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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.

Construction survival tips for 950s-970s

Here is Gabriela’s question to the WCP community list, followed by the responses. My own take is that the procedures have been substantially refined, and were getting a few final optimizing tweaks in the 930s, so that things will go … Continue reading

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930s: Log of construction activities, weeks 4-7 (illustrated)

Week 4 (June 10-14) Entry courtyard tiles scored, then demo’d 2 days later. Very loud and dusty. You can get an impression of the sound in the video walk-by: http://youtu.be/hawqgtcBMIU. Back windows boxed, back patio cement demo’d around perimeter. All Stucco … Continue reading

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July 8-12 Stonemark newsletter

I. Cluster/ Units 911-916:  Access Required All week. Contractors will be in & out of homes all week working on final tasks. Punch List Inspections have been scheduled for your cluster for July 8th & 9th between 8am to 3pm. … Continue reading

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June 25 Construction meeting notes

Schedule update. 910s: Unfortunately, the final punch list will not close out this week. The contractor(s) have not completed their own confirmation that all work has been done to specifications (completion list). Bob can’t do his punch list (with the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Photos of completed upper deck facade

As you know, the upper deck trellises were removed without replacement because they were a source of chronic leaks, and a new design and realization was beyond our budget. The decorative element of the round vents above was also jettisoned … Continue reading

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Photo details of new courtyard windows/doors,tile perimeter, utility door

Today after the construction meeting I took some pictures of a completed entry courtyard in the 910s, and a view of a completed upper deck facade in the 900s, where the trellises will not be replaced and even the Fypon … Continue reading

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June 12 Construction Meeting notes & photo

Schedule update. SM released the tentative schedule to all contractors on Friday June 7. 910s: almost done, but still a few things left (window cleaning, securing carpet, dirt mounds, etc.). 900s: stucco color coating and final roof tile installation (over … Continue reading

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Scheduling update as of June 7

Stonemark has just released the following schedule update, subject to the usual disclaimers. How nice it would be to have everything done by early December! We’ll hope the contractors buy in to this timeline. The text below is from Stonemark’s … Continue reading

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Roof Drain Testing procedure

Drain bladders are placed as stoppers at the foot of all the downspouts for the home. The roofing contractor, under the supervision of Stonemark’s construction manager, fills the drain lines with water from the roof level. Another contractor will be present … Continue reading

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