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July 11 - July 17, 2011

Lighthouse Painting: I'm with a Massachusetts municipal park department and have been ordered by the city's administration to "get the lighthouse painted." I know there's far more to it than just grabbing a brush and a can of paint. I need to know how to write specifications for a bid for such a project, as well as how to locate companies that might want the job. Since I'm starting from scratch here, any information or references would be greatly appreciated.

Submitted by reader William Woolley

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From Kirk Shields of Corrosion Probe, Inc. on July 21, 2011:
     There's a lot of information out there; however, my recommendation would be to first talk to another owner who has recently done a complete rehab, in and out. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse - FL, contact info. Jamie Stuve, Director (561)747-8330, ext 102. She can advise you what to expect and avoid.

From William Woolley of City of Salem, Mass. on July 13, 2011:
     Thank you very much for addressing my forum inquiry. I believe your information will be of great value to me as I try to pull together specs for the job. Perhaps I will contact you directly, at a later date.

From Ramon Pelaez of Greenman Pedersen on July 12, 2011:
     The information provided by Barry should be able to help you develop a specification for your light house painting project. I suggest that in addition to the review of the resources he provided, you should consider reviewing SSPC TU 3 (Technology Update No. 3, Overcoating) prior to developing your site specific requirements if you are re-painting the light house. In addition, careful consideration must be given to the contractual requirements and specifications for work execution (recommend CSI format or equal) and a contractor selection process that will attract an experienced competent contractor. A successful coatings project that will meet the desired useful service life and life cycle cost consists of a competent design couple with clear and concise contractual requirements inclusive of clear QA / QC responsibilities and a painting contractor who can plan and deliver conforming work consistently. Ramón E. Pelaez, Greenman Pedersen Inc Engineering and Construction Services, Coatings Group. Stoneham MA.

From Barry Barman of Barry Barman & Associates on July 11, 2011:
     Bill, as a follow-up,  here is a link to a very comprehensive spec for refurbishing the Point Iroquios Lighthouse, Michigan

From Barry Barman of Barry Barman & Associates on July 11, 2011:
     Contact the US Coast Gaurd. They have complete spec's and requirements for the painting of lighthouses.

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