Friday, August 18, 2000
Sean worked all day in the
rain doing the final diggings. The foundation forms will be
delivered tonight so they will be ready on Monday.
Monday, August 21, 2000 and
Tuesday, August 22, 2000
No work today.
Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Built concrete footing forms
and placed rebar into the forms. Moe and I visited at the Museum
about the stone skirt. The grading will be about 6" higher at
the back of the building than at the front. We decided on a
21" skirt for the front, allowing for three 7" steps at
the front door. The back will have what is called pumis brick from
the foundation lid for the 6" that will be underground, which
is cheaper, followed by the stone facing for the top 15". Moe
got the revised permit for the minor changes involved. We also
discussed the front steps after receiving a wonderfully detailed
picture from Bridget via Mary Jo. We will make them as close to
the originals as possible, but the Chamber may end up putting
carpet on them again. We'll try to figure out a way to keep them
from getting slippery and still be historically accurate (without
needing carpet.) We're also talking about hand rails.
Thursday, August 24, 2000
No work today.
Friday, August 25, 2000
The inspector approved the
rebar placement for the footings and the concrete was put into the
forms. When that cures the foundation walls can be built.
Monday, August 28, 2000
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Forms were built for the
Wednesday, August 30, 2000
The City Inspector wouldn't
approve the foundation walls because he didn't have the blue
Thursday, August 31, 2000
The foundation walls were
signed off today by the Inspector.
Friday, September 1, 2000
The concrete was poured this
afternoon for the foundation walls. They will cure until next
week. Everything will have a final review on Wednesday and the
cabin should be lowered onto the walls next Thursday.
Monday, September 11, 2000
Moe took the bottom
"half" log that had been added after the Cabin was moved
to the City. He also nailed up the straps from the foundation.
Duane Landsver, a contractor/neighbor has offered to help with the
gutters. He has some books on old gutter, and the ones on the
cabin are not old. They are actually wooden, but very modern. I
did some research of my own and looked at all 140+ of our old
cabin pictures. There are no gutters in any of them, so I called
Mary Jo and asked her to talk with her family about it. If we use
metal gutters, Duane can make them for $1.50/foot, totaling about
$200.00 plus tax which is a lot less than $2,117.70. Mary Jo said
that the family felt the metal gutters would be prudent. It is my
opinion that if we want to put on vintage style gutters in the
future, we can still do so without a large loss on our present
Tuesday, September 12, 2000
Bill came in and excavated
around the cabin, making it level once again. In the process broke
another pipe on the north side-this one was a really rusty one to
the Museum. Scott Rogers from the Parks Department came and it was
Wednesday, September 13, 2000
The cement was poured today
to fill in under the chimney and fireplace. They used a vibrator
to make sure that the material went in without any air holes. Some
water came up through the basement floor of the museum about 5'
inside the North wall over the weekend. At first it was thought
that it was from the cabin, but it didn't come through the wall,
it came through the floor. Unfortunately, all the buildings in the
"bowl" of Edmonds sit on glacial residue and as far as I
have been told, all of them leak if they have a basement. The silk
cloth hadn't been put around the Cabin after Bill re-excavated,
but since the dirt went down toward the cabin the big rain we had
was shed away from the Museum, not toward it.
Thursday, September 14, 2000
Moe found out the logs that
had been set aside for us were sold to someone else! Anyway, he
found other ones and delivered them to the sight. He also
installed the black silk cloth the site.
Friday, September 15, 2000
The timber was removed from
the concrete structure under the fireplace.
Tuesday, September 5, 2000
The forms came off of the
foundation walls today.
Wednesday, September 6, 2000
Moe reported at our meeting
about the previously unknown cost of the floor and the steps. We
are now $5,348 short. We're still hustling though. Moe worked on
getting the foundation walls capped for tomorrow's lowering of the
Thursday, September 7, 2000
The cabin is down. They even
let me run the motor for part of it. It took a couple of hours to
do as the props must be removed one layer at a time and more props
need to go under the chimney. The weight of the Cabin on the jacks
was 53,000 pounds. Not that's a bit of trivia that you've all been
waiting for! They're doing an excellent job!
Friday, September 8, 2000
Bill was due back to push
some dirt around the back side of the cabin today.
Moe got the City squared away
about the silt cloth. He also removed and replaced the first two
logs of the 19 or so that will be done.
Wednesday, September 20, 2000
Two more logs were removed
and replaced today. All of you should come down and watch Moe do
this. It's really a sight to see!
Thursday, September 21, 2000
Two more logs were worked
today. Also, Robert Oliver and Jack Hall dug up the power line and
put conduit on it. They brought it up to the cabin for future
reinstallation. Roger had gotten the electrical permits required
for the job. Thanks guys.
Friday, September 22, 2000
One more log was done today
for a total of seven logs this week. This one was one of the high
ones on the South side.
Monday, September 25, 2000
Hired a roofer.
Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Moe went out and picked up
Wednesday, September 27, 2000
We had our meeting. Moe
worked on the logs. He's doing a beautiful job!
Thursday, September 28,
Friday, September 29, Saturday, September 30, 2000
Worked on logs.
Monday, October 2, 2000
Ripped out the carpet and
worked on logs.
Tuesday, October 3, 2000
Worked on logs. It looks
Wednesday, October 4, 2000
Went out to get the last two
Thursday, October 5, 2000
Worked on logs. Talked to two
stone masons, picked out stones. The color is right, but the
brightness is wrong. There's still some time, so I'll keep
pounding the pavement. Roger repaired the sub-flooring of
the NW corner of the main room. Jack has been working on pealing a
curved log that may be used for the front stair banister.
Friday, October 6, 2000
Put in last log! The shakes
for the roof, the flooring and the insulation were delivered. They
are being stored in the cabin.
Saturday, October 7, 2000
The east side of the large
roof was removed and the new one put on. The logs were
"corn-blasted" and they look fabulous! The Bora-Care
treatment was put on the new clean logs. The solution has to soak
in for a couple of days. It was a treat for the people attending a
meeting at the Museum this morning.
Sunday, October 8, 2000
Cal and John removed the west
side of the large roof and put on the new shingles/insulation. The
color "Bronze", which is a dark gray-brown was picked
for the gutters and down-spouts. They are scheduled for
installation next week.
Monday, October 9, 200
Hard rain-no work. Picked out
Parker's Maraton Cardinal Red for the trim color.
Tuesday, October 10, 2000
The water proofing was put on
the logs. The grounds were cleaned up and raked out.
Wednesday, October 11, 2000
The interior flooring was
Thursday, October 12, 2000
Paid all current and
completed billing. The interior flooring was finished. I found a
better stone called "Mossy Flat" from Lakeview Stone
& Garden, but they can't deliver it until Oct. 20th. Moe
approved. The electrical questions were worked out between the
May, Jack and Roger. Moe spoke with Richard from the Parks
Department telling him that he needed to have the sidewalk to the
front door poured before the front steps are installed.
Friday, October 13, 2000
Confirmed the stone and
scheduling with Matt Oppliger of Matt's Masonry. It's hunting
season, so no work to be done until Tuesday, unless Cal and John
finish the little roof.
Tuesday, October 17, 2000
Most of the new interior log
facings were stained and the mathc is almost perfect. The
remainder will be done after the working materials are removed
from inside the cabin. Moe and his nephew Mark Lagerstrom started
Wednesday, October 18, 2000
It was decided to stain the
new floor to match the floor in the loft. It is darker than we
might have picked, but the cholice is restored authenticity, not
individual taste. We had our meeting today, and though it will be
close, it looks like we will indeed finish on schedule. Chinking
work still continuing. A gathering of the Chamber of Commerece was
held at the Museum in the evening. Shari, the Chamber director
said that she could pass out 30 "Grand Opening" party
posters at the Chamber luncheon next Thursday.
Thursday, October 19, 2000
Cal Bonner and John Birchard
worked on the east side of the little north roof and gable. Jack
and Roget hauled off the debris to make room for the rock, which
will be delivered on Friday. MOe and Mark are still working on the
chinking. "Grand Opening" part posters were printed and
matted. The electricity was hooked up.
Friday, October 20, 2000
Found out from Bryce Wagner
that staining the Douglas Fir flooring would end up splotchy and
ugly, and that the loft floor got that way through natural aging.
So, as with the exerior logs, the floor will be allowed to do its
thing with "time" determining the color factor. He
sanded the floor and put on the first coat of sealer which needs
to sit for a couple of days. The stone was delivered and Matt
Began working on the stone facing over the foundation. Cal
finished up the east side of the north roof. Just one more section
to go along with the front porch overhang. 'Tis a very busy place.
Saturday, October 21, 2000
Moe and Mark worked on the chinking. Bryce put on the final coat of finish on the interior floor. After discussing the window boxes, we got the inserts, the hanger hardware, and most of the plants and bulbs.
Sunday, October 22, 2000
Cal and John put on the west side of the north roof. All done!
Monday, October 23, 2000
Mark and Moe continued working on the chinking and Matt on the stone work (theyíve nicknamed him the "rock star"). The painter primed the exterior.
Tuesday, October 24, 2000
Nancy Blakemore and I worked on the interior, which was unbelievably filthy. Huge quantities of rodent droppings, boxes and boxes of stuff and debris left by the Chamber, and everything covered with "corn blasting" grit, sawdust, cobwebs, and just plain grime from the last 25 years. We cleared, cleaned, vacuumed, and oiled the upstairs and the kitchen. The City dropped one more bombóthe steps and the front porch overhang. I canít believe it!!! Moe and Mark are diligently working on the chinking (very tedious) and Matt on the stone work (beautiful). Dwane was supposed to put on the gutters, but hasnít come. The City was supposed to form the sidewalk, but didnít, and the
painter/stainer didnít show. Still, a very busy place. Much later, I studied the Washington State Historic Building Code manual, slept little and fumed.
Wednesday, October 25, 2000
I worked on the cleaning and oiling the logs in the living room and the stairway. Mark and Matt were still at it with the chinking and stone work. The painter finished all the staining and painting except the door, which he will do on Thursday. I showed Moe about 15 findings from the Historic Building Code manual, which he took over to the City. They didnít even have a copy and made copies from mine! They also demanded "proof" that we were on the State Historical Registry, which I faxed to Moe. They just donít get it! Anyway, I think we may get our log steps yet.
Thursday, October 26, 2000
Royce put the last coat of finish on the beautiful new floor. Matt, Mark and Moe busy. I canít get in to finish the interior for at least two days because of the floor. The Chamber had a luncheon today and passed out posters and pamphlets to all the members for the grand opening on Nov. 18th.
Friday, October 27, 2000
Matt, Mark and Moe are still at it. Matt will finish today. The stone work is just fabulous! The City seems to not be able to "find" the registry stuff as well as the blow up pictures of the steps, so they didnít get to the right person. I took more copies down to Moe and also gave the curtains to the Chamber. Now the City is saying that they will put the forms for the sidewalk in on Monday. Carl finished all the trim paint. Moe bought pizza for the crew. Norma and I revamped the slide show for the Alderwood Historical Society meeting tomorrow, including the new slides of the restoration. Then we went to Cascade Trophy and ordered the donorís plaque.