13 February 2012

Jobsite progress...4 weeks from start

Muddy after heavy rains a couple weeks ago. We attempted to use the old sidewalks for "roads" for heavy dumpster trucks (roll-offs), and forklift traffic. But since they were poured with the wire mesh sitting on the ground, not up in the cross section of the concrete...it does ZERO good to hold conc together. But it did hold up for foot traffic since 1964. We planned on ripping them all out anyway, now some are crumbled up and stuck in the muck.
Alot of the first floor cast iron pipes are major clogged with 48 years of rust. I don't know how there were folks living here only 3 months ago. We are going to try jetting them out...very gently...don't want to knock a hole in the side of a rusted sewer pipe. Then we'd have to cut open the slab to replace the pipe...(not in the budget)
"pick-up-sticks" anyone...copper scrap.
Kinda like Nancy Pelosi getting a make-over, but these 48 year old apts are due for a facelift. Stripping down to bare studs on the inside, moving a few walls. New windows and doors, gable roof, and an entire new look on the inside and out.
The old metal roof porches come off easily, with a skytrack to lift off after the framing is knocked loose and metal roof peeled off.
Too muddy after 6" of rain a couple of weeks ago, here in Dallas. Framer had to rent a crane at $250/hour to set trusses on 2 bldgs inside the courtyard, due to mud keeping his skytrack out.
Old mansard roofs with vinyl siding come off in 20-25 foot long sections. Takes about half a day to do a building.
These pics are all about 2 weeks old....more fresh pics to come.


tffnguy said...

Hope it gets a chance to dry out around there! got a third inch here, but it won't take long to dry out.

MsBelinda said...

Looks like there has been a lot of progress made.

Were the roofs flat before?

Oh no....you have the two word verification on your site :(