December 23rd 2004
Work has started. The nets and curtains are up. The courts
have been power blown clean. Holes and cracks have been filled and the water
stains treated. On Friday, the courts will receive its first black sealant coat,
and that will sit until Monday morning before the next coat is applied.
Photos Day One - Thursday
DAY TWO - Friday December 24th 2004
Rich and Dan worked all day to get the courts black.
After that, they wanted to paint the white lines and call it
a job well done.
A panoramic view from the office door. (Please excuse the photo stitching)
View of Courts 1 & 2
View of Courts 3 & 4
View of Middle Beams
Day Three - Monday Dec 27th 2004
They are back. The courts received its first coat of green today.
I have asked them to paint the green area to extend past normal
specifications to accommodate those who are dimensionally challenged.
The white lines will be painted wider for the visually challenged as well.
Can't do much for the blue area. And for those who are color blind,
everything is in once you get it over the net.
Dan blowing the courts after the court boundaries were lined.
Courts 3 &4 at 4:30pm Monday Dec 27th
Thursday Dec 30th
A couple of reporting days were skipped because there was not much color change action. Today, the crew applied the first coat of blue (they slapped on some blue in the baseline area to give it a three coat protection in that area, while the rest of the perimeter will receive two coats). It is starting to take shape. Tomorrow, the last coat of paint will go on, and then the lines will be marked on Saturday. The courts will sit on Sunday and Monday for curing, and play will officially resume on Tuesday morning. The resurfacing will cause the courts to play "slower". Balls are going to wear out faster, and so will shoes (especially the toe draggers). I hope you asked for those items for Christmas and got them.
For those of you trivia buffs.
It will take about 60 gallons of paint to resurface each of our courts. This does not count the one coat of black sealant.
I heard they used over 500 pounds of sand. The first two coats of green and the first coat of blue contained sand. The last coating acts like a sealant to keep the sand.
We hired the crew who did Charles Schwab's drive way. These guys resurface about 51 courts a year.
What the courts looked like at 10am Thursday
Dan Rohrer and Rich Thompson
This photo will help verify that Dan is actually working in Lewiston.
Rich trying to point out that "the thinner lines will make for better play"
The courts at 9pm Thursday
Saturday Jan 1st
Dann and Rich spent the entire day
painting just the lines. They applied a sealant, then two coats of white paint
on the lines.
One guy poured the paint and the other followed suit with the paint brush attached onto a long pole to facilitate brushing without having to bend over. It is quite the tedious process just to paint the lines white and straight. I don't think they had any trouble sleeping that night....they completed the job around 800pm Saturday.
Now, the courts are going to sit and cure for two more days before resuming play on Tuesday morning. The paint is dry but not cured.
You will definitely notice the change in colors. The blue is deeper in tone, and the white lines are very pronounced. Coupled with the positioning of the new lights, these courts will have a very impressive new look. I hope you will all enjoy the courts. Thanks for your patience during the eleven days of closure.
Jan 2nd Sunday photos
Behind the scenes production:
Equipment storage / packing - Ray and his physical plant crew.
Procurement of Funds - Scott Brown
Resurfacing specialists - Rich Thompson and Dann Rohrer.
Cleaning technician - Mei Fong