Sunday morning we woke to grey skies and rain. Definitely an inside day. It will be nice to have one day of peace and quiet before the crew comes back tomorrow and starts sawing and hammering again. :)
Monday was cloudy but no heavy rain, just a few sprinkles. The rain did fall pretty heavily all through the night though. The lake level is up at least a foot.
Had the guys move the old fridge downstairs before they started working. Only a few scrapes at the bottom of the stairs in the gyproc. Oh well it can be fixed when other gyproc work is done later. The lake was absolutely flat and calm this morning, reflecting the fall colours. Gorgeous even when cloudy. Roger, the site foreman said the concrete won't be done this week either. The concrete crews are so backed up with all the new construction. :( I hate waiting as we have to carry all our groceries down our neighbours driveway to get into the house and anything else we purchase. Oh well it will happen when it can... before they lose their good weather window I hope. At least the deck work is still ongoing.
After loading up all the scaffolding today, the crew put up some more 8 x 8 treated posts, the rest of the ledger boards drilled and screwed into the house (very noisy!) The beams were raised on the far side of the deck. There is a lot of arithmetic in the figuring out of everything to include the slope of the deck. Lots of measuring to cut once. lol
Ray was a little choked at one of the workers as he was doing more sitting than working every time we looked. We have noticed this over the last 2 weeks with this particular guy. This afternoon Ray called the supervisor, Roger, who was not on site (since the late morning) and that person will not be here tomorrow! The other two were doing all the work anyway. As this is a cost plus reno ... they better keep their butts moving. Fortunately we are on site to keep track of the work. Hopefully tomorrow we start to see decking. The new design allows for a bunch more room on the deck with the stairs moved to the end.
The yellow LVL Beams to support the weight of the gazebo.
Tuesday, cloudy but breezy. The two-man crew arrived at 7:30 am and Roger arrived at 9am. Another day of drilling, sawing etc to get more laminated beams up before installing the stringers. Noise, noise, noise. Fortunately our neighbours on both sides are either working or staying in Victoria at their other house so they are missing all of this noise.
Ray had a morning meeting with Roger updating the time line for work. The decking should be finished by early next week for the torch on guys. The concrete is supposed to come next Wednesday for the driveway. Another load of trim ends and the old railings were taken out today as well. Good thing as we heard from the neighbours who came home this afternoon that their driveway we are using, is going to be prepped shortly for concrete as well so we won't be able to use it.
Cliff and Luke, the dock guys, were here in the afternoon to install the chain between the landing and the ramp, the hoops for the 2 pilings, as well as install the ramp transitions. The 2 new pilings should be put in the next couple of weeks.
|See how wavy the water is. It was quite breezy.|
The other 2 man crew worked all day until 2 pm with the blocking of the stringers and topping them with sloped strips that were glued and nailed to keep the water run-off angle. Seemed to take forever ..... still not done after 5 1/2 hours. Sigh.... Hopefully tomorrow we start to see plywood.
You can hardly tell in the above picture anything was done. Anyways I spent the morning getting ready for our Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow night. Turkey being brined! Dressing made, cranberry sauce done and in the fridge. I also made a homemade pumpkin pie so tomorrow won't be so busy.
|Turkey having a salt bath in the cooler!|
I was a bridesmaid at Mike and Lisa's wedding 35 plus years ago. Me on the far left. (I was 3 months pregnant with Garrett.
Ray and Mike did a bunch of hiking together years ago. We managed to catch up with them both after many years when we started our snowbird trip last fall and stopped in to see them in Red Deer. It's amazing that it seemed like we had only seen them a few years ago instead of about 25 years. Below is a picture of Ray back in the days hiking with Mike.