Construction update

I’ve been on vacation, so I’m publishing last week’s report today. Sorry about that. Just pretend you live in the 19th century, when news was printed days or weeks after it happened. In this case, this is what happened the week of November 2…

The big focus last week continued to be the roof. We (and when I say ‘we’, you know that I am not doing ANY of this work, right? We’ve got roofers who should be getting the credit here)…..anyway, ‘We’ fitted polyiso in between the rafters…

Polyiso in rafters

…and blew in cellulose insulation. In this case, it was not the roofers who did the work, and certainly not me, but the guys from Kenco insulation. They used a combination of the cellulose insulation that we saved from deconstruction and stored in our plastic room, and new insulation.

Kenny with cellulose

Some good news: the city inspector came by for his 3rd roof visit and said he doesn’t need to come back on that account – we are solid. And, drumroll please, STILL NO DUMPSTER!

We do have some materials from the deconstruction we don’t need, like these suspended lights. We sold them on Craigslist.

Suspended lights

Another construction item…If you look at the picture below, do you see the section of the building just to the right of the orange truck that is recessed from the rest of the building? That was originally, in the 1920’s, flush with the building, but in the ’60’s was recessed to add a truck ramp. We are going to rebuild this section back onto the front of the building, but need to add a foundation. That was added this week by Eduardo and Heladio.

Building front

We used a mix of cement and 30% flyash (which is a byproduct of steelmaking), a little more eco-friendly than just cement, which takes a tremendous amount of energy to produce.

One last thing…on Thursday, Peggy met with a couple of people who know quite a bit about the history of the building, Frank Lucente and Dave Patrize. Frank started working at Kanners and Patrize in 1952 and for a while was the owner of the building, and Dave is the son of Sam Patrize, whose name is on the building. Frank was quite helpful in helping us understand more about the history of the businesses that were here (during his decades here, they ran a shoe supply business). Here he is with his son Dave holding one of his ads that we found during deconstruction.

Frank n dave

He has the gift for story telling that I see so much in his generation. Here’s a snippet of our conversation. He is talking about Samuel Kanners, who brought his shoe supply business to the building some time in the ’30’s. He described Kanners as a short (about 5’4″), cigar-smoking businessman who loved to have things the way he wanted them.

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