930s: Log of construction activities, weeks 1-3 (illustrated)

By the time the project reached the 4th cluster, most unresolved construction details, logistical problems, and construction procedures have been worked out. Thus for the 940s-970s the anticipated 12 weeks of construction per cluster will probably follow a similar pattern. I’ll try to log regularly, with a post for each week after the first 3. Note that the photo dates aren’t necessarily the dates on which the work was done.

Week 1 (Monday May 20): on the first day all carport, deck and patio trellises were disassembled and removed. Then there were a couple of days with no work. On Thursday demo began of the decks in first “pod” (conjoined units), proceeding counterclockwise. First just the bottom of the walls were removed, then the deck surface (and the ledgers–the boards in the walls holding up the trellises–were taken out during this time as well):
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On the first days of week 2 (started with Memorial Day holiday) the framing for the new sloping of the upper deck was completed. The drain will now be in the middle of the wall, not at the far corner, so a drain pipe must be installed inside the garage. Here’s a photo of the reframed deck surface:
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The next day–Thursday of week 2–the plywood surface was installed, and the first of two applications of Tufflex (with what looked like chicken wire mesh in between; note the new drain):
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Monday of week 3 started out with a heavy drizzle, so that the yet-unconnected drain into the garage leaked. The photo below is looking up at the garage ceiling after it was opened up to install the drain pipe to the front–hooking into the existing downspout, which was done a day later (the drywall will be closed up again much later in the process):
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Wednesday of week 3, the 10th day of actual work on this unit, the carport trellis was reinstalled (not yet painted), and the deck door pan flashing put in with a first (of several) coats of tufflex (note how the bottom of the deck door is cut off and replaced by a piece of plywood; btw mine was never screwed shut, so I could take these photos)
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Thursday of week 3 my unit was “quiet” while they did work on other pods, but Friday work returned with a vengeance: the concrete was cut around the rear windows and doors as prep for the removal of the stucco (action photo from a later date, another pod). Note that this does not create a lot of dust inside, UNLESS you leave a window open (the workers should warn you).
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Also that same day the roof drains of the entire cluster were tested. This means that the roofers need access to all rooms of all units in that cluster for several hours while water is filled into the sealed drainpipes and they wait to see whether the level drops. In one of mine a pinhole leak was found, the stucco immediately opened up (LOUD and MESSY outside), and the pipe replaced (note the ledger demo too):
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At this time the vent covers–added during a previous remediation–come off, too. In the photo they are off of the living room wall, but not yet from the tower:
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Big changes coming in week 4: boxing of back patio & dining room windows & doors, and removal of patio concrete around perimeter. I’ll make a separate post on that when the week is done.

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About hmarcuse

I've been an environmentalist since my college days in the 1970s (May 1977 Seabrook, New Hampshire occupation) , and am now a professor of German history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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One Response to 930s: Log of construction activities, weeks 1-3 (illustrated)

  1. pconrad0 says:

    “Note that this does not create a lot of dust inside, UNLESS you leave a window open (the workers should warn you).”

    Ha. Double Ha. Our experience could not have been further from this description.

    When they did this on our unit, one team was doing this concrete cutting and stucco removal with a jackhammer around the Juliette Window on one side of the courtyard, while REMOVING all the doors and windows on the living room side of the courtyard leaving that side of the house COMPLETELY OPEN. Large clouds of dust were entering my living room. I brought this to Bob Landegger’s attention, and his “solution” was to ask the workers to put up a piece of plastic, and then he walked away, leaving both sets of workers to “carry on.”

    This was of course a complete non-solution. It was only after I approached Bobby and said “what the hell” that Bobby ordered the stucco removal to stop until the window replacement in the courtyard was finished.

    That was the LAST time I trusted anything to happen in the interior of my home without me being present. The problem was not either of the crews—it was the fact that they were sent to do conflicting work on the same day. That should be something that Stonemark should be aware of and preventing—or, if not, at least it is something that when brought to Bob Landegger’s attention, he should have dealt with effectively. Instead, he showed absolutely no appreciation or understanding, offered a band-aid non-solution, and walked away.

    Up to that day, we had a cordial and friendly relationship with Bob Landegger. However, his completely inadequate and unapologetic response to an entirely unacceptable situation was a turning point in our relationship.

    I’ve been keeping off of this blog up until now, because I though that if I just worked with Bob and Gail, eventually the hell in the 910s would come to an end, and that there was no sense in further inflaming a bad situation. But it has become clear that my forbearance is just another kind of “enabling” for the ongoing dysfunction. So, no more of that.

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