28 September 2010

Some actual progress showing now

Well, most of the panels are in place.  The corners should be going up in the next few days and a few other pieces need to be installed.  Then I just have to get someone in to do the caulking between the flashing and the windows to complete the exterior. 

By the way, the Santa is on top of the rigger's shack.

I'm still working on the interior and a few things to get the new location ready for Caratello.  I need to get the cabinets, stove, and refrigerator loaded by the riggers before I have Brian and Kelli tow her from Lake Union Dry Dock.  Since she is still under construction the insurance company doesn't want us to move Caratello under her own power.   I guess the boat construction policy is different than the permanent insurance policy.

I have been puting in the insulation, what a pain this is.  Each space between studs needs a piece cut which makes a lot of foam dust.  Then I have to carve out for plumbing and electrical, beat the foam into place, then fit in pieces to fill the gaps.  After I get that done I go back and fill in the little spaces with spray in foam insulation.

I discovered this ancient scuttle butt on one part of the pier.  I wonder how many decades it has been there and how many thirsts have been quenched.  I also wonder how many thousands of beer bottles must be down below from lunches during a more permissive time.

22 September 2010

The siding is here!!! The siding is here!!!

The siding panels showed up today.  The 70 foot flat bed semi had a hard time backing down the pier to Caratello but, after much jockeying, wound it's way through the maze of buildings and equipment.  The riggers at Lake Union Dry Dock off loaded the truck with a couple of fork lifts and they will swing the panels for the starboard side over to the work barge tomorrow.  Cory from Ballard Sheet Metal said that he and Nick and a couple of other guys should be throwing the tin on all day tomorrow.  That will be nice!

They finished up installing the trim around the windows and started on the facia at the roof line.  When they are done with the facia and gutters I will have to get the roofers back to do a little more work that they couldn't do until the metal was in place.

Before Ballard Sheet Metal got too far along I put down another bead of caulk where the house meets the deck.  Once again I used the 3M #5200 marine sealant, this stuff is suppose to last forever and is near impossible to remove once it is cured.

Other things that happened yesterday and today:  Dave and Nick from Vaughn Mechanical came out and finished up ducting and plumbing the HVAC system.  I had them add a vent in each of the heads because the in floor heat that Barbara had wanted would have consumed too much electricity.  I also did more work on insulation and plumbing. 

With any luck I'll be able to get Caratello moved over to the permanent moorage before Barbara gets back from her vacation to Italy.  I really like working at Lake Union Dry Dock, but it is getting to be time to move on. 

19 September 2010

Plumbing, Doors, and Essential Ballast

Got the two back doors on now so all of the doors and windows are in place.  These french doors weigh a lot but I was fortunate that the delivery guys from Milgard helped me put them on the stern of Caratello.  For the first one I put my skills of leverage and cribbing to work to get it installed by myself.  After getting the doors in I discovered, by accident, that the doors lift off the frame pretty easily.   It was amazing how much less work it was installing the second door!

The tin men from Ballard Sheet Metal came by and started putting up flashing.   They ran out of metal so they say that they will be back next week to do more.  The panels are being cut and the corners are being bent somewhere between Seattle and the house in Bonney Lake.  Hopefully they will be delivered early next week and BSM can get the siding up.  I'm getting tired of looking at orange.

The plumbing is going in too.  I'm using a plastic piping system called PEX.  It goes together with crimped on connectors instead of soldering copper lines.  Much easier to get into the walls, supposedly lasts longer than copper, and no nasty burns from dripping molten solder.  The drains for the second deck head have been a real head scratcher for me.  There just didn't seem to be a good way to run the pipes, but after looking at it for months I found a very small area that would work.  I got the pipes tucked into the only possible spaces and they will be hidden from view.

Here Barbara is making fine adjustments to the ballast before I load it into the hold.  She made two trips to the Garagiste, one of her favorite wine mongers, to pick up ballast that has been accumulating for a couple of years. 

Part of the ballast in place in the hold.  After the rest of Caratello is finished I will be making a more permanent storage system.  I was pretty impressed with how 40 cases of wine brought the hull into trim.  This shipment covered most of a sheet of plywood decking and brought the starboard side down by over an inch and the port side up by as much.  I know that this will be a constant chore keeping Caratello in trim and we will need help shifting ballast from time to time.

We have developed a fairly complex reballasting program:  with no pumps to shift the wine we will have to
1)  manually extract the bottles from the hold
2)  open each bottle as it comes out of the hold
3)  filter the contents through volunteers
4)  relocate the filtered product to temporary storage tanks
5)  have the volunteers move the ballast to the holding tank
6)  have the pump out service remove that ballast
7)  go to the wine store and buy more ballast
8)  reload the ballast in the correct position
9)  repeat.

I keep finding more and more of the materials that make up Caratello that are produced in the USA.  Things like the wire and cable, piping, steel parts, most of the wood is marked as US produced.  I just wish that I could get more.  I am really disappointed in many of the tools that I have been using on the job.  DeWalt use to make some pretty decent stuff, but since they moved their manufacturing to China they are lousy.  Unfortunately I am locked into their battery system since most of my tools are DeWalt.  I started buying Festool products and they seem to be built well, their track saw has made breaking down sheets of plywood really easy.