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Wood Finishing

Research on wood finshing products as it relates to our ceiling, floors, and windows.

Woody Design Session 12/30

  • Windows
    • Front trim - mullions - transoms DONE
    • Window Sills DONE
    • Wall integration DONE
    • Window / Door to 3 season room
    • 16" bottom panel DONE
  • Doors
    • Front + Lobby DONE
    • Side + Lobby
  • Front Brick - Stone
    • Side brick - limestone DONE
  • Staircase
    • Metal design DONE
    • Other ideas
  • Historic Ceiling
    • Fill in
    • Metal
    • Sealing DONE
  • Wall finishes
    • Columns DONE
    • gypsum alternative

Annex Heating and Cooling

  • Meeting with Dan Bertolini (Aero Heating)regarding pex sizing and zoning for annex
    • Typically runs 1/2" pex up to 240', temp drop over that length is in the 10-15 degree range.
    • Dan prefers to use Uponor PEXa tubing, and has had good response and follow through with their products. The difference between PEXa, PEXb, and PEXc is primarily the manufacturing process, they all meet the same ASTM standards, but Dan explained the installation benefits of PEXa being more flexible, and having a material memory such that in the case of most kinks etc the material can be heated and will return to its original shape.
    • Another great tip from experience was to video the pex tubing in place with tape measure located in various spots to identify the PEX location in the concrete should any drilling or fastening to the slab be necessary in the future- without damaging the embeddeded PEX.

Windows and Doors

Windows & Doors

  • FCS Certified wood
    • Andrea Ph#
  • Shim Screws + Gaskets...new way to avoid air infiltration and thermal bridging
  • Centor bifold hardware
    • Paul Sorensen 630 957 1000
    • Heavy duty hardware for bifold windows or doors
  • Weight for windows (double pane) figure 6.5 lbs/sqft
  • Glass pricing
    • 3/16" Tempered Single Pane $2.92 per square foot
    • 1/8" Tempered Double Pane $6.28 per square foot
    • Tempered triple pane 366 $14.86 per square foot
  • Custom Door Craftsman- Ray Hansen
  • Reclaimed barnwood supplier
    • Carlson's Barnwood Company (Illinois) Lynnette Carlson 800.734.5824 fx 309.522.5123

Walls and Floors

  • Vapor barrier for concrete floor Ames Research
    • Product recommended by Ken to apply as a vapor barrier over the existing concrete. Roll on rubber barrier. Prime first for good adhesion.

Earth Tubes

  • Tube cover for the wall = window well corrugated metal at Admiral Steel
    • Called Kevin 36" Straight Economy $83 each plus shipping 800 323-7055
    • Otto- EC4224x60- 190.65 each
    • EC4224x48- 157.80 each
    • $90 delivery

Scrap Metal

  • Warren Michigan Scrap Metal (586)933-5539
  • H&H Metals Inkster - 734.728.8050
  • GLE Scrap Metal, 22200 Sherwood Avenue, Warren, MI 48091-5446; Phone: 586-754-7300

Water Tanks

Earth Tube Design

  • Vic Zaderej (zaderej@alum.mit.edu)
  • Excavating Contractors
    • Radich Construction - Milan (248.320.2140) ...referred by John Kaliss (via John Lamb)
    • Perlongo Excavating (Rick) 734.216.3125
  • Pipe
    • Keith Specialty6" S&D with Fittings pricing approx: $1.17/ft
      • Talk to Jim about:
        • 880ft of 6" s&d
        • 24 6" s&d 90-elbows
        • Norwesco Tanks
          • 1400 gal Underground
          • 1700 gal underground
          • 550gal above ground

Metal Windows

  • Christman Co.
    • Jeff Adcock - Accidental Insurance Project / Ottawa Power Plant / Phone: 517-482-1488 main office Lansing
    • John Brecklebower 616.293.4296
    • Chad Peoples 517-679-0313 / (c) 517.712.2036
    • Monday @ 3pm metal windows...pick out
  • Remediation by Michael L. Kelly / Environmental Maintenance Engineers, Inc.
    • 25851 Trowbridge - Inkster - MI - 48141 / 313.791.2600 - 313.791.2601-Fax
    • $490 per window
    • They can try and save the glass
    • Can provide the transportation

Soda Blasting

  • Universal Materials - Soda material(Gary - 800-528-7086)
    • SofStrip soda (XL at 260m) in 50lb bags @ $22/bag / 40 bags per pallet. check pallet price.
    • Ships from their Chicago warehouse - $150 for freight
    • Continues to be the safest environmental product.
    • 2 day delivery
  • Armex Supplier of Material ... Arm and Hammer Company
    • Use the XL product
  • Sunbelt Rental - equipment rental
    • Soda Blaster ($200/day - $550/wk)
    • Compressor ($95/day - $265/wk)
    • Cooler ($50/day - $150/wk)
    • 2 - 3 days advance notice
  • Soda Blasting Contractors
    • Ron Cone (Brighton) Alternative Media 248-240-7510
  • Grand Northern Products
    • Ron Wells (800) 968-1811 cell (616) 437-7156
    • rent equipment and sell Natrium soda products

Water Heater / Chiller

Feb 26, 2010 Meeting

  • Review of Current Design
    • Design Loads
    • Heating / Cooling
    • Ventilation
  • Radiant Floor Design 2.0
  • Heating / Cooling 2.0
    • Backup Heating Design
    • Primary Cooling Design
  • Ventilation 2.0
  • Water-to-Water Potential

Backup Heating

Water Chiller / Cooling

  • Heat Pump (reverse cycle chillers rcc)
    • Unico Unichiller scalable, 3 ton, 10+ EER, great technical documentation. "The Unico reverse cycle chiller (RCC) produces water temperatures of 110 – 125 degrees down to 10 F outdoor temperatures. This makes the temperature rise in a RCC system 40 – 50 degrees, like a gas furnace. The DAT in a RCC air system will be 105 – 120 degrees, even at low outdoor temp’s, which will satisfy the indoor thermostat. Water is an excellent heat transfer device. Unlike a gas furnace that at best operates at 95% efficiency (even with the most recent advancement in furnace technology)—the Unico RCC’s COP is 2.3 down to 17 degrees F. COP stands for coefficient of performance and it is a measure of how much energy is input vs. output. In this example, for every 1 KW of electricity input into the RCC—it yields 2.3 KW. That is 230% efficient even at very cold temperatures. That is very impressive and extremely efficient! Mitchell Mechanical has installed them in 6 different residences to date with exciting results."
    • Westing house IQ Heat Pump
    • Daikin Altherma product
    • Sanyo mini ECO-i
  • Air-to-Water Heat Exchangers

Sustainable Neighborhoods

Portable Mill (Saw)

  • Matt Moran 586 634 9095
    • Number came from Eric at Adair Salvage

Roofing Reuse

  • Posted request for ideas on Facebook
    • Spoke to Tom Hiner (referred by Devan Anderson) He does not know of a reuse for torch down roofing applications- only shingles. This seems to be a common thread- asphalt shingles can be ground for reuse, but no one is currently dealing with the flat roof tear-offs.
    • Matt Naimi from Recyclean confirmed that roofing, plaster and drywall continue to be the hardest products to deal with. Regarding the roofing, he knows of no one reusing the old torch down roofing, and is not convinced reuse of asphalt shingles in road work will not create a leaching of chemicals into the soils in the future.

Plumbing

  • Plumbing lines scoped by Ed Collins and Son- 313.363.6619
    • Old building trap out of basement area need to be cut out and removed, and replaced with pvc.
    • Sewer through annex building needs to be cleaned but looks good to tie into
    • 15 to 18 " main behind building is clean and looks good. One of the best looking sewers Ed has seen. And he's seen a lot of sewers.
    • Sewer main in alley is old brick main.
    • Water main behind building is 9'7" below the concrete window sills, 4'2" behind the building. One repair is on a line with the telephone pole in adjacent to the apartment building chimney.

Project Planning

  • Completed by Jan 1
    • - Soda Blast
    • December 15 - Roof through Durolast + facia + gutters
    • - 3 Season Room
    • - Backyard Earth-tubes, tank + temp fence

Out there

  • Solatubes installed
  • December 12 - Windows ordered
  • Cut the flooring (historic for green house) + (annex for perimeter)
  • Build wall / window frames
  • Materials
    • Recycling - metal, wire
    • Dumpsters
  • End of clay storm pipe under floor is 1' off rear wall and 12'4" off north wall.

Woody Design Session 08/09/10

  • Width of window trim
  • drywall trim
    • Color ... stained...painted..washed
    • Screws color and pattern
  • Three Season Room
    • Wall that's painted
    • Common brick
    • Limestone medallion
  • Paint colors
  • Stairs in back...landing, rail, design
  • Railing design
  • Backyard design
  • Electric switches
  • Library design
  • Lighting
  • Windows in back offices?
  • Front Foyer - top of walls, soffits
  • Paver design? ask Joe
  • Under stairs storage
  • Odd Parts
    • Steel trap door
    • Steel beam
    • Yellow steel parts
    • Wind turbine
    • wood scraps


Odd Jobs

  • Deconstruct Bathroom
  • Put in hangers for drainage pipes
  • Cut / route chart rail
  • Seal the concrete block
  • vacuum around perimeter
  • Cut drywall trim
  • Clean bricks
  • OSB on top of bathroom
  • Truck Well
    • Cut off top of truck well
    • Remove railing
  • Put drywall into interior walls
  • Fill Cinder block with concrete for the roof
  • JUAN - Tuck point / clean brick


Materials

  • Concrete Blocks?
    • use in annex

Backyard

  • fix drainage (this week)
    • Green garage - Frank on Thursday
    • Brentwood - (Mark) Scheduled for this week 9/2-9/3
  • grade backyard (Mancini - Sat)
  • Put in fence holes (Tony - Weds)
    • cedar
    • iron
  • plant trees - arborvitae (Barb - Weds)
  • Install limestone around doors (Juan)
  • Fabric and Limestone Sand (Mancini - Thur)
    • NOT in compost area
    • cover holes
    • Use Limestone/red sandstone as stepping stones outside of doors
  • Steps and Planters (E+H - Mon)
    • Use Ohio brick around planters
  • Install wood posts (E+H)
  • Install pergola (Taru - Mon AM)
  • Install fence + gates (Tony - Tue)
  • Install cedar on wood posts (E+H)
  • Rain barrel
  • block compost area
  • To Do's
    • Call Mancini about Sat
    • Get Key from Dan
    • Call Tony about bid and holes
    • Call Mark Sklut about drainage at Brentwood


Door

Tom Decisions

Interior design

  • Harkness Table
    • Encourage learning and teaching by all.
    • Needs to be oval so you can see everyone's eyes.
    • Seats 12 people

Joe Points

  • Number of bricks? See trim material sheet

brick takeoff

  • Seal concrete pad in green house
  • Finish Earth room storage
  • Sawmill
    • clear area
    • cutting plan for wood