-5 inches of snow tonight... I'm tickled
spitless about being back here.
Lita's eye sight continues to deteriorate. It's now difficult
for her to see TV -6 mo. ago I didn't hear these comments.
She mentions her eyes hurting; I interpret this as more light
receptor cells dieing. That being the case, she shouldn't
have pain much longer -there will be nothing left to die.
When I think about it, I get emotional, angry, depressed -obviously
I haven't made peace with it yet. Just one more area of helplessness
/ hopelessness. Our present and future will be different than
planned or preferred.
I haven't again found the Argentinean black angus tenderloin
-hope it wasn't a one off.
It's becoming increasingly obvious that the planned
return of June 13 won't happen. Neither one of us is
that unhappy about it but we do have some adjustments
and arrangements to make for extending our stay here.
Vicka continues to be her squawky, destructive,
annoying self. She's a parrot and that's the way
parrots are, I guess. I haven't had time to put
together the sticks I picked up at the beach to turn
them into a perch for her. The carpenters have been
Hugo has decided to defend his territory from several
interlopers. Eating out of his kibble box night after
night was just too much. He's taken a stand. I don't
know yet who's winning but he hasn't come back mangled
yet; I don't know about the other guys.
Brian, Lita, Hugo and Vicka (the pigeon toed parrot).