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Tree Damage Repair and Brick Buildings

I’m a tree lover until they are damaging StLouis Brick and Masonry buildings.  When I get a call to repair the Damage- Scotts Contracting Gets to the Root of the Problem!

 

Here is a collection of projects and photos of Tree Damage Repair photos completed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis, MO.


Benton Rehab Tree Root Experiment and Damage Update

Day 5 in the Benton Rehab Roof Project uncovered some interesting hidden gems in the roof system.  In the photos below you can view the extensive tree Stump and Root Ball that started out as a sapling years ago and was left to its own accord.


However, this is not always the case, a root can also be aerial (growing above the … synthesise cytokinin, which acts as a signal as to how fast the shoots cangrow. …. Tree roots normally grow…Tree Root

 

  • All the Brick Buildings in the photos above are from StLouis Brick Buildings that have been seriously neglected.  With a yearly maintenance plan the costs to repair Tree Damage could have been eliminated if the Tree Sapling would have been removed.

Eliminating Tree-Tree Roots from a Brick Building

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Do You Need Help with a Tree Growing in your Brick Wall? Scotts Contracting will get to the Root of the Problem!

Photo collection of Removing a Tree from a Masonry Brick Wall in StLouis and repairing the damage the Tree Roots had caused  to the Brick Building.

Do You Need Help with a Tree Growing in your Brick Wall? Scotts Contracting will get to the Root of the Problem!
Do You Need Help with a Tree Growing in your Brick Wall? Scotts Contracting will get to the Root of the Problem!
Side View showing Bulge in Brick Wall  caused by the Trees Root System
Side View showing Bulge in Brick Wall
caused by the Trees Root System
Outer Course of Brick Wall removed exposing the Trees Root System
Outer Course of Brick Wall removed
exposing over 8feet Tree Root System
Getting to the Root of the Problem
Getting to the Root of the Problem

The crew guesstimates that this Tree had been growing in the brick wall for at least 5 years and had been previously cut at least one time prior to this permanent fix.

When  we  are  finished  this  tree  will  never  grow  again-Scotty

Getting to the Root of the Problem
is the first step.  Repairing the Masonry Brick Wall is the next step.  Stay Tuned for the upcoming Green Blog Posts that will be published June 2013.

Pt1 Spray Foam Insulation-St Louis Brick Buildings

Cost Effective:Energy Conservation for StLouis Brick Buildings

As a provider for Free Green Estimates and Advice in regard to Green Building for St Louis Homes.  I get many requests for my opinion on various construction related home and business requests for: improvements, retrofits, rehabbing buildings, energy conservation, and clean energy resources-by the people of StLouis .

Repairing a Stone or Rock Foundation on Typical StLouis Older Home
Repairing a Stone or Rock Foundation on Typical StLouis Older Home

Since education of Energy Conservation in building science is ignored by many builders in the region and what I feel is what led to a couple of requests for free estimate for: Spray Foam insulation for Interior Brick Walls on St Louis Brick Home.

I strongly urge everyone who is involved in remodeling, retrofitting, weatherizing, or any other construction related project with a StLouis Building review and practice these must do activities when working on the typical StLouis brick or masonry building.

Improper Building or Retrofitting Techniques could lead to: Respiratory Problems, Indoor Pollution, Combustion from Natural Gas Appliances, as well as the further deterioration of your brick building.

View Part 1 of the Spray Foam Insulation Series at these links Spray Foam Insulation StLouis Brick Building or View the Google Cloud Document 

Schedule Scotts Contracting to give you a Free Green Property Evaluation by using the Following Contact Form

What about Green and Cost Effective Decks?

Here’s my thoughts Answering : What about Green and Cost Effective Decks?  Asked by: BentonPark West

 When I build anything my goals are that the Project will be:

  • Low Maintenance
  • User Friendly
  • Meet any Must Have conditions for the Client
  • Green, Eco Friendly, and Sustainable

As far as Lumber and materials used in Deck Building here are my thoughts in re:

  • Plastic Lumber: All though it will not: Rot, Decay, and is Impervious to Insects.  The costs for building a Deck from this materials is very very expensive.
  • Redwood: I would never build anything out of this kind of wood.  It takes too long for these trees to develop and what is still growing has its own ecosystem of hundreds of various species all living in and around the tree.
  • Cedar Lumber-Would be my top choice of Lumber Used-When Building a New Deck

    • Cedar trees grow locally and could be sourced from local sawmills.  Keeping $Money$ in our Local Communities! Some of the benefits of this type of wood is the natural pest fighting aspects of the Cedar Oil:
    • It is used as an insect repellent. (which is why Cedar Chests are still being made and still used when building closets)
    • a)   It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
      b)   In ancient times, it was used to preserve dead bodies.
      c)   It is used as incense in temples.
      d)   It is used as aromatic oil, because its woody odor works as a sedative and effectively treats stress and anxiety in people.
      e)   Due to its aroma, it is used as an ingredient in perfumes.
      f)   It is used for preservation of spices.
      g)   It is used as an antibacterial.
      h)   Its health benefits include effectively treating respiratory infections.
      i)    It is beneficial to hair, as it helps eliminate dandruff and protects the hair against hair fall and graying.
      j)    It also effectively treats skin infections such as acne.
      k)   It is also used in treating arthritis, especially rheumatoid.
      l)    It is also used for its antiseptic property.

    • Uses Of Cedar Wood

      The cedar wood is lightweight and used for construction of homes and furniture. It is eco-friendly. The wood from various kinds of cedar trees is used for different purposes.

      a)   It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
      b)   It produces aesthetically beautiful furniture.
      c)   It is easy to work with as it is lightweight and doesn’t crack or split easily.
      d)   It is highly durable.
      e)   It can absorb sound effectively, so are used in building roof shingles.
      f)   It is a good insulator; hence, when a home is built using cedar wood, it helps keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer.
      g)   Though its color fades after a while, it can easily be restored.
      h)   It doesn’t spread fire easily hence it is suited for building purposes.
      i)    It is a natural anti-termite, which is it prevents furniture from rotting.
      j)    Due to its lightweight and strength, western red cedar is used to make guitars.

                  • Source: http://cedartrees.net/uses-of-cedar

Lumber is not the only product used in building a deck.  There is also Concrete used when support poles are set in or on the ground.  See Example: Porch Footing and Foundation CADD Drawings by Scotts Contracting …stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com

Metal Bracing and Fasteners– (as required by:St Louis Building Codes) is used in places where the different building components are connected.   One of the benefits of this type of metal is that the metal is recyclable when the project has reached its lifetime usefulness.

  • My Top Choice for Metal Bracing is Simpson Strong Tie.  This type of bracing is Specifically mentioned on St Louis Building Codes.  YouTube Video: Saving a Deck from the Landfill at this link.
    • Simpson Strong Tie Stair Bracing
      Simpson Strong Tie Stair Bracing- Required by St Louis Building Codes
    • Post to Beam Simpson Strong Tie Connection
      Simpson Strong Tie- Post Beam Connection also required by St Louis Building Codes
    • CAD Deck Design by Scotts Contracting
      CAD Deck Design by Scotts Contracting-annotating crucial areas for bring the deck to current building codes
    • Proper CAD Footing Detail for Deck Building-with Post Beam Connection
      Proper CAD Footing Detail for Deck Building-with Post Beam Connection
Care and Maintenance of Decks:
  • Paints, Stains, and Varnishes are normally used in Deck Building.  Each has its own benefits. I suggest High Quality Paints for Low Care Situations such as Behr Paints which were used in this project: Saving a Deck from the Landfill.  

The property in the photos is an investment property Clifton Heights Neighborhood.  This building had some great features with: 2 Sun Porches-one for each apartment, Hardwood Floors throughout the 2-3 Bedroom Apartments, Garages for Each Apartment, Basement and Fenced in Yard with Plenty of Space.  For rental Information contact: Tempel Appraisals, Inc

www.tempelappraisalsinc.com/

Scotts Contracting is available for all your Buildings needs and offers- Cost Effective: Maintenance, Repairs, and Building Improvement Projects.  For a full list of services offered in the St Louis MO area see the website at: http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com/services

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CAD Design- Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design by Scotts Contracting

Final Bar CAD Design for Shady Jacks Saloon, Downtown St Louis MO-Design Build Green Project- CAD design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Final Bar CAD Design for Shady Jacks Saloon, Downtown St Louis MO-Design Build Green Project- CAD design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com

Project Notes / Must Haves

  1. Additional Room for the Newly Added Alcoholic Beverage Dispensers
  2. Create a User Friendly area for the Bartenders with the addition of additional beer coolers under the lower shelf
  3. Decor Must Match Existing Finishes

Materials Used

 

  • 2″x20″x14′ White Oak Rough Cut  “True Dimensional” Lumber from the Mill- Up-cycled materials that have been in storage for 8 years

Specialty Tools

  • Kreg Jig used in Attaching the Shelves 
  • Hand Planer
  • Hand Sander
  • Skil Saw
  • Levels
  • Torch Drivers

See the Before and After Photos  with Additional CAD Designs for the Project

Shady Jacks Saloon CAD drawing New Bar Design- Green Build Project- CAD by Scotts Contracting www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Shady Jacks Saloon CAD drawing New Bar Design- Green Build Project- CAD by Scotts Contracting http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Final Bar Design Shady Jacks Saloon- Waitress Station and Center Shelving added to New Bar Design
Final Bar Design Shady Jacks Saloon- Waitress Station and Center Shelving added to New Bar Design

 

Up-Cycled Wood Flooring Project

Creating Additional Seating and Stage-Shady Jacks Saloon

BUILD NOTES HARDWOOD FLOOR STAGE-EXTRA SEATING

Customer Must Haves

  • Create Additional Seating Area (64) for the Ever-Growing Lunch and Dinner Crowds
  • Build a New Stage for the Bands that play every Friday Night / Special Events
  • New Stage and Seating Area must match existing Decor

Build Notes

  • Up-cycled Flooring Materials-from previous projects and from left overs on prior projects in the Bar.
  • Stage Constructed of 2×12 Framing at 16 in OC with 3/4 Plywood Sheeeting
  • Clear Floor Finish
Stage Framing Complete
Installing the Wood Floor Design

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Clear Floor Finish
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Applying Clear Floor Finish

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Shady Jack-Owner Shady Jacks Saloon and Grill
Downtown St Louis MO
https://www.shadyjackssaloon.com

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Kitchen Remodel Project Photos

Picking out the Counter Top and Back Splash
Picking out the Counter Top and Back Splash

Beautiful Granite Stone in photo is from Graniterra, Holly was nice enough to let us browse the Great Selection of Beautiful Stone in the Warehouse on Kingshighway Blvd, St Louis, MO 

CAD Design #2- for Determining the Coffered Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
CAD Design #2- for Determining the Coffered 
Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
First Design
First Design
CAD Design- for Determining the Coffered Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
CAD Design- for Determining the Coffered 
Ceiling Layout for the Accent Lighting
Example of Accent Graffiti
Example of Accent Graffiti
Before Installing the Cabinets I checked the Drain Pipe and  found that it was clogged.  We then replaced the entire Drain pipe and Vent Stack for the plumbing in the Kitchen.
Before Installing the Cabinets I checked the Drain Pipe and
found that it was clogged.  We then replaced the entire Drain pipe and
Vent Stack for the plumbing in the Kitchen.


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New Vent Stack for Kitchen Remodel
New Vent Stack for Kitchen Remodel
Plumbing Line that was inoperable
Plumbing Line that was inoperable
Installing the Accent Lighting in the Coffered Ceiling
Installing the Accent Lighting
 in the Coffered Ceiling
Building the Coffered Ceiling
Testing the Accent Lighting
Testing the Accent Lighting
 Painting New Drywall Primer Coat
                                                Painting New Drywall Primer Coat
Leutron Dimmable Accent Lighting Switch
We found these Great Under Cabinet Lights at Restore St Louis (AKA Habitat For Humanity)- Purchase Price was $4.00.  Great Buy on Accent Lights!
IKEA Under Cabinet Accent Lighting

We found these Great Under Cabinet Lights at Restore St Louis (AKA Habitat For Humanity)- Purchase Price was $4.00.  Great Buy on Accent Lights!

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Additional Photos will be posting soon.  Scotty





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Recycling is not just for Cans

Earlier this year I was asked to replace a leaking roof on a Patio of an Investment Property.  The job consisted of Removing the existing Mound City Clay Roof Tiles from the Porch Roof and replacing with Certain Teed 3 Tab-Shingles (Energy Star Rated).

Rather than dispose of the Clay Roof Tiles in the local  landfill I choose to “Recycle” the roof tiles and am happy to report that they went to a good home and will be re-installed on future roofs by: “Old World Roofing Company Slate and Tile Specialists

Mound City Clay Roof Tiles Recycled by Scotts Contracting
Mound City Clay Roof Tiles Recycled by Scotts Contracting

While I was at Old World Roofing Company and speaking with the business owner, Mr. Hagerty.  We discussed the aspects of his business that has his business backlogged with future projects into 2012.  I jumped at the opportunity to discuss and learn the various aspects that have made his business a success.  And was thrilled to learn that the things that have made his business a success are the same principles that I incorporate into my small business:

“Honesty and hard work, prompt customer service, keeping the customer informed of the progress on the job, and providing quality work!”

We also discussed the aspects that make the Clay Roofing tiles a Green and Sustainable product.  Clay Roofing Tiles-

  • are traditionally made from locally available materials such as clay.
  • Clay as a building material is one of the oldest building materials on Earth, among other ancient, naturally occurring geologic materials such as stone and organic materials like wood. Between one-half and two-thirds of the world’s population, in traditional societies as well as developed countries, still live or work in a building made with clay as an essential part of its load-bearing structure.re-posted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay#Clay_as_a_building_material

  • Clay minerals are typically formed over long periods of time by the gradual chemical weathering of rocks, usually silicate-bearing, by low concentrations of carbonic acid and other diluted solvents. These solvents, usually acidic, migrate through the weathering rock after leaching through upper weathered layers. In addition to the weathering process, some clay minerals are formed by hydrothermal activity. Clay deposits may be formed in place as residual deposits in soil, but thick deposits usually are formed as the result of a secondary sedimentary deposition process after they have been eroded and transported from their original location of formation. Clay deposits are typically associated with very low energy depositional environments such as large lakes and marine deposits.re-posted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay

In keeping with the Title of the Article: ” Recycling is not just for Cans ” I’d also like to point out that recycling also saves:

“Landfill Space, Reducing the Energy to manufacture new products ie: Reducing Global Warming, and re-using building products in the construction industry will also save you money.” 

I encourage everyone to Re-use and Re-cycle!  If you are interested in recycling options on your next building project (St Louis Area) Scotts Contracting offers many options for recycling the building materials  and many times are tax deductible for added savings on your project.  Feel free to drop me a quick note by using the Contact form below and Scotty, Scotts Contracting will return your request asap.

Green Home Renovation Tips for Fire Safety-

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Repair It-Don’t Replace It-Concrete Steps

Repairing Concrete Steps instead of Replacing-Job Notes, Suggestions, and Hints.

Whether it is downturn of economy or people choosing to save money, many of my clients are choosing to “Repair rather than Replace” the materials used in the construction of their home or business.

If you decide that this type of DIY concrete repair is more than you can handle on your own.  Scotts Contracting is available to assist you in your project.  Fill in the form (provided below) and Scotty will respond asap to your request.

In the photos you can see:

  1. How the prior concrete patch job had deteriorated and made the Concrete Steps a Safety Issue for the homeowner.
  2. Quick and Easy Concrete Form for Repairing Concrete Walkway
  3. Materials used to Repair / Resurface the Concrete Steps (Home Depot Products)
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    • Rapid Set Cement – Multi-Purpose Construction Material

    • Quikrete 1-Gallon Concrete Bonding Adhesive

    • Quikrete 1 qt. Acrylic Fortifier

    • Concrete Reinforcing-#4 Rebar- 1/2 in.
  4. Tools needed to accomplish Concrete Step Repair
    • Darby
    • Hammer-Drill w/ 1/2 Concrete Bit and Flat Bit
    • Concrete Floats and Edgers
    • Screw Gun
    • Clamps
    • Wire Brush
    • Buckets
    • Broom/Brush
Before Photos of Concrete Step and Walkway Repair
Photo 1)
Before Photo of Concrete Step Repair
Before Photo of Concrete Step Repair
Photo clearly shows how the prior concrete patch had deteriorated into an unsafe and hazardous condition.
Question: Why did the prior concrete patch fail?
Answer: To the best of my knowledge whomever did the prior patch did not use:
1) Surface Bonding agent and
2) Concrete Additive to form a tight bond against the elements and use
3) Prior to patching the area may not have been cleaned which allowed the patch to work loose in time
Photo 2)
Concrete Walk Repair
Before Walkway Repair

Photo 3)

Concrete Form for Repairing Concrete Walkway
Concrete Form for Repairing Concrete Walkway

Inexpensive Concrete Form used to repair edge of Concrete Walkway.

1) Concrete Form consisting of 2- 1×4 or 1×6 Screwed together and clamped to edge of Walkway

Photo 4)

Concrete Form for Repairing Concrete Walkway #2
View #2 Edge View for Concrete Form for Repairing Edge of Concrete Walkway

Edge View of Concrete poured into the Concrete Form used to repair edge of Walkway

Note: Before concrete was poured into the form it is suggested by the manufacture to:

1) Clean Area completely of any substances that will inhibit the new concretes adhesion properties.

2) After cleaning and prepping area: Apply a surface bonding agent (Concrete Glue) to the area with an old paint brush; carefully working the Adhesive into all cracks and crevices.

Photo 5)

Repaired Concrete Step
Repaired Concrete Step

Notes:

Photo 6)

Close Up of Repaired Concrete Step
Close Up of Repaired Concrete Step

Notes: Notice how the Fast Dry Cement Patch is drying ( white areas compared to grey area )

Broom finish used for traction on the steps and the finished texture

Photo 7)

View #2 After Repair
View #2 After Repair

This photo was included to point out the transition between the Step and Landing zone.  The area was filled with concrete to inhibit future seep-age of water from entering the area and further deteriorating the Foundation of the Home.

Hints and Suggestions:

  1. To increase the life expectancy of this concrete patch and increase the adhesive properties.  (A)An acrylic bonding agent ____ was used in the mixture of Concrete and Water. (B) Surface Bonding Agent applied to clean surfaces before patch was installed.   The working time for the patch will be under 15 mins.  Only mix enough patch to work small areas ( 1/4 of a 5 Gal Bucket at a time )
  2. When repairing steps if at all possible start at the top step and work down
  3. Clean Hand Trowels often to remove adhesive from the Acrylic Agent for a smooth finish that can later be worked into the finished texture (Broom Finish or Swirl Finish)

If you decide that this type of DIY concrete repair is more than you can handle on your own.  Scotts Contracting is available to assist you in your project.  Fill in the form (provided below) and Scotty will respond asap to your request.