Oct 29 & 31 Construction meeting notes

Key items: water noises during rain due to new drainage configuration; leaks due to slash in Sarnafil.

Harold, Dorothy and Bob met from 11:12am to 11:20. Gail joined us since she was away and wanted to get up to speed. The rest of the meeting was postponed to Thu. 2pm so that Bob and the Board P & VP could accompany ServePro to the unit with the slash in the Sarnafil over the master bedroom.
We met again on Thursday 10/31 from 2:10-2:40pm.

Noise due to new drainage configuration from pyramid roof onto master bedroom roof: Prior to the remediation the pyramid roof drained into 2 downspouts, one into the entry courtyard, the other into the dining room patio. Now the pyramid roof drains into two scuppers (without downspouts), one onto the master bedroom flat roof, the other over the 2nd bedroom. When the water hits the flat roof it is fairly loud. A solution to deaden the noise would be to put concrete rain splash blocks on a mat of Sarnafil (to protect the Sarnafil roofing). This is not part of the project–does the Board want to pay for it? There is also noise from the increased amount of water flowing through the downspout in the corner of the master bedroom into the study patio. This is more of a rushing than a splashing sound.

Roof leaks after Monday (10/28) night’s 1/2″ rain: Good news: no reported leaks except one, which was an exception (possible vandalism). Bob just got back from inspecting 956-957, which have slashes in the Sarnafil. On one roof there were two cuts, about 5′ and 3′ in length. 957 is currently unoccupied. ServePro has been called. Vandalism can’t be ruled out. Cutting of some other material on top of the Sarnafil (which is cut to size on the ground) is another possibility, but it would have been impossible not to notice such a cut during installation. This Sarnafil was installed many weeks ago. After installation all roofs are inspected by the roofing foreman, and no damage was found.

Hinges with security pins: They are now on site, but the installation requires access, and this needs to be coordinated with the replacement of the flexible with rigid door stoppers. Bob is working on this.

Leaky door hardware: Bob is waiting for a price from JEM for the caulking solution. Before it is implemented it needs to be tested and approved.

How to clean upper deck: use a stiff scrubber brush and the proper cleaning solution. This information is provided in materials from Tufflex, but it is embedded with a lot of irrelevant information. Bob hasn’t had time to extract the relevant parts yet.

Cement pouring: will happen in the 930s/40s etc. during the first week of November.

Progress report

900s, 910s, 920s: completion lists are still in progress. The level of completion by the contractor varies widely from unit to unit.

930s: punch lists still in progress.

940s: Stuccoing almost done. Ready for punch list inspections to start.

970s: The front side of the houses will soon be boxed up.

Next meeting: Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013, 10:30am.


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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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1 Response to Oct 29 & 31 Construction meeting notes

  1. Concerning the cuts on the 956 & 957 Roofs… there are at least 3 cuts on 956, 2 on the washer/dryer/master bedroom portion of the flat roof, one on the second bedroom portion of the flat roof. There are at least 3 cuts on the washer/dryer/master bedroom portion of 957 roof.

    Both 956 and 957 has significant leaks and interior damage.

    Both roofs have many scraps of roof underlayment paper and also scraps the yellow mesh embedded in the Sto wall coating strewn around. It is clear that a fair amount of cutting of these materials went on on 956 and 957 during the weeks after the Sarnafil was attached; the evidence is all the scraps left behind.

    Additionally, a fair amount of building paper, applied to the repaired stucco portions, was cut on the roofs, although no scraps seem to remain.

    Given all that evidence, the probability that the Sarnafil-covered portions of the flat roofs were used as cutting boards seems higher than vandalism. Further, it is likely that other roofs in the complex have cuts on them too.

    Inspection for cuts right now is difficult because the roofs are all dirty. The roofs must be cleaned well first to make an effective inspection.

    At 956 & 957, after the cuts were covered with a caulking material, new roof tiles were stacked right on top of the cut/repaired region. It is a convenient region to stack things because it is flat and not next to the walls of the high-vaulted-roof.

    At 956, the stacking of the new roof tiles induced a new tear in the Sarnafil.

    Additionally, at 956 there were about 30 fasteners and pieces of scrap metal scattered around the roof. The Sarnafil is only 0.06″ thick, and should someone step on a fastener there is a good chance that they would cause a cut and even a puncture of the Sarnafil.

    It is very important that sharp objects be removed from our roofs. It does not appear, based on finding 30 fasteners/pieces of scrap metal at 956, that there has been a systematic effort to remove sharp objects from our roofs.

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