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Filling In

October 25, 2015
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Since last weekend, progress was made on tuckpointing and cleaning up the slab to get ready for the roofers. Unfortunately, the roofers can’t start tomorrow, as originally scheduled, but will come the following Monday. It worked out, though, because the sandblasters didn’t finish chipping off the pitch.

Chipping 1 Chipping 2

The tuckpointers did finish.

The tuckpointers did finish.

Tuckpointer 2

Before After

Big improvement!

That yellow brick is an interesting piece. We found a reference to it on the drawings, calling it a raggle block.

The slot forms a return for the flashing.

The slot forms a return for the flashing. We saved a bunch of them. Not sure what we’ll do with them, but they are a cool shape.

This weekend, there were a few tasks we needed to finish. We’ve been really lucky that the predicted storms haven’t amounted to much. So, even though the roof is off, we haven’t been flooded on the second floor. This is more important than usual because this is over our finished living space.

We can't continue to count on that luck, so more tarps went up on the second floor.

We can’t continue to count on that luck, so more tarps went up on the second floor.

The part that is clean looks much better.

The part that is clean looks much better.

The cleaning of the roof deck revealed some interesting ghosts.

wires

Copper wires exposed inside a conduit just below the surface. This explains why some of the circuits don’t work.

Pipe

There are 4 rebar sticking up from the column below and a open pipe. We’re guessing that the pipe was for electrical lines. This column, below, has power in it.

The joint between two phases of construction, also showing the rebar from below.

The joint between two phases of construction, also showing the rebar from the column below.

Footprint

There are footprints all over the place in the concrete. These workers had really small feet!

There were some holes that need to be filled.

Cuting wood Removing board

Another chunk of wood needed to be removed. This was a big one. It went all the way down to the clay tile. This is in the same area as the big hunk of copper was removed and where the worst leaks are.

That spot was patched one night last week.

That spot under where the copper came up was patched one night last week.

Another area that required attention was a vent through the parapet, that was also in that problematic area. We’re trying to eliminate all of the potential causes for leaks in this area.

The parapet cap was broken, too.

The parapet cap was broken, too.

Tom cut the extended vent with his scary homemade tool.

Cutting vent Cut vent

Then this hole and the others around the roof needed to be filled.

Rags were stuff into the hole, a few inches below the top.

Rags were stuff into the hole, a few inches below the top to provide a backing until the patch sets up.

Anything that was to be filled was primed to help the patch to stick.

Anything that was to be filled was primed to help the patch to stick to the existing concrete.

Mixing up a batch of concrete patch.

Mixing up a batch of concrete patch.

Once it is the right consistency, there isn't much time before it sets up.

Once it is the right consistency, there isn’t much time before it sets up.

Filling vent Filling board

Filled ventBoard patched

We dug through our stack of salvaged parapet caps to find a replacement for the broken one. They vary in size and in the pitch of the top by a surprising amount. It all came together, ready for the next phase.

Replacing cap Caps replaced

And what is even better, we finished in time to eat a dinner that came out of a pan instead of a box from the freezer!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2015 10:10 am

    So nice that you have great (and strong) friends to help you. Tom, I see Dad in you when you make all the homemade things that you need. He always did that, took the impossible and made it possible. No task was too “big” for him. If I saw something that I thought was nice, he would say “I can make that if you want”.You boys learned a lot from him…. xx

    • Tom permalink*
      October 26, 2015 11:32 pm

      Thanks Mom.
      I am carrying on the tradition that Dad taught us by doing all those kinds of things for Sue.

      But I still need to build her a really big closet someday.
      🙂

  2. rick peterson permalink
    October 25, 2015 7:54 pm

    looks great so far.

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