December 10, 2011

Stone Bank Update

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Pictures! Thanks to Scott Wagar for clambering atop a neighboring roof to get a look from the topside at the Stone Bank work.

What’s going on here?

This picture shows that there are only three, maybe four, roof beams to remove on the “bad” old part of the roof. The work ends where you see the lip of the new “good” roof membrane.

Roofing, Stone Bank, restoration, history, preservation

Here's an overview of the partial dismantling project of the Stone Bank-Bottineau. The dark (asphalt) section of the roof will be removed next week. The many layers of old roofing are heavy and really stuck on the beams.

As we reported in yesterday’s post, the Stone Bank proved that it really was built to last. These photos give a great look at how thick the walls are. Stone — layers, leveled and sturdy.

Stone Bank, restoration, history, Bottineau, North Dakota

Looking down to the part of the Stone Bank being dismantled. The three roof beams that finally came down are leaning inside now. At top left in this picture, is the ridge where the new roof membrane ends.

So, stone by stone and beam by beam the “bad” roof is coming off the back 20 feet of the building.

And once the beams are down, the work taking down 20 feet of the south wall can continue.

Wish us good luck and good weather!

December 9, 2011

The Stone Bank Fights Back

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:45 pm by stonebankblog

Erase from your mind this phrase: “The Stone Bank is going to fall down.”


Even with encouragement to fall, the Stone Bank building is fighting back.

Demolition on the Stone Bank in Bottineau is slow-going work.

Contractor Fred Kainz worked a chain through the roof and then through the mortar. The idea was that one tug with his loader and a row of stones would fall. That opening would be "perfect" for removing roof beams. But the Stone Bank resisted that plan -- like a dignified stone wall should.

The Stone Bank’s roof beams are actually embedded in the stone walls. So, after careful consideration, Fred planned to open a space near the roof on the back wall, cut free those ceiling beams and drag them out through the opening.

Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it doesn’t trust our motives. Or maybe the Stone Bank just wants to be left alone. Because pulling down the stones and getting the beams out was very, very difficult work.

Stone Bank-Bottineau, where dismantling is difficult and all our contractors are above average.

Contractor Fred Kainz and the Stone Bank had a battle today. The Stone Bank apparently felt like standing, and Fred needed it to let go -- just a little bit.

Fred sawed and pounded and hooked a chain between some stones and pulled with a loader. Then he pounded some more and pulled off roofing, etc.

The Stone Bank seemed to want to stay put.

In the end, Fred was able to pull down the top of the back wall and make a nice big opening in the roof.

But the roof beams, taking a cue from the stone wall, proved to be as stubborn. Even when cut through on both ends, those beams stayed put.

Stone Bank-Bottineau with stone and roof removed on Dec. 9, 2011

It took a while, but Fred did finally get some of the stone to drop off the back wall, and he did open the roof enough to liberate some beams. But they would not budge.

Finally, Fred (an engineer) got three roof beams to let go. But they didn’t come out the roof opening, he had to drop them inside instead.

Stone Bank, renovation, demolition, roofing, Bottineau, North Dakota

Fred cut the roof beams on both ends to detach them from the stone walls. But, even though they were no longer connected to the walls, they stayed in place. After several attempts to pull the beams through the roof opening, Fred opted for knocking them down inside the Stone Bank. And that's where they'll stay for the weekend.

At the end of the day, Fred called Joe the stone mason. They are going to meet Monday and see how best to proceed. (It is highly unlikely that the Stone Bank is going to help even a little bit.)

Because this is a targeted dismantling, we don’t want this work to cause a chain reaction of problems on the front part of the building (with its new roof). So, Joe and Fred will meet …

Our architect, Bobbi Hepper Olson, says it would have taken three years or so to build a stone structure this size. So, we have to respect the work that those workers did more than 100 years ago, and we have to vow to get this put together again — so it stands another 100 years.

P.S. Your Stone Bank blogger caught some video of part of the wall coming down.

Watch this space over the weekend to see it. The Stone Bank blogger’s fingers got VERY cold — no editing now. (The temp topped out at about 10 degrees today. Brrrr.)

5 below?

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No. No. No. We can do better than that.At this hour it is 7 below! But we will press on.

December 8, 2011

Stone Bank — Take Down That Wall

Posted in Dismantling the back tagged , , , , , , , at 8:17 pm by stonebankblog

For those who said it would be “a cold day in Bottineau” before anything was done about the Stone Bank — you better put on your thermals, because something is happening.

This stuff had to come out of the Stone Bank before the wall can come down.

Interior walls, window trim, a dropped ceiling frame and all kinds of rubble have been removed from the Stone Bank in preparation for dismantling the back of the building.

During the past week, our contractor has been preparing the interior of the building for what comes next.

And that is?
— The roof over the back 20 feet of the structure will be removed.

— The back wall will be pulled down.

— The dismantling of a section of the side wall will continue.
(Not necessarily in that order.)

There is no master plan and untold variables are at play here. Our stone mason and general contractor have a plan and we will see how it all comes together. Or apart!

Any questions? Comment here and we will do our best to get the answers.

December 7, 2011

Stone Bank’s New Top

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The weather cooperated — as much as the weather in North Dakota can (not much precipitation) — and Skinner Roofing reported today that they have completed work on the first 60 feet of the Stone Bank’s roof.

Tim Skinner also reported that they found a lot of problems under the old asphalt roof, and said that his crew “stepped through the roof in four or five spots.”

This part of the roof needed a little extra attention from the roofing crew. There were several places where the roofing was rotted through.

So, there will be a bill for extra time and materials, because the roofers made sure there was a solid foundation under the new roof.
Doesn’t it just look better?

The front 60 feet of the Stone Bank's roof is complete. The section of the building to the right of the chimney is being dismantled. When it is rebuilt next year, it will get a shiny new roof, too.

It is wonderful progress, but we a facing a cost overrun. If you are a Stone Bank supporter, your tax-deductible contribution will help pay for this lovely new roof.

December 5, 2011

Inside the Stone Bank

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Progress. Progress. Progress. That’s the mode we’re in at the Stone Bank. While the roofers finish up on their work, our contractor Fred Kainz has been inside the bank changing the landscape a bit.

Here’s the interior of the Stone Bank’s back end. The building is being dismantled to about the dark line in the pink wallpaper, at left.

This section of the Stone Bank will disappear very soon. The wall constructed of 2x4s has been taken down.

But the 2×4 wall was NOT discarded, it was reused! Our contractor Fred used that wall to build the temporary wall that will close the shortened building this winter. Bravo! Why waste new materials on a temporary wall? The Stone Bank’s story isn’t only written in shades a brown, burgundy and gray — but it’s going a bit green around the edges!

Here are the components of the old wall being reused as the temporary wall. Note the line in the pink wallpaper near the window to get a sense of how much of the back part of the building is being dismantled.

As soon as Fred finishes this interior work, Joe, the stone mason can get back to removing the exterior walls. Then what will we discuss? The weather?

Thanks again to Scott Wagar for his help with photography.

Bad Roof — Good Roof

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Following are pictures of the Stone Bank’s roof in a sort of “before and after” scenario. The “before” pictures were taken on July 12, 2011 — when our nonprofit was deciding to take on this project in earnest. The “after” pictures were taken Dec. 2, 2011, after two-days’ work by the crew from Skinner Roofing.

This shot (facing east) shows the Stone Bank's old asphalt roofing -- which was leaking all over the place.

In an effort to stem the flow of water into the rear of the Stone Bank, a volunteer used sandbags and a tarp to redirect the water. It helped a little.

It was a soft and gooey mess under the tarp. This is the section of the building being dismantled in the next couple of weeks.

The new view facing east, shows the new roof membrane mostly in place. Neat. Tidy. And no longer leaking.

The view looking west (toward the section of the building being dismantled). The membrane roof will be extended to that section, when it is rebuilt in 2012.

This expensive and necessary roofing work would not have been possible without a grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota and a zero-percent loan from the Bottineau EDC.

Our thanks to Scott Wagar for these photos.

December 1, 2011

Up on the Roof (Day 2)

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The roofing crew positioned a sheet of insulation atop the new plywood decking.

The roofers covered the Stone Bank's south parapet with insulation and plywood so the rubber membrane could be attached and put a stop to the water damage inside the stone walls.

The insulation is secured and the roof membraneĀ is readied for installation.


This is a view of the north parapet, from which the crumbling concrete cap was removed and roofers built a new frame to cover it.

Detail of the insulation layer and how it was fastened to the roof deck.

The Skinner Roofing crew made amazing progress in two days -- because they encountered some unexpected issues.

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