August 8-12, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #44
Contact phone numbers
New York 315-279-6711 // Toronto 416-907-5758
Cell 506-305-3965 // Land 506-282-4142 Ext. 101
NOTE: our land line in CR has changed;
we are now integrated into the compound network.
Pictures: advances in 106 and 114-116.
Permit: SETENA: WE RECEIVED A FAX OF THEIR APPROVAL
ON TUESDAY. We went to their offices on Wednesday to
get the original. They didn't want to release it until
Friday for reasons which only they knew. However,
sweet oil and persistence got it. We promptly
gathered the other documents we knew we needed and
proceeded to apply for the permit with the City. We
were stopped in our tracks -more paperwork, stale dated
legal papers had to be updated, plus a bunch of other
stuff. None of which add any value to the project.
My words are not printable at this stage but we are
continuing to work on satisfying the requirements.
Perhaps next week we'll have it together enough for
them to tell us what more we need.
Note: We applied to SETENA on April 14. We received
their decision August 8. By law, they are suppose to
render a decision in one month. I guess we now know
the length of a legal CR-SETENA month.
New Construction: On the triplex (114, 115, 116).
Drywall framing and boarding work has continued as
well as the creation of the entrance to 115 -the corner
unit. Much of the interior boarding is done and the
first coat of taping is done.
I've finalized the design for the closets and am
working on getting two quotes.
I've made a few modifications based on purchaser's
wants. These always take time to work with the
purchaser, get the architect to make the necessary
changes, communicate those changes with the site
superintended who will build it.
Some preliminary work was done on the 167KVA
transformer but this work will be extended over
several months as the transformer is built, tested and
approved by ICE -the power company- and installed and
then inspected and then commissioned.
One of our resident purchasers told me about a Hunter
fan sale at PriceSmart. Since I had just purchased
six for clients I knew the price was good -even though
in one case, they would not have fit the criteria I
was given. I bought all they had-19.
I was also able to trace down a special on MOEN
kitchen faucets -a design I had like before and the
price was right but the stock ran out. I bought 14
so those are now secured.
Unit 106: Work continued on established the substrate
for the footings and in installing the re-bar
reinforcing cages for the footings. To these were
added the rebar reinforcing cages for the columns as
well as the rebar which will go into the center of the
hollow block which is later filled with concrete. All
this steel reinforcing is integrated and wired
together to make a one structural element. It takes a
lot of time but the end product is superb.
One incident to demonstrate the construction axiom:
if it can go wrong, it will go wrong. We punctured
the main supply pipe from the well to the pump. Water
sprayed up and onto the building next door. When
fixing it, we saw that the pipe was made of thin
walled PVC and it had begun to deteriorate. (This had
been installed by the former owner.) We decided to
replace it. That night the occupant of the house who
was suppose to join three of us for dinner at the
Italian restaurant, came home late from working. She
found a wet, soggy bed. Subsequent analysis
determined that the windows were louvered and designed
to shed water from above but even though they were
closed, water still got in when sprayed from
underneath. We can laugh now but... I think I'll
have to give here a meal ticket for two to the Italian
Unit 107: Mainly cleaning and finishings -mirrors,
bathroom accessories, door stops, specialty painting
on the wrought iron work, appliance installation,
ceiling fans, etc. Decorating will begin next week.
Roadways and Rainwater Mgt. System: This took
another four man weeks and a backhoe for the week to
complete -two more absorption holes and a lot of
interconnected trenching. It continued to be messy and
disruptive. It's now mostly done; we will be
building some concrete collection registers just
before surfacing the roadway.
Phone System Upgrade: What we believe to be the last
bugs have been worked out. It seems to be functioning
properly now. I had occasion to speak with one of the
purchasers who happened to be on holidays in Yellow
Knife, North West Territories, Canada. The cabinet
maker had mistakenly made a king size bed instead of
the queen which he / I had ordered. The king was fine
with the purchaser but the point here is the ability
Marketing: Several purchasers made their progress
payments and several are waiting for their lawyer to
review the documents to close on the purchase.
Telemarketing campaign: hoping to start this next
Next Project: No time to focus on this area. This is
a long weekend here -another holiday on Monday- third in
a month. This time it is Mother's Day -a major holiday
here. We worked an extra 1/2 day last Saturday so the
workmen could have a 3 day holiday this weekend. I'll
use the time to develop a pro forma of the next
project to see if I can get some interest. Knowing
that it will take 8 mo. or so to go through the
permitting process, I would like to be working on
something now but... I really don't look forward to
loosing the crew I've assembled.
Weather: It rained and some of our work got a bit
muddy but for the most part, it didn't slow us down.
Canuk: he's getting old for a German Sheppard -around
10 years old. His hip displesia (? Sp) -common in
his breed- is advancing and he has skin cancer. I
think we will have to begin thinking about an
understudy for him.
Boat: "Lita-B" I've accepted a verbal offer. The
deal is conditional on sea trials and the potential
purchaser getting a loan from his bank. It will be a
relief if it goes through -we'll see. We'll miss it as
we had wonderful times and met a whole new group of
great people. However, our circumstances have changed
and it's now time to move on with fond memories.
We put Terry on the plane so he could connect with the
Queen Mary II in New York. He'll be gone for 4
months. We'll miss him but we'll see him again in
We were introduced to a new Italian restaurant on
Thursday -had a wonderful seafood pasta. Ceviche
Del Rey in Santa Ana continues to serve a great
seafood paella as well as Peruvian style ceviche.
Lita has the next three nights planned out so I have
to go to work. Between looking after the dog, the
parrot, the gardeners, her gym, and social life, she's
been busy. And that's good because it keeps her off
my case (most of the time).
Brian, Lita, Hugo and irreverent Vicka, the pigeon