Safety First


The week of June 16th will probably be known, in the annals of the Selis Manor Renovation, as the week they kept shutting off the hot water every day. So, why is this happening? Why no hot water from eight in the morning to four in the afternoon?

We have a very good answer to that question. It is a matter of safety. The hot water heaters will not be in operation because the gas which fuels them needs to be turned off each day.  Our contractors are doing things by the book. In order to remove the big old clunky boilers which provided heat for the building in each of the last thirty-two winters, those boilers need to be cut into pieces. This is accomplished by blow torch. Following the strictest safety guidelines the main gas line needs to be shut off and, in what is a very meticulous and copious two-hour process, each valve along the line is checked and protected before the first torch is lit. There will be supervision by fire guards, known as a fire watch, and representation by the NYFD. Every precaution will be in place to prevent any mishaps. Even though blowing up the basement might be the quickest way of getting some residents to Stuyvesant Town, we’d prefer to keep the entire building on 23rd Street.

On Friday it was finally time to demolish the first floor Men’s Room. In what has become a tradition during the demolition here, the crew busted through a pipe and water was gushing onto the first floor. The water pipes at Selis Manor lately have given the Dancing Fountains at the Bellagio Hotel a run for their money. At least we learned that this was not the easiest way of mopping an entire floor all at once.

As always, we apologize for any inconvenience and we would like to thank all our residents, clients and guests for your understanding and cooperation in helping to make this project a success.

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