Jan.30 - Feb. 5, 2005 // CONSTRUCTION LOG #17
Synopsis: A normal pace.
We've now completed all parging of the standing walls. We've
started to connect some of the electrical rough-in tubes and
water connections. Next week the people who have been working
on this, will be diverted to building sidewalks from the parking
areas to the houses and through the garden area. There are
probably about 3 weeks work to complete this.
It is now virtually finished. The furniture warehouse has
lots of shelves; the employee bathroom is tiled and remains
for a bit of painting; toilet and wash basin are installed.
The exterior of the doors need to be painted and some trim
finished. The laundry room is now tiled and folding table
and wash basis are nearly completed. The appliances will be
hooked up next week and the door to close off the propane
tanks will be installed and painted. Tiling of the walkways
has been completed; the finishing of the grouting will occur
on Monday. The area has been landscaped.
Unit 104: It continues to advance. Windows are in;
most of the boarding is done and the first coat of paint is
being applied. The exterior is stuccoed and the front entry
way has been virtually finished. This building should be completely
finished by this time next week.
Unit 105: We spent a few more mandays on this unit.
I wasn't satisfied with the quality of drywall finish-blemishes
showed up at night when the lights were on. We've rectified
this. We are in the process of furnishing it-all remaining
furnishings should be delivered and installed on Monday. An
Argentinean lady now occupies it; Keith has been moved to
Unit 108: We have continued to tear this unit apart
in preparation for rebuilding it. The back terrace has been
extended and raised to the same level as the main floor. All
original welds have been redone, cross bracing installed,
and pillow blocks for the joists onto the sill plate. We should
have the final plans Monday morning which will allow us to
advance much faster and with more confidence. As 1104 is finished,
the crew will be diverted to 108.
The new electrical and telecommunications services along
the west side of the property continues to advance. A perimeter
water main is also being installed to service the back of
the house now that they have back facing terraces and are
to be landscaped.
I have a long list of people wanting renovated units. I have
only two more area to work on and am trying to design these
spaces with the list of people who have said they were interested
if I could design... I'm working on it but a few other things
have taken my attention.
We had to increase the wages of most classifications of workers
in order to be competitive with other construction sites.
The increase was probably about the rate of inflation since
we started construction in October.
We are now sitting on a substantial amount of drywall and
drywall related materials. We took possession of about 1,000
sheets and misc. framing materials, mud, tape, etc. Fortunately
we had a place to store it.
The tenant in 107 is moving out for the ostensible reason
of the construction next to him. He works late many evenings
and sleeps late except that is hard to sleep through a grinding
gnawing is way thru steel. The good this is that this frees
up 107 to renovate without having to house an existing tenant.
The greatest downside is that his girlfriend won't be gracing
us with her lovely self. Ouch!!!!!!
Permit: The regional review agency for the Min. of
Health insists on classifying the project as a "condominium"
despite the fact it is registered otherwise by the initial
governmental agency which reviews all construction plans and
the plans have a note clearly printed on them that it is NOT
a condominium. It seems that the Min. of Health is not making
the distinction made by the legal structure and by other authorities.
My lawyers are calling in a favor of the chief guy who reviews
plans for condominiums to see how he can help. If he can,
great; if he can't then I guess we would hire him to see what
was involved to go the condo route. Further info. will be
included next week.
Guests and Family: Our Canadian friends Sherri and
Jack returned to Canada this past week -now writing and confirming
they too are interested in a unit if I can design one for
them; my sister returned to San Diego as well and an ex-workmate
of mine and his wife (Milton and Kathy) arrived on Friday
-and they too want a unit again if I can design one for them.
They will be here for several days and then I'm not aware
of anymore guests.
Illness: I've fully recovered as of now from my inflection
and my taste is returning to normal. It took an additional
set of pills to kill the bugs but I think they've given up.
Too bad I couldn't have infected the parrot!!!!
With friends, family, and illness, it's been a busy week
but with no stories -I can tell anyway.
The VOIP is still an illusive goal. For some reason no one
has been able to get it to work. We are buying a new one with
no prior settings and with a built in Lynks router. Who knows
if it will work.
Weather: The past two weeks have been very, very windy.
This is normal this time of the year. Lots of dust in the
air, trees and tall flowers being whipped around, water blowing
out of the fountain, etc. Everyday it's about 23 C / 76 F
and the evenings take a blanket.
Brian, Lita, Vicka, Hugo and????