We are so happy. The sun is shining, the new porta potti has been delivered and there are contractors on the horizon.
This means that the permit for the seismic retrofit has been submitted and we’ve been given the green light from the county to start with the prep work. This includes some of the preliminary blocking to reinforce the floor and roof joists that have been carrying the load since 1870. I suspect they need a breather after all that time.
The other big event came this morning when the county reinstalled the missing water meter so that we now have a working hydrant on site.
The old water meter was removed years ago apparently for plumbing leaks in the hotel. I don’t doubt the veracity of this claim; in fact, when I tried to cut some of the old water lines in the basement, the vibration from the saw caused the pipes to break at the joints before I could even cut through the metal. This is a very good reason to wear a hardhat on site and possibly a set of football shoulder pads for good measure.
Of course, the need for my labor on site has decreased since the demo is mostly complete. My current job is writing checks and watching contractors until they get nervous.