Church Work Week 11/15-19
It was just another busy week working at church. The concrete company poured the floors in both bathrooms, kitchen and the electrical boxes in the new slab. Turned out very nice.
The site contractor installed the fire hydrant. So there work is done until Spring.
We built walls in both bathrooms one day, which was a lot of fun. We removed the bathroom window and built a frame to fill it in and insulated it. We then built the small perpendicular walls for the double sinks in both bathrooms.
We installed drip flashing on the fellowship hall former A/C wall openings.
We installed a security bar on the double doors we installed a few weeks ago. Just gives us more security.
We built framing for the electricians breaker box in the fellowship hall.
Made a dump run, which is a common theme at a construction site.
The most exciting work we did was install the PVC facia boards on the curved roof. Before Steve Schenk left for home we cut the curves and compound cuts, but ran out of time to install all of them. So we all gingerly climbed the ladder carrying tools and materials and started installing the facia board on the easier side, which we could reach by standing on the lower roof. Though we did have to hang out over the edge to nail in the end. Next we got up on top and crawled to the front edge and the four of us lowered the facia board in place. We then hung over the edge nailed it in place, screwed it in and hammered in the plugs. It went well. Next we tackled the most difficult section, which was the side. Together we held each piece in place and repeated the process to install it. To my surprise laying on your stomach with a team member holding your belt or legs made the process all that much better! The facia boards look really nice. Nice work guys.
We worked 62.5 hours this week, which is impressive. Hopefully we will take a short break next week for Thanksgiving.
Thanks for all that you do to build our church.
Church Work Week 11/8-12
We had discussed taking some time off once Mission Builders left to kind of re-group and catch up on tasks around our homes. Well that didn’t happen! This week we worked 47.5 hours at church. Nice work.
We finished securing the tarps with exterior and interior strapping. Let’s hope and pray this protects the building from the Winter winds.
The loose floor tiles in the conference room were all removed.
During the last few weeks working at church a lot of debris had piled up so that warranted one trip to the dump. More trips to follow. Might have to burn all of the wood scraps to keep warm this winter!
The men’s room interior wall and closet wall were all removed. It’s always fun to swing a sledge hammer hanging off a ladder. To my amazement both walls came down fairly easy. The clean up was the most challenging part. Even the steel door frame came down fairly easily as we have so much experience in that area. We took 2 truck loads of rubble to the dump to be recycled.
We also had a very large pile of metal that needed to be recycled, which filled 3 trucks full. We had a special helper this week to cart off what we refer to as the pay dirt. A collection of aluminum and copper, which paid off at $279.68 while the overloaded trucks of scrap steel only paid $ 45.40.
We said our final good bye, but see you soon to Steve Schenk as he departed for home on Sunday. Steve has been an amazing carpenter and leader for the team. We look forward to his return in the Spring.
Steve arrived safely home this week to Missouri. Bonnie and Gordon also arrived home safely this week to Montana.
Thanks for all that you do to build our church and I look forward to accomplishing so much more this Winter.
Church Work Week 11/1-6
We had a very busy week as a few very important milestone took place. We worked side by side with the electrician digging trenches in the gravel so that he could run all of his electrical conduit and A/V conduit across the space. Once he was done we then filled it all back in and leveled out the gravel. Next the pest control company came on-site and pre-treated the entire slab area for termites.
The concrete team arrived on Tuesday to put down plastic and lay down the wire mesh and rebar rods connecting the existing slab to the new slab.
We had a going a nice cooked breakfast on Tuesday to celebrate our joint accomplishments and a send off for Bonnie and Gordon. Such great people to work beside. They will be surely missed. We just pray they have a safe journey back to Montana. If you would like to send them a thank you card, please contact JT at email@example.com.
We built temporary double doors in the office wing to better lock down the building. The doors were all recycled from existing doors we had on site. Great work guys!
Next the team worked on putting up the metal studs in the fellowship hall along with insulation board around the existing concrete block pillars. Now it’s ready for the electricians to do their work.
Then on Thursday the site was hopping with activity. Concrete pump truck was in place and then the concrete trucks began arriving. I believe it was around 38 yards of concrete that was poured, raked and smoothed out which took hours and hours to do.
Attic doors were built from recycled boards and trimmed out. Both look really nice.
Then on Friday we worked on cutting the PVC a trim boards for the conference room curved roof. All of the pieces have been cut to fit and will be installed soon.
Next we worked on Saturday to re-secure the Narthex roof trusses. They are tided down in several areas and supported in several places to also secure them. Winter winds could potentially attempt to lift them up.
Then we installed tarps to also close in the Narthex and protect it further from the wind. The tarps are used billboard signs made of heavy material. For their size and weight they were relatively inexpensive. It was kind of exciting to open each one to see what advertisement was displayed. Thankfully nothing political or sensitive, but we displayed the reverse side. Lol. We then went inside and built wood studs to support the tarps from the inside. Lots of staples, staples, staples and countless screws secure them in place.
Saturday night we had a very nice dinner hosted at Brian and Jane’s house to celebrate Mission Builders and to wish Steve Schenk safe travels home. Just a nice way to show our appreciation.
Even though the Mission Builders team have left the site, the work will continue with the Rejoice Fellowship volunteers. All of us have been working non stop since the beginning of July and it’s been exhausting but rewarding. We have a laundry list of things that have to be completed before Spring and I am confident with help from the congregation we will be ready for Mission Builders in the Spring.
During the 20+ weeks we broke a few tools, bled a few times, misplaced a few tools, laughed all of the time, got wet in the rain, got drenched from 100+ temperatures and one guy wore out his construction boots!
Like I say every week. None of this could have been possible without your commitment to the project. Thank you for your time and talents.
Church Work Week 10/25-30
We spent a lot of time this week continuing to install the 3 layers of fire rated drywall. It’s a tedious job but completely necessary. Each layer the seems have to be offset and caulked with fire rated caulking. We have questioned the need for this and wondered if it really worked. Steve Schenk put together 2 samples and attempted to burn them and it was amazing to see how it passed the test. So we are now believers.
A larger floor opening had to be broken out in the warming kitchen. Another fun job hanging on for dear life to the impact drill as it often sends you spinning and wraps you around the drill.
We built the soffit structure that will house the air ducts in the conference room.
We also got up on the roof to re-secure some of the water resistant roofing paper. Still trying to get a roofer on contract. You would think that would be an easy process but not the case as we have standard asphalt roofing and rubbering roofing for the curved roofs.
We removed the A/C cabinets from the wall in the fellowship hall and built studs and plywood to in fill the space. Insulation to come later.
We started installing the metal studs in the fellowship hall.
Plumbers were very busy digging trenches to run their sewer pipes under ground.
Site contractors dug across Quarterfield Road as they work to install the new fire hydrant.
We spent time moving temporary support posts on the front of the church in preparation for the concrete slab pour.
We spent a few days cutting and installing furring strips in the conference room pop up. Thankfully the scaffolding is still in place!
Concrete contractors insulated the foundation, sealed the foundation and back filled the foundation.
It’s really hard to keep track of what we do everyday and even more difficult to take pictures all day as we are just working hard.
So proud of the team and your accomplishments. As Steve reported on Sunday the amount of volunteers hours you put into this project is over the top. Congratulations to each of you for a job well done.
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