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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.

Solar Impulse Lands in StLouis Lambert Field

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THE PATH OF THE SOLAR POWERED AIRPLANE, SOLAR IMPULSE.  THE SOLAR POWERED AIRPLANE SAFELY LANDED IN STLOUIS AT LAMBERT AIRPORT LAST NIGHT-AFTER A 21 HOUR 21 MINUTE FLIGHT!

reposted from Green Blog at: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2013/06/solar-impulse-lands-in-stlouis-lambert.html

Solar Impulse Visit at Lambert – St. Louis Int Airport – 6-7th of June 2013

Solar Impulse St Louis, MO

With the severe weather we have been having in the region lately, I have been concerned for the planes and pilots safety for this monumental occasion.  I’m sure that there was some turbulence that the pilot and staff were forced to navigate on the 3rd Leg of the Journey across America from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas to Lambert Field in StLouis.  Nevertheless the plane landed safely and can be viewed at the impromptu hanger that was built for the solar powered plane-41 Banshee Rd 63145

Time Line of the Trip Flight: Dallas KDFW – St. Louis KSTL
  • Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman
    Take off time: June 3nd 04:06AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Landing time: June 4th 01:28AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Flight duration: 21h21min
    Average ground speed: 49 km/h (26.3 kt)
    Highest altitude reached: 7,315 m(24,000 ft)
    Flight Distance: 1040 km (~562 NM)

Here is a link to the directions / map for the Solar Impulse viewing at the Lambert Field 

  • Directions:
    • Take 1-170 to Exit 9A Airport Rd.
    • Go west to McDonnell Blvd.
    • Go north (right) to Banshee Rd.
    • Go west (left) on Banshee for approximately .6 miles
    • Signs will be in place at event entrance.
41 Banshee Road, StLouis MO 63145

Viewing Times Thursday and Friday-6-7th of June 2013- While the viewing is free pre-registration is required.

Solar Impulse

SOLAR IMPULSE VISIT AT LAMBERT – ST. LOUIS INT AIRPORT – THURSDAY 6TH OF JUNE 2013

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Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.
Solar Impulse

SOLAR IMPULSE VISIT AT LAMBERT – ST. LOUIS INT AIRPORT – FRIDAY 7TH OF JUNE 2013

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Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.

Keeping the pilot awake- Bertrand landed at Lambert-St. Louis International airport at 01:28 AM CDT (UTC-5), Tuesday June 4th, completing hislongest ever flight (21 hours 21 minutes).
The mobile hangar, a concept developed by Solar Impulse and being used for the first time during a mission, is setup and waiting to welcome the solar aircraft in its cocoon as soon as the Ground Crew haul it off the runway. This inflatable hangar was deployed after the one provided by Lambert-St. Louis was rendered inoperable by violent storms that struck the city and the airport this past weekend.
St. Louis was chosen as the destination for the third leg of this Across America mission for historic and symbolic reasons. St. Louis is best known for the “Spirit of St. Louis” who, piloted by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. This flight was made possible by St. Louis businessmen including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert.
During today’s flight, there were a couple of memorable calls from the ground to the cockpit. This first one was from Erik Lindbergh, Charles’ grandson. They had a chance to discuss the importance of exploration and of inspiring younger generations to take a chance and become pioneers of and for the future. They also got to exchange thoughts on the future of aviation while they spoke about meeting again in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum under Erik’s grandfather’s “Spirit of St. Louis” and Bertrand’s “Breitling Orbiter”.
The other call was from Alan Nichols, President of the Explorer’s Club. He said he wished he could be up there, with Bertrand. At every stopover, chapters of the Explorer’s Club organized visits to see the solar airplane and they will hold a reception for Solar Impulse in New York City. Flag n°50 of the Club is travelling with André and Bertrand Across America – The same flag travelled to Morocco onboard HB-SIA during the 2012 Crossing Frontiers mission.
The best part of the flight, however, was the incredible response rate we got from Solar Impulse supporters who took to heart the call to “Keep the Pilot Awake”. A campaign launched by our Social Media and Community Engagement manager, Elâ Borschberg, over 600 people (and counting) responded with words of encouragement, via email, to the pilot and, more importantly, jokes to make him laugh.

In keeping with the green and eco friendly nature of theSolar Powered Plane I plan to take my girls grand-kids to the event via the StLouis Metro Transit use the Metro Trip Planner for a green alternative to view the Solar Powered Plane.

 

Stay Tuned for Further Details on the #Solar Powered Airplanes StLouis Visit.

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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 

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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

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All About Comfort

Simple Comparison of Clothes to a Buildings Envelope

Author:Scotty, Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy 4/2/13

If you are reading this I’m going to assume that you aren’t a google bot or bing bot and wear clothes in your daily activities.  You are an actual human being who wears clothes.  

Besides the obvious fact we wear clothes to cover our nakedness.  

We humans wear clothes for protection: protection for our bodies: from the heat, from the cold, from rain and snow-summed all up from the Elements.  

We protect ourselves with clothes against the Climate and Elements we live in.

Just as you wear clothes to protect yourself from the elements the various parts of a properly constructed energy efficient building are there to protect it from the elements while keeping the inhabitants comfortable.

While it may sound complex in Nature it’s really rather simple in content when talking about a Building.

The simple comparison in how warm and dry an Insulated Wind Breaker is to a Simple T-Shirt.   

The Windbreaker stops the Cold Air from reaching your skin and the Insulation is the stuff that keeps the cold from creeping close to your body.  

  1. While a T Shirt lets in both Air and Cold thus failing to keep you warm and dry. (This is the Framing of your Building. )
  2. A Sweatshirt will help seal out a little cold but not for long. (This is the Insulation in your Building. )
  3. But when a Windbreaker is put on over the Sweatshirt and T-Shirt it is such relief to be warm- almost anything is tolerable when in a Cold Windy Environment. (This is the Air Barrier in your Building.)
  4. Caps or Hats (The roof of your Building see upcoming post-seeking sponsors)
  5. Shoes and boots (The Foundation / Basement of your Building see upcoming post-seeking sponsors)

Examples 1 thru 5 when applied to a Building is your Buildings Envelope or Outer Shell.

The buildings we live and work in need protection too. Just as you will add layers against the cold to stay warm in today’s extreme climate. Your Building needs the same protection against the Elements of Heat and Cold.

The best protection against the Elements cold and heat from entering your building is: Insulation.

R 16 Unfaced Wall Insulation as used in Benton Rehab Project
R 16 Unfaced Wall Insulation as used in Benton Rehab Project

Insulation is your Number One Source for keeping your building’s energy consumption as low as possible while staying comfortable.

 Insulation keeps the Heat and Cold from creeping in your Building.  

While building Insulation comes in many forms it basically performs the basic action that I mentioned above when talking about wearing a sweatshirt.  

Insulation is there to keep out the heat and cold that make life uncomfortable– (to include the uncomfortable feeling you get when you pay your local monthly Gas and Electric utility bills- for the over priced services they provide your building.)

Just as the Windbreaker stops the Wind from interfering with your body. Example of Air Barrier used in Benton Rehab Project The Air Barrier does the same for your Home or Office.  Normal construction techniques have various Air Barriers All of which are designed to eliminate and reduce the cold or warm air from entering and leaving your Building.  This is the second most crucial step in protecting a building against the Elements of heat and cold.

So what is the T-shirt used in this examples place in a building.  The T Shirt in this example is the Buildings Walls and Roof.  See the bare wall in this photo of the Benton Rehab Project
Bare Wall Stud Framing with No layers of Protection from the Elements
Bare Wall Stud Framing with No layers of Protection from the Elements
 while the crew and I were rehabbing this building in St Louis.  This is the framing without layers of Insulation or Air Barrier.  It’s obvious that these walls will not keep out any heat or cold.  Just as a t-shirt performs.
The Air Barrier and Insulation coupled with a few other areas of your building is your Buildings Envelope.

Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy 4/2/13

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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

 

Drain Tile Location-Preventing Water Damage

When I’m not performing Green Building activities around the city of St Louis. I field numerous calls to fix and Build everything from- Drywall Repair, Painting, Basic Carpentry, Electrical Repairs, Water Leaks, Roof Repairs, and Plumbing issues.

Today’s Plumbing fix and the costs to fix the Drain Pipe could have been avoided if:

  1. The General Contractor who did the initial installation would have taken the time to realize that something was wrong. See photo the First Photo and Location of the Drain Tile Cover.

  2. The Concrete Contractor who-Formed, Poured, and Finished the Sidewalk would have had the Correct Form Height when pouring the Sidewalk.

  3. St Louis Building Code Official would have been on his game and noted that the drain was in the Incorrect Position.

Improper Drain Tile Exit Location- Basic Plumbing
Improper Drain Tile Exit Location- Basic Plumbing

Since I’m forever the optimist I can see One Benefit to this drain location: the misc dirt and debris is not flowing into the already taxed St Louis Sewer (MSD) System.

Scotts Contracting Performs basic plumbing repairs-Home or Business
Buildup of Dirt and Debris- easily eliminated by proper installation

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CAD Bar Designs-Before Photos with CAD Drawing

In this design-build project for Shady Jacks Saloon in Downtown St Louis Mo.  The Owner-Shady Jacks has 3 Main Goals for this project: 1-Create User Friendly Area for the Staff; with the addition of Racking Space for the Latest Non-Alcoholic and Alcoholic Beverage Dispensers; 2-Create Eye Appealing Backdrop for the Bar; 3-As always the Renovation must blend in with the current surroundings.

What: Design Build Project-Bar Design
Where: Shady Jacks-1432 North Broadway, St Louis MO, 63102
When: February 2013
Type: Custom Wood Work and Finishing
Materials: True Dimensional ‘White Oak -Structural Beams’

Build Notes:

  • To control costs we will be using up-cycled lumber from leftover materials from past projects at the Bar.

Additional Note:

  • As a Non-Drinker-I look forward to having a greater selection of non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy when I’m hanging out at the Bar.
  • The previous project-Stage and Extra Seating turned out Great and was a big hit at the last event. At one time during the event; there were 2 Custom Harley Choppers with Stripper Pole Contestants all utilizing the Stage. The Custom Wood Stage held up beautifully and created the perfect atmosphere for the event!
Before Photo 1-Shady Jacks Saloon
Existing Bar Photo
Shady Jacks Saloon Existing Bar Photo 1
Existing Bar Photo 2
CAD Bar Design 1-Designed by Scotts Contracting
CAD Design by Scotts Contracting
CAD Designs by Scotts Contracting Shady Jacks Saloon Bar Build
CAD Bar Design Frontal View
Shady Jacks Saloon-CAD Bar Designs by Scotts Contracting
Birds Eye View of CAD Bar Design by Scotts Contracting


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CAD Solar Array Design for a Roof Slope that Faces the Wrong Direction. St Louis MO
CAD Solar Array Design for a Roof Slope that Faces the Wrong Direction. St Louis MO

Couple of my latest CAD Designs for a Solar Layout in St Louis MO 63109

Stay Tuned for the Reasons why this solar installation looks different than most of the systems on the Market.

 

Solar Array Design-St Louis Home-Note Roof Slope Faces Wrong Direction-By Sloping the Panels towards the Sun with Adapted Ground Mount Support-The Solar Panels Tilt Towards the Sun for Greater Electrical Output.
Solar Array Design-St Louis Home-Note Roof Slope Faces Wrong Direction-By Sloping the Panels towards the Sun with Adapted Ground Mount Support-The Solar Panels will have increased Energy / Greater Electrical Output.