Chevy Chase Country Club Approved

Remember that one time when I was so excited to update the website with pictures after finding out a complex project will be approved, only to completely break the website? Not only break, but didn’t do anything to break the site except logging in to start uploading construction images. Thankfully all it took was a server reset after I scrambled to download the last few backup increments. And others wonder why we have backups at multiple locations. At least I can get back into posting picture mode. We had a meeting, supposedly today, to go over… Continue reading…

TLS – Transport Layer Security

I added an SSL Certificate from Lets Encrypt. If anyone notices, the website is now pointing to https instead of http. I have been wanting to add a trusted certificate but they aren’t exactly easy to add and maintain on a domain. Can you really go wrong with their getting started line of, “No validation emails, no complicated configuration editing, no expired certificates breaking your website. And of course, because Let’s Encrypt provides certificates for free, no need to arrange payment.”? Lets Encrypt appears to do exactly what I wanted. A free CA (certificate authority),… Continue reading…

Hermosa Beach Construction

I was down in Hermosa Beach yesterday to pick up plans that I thought we had minor corrections on. Turns out that that the plan checker wanted to mention a few minor details on the plans. He was very happy and told me he kept a copy of our C-Sheets to use as a sample of nicely done plans. Since I was down there I picked a project to see how the progress was coming along. Another project getting closer to completion on 31st St. B+W Reference: Single Family Residence – 31st Street – Hermosa Beach… Continue reading…

Unfinished Business

As we submit more hillside grading plans to the City of Los Angeles, we are being asked to prove our cut and fill numbers, and also break out those areas. The best way that has worked in the past is by running the earthwork, showing the cut and fill depths on a separate exhibit, and be done with the questions. I used to only do this on the more complicated projects, but lately anything moving soil we are being asked for this. Just about all drainage plans have some movement of soil, so now I… Continue reading…

Can’t Knock the Hustle

As we become more swamped and with more impossible to reach deadlines, I get a text last night to run an earthwork fast. I like running earthwork as building the 3D model sometimes helps me with any design elevations that I may have missed calling out on the grading plans. Its also a good way to relax as the process is not very intensive, just time consuming. So I look at this as a break. For some reason the survey had most of the elevations in 3D already, but not everything. So instead of figuring… Continue reading…