Friday, 31 January 2014

Flooring arrived today

Lots of work today.  We started the day by picking up the flooring from the store and unloading it in the hall.  My old 1/2 ton was squatting quite significantly under the load.
Then we set up to install the flooring.  That included cleaning and removing most of the clutter that had accumulated on the floor.

By the end of the day we had installed a test section on the floor.  Very careful work to not get glue all over the place, but we have started.  Tomorrow, Feb 1 will be a big day trying to install as much as possible.  

The bar has had laminates and finishing installed, but I have not been at the shop for a while to take photos.  I will try to squeeze some time in tomorrow to take photos of the bar as it progresses.

Tomorrow will be a big day!!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Continuing construction

It has been a couple of days since I updated.  Well, work has been progressing, but we are working on important details.  The photo below shows the bar being test fit in place.

Test Fitting is essential because of the way the hall is constructed.  Once the bits and pieces are completed they need to be fitted so the necessary modifications can be done to make a complete and professional installation.  


This photos shows the construction of the upper bulkhead above the bar, which will be installed to make the bar look complete and to give a place for very attractive lighting.  

The bar and the bulkhead are having the external finishing laminates installed so they are ready for installation. 
Work is also continuing with painting in the hall.  In addition modifications are being performed on the lower section of the walls to improve the appearance of the hall.  
All this work takes time and effort, but it will be well worth it in the end.  

The next major step is Flooring Installation and is scheduled for February 1, 2014.

On February 1 we hope to start installing the new flooring.  If you know anything about flooring, or if you don't, but want to help, please show up at the Carlyle Memorial Hall on February 1.  We usually start work around 10:00 AM, but you can drop in anytime to help.  

We have put almost a month into this project, so please stop in and see the changes that we have made.  

Monday, 27 January 2014

Back to work on Monday

After taking Sunday off, we got back to work on the Carlyle Memorial Hall Renovation on Monday.  There was more painting and trim detailing going on in the hall.  The photo below is of some more detailed painting.

If you have ever been involved in a project like this you know that details, such as ensuring the painting is correct, takes a lot of time.  It is all about the 80/20 rule.  80% of the effect comes from 20% of the effort, and 20% of the effect comes from 80% of the effort.  We are trying to get 100% of the effect, so our painting crew is putting in the necessary effort to get that effect.  

Work also progressed on the bar front.  More curved sections were built.  


These pieces and the others previously constructed will be assembled to form the front of the bar.  Test fitting of one of the sections will progress tomorrow.  Once the test fitting is complete surface finishing laminates will be installed.  
More posts will be upcoming.  

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Working on Saturday

Those involved in volunteering on the Carlyle Memorial Hall thought that we would put in a few hours to make some more progress on Saturday.  The photos below show some of the progress.


Painting progressed inside the bar.  A very rich colour was chosen and it looks great in person.  The lower paneling throughout the hall was also painted, but photos of that work were not included.   They will be added on a later posting.  


More work took place on assembling bar components, which are shown above.  They are interesting shapes and will form a unique bar.  


This photo shows one of the bar components as it was test fit into place.  
All in all this is an interesting project, and a lot of work has been done.  A lot more work has yet to be done, but it is exciting for all of us who are involved, and we feel that it will be a great addition to the hall.  

Friday, 24 January 2014

Ongoing progress, mostly work on the bar.

Work has been progressing on the hall, but the focus now has been renovations to the bar.  The photo below shows painting that has proceeding in the bar.


The photo above hows the back wall of the bar.  The back wall is being painted to create a different feeling in the bar.  

Other work on the bar is going on in other locations.


The photo above shows components for the new bar being assembled.  With the new tiled floor, the different paint scheme and the curved front on the bar it will be a huge departure from what was there before.  

Other work that was completed before.

On January 20, the crew also enlarged the door into the chair storage room.  It will now fit a 36 inch door.  Anyone who has tried to drag the chairs over the threshold of the old door will appreciate the work that was done to remove that threshold and level that entry with the new floor level.  Of course the wall that had to be removed to enlarge the door was partially concrete, and the concrete floor had to be modified.  

The floor has also been sanded to remove anything that might damage the new flooring.  More work is going to be required to ensure that all gaps and cracks are filled and levelled before the new flooring, which has been ordered, can be installed.  

We are hoping that the new flooring will be installed by the end of next week. However it goes, we will continue to post the progress.  

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Plywood installed and the new floor in the bar at Carlyle Memorial Hall

In my previous post I mentioned that we finished installing the plywood on the floor on January 20.  The photo below shows what the hall floor looked like once the plywood was all installed.


This photo shows the final piece being fitted, the hatch covering the sump hole.  
Although most of the crew took the weekend off,  one of our group, the most experienced tradesman worked to complete the tiling of the bar floor. 


This shows the tiling of the bar floor, but the grouting had not been completed at this point.  Further photos will show the finished product.  


All of the plywood has been installed (23 tubes of PL400 floor glue, 78 sheets of 3/4 inch tongue and groove plywood, just short of 5000 - 3 inch screws), joints had been sanded, and floor levelling compound installed.  
Sanding of the floor is to follow, as will installation of the flooring and the new bar.  More photos will be posted as the project progresses
This project has gotten this far with the diligent work of a small group of dedicated volunteers who have expended untold hours over the last 3 weeks.  
We are now pretty much up to date, however, as things change I will post more.  


Laying plywood on the hall floor

I am adding more photos to my blog to show how the work on The Carlyle Memorial Hall floor has progressed.

Again, not my greatest photographic effort, but you can see that the 3/4 inch, tongue and groove plywood is being laid at the west end of the hall.  As you can see there is a lot of physical labour involved.  


This photo shows the plywood past the bar opening, note the neatly cut concrete exposed on the end of the bar opening.  Each sheet of plywood was glued down using PL400 floor glue and approximately 60 - 3 inch screws securing the plywood to the 3/4 inch hardwood and the 3/4 inch shiplap below it.  The screws were long enough to actually reach the joists below the shiplap, and every effort was made the sink the screws into each joist as well.  


This photo shows work being done to carefully fit the plywood's tongue and grooves together.  


This photo shows careful adjustment of plywood using a sledgehammer.  No, all the sledgehammer work was not done by women.  We all took our turn on the sledgehammer.  The bigger the guy, the more sledgehammer work.  


This photo shows the progress on January 17.  It actually took 4 days to install all the plywood.  We started on January 15, took the weekend off and completed all the plywood installation on January 20
More photos to follow.  

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Just Starting

I have never done this before, but I thought I would start this blog up to document the work that was being done as the Carlyle Memorial Hall undergoes renovation.  I hope you enjoy the history of this.

This is not a great photo, but you can see the concrete wall at the front of the bar, and the original hardwood floor.  

This photo shows the hardwood floor with slots in the floor to relieve the pressure when the hardwood slats swell due to moisture.  


Most of the concrete wall in front of the bar has now been removed.  

More Photos and dates will be posted tomorrow.