Archive for May, 2009

Removing the Wooden Guard Rail

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Since we filled and compacted the void at the back of the project site, it was (finally) time to take down the wooden guard rail.

It was a long time coming.

We installed the railing in the middle of January so it was in place for almost five months.

The void is filled in, and the wooden railings are gone!

The void is filled in, and the wooden railings are gone!

The view is much better, now that the railings are gone.

The view is much better, now that the railings are gone.

Jerry Ditto Drops By

Friday, May 29th, 2009

It is always great to see Jerry Ditto, author of Eichler Homes: Design for Living.

Jerry is a good friend it was great to host his visit.

Jerry Ditto watching as Jorge Ramirez verifies some measurements with the plans.

Jerry Ditto watching as Jorge Ramirez verifies some measurements with the plans.

Jerry reflects on the progress as he signs our guest book.

Jerry reflects on the progress as he signs our guest book.

Jerry noted that he will be updating his web site and will include a reference to the progress that we’ve made to date.

Picking Up the Conveyors

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Our good friends from West Coast Cranes arrived right on time this morning.

We packed up the conveyors and sent them home.

Yeah!

Picking Up the Converyors

We scheduled the crane to arrive at 10:15 this morning and the truck from United Rentals at 10:20.  Then, the truck from Bill Brown Construction Company should arrive at 10:25.

We’re good to go.

The crane arrives, right on time.

The crane arrives, right on time.

The crane moves the 36 ft conveyor onto the United Rentals truck.  Perfect.

The crane moves the 36 ft conveyor onto the United Rentals truck. Perfect.

Bob Wise Arrives to Verify Our Progress

We were delighted to receive a call from Bob Wise asking if her could drop by and verify our progress.  Absolutely!

Bob Wise arrives at the end of the day to verify our progress.

Bob Wise arrives at the end of the day to verify our progress.

Bob verifies that we're doing ok although he is starting to question the move-in date before 12/31/09.

Bob verifies that we're progressing ok although he is starting to question the move-in date before 12/31/09.

Filling the Void … Done!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

It was a struggle to the end.

And now, we’re done.

Problems with the Conveyor

We had a problem with the first conveyor.  It stopped and United Rentals sent a maintainer to fix it.  It required parts, which we couldn’t wait for so we finished moving the remaining soil with wheelbarrows.

With the conveyor stopped, we got the wheelbarrows out.  Now, the real work begins.

With the conveyor stopped, we got the wheelbarrows out. Now, the real work begins.

Identifying the problem with the gear box.  Oh well ...

Identifying the problem with the gear box. Oh well ...

Moving the remaining dirt by hand with wheelbarrows.

Moving the remaining dirt by hand with wheelbarrows.

We filled the void!

We filled the void!

Hosting the ‘Grand Floor Opening’ Celebration

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

OK, we’re not finished moving the dirt and the conveyors remain in place but we’re hosting our ‘Grand Floor Opening’ celebration regardless!

We did our best to clean up the site and secure it for safety.  It scrubbed up nicely.

Our First Guests Arrive

Our first guest, the Berner family arrived early as they were on their way to San Francisco for another event.  Mikael and his wife, Karen, are starting a project in Los Altos and wanted to see our site so they brought their two girls.

Jo-Anne with the Berner family (very dressy for the construction site!).

Jo-Anne with the Berner family (very dressy for the construction site!).

Everyone Else Arrives!

A beautiful day for our Grand Floor Opening' event.

A beautiful day for our Grand Floor Opening celebration.

Jo-Anne (left) chatting with Michael Good, who is with Pete Moffat Construction and is building the house at 2180 Bryant Street in Palo Alto.

Jo-Anne (left) chatting with Michael Good, who is with Pete Moffat Construction and is building the house at 2180 Bryant Street in Palo Alto.

Our good friends, Pia (left), David and Linnea Staab.

Our good friends, Pia (left), David and Linnea Staab.

One of the regular attenders at our events, Baby Martin.  He has grown since his appearance at the 'Open Hole (vs. Open House)' event!

One of the regular attenders at our events, Baby Martin. He has grown since his appearance at the

Enjoying a glass of wine by the atrium.

Enjoying a glass of wine by the atrium.

Jim O'Brien (right) chatting with Carole Murray and Phil Murray, who is holding their daughter.

Jim O'Brien (right) chatting with Carole Murray and Phil Murray, who is holding their daughter.

Phil Knopf, Paul Dodds, and Bonnie Knopf with Jo-Anne (holding our dog, Lucky).

Phil Knopf, Paul Dodds, and Bonnie Knopf with Jo-Anne (holding our dog, Lucky).

Bryan and Suzanne Muller, in the Wine Dining room.

Bryan and Suzanne Muller, in the Wine Dining room.

Wrapping Up the Day

After the event ended, we joined the Fultons for an excellent BBQ.

Dave Cullinane on the grill, with Bill Clyne on quality control, at the Fulton BBQ.

Dave Cullinane on the grill, with Bill Clyne (on BBQ Quality Control), at the Fulton BBQ.

Conveying the Dirt

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

It was tough going … filling and compacting the void.

Continuing the Process

Yes, the conveyors were a bit finicky and fussy today.  We had a number of starts and stops, but made significant progress.

Unfortunately, due to the shape of the void (i.e., an inverted right triagle, we made visible progress quickly and then the progress slowed dramatically as we got closer to the top.

Conveyor system in place and ready to move dirt.  Let's get started!

Conveyor system in place and ready to move dirt. Let's get started!

This photo shows the full 10 ft wide void, that is 9 ft deep.

This photo shows the full 10 ft wide void, that is 9 ft deep.

 

Soil coming across nicely on the conveyors.

Soil coming across nicely on the conveyors.

Finishing the west side of the excavation.  Note the railing has been removed from the temporary site office platform.

Finishing the west side of the excavation. Note the railing has been removed from the temporary site office platform.

Time to remove the temporary bridge so we can start filling and compacting the east side of the excavation.

Time to remove the temporary bridge so we can start filling and compacting the east side of the excavation.

 

After shovelling an 8 inch lift of soil into place, it was time to spray a bit of water so the soil could be compacted with the jumping jack.

After shovelling an 8 inch lift of soil into place, it was time to spray a bit of water so the soil could be compacted with the jumping jack.

And here comes the jumping jack, compacting the moistened soil nicely.  Note the even spacing of dirt comping across on the second conveyor in the backiground.

And here comes the jumping jack, compacting the moistened soil nicely. Note the even spacing of dirt comping across on the second conveyor in the backiground.

Status at the end of our second day.  It is slower than expected.

Status at the end of the day. It is slower than expected.

 We’re almost there, filling the void.  We hoped to be completed by now but the problems with the conveyors have slowed our progress dramatically.

Time to clean up as we’re hosting our ‘Grand Floor Opening’ event tomorrow for our neighbors and friends!