We placed the steel beams and columns yesterday and needed some additional assurance that the hollow core concrete panels that are being delivered from L.A. on Monday will fit when we install them on Tuesday.
They will fit just fine.
Sinclairs Tour the Site
Jo-Anne’s parents, John and Dode Sinclair, have been here for three weeks and are returning to Canada tomorrow. They toured the site this morning so they can follow our blog until their next visit to California.
Although they liked the view from the front of the property, getting to the temporary deck over the pool requires going around the house by Winchester. We explained that, if they stayed another week, they would be able to go through the house by walking on the hollow core concrete panels.
Seasonal Perched Water Table
You can see the effects of our ‘seasonal perched water table’ in the excavation at the back of the house. This water has increased the complexity and dramatically increased the cost of our project.
Measuring With Only One Person
Bryan had a hard time measuring the distances between the beams without someone else to hold the end of the measuring tape. Then, he thought of using a plumb bob to identify the beam positions on the concrete floor and then measuring the distances between those beam positions.
A good idea except the ladder had to be moved for each measurement. This required a bit more thinking before Bryan used a heavy washer at the opposite end of the string for the plumb bob. With this method, Bryan threw the washer over a beam and then used the plumb bob and measuring tape to identify the distance from the wall, etc.
This method was easy, fast and required only one person (and not ladder).
Jo-Anne Reviews the Site
Late this afternoon, Jo-Anne appeared at the site. She had been in Boston all week and had a narrow window of time between her hair appointment and Nik’s baseball game so she came to the site.
Jo-Anne liked the stairs that Jorge had built this week and very much appreciated not having to use the ladder.
She came bearing gifts!