27 October 2010

Here's the skin-ny

The masonry brickwork is complete. The remaining material is the cementboard. There are a few steps that need to be done before we can attach the cementboard. The concrete blocks must first be sealed with a liquid primer. This ensures that the surface is dust free so that the perma-barrier (the black material) can adhere to the concrete block. Metal furring strips are anchored and caulked. Metal furring strips receive a rubber gasket that is sandwiched between the exterior fiber cembentboard and metal furring. The cementboard is predrilled and fastened with stainless steel screws with matching colored heads. Hopefully the weather holds up.

16 October 2010

The calm before the storm

With the wind blowing, the masons have been tediously working on the brick on the front facade. The brick will frame the cement fiber board which is waiting to be installed once the masons finish.

15 October 2010

Team Work

The plumbers and the framers are working together to get the job done. Today they were in the cellar running pipes and framing the walls for the bathroom, mechanical room and storage room. So many workers in the Cellar and lots of work.

Blocking for the Stair

Much time was spent attaching extra support for the new stair that is being frabricated off-site. Wood studs were used and anchored to the masonry walls. The masonry walls were painted with Durlock to prevent moisture.

Frame around the Edges

The crew first started framing the exterior walls with metal studs. They also framed around each of the windows. They started on the 4th floor and continued down to the cellar. These two floors are the 3rd and 4th floors where there will be bedrooms. The warmboard can be seen on the floors.