As many of you know we try to post a blog every business day of the week. Yesterday that didn’t happen, and I thought it might be fun to let you know why.
Take a look at today’s photograph and you will see a two-story colonial modular home being set on its permanent foundation. That’s where we were yesterday in Windsor County Vermont. The set crew arrived along with the crane and the day went this way: (the times are approximate)
- 8:30 a.m. – Vermont Modular representatives arrived onsite
- 8:45 – the 90-ton hydraulic crane arrived
- 8:45 – the set crew arrives
- First task, set up equipment, tools, and work space
- Start prepping the boxes for placement, the plastic and protective wrapping that was in place for transit is removed.
- All seven of the basement’s lally columns need to be cut to fit, each one is slightly different, and everything must fit precisely
- 9:15 – the crane was set up with its out-riggers in place, everything levelled, and ready to “pick” / hoist the first box
- 9:30 – the crane’s cables were in place to hoist the first box up and on the foundation, weight is approximately 24,000 pounds.
- 10:30 – the first box was in place and anchored to the foundation’s sill plate. The first box always takes the longest as its location on the foundation must be precise as all the remaining modules will fit tightly to that first box. The fit must be exact.
- 11:15 – the second box or the other half of the first floor is in place, this box is pulled tight to fit against the first box, a 4,000 pound “come-along” is used to pull everything into place.
- 12:00 p.m. – the first box for the second floor is hoisted into place and precisely set exactly on top of the first-floor module.
- 12:45 – the second module for the second floor is set in place, pulled tight against the other second floor box and secured to the first floor.
- 1:00 – the roof is raised into place and gable end panels are installed.
- 2:00 – all of the roof’s shingles (those not installed in the factory) are installed along with necessary felt paper, drip-edge, roof vent, and roof caps.
- 2:30 p.m. – the job is done, a modular home is in place, assembled, and secured to its permanent foundation with a 100 year life expectancy.
Today’s photograph shows the work of 8 men in about six hours work. This was a great house set done by a professional Set Crew and an excellent crane operator.
Yes, we will follow the progress of this home, it is going to be beautiful.
What are your thoughts? Did you find this chronology helpful to understand how a modular home goes together?