17 February 2010


As John and the crew work on these bitter cold, windy wet days, I've honored them with a creed (Similar to the 8th Ave Post Office inscription, but with a surrogate of a few words):

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of day stays these carpenters from the swift completion of their appointed tasks.

Floor No 2 of 103 Boerum Place almost complete and 101 Boerum to begin sometime tomorrow after lunch.

10 February 2010

Joists Arrive

The joists (Douglas Fir No. 2 or better), for the second floor, arrived yesterday and after carrying them into the site and setting up the scaffolding we:
-measured the spans,
-cut the members,
-hoisted six individual pieces and fabricated two major girders.

The girders are 3 members wide and are sandwiched together using 3/4" diameter stainless steel ASTM threaded rods. These rods are staggered and connected every 16" O.C.

The girders (Shown in images below) are 6' apart and will support a 6' floor section where a major vertical chase wall (Along center bearing wall) will run utilities and duct.

There will be two more of these members on each floor in each building supporting and framing the stair opening (Rear back corner).

08 February 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like...

a floor.

In just a few hours, two W10 x 38 members (Above image of 103 BP) were placed above two 10' - 6" rear yard openings while...

two (One for each front building facade) galvanized 4"x 3-1/2" x 3/8" angles were bolted to two 8" x 6" x 7/16" angles. These lintels will support an 18" high horizontal band of brick.

Tomorrow's another day, anticipating a large load of joists to form the second floor

02 February 2010

Brick by Brick

I think the appropriate track (For us) of that Iggy Pop album was "Home". In four short days (with temperatures just above freezing), we were able to construct three bearing walls.

The image below shows the center bearing wall

The image below shows the lone outer bearing wall, contructed of a custom grey ground face block with the red brick masonry turning the front corner. Just a prelude of what's to come.