Disassembly - Day 4
the 4th day, things are really shaping up for the move.
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4 accomplished quite a bit of work on the tower.
The tower is now completely separated from the foundation and
is being supported by the 2 steel beams which were jacked up into
place yesterday. The
interior and exterior walls of the first floor are in the process of
being removed and transported to the museum property.
separating the walls from the foundation, an inspection of the
structural frame of the first floor was performed by Al Goolsby, Jim
Blott, Russell Straw and myself.
Inspection of the walls revealed wood rot and some termite
damage to both the wood frame and exterior tongue and groove wood
siding. The first floor
frame work has been spliced to additional wood framework which is
also showing signs of wood rot.
I discussed reassembly options with the Cherry crew foreman
to see what his experience has been with similar buildings.
He stated that there are two possible options we should
consider for our building. The
first would involve splicing new wood supports to the existing
supports and removing the rotted portion of the supports.
The 2nd option would be to install totally new
pressure treated framing and bracing for the first floor exterior
and interior walls and then reinstalling the original wood siding
onto this new frame work. I met with Travis Reese Thursday afternoon
to discuss these findings and discussed the 2 options that Cherry
presented. We both feel
that, for the long term, new wood framing and reinstalling the
original wood siding is the best option to perform.
This installation would also be the best option for when the
city building inspector pays us a visit to inspect the tower.
The cost of this option would also be less labor intensive
because the crew would not be handling such large sections of walls
during reinstallation but rather would be installing totally new
frame work. The
existing window frames will be reinstalled at their original
location. Some rework
to these windows will need to be performed, but would be minor
repairs to these units.
of the First Floor
of the first floor would be accomplished as follows:
Moved the 2nd floor directly over the new
foundation at the museum.
Set the 2nd floor at the desired height.
Fabricate the new wood framing from the foundation up to the
2nd story building and secure the framings to the 2nd
floor support members
Install the original siding to the new wood frame work.
Fabricate new stairway up to the 2nd floor using
pressure treated wood.
should consider installing the large Relay Cabinet into the first
floor relay room prior to locating the 2nd floor
structure over the foundation so that the winch truck can be used to
lift this cabinet into place.
Schedule Move Date
the proposed move date with the Cherry Movers foreman after work
this afternoon. He feels that the move will NOT take place on
Friday; Still a lot of
work to do on the tower. He
May 1, 2004
is realistic for the move date.
So, weather permitting, we will move the tower this Saturday.
The move will take place during daylight hours only.
and Escorts for the Move
contacted Cherry’s office to discuss the permits and escorts. They
have already made the application of the move permit with the City
They are also working on the Police Escorts for the move as
well. This should be
completed on Friday.
about it for day 4. Thanks
again to Al, Jim and Russell for their continued help at the tower
location. It’s been
great having your input and support!! Almost there!!
to go to Day 5.