Saturday, May 5, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
Any Major Dude With Half A Heart offers Volume 2 of his "whistling mixes." The man knows his music. Enjoy..............
The Beach Boys.........................................................Whistle In
....................................................................getting some Raisin Bran. From this interview with Mel Brooks:
One last question for you: How do you maintain the energy to keep working at 91?
I don’t know. Truthfully, I think it’s the gift of a good constitution. My mother lived into her 90s. But I would say personally, it’s Raisin Bran. The raisins are sweet and it has iron and they have energy. The bran helps keep you regular. So it’s either ancestral good bodies and good brains coming my way from the past, or, to be honest, it could be Raisin Bran.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
We placed the order for our elevator with Otis (and paid a 50% + deposit) about four months ago. The timing on this worked out pretty well. About a week after the shaft was completed, Otis called to make arrangements for the deliver of the elevator. It looked something like this:
|Delivery day for the elevator|
|One of their requirements was a lot of space to work it|
|The elevator came with the note, "some assembly required"|
|The control panel|
|More control panel|
|Control panel up top, and if I remember correctly, the|
canister for the hydraulic fluid at the bottom
|The guide rail, from the top|
|The guide rail, from the bottom|
|installing the hydraulic jack|
|Hydraulic fluid pump|
|Guide rail and hydraulic jack. The way it works is the top|
of the car is connected to the top of the hydraulic jack. As
the jack goes up, or down, it carries the car along with it
|The pit, about finished, waiting for the car to be built|
|Building the car. Floor first|
|Finally the car ceiling|
|Technicians working their magic|
|The Otis installers are almost done. Next step is for the masons to finish|
by closing up the shaft
|Rough install complete. Awaiting the fine tuning technician,|
and the final floor touches.
More on the conversion of the Old School into 29 apartment units may be found here.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Adding an elevator to the Old School was always part of the plan. While school buildings tend to have wide corridors and staircases, three stories is a lot of stair climbing. We deemed the expense of providing an elevator absolutely necessary for the success of the project. The early, early architectural plans called for the elevator shaft to be constructed within the building proper. For a number of reasons, I vetoed that idea. We consulted the historical people and submitted new drawings showing the elevator shaft on the outside of the building. Along with the drawings we submitted a sample of the exterior block. It was a close a match in color as we could find. Fortunately, the historical folks consented. The addition of the elevator shaft will be the only structural change to the outside of the classic building. Otis Elevator will be installing the elevator car once the shaft is completed. Their specifications for the shaft were exacting. This is one part of the project that has no margin for error. It is no accident that the masonry crew had previous elevator shaft construction experience.
|First comes the footer and foundation|
|Walls need to be cut to provide access from the elevator|
shaft (and elevator) to each of the floors
|New lintel over the newly cut ground floor opening|
|Walls have been saw cut. Now waiting for the third|
floor lintel to be installed
|Third floor lintel being installed|
|Openings cut, lintels set. Ready for the shaft|
|Block laying commences|
|Must be break time|
|This is what progress looks like|
|The right equipment helps|
|The Otis elevator people gave firm instructions for the|
installation of a steel beam at the tippy top of the shaft
|Shaft isn't complete until its roof goes on|
|The finished product|
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Air pressure, air movement, air temperature; dust removal, mite reduction, dehumidification: all were not just a matter of soft self-indulgence indoors, but of positive no-allergy health and the deterrence of rot, rust, fungus and mildew. The Lazarus act on old buildings began, in my no doubt obsessional mind, with the provision of clean dry air, unobtrusively circulating.
-Dick Francis, channeling architect/builder Lee Morris in his book Decider
Reasonable people will likely agree that my mind does not qualify as obsessional, but the decision about providing heating and cooling for the 29 apartment units in the Old School was not an easy one. The 30,000 square foot building, when in use as a school, was heated by a gas-fired boiler. One cold winter's day soon after we acquired the building we could actually hear the gas meter whirling as the boiler did its thing. We quickly decided we could not afford to heat the empty building, so the boiler was shut down and the gas turned off. Also, in the old-fashioned way of 1939 school buildings, the only air conditioning was a window unit in the principal's office.
We knew several things to be true: 1) we needed air conditioning, 2) we needed each apartment unit to have its own HVAC (heating, ventilating, air conditioning), 3) we needed to be able to meter each unit separately so that the tenants would pay for their own utility usage, and 4) we needed a reasonable way to heat and cool the six corridors.
After considerable debate, we opted to use an all-electric Mitsubishi Split System to heat and cool the units. The plan for installing these units seemed rather simple at first. However, a consultation with the historical folks changed that it a hurry. The systems operate with individual unit compressors. We had planned to cluster these compressors for the first and second floor on the ground outside the building, and them obscure them with landscaping. The historical folks vetoed that idea (and yes, they have veto power since it is a historical tax credit project). They thought that passers-by being able to see +/- 18 modern compressors would detract from the classical historical structure. One must admit that they were right. So without a fight, we changed the plan and put all of the compressors, out of sight, on the roof. What that meant though, is that the 35 line-sets running between the unit heads and the compressors had to find their way, unexposed, through the building to the roof. It got complicated quickly.
To make sense of the photos, they start with the heads and work backwards to the compressors:
|Most of the units have two heads. One in the living area and one in|
the bedroom. The two-bedroom units have three heads. The smaller studio
units only have one head
|The supporting bracket|
|A line set awaiting the head. The small visible pipe is the condensation line|
|line set and condensation line waiting patiently for next steps|
|Collected line sets heading to the roof|
|Remember the beautiful new roof? Watching them cut|
holes in it hurt
|Our roofer will be very busy flashing all the penetrations. It will require semi-|
annual inspections on all the flashing to make sure the roof stays water-tight
|setting the flashing for the soon to arrive line sets|
|Cut the roof and drill holes in the concrete deck. Double ouch|
|The line sets make it through the roof|
|Line sets ready to connect to the compressors|
|It's like a compressor farm on the roof|
There will be additional photos once they are finished.