I always wondered how people who build and renovate houses manage to make is through the summer. And summer is especially hot here in Texas!
When the amazing brick specialist was putting the limestone on our ranch house (see photo at right), I noticed that when he was in the sun, he always had his head completely covered, and drank water constantly. I think, secretly, that he’d built up a resistance to heat, like Lee’s farmer father did. A cool head keeps the rest of you cool, for sure, as does wetting a cloth and putting it on your neck.
Where there are teams building the infrastcture for a new neighborhood between Austin and Cameron, I have noticed that there are a couple of small trailers set up like gazebos, with benches and a roof for shade. Each has one of those misting fans at one end. That has got to be a welcome spot for breaks.
Workers who are inside the house before there’s air conditioning set up can hope that there’s a lot of insulation, like we have at the Rattlesnake house. It really hasn’t been too bad in there. Plus, Chris has some massive fans. Moving the air helps a LOT. We do have a few window air conditioners now, and this week, where it’s been over 100F and very humid, I would not be surprised to find out those boxes have been opened. If it was me, ceiling fans would go in very quicjky, too!
If you’re a redeveloper, make sure your GC is treating the teams well. Heat stroke is not fun, and pushing people to work longer for some deadline is not worth risking their health.