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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.

Wood vs. Metal door sill trim detail.

Following up on the Aug. 26 post, where Cynthia reported that her wood trim had been glued to the floor causing added expense to remove, here are some photos of the two types of trim being used to close the … Continue reading

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Juliet door–levers now on outside

Something else we noticed today: while the added Juliet door railing height is required by code, the levers on the outside are not. We used to have flat caps where the exterior doorknob would be, now we have levers, which … Continue reading

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Doorstop issue

At today’s construction meeting Dorothy and Harold discussed with Bob the first solution to the rusting exterior flexible doorstops–rigid aluminum ones. These are needed for the upper deck and utility doors. We noted that these are mounted on the door … Continue reading

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Watch out for nails (email thread on flat tire danger!)

Harold: the emails below were sent to the community list on Sept 11, continuing until Sept. 15 with Harry’s photo of the “catch” of his magnetic sweep: I’ll add that Dorothy has sent around several warnings about this since last … Continue reading

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Sept. 4 Construction Meeting Notes

Harold, Dorothy and Bob met from 11:20am to noon. A progress report was the main item discussed at this meeting.  910s: Two units have final punch list items; the work on the “NRP”–non-removable pin–hinges is still pending. 900s: The general … Continue reading

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floor-sill detail tip from Cynthia

Now that I am about to install a new carpet in the living room and tiles in the family there appears to be a problem having the small wood strip glued to the new door sills. The company which will … Continue reading

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Aug. 20 construction meeting notes

Schedule update. Some work is being done in ALL clusters at this point. 910s: Most units are basically done. All doors with exterior hinges were ordered with “NRP”–non-removable pins (a tiny headless screw that goes through the hinge into a … Continue reading

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Dust protection tips from 942 and 937

Hi Neighbors: I write to pass along a warning that came to me from thoughtful neighbors: As they near the end of the preparation of your courtyard to receive your new doors and windows, there will be a LOT of … Continue reading

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Insulate your garage ceiling

Harry Nelson makes the following excellent suggestion: Hi All, A heads-up… when the project team opens up your deck outside the master bedroom, you’ll notice that there is no standard building insulation in the garageceiling. Many of our garages get hot/cold, in … Continue reading

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July 10 Construction meeting notes

Overall process: one month deck & trellis work; one month door & window work; one month plaster & stucco work. Harold’s record for 930s: Deck & trellis work May 20-June 19. Demo June 7-13 mainly (week 4). Back windows/doors boxed June … Continue reading

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