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B.A.B. Building Blitz

February 23, 2011

We are recovering from a 4 day, 12 to 15 hour each day, construction effort. A lot got accomplished. Many hands helped. I’ll keep the words to a minimum and focus on the progress pictures. This will be a long post. Get some snacks.

The stair:

Pile of stair parts

It started out as a pile of metal pieces and an instruction booklet.

Must be a couple of architects

First the base plate is anchored to the concrete floor.

Manly tools required

Then the main- big, heavy, steel- column is attached.

Getting it perfectly plumb take finesse and several hands

Then each of the treads is lifted and threaded onto the pole.

Did we mention they are steel and heavy?

Once they are all on the pole, they each get anchored to the pole and to each other, starting from the top down.

Tom fashioned a jig to make sure the treads are evenly spaced.

The whole thing has to be level in all directions.

3-dimensional leveling required

Once all of these pieces are in place, the stair is usable. No more ladders needed to get to the loft.

Not for the height adverse, but better than ladders

Next, is the handrail, which was given a paragraph in the instruction booklet but took us over 3-hours to get installed.

Unfurling the aluminum railing

It took a lot of coaxing to get the curves and angles to align.

Thanks, Eric, for the extra muscle!


The library doors are getting installed! They are beautiful, if a tad sticky.

The bathroom door is a bathroom door

I guess a little grime can be expected on 100 year old public restroom doors.

Do they sell Murphy's soap by the case?

It was great to have an expert to get the doors properly installed. They are each warped in different directions. (Like some people we know…)

Jeff makes it look easy

Bathroom sink:

We have selected the bathroom sink and faucet, but we need more time to come up with the sink base that works. We have a temporary base in place to support the sink and give us more time for the final design.

I asked Franco to not make it too nice- this is temporary!

Big Ass Fan:

Yes, that is the brand name of the ceiling fan. It seemed inevitable.

The Isis motor connected to the ceiling bracket

This fan will help to cut our heating and cooling costs. Plus, it looks super cool!

Wing shaped blades

The ten blades slide onto the motor.

Big fan blades

In Tom’s words “It is an awesome piece of engineering”.

The assembly was by the book

B.A.B. meets the B.A.F.

Scaffolding takes a holiday

The scaffolding has been a permanent fixture since August. Taking it down is a huge milestone.

The scaffolding has been a huge help but we are happy to take it down

The removal of the scaffolding finally makes the place look like a home instead of a construction site.

We are so close to moving in!

It was a physically challenging weekend, but very satisfying- we can really see the results of the efforts.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. butthead permalink
    March 15, 2011 8:31 pm

    Hooray for the BAF. They make good mechanical stuff.
    P.S. Boiler?

  2. Darcy permalink
    February 23, 2011 11:16 am

    Wow – it’s really starting to look like a home! Everytime I see pics of you guys working, I wish we were there helping out, too. However, makes us feel better to see how many awesome friends you have who are willing to pitch in, too.

  3. Jason permalink
    February 23, 2011 6:03 am

    Looks great! Love the BAB! Can’t wait to celebrate and try out those stairs. Did the main support pole get attached to the ceiling? Or did the last step get anchored to the floor of your bed room?

    • Tom permalink*
      February 23, 2011 8:33 am

      Thanks Jason! You got it – the center support holds the top landing, which then bolts to front beam of the bedroom mezzanine. It’s quite the system.

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