KCI Roofing

Metal or asphalt shingles – that is the question.  The reality is I'll probably only be moving this place twice in my life, so shingles are an option. The problem is they'll need venting, and that's not a super attractive look. OTOH, I haven't ordered the metal, and minimum it will take 10 days plus it's twice as expensive.  Can I wait ten days?  The expense isn't really an issue.  Environmentally, metal makes more sense. It's recyclable where ashphalt is not.  And it will last. Decades! ***

Ack, it turns out my street is going to have its sewers replaced which means they'll be tearing the whole thing up.  I've got to get this place finished before this happens.  Yet another thing to worry about.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — September 07, 2010

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KCI Torrential rains

Denny and Aaron added more flooring to the loft.  I am happy, my tall husband will be even happier.  They also got the final roofing truss up, because that night the torrential rains came down.

The rain lasted about four hours; fortunately there was only a wee bit of water in the place.  It was easily cleared up, and I placed a bucket or two to catch anything else, then my daughter and I threw on yet another tarp.  This one isn't nearly as large as the first one. It's held down with skipping ropes since all the real ropes are holding down the other larger tarp.  We had quite a bit of fun getting the tarps up.  First we attached ropes to one side and then attached the ropes to croc shoes, then we started throwing.  It should have been a contest.  In general, three tosses and we got it over far enough that we could grab the other end, then it was just a matter of hauling the tarp up, then tying it down.

Tarps tend to get caught (and torn) on the roof peaks. That's where the water gets in.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — September 04, 2010

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KCI Buying Materials

I am good friends with all the big box stores and all the small hardware stores in town.  I go at least once a day to pick things up.  When people say they use scavenged or recycled items, I wonder if they have been collecting things for years or if they have a huge garage that they can rummage through to find what they need.  Sure I'm going to be furnishing the place with used furniture and dishes because I can do that over time, and the local 2nd hand stores have a lot of items to choose from.

Aside from Habitat for Humanity's Restore where do I find "on-demand" building supplies?  Craig's list has been a total bust for me.  Again, if I'd been gathering things over the last few years, I'd be good.  Alas I didn't.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — September 03, 2010

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KCI Celebrating their hard work

We celebrated the end of the school build with a pizza party for both classes.  It was a small way to thank the students for all their hard work.  They were amazing. As well we often had little house groupies show up to see what had been accomplished on various days.

Lab technicians from the hospital would walk over to see what was happening, the custodians came down, and teachers and secretaries dropped by.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — September 01, 2010

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KCI Installing the flooring in the loft

Two of the students were hired to keep working on the fencl parked in my driveway. The guys installed the loft flooring, but it was a bit short.  Only a mattress will fit on top of it. There wouldn't even be a place to put a book down, so  they're going to add another foot, and we've got plenty of spare wood, so it's worth doing.

Written by Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School — August 30, 2010

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