Thursday, November 3, 2016

How to Remove a School Water Fountain

This is a damaged water fountain that needs to be removed
Fig.1 Drinking Fountain
By Gary Boutin                     

Tools and Supplies:
Channel Lock pliers (2)
Plumbing wrenches (2)
Stucco knives
Vacuum cleaner

A local Elementary Private School had a huge list of repairs. In order to received yearly accreditation and pass The Facilities Inspection System (FIS) this school needed to undertake these repairs. SB Bill 550 Section 17070.75(e), requires that schools of education participating in the SFP or DMP establish by the Facilities Inspection System (FIS). This post addresses one repair on that list of school repairs.
More repair will follow in the coming months. 

This post shows the five steps to paint a rattan dining room table.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the failing water fountain that needs to be removed. Fig.2 shows the hardware is loose from the wall that hold the fountain. Fig.3 shows the brass pipes draining the water from the water fountain.
The water fountain was pushed and pulled by the children and now its damaged
Fig.2 Falling 
off wall
Fig.3 Clogged Brass pipes
Step 2: Fig.4 through fig.8 shows the water fountain removal from the stucco wall. Fig.7 and fig.8 shows the brass pipes the damaged water fountain removed for recycling. The water fountain had not worked in over a year and just needed to be removed. The brass pipes were removed using two plumbers wrenches. 
This water fountain is coming off the wall
Fig.4 Stucco Wiring
This hole needs to be repaired from the water fountain removal
Fig.5 Hole in stucco
These brass pipes will need to be cut off flush with the wall
Fig.6 Wall pipe
These brass pipes needs to be recycled
Fig.7 All pipes removed
This metal fountain was recycled
Fig.8 Hook up 
butterfly screws
Step 3: Fig.9 through fig.12 shows how the damaged hole in the wall was filled with stucco. Fig.9 through fig.10 shows the use of a flat knife (wall knives) to fill the hole with stucco. Three layer of stucco was placed on this wall to patch the hole. The three layer of stucco are scratch coat, brown coat and finish coat.
Using a wall knive to add stucco to the wall
Fig.9 Filling hole
Using a wall knive to add stucco to the wall
Fig.10 Several layers
Fig.10 Last layer is flat
This is the texture for the repaired wall
Fig.12 Some texture 
to match the wall

Step 4: Fig.13 and fig.14 shows the last layer of stucco was applied and texture was added to match the rest of the wall.
Adding another layer of smooth stucco to the wall
Fig.13 Use larger knife
Adding stucco on the wall knive to add to the wall
Fig.14 Stucco on 
stucco knives

Step 5: Fig.15 and fig.16 shows the end of the project. After the stucco dries little particles and sand needs to be cleaned up, using a vacuum cleaner is the fastest way to clean up the area and making the area safe.

Using a wall knife
Fig.15 Makes it smooth
Use a vacuum cleaner to pick up the sand from the stucco
Fig.16 After the job vacuum
the area of stucco sand

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