Archive for January, 2015

Replacing Thermopanes – 2014 in Review

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We install new and replacement windows, and thermopane window glass replacement when called for. With this client, we had a beautiful view of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River, which means a pretty exposed site.

We replaced the 30-year-old thermopanes with the assistance of this nifty yellow pneumatic glass power lifting tool. Some of the panes weighed in at 460 pounds, so we were happy to have the assistance.

While replacing the glass, we rebuilt the wall section details with rainscreen baffles to deter wind-driven moisture from penetrating the wall. More about that in another post...

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Shallow Foundation Design Installation – 2014 in Review

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Shallow foundations are one of our specialties, and this project gave us the opportunity to deploy our shallow foundation design expertise for a cabin in the woods.

A design-build project, the cabin footprint is 24' x 50'. We started with excavating the footprint, then added a layer of foam. We then added a layer of 1 1/2" rock, filter fabric, and another layer of rock

On top of that, we installed the base plate and then a pressure-treated foundation section that we pre-fabbed in our shop. We back-filled with sand, and were then ready to go.

Meteek & Co. is one of the pioneers of modern shallow foundation design in the United States. We built our first shallow foundation project using a Norwegian pamphlet acquired from the National Home Builders Association Research Council in 1990, which we easily had translated in our Nordic-roots permeated community.

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