Like every week we start our work week morning with an opening prayer and then we place bets on the accuracy of the weather forecast for the day. Fortunately the weather apps are usually wrong!
This week so much work went into finishing the last 6 trusses on the fellowship hall roof. With the area surrounding the church blocked off with the silt fence it made it very difficult to extend the telehandler to reach the roof. The last truss install took several disconnects of the lifting straps and reattaching them to bump the truss forward inch by inch. Then it was time to start putting down the plywood sheet by sheet and nail by nail. The tops of the trusses had to be planed to make them even. All of the trusses had to be secured with some type of hurricane strap which is a lot of nailing. This took most of the week to complete. The constant use of the air nailers is great for arm strength and hearing loss!
We rebuilt the header support with cinder blocks per the Architects direction and added more threaded rods through the block wall for support.
We spent time sorting out the remaining roof trusses in preparation to the Saturday work day.
Sunday Dennis Kiser and his wife Donna returned to their home in Williamsburg, VA. Dennis will be surely missed for his great attitude, carpentry skills and his awesome sense of humor. We thank God for both of them. If you want to send them a thank you note, please contact JT at Rejoicefellowship@gmail.com for their address.
Saturday work day was a big success. It was time for the fun of putting down the waterproof paper on the plywood. Again thousands of staples and then the fun of adding the heavy duty clips and staples with countless jams of the new fangled stapler! Many hours crawling on your knees. A well oiled machine working together to finish the roof. Great job guys!
The team attacked the much need cleanup aspect of the project. Lots of wood debris, plastic sheeting, drywall scapes, stones, electric debris, rocks etc… were hauled away. Floors were swept and the wood scrapes were hauled to our burn pit area.
We built temporary headers and support legs to hold the trusses located at the front of the church. Steve Schenk spent countless hours reading the plans, running string lines, measuring, measuring and more measuring to determine where the trusses would land on the headers. If you have visited the Church recently you will know that access to the front of the building is cut off due to the footers and the trenches. This made installing the front trusses a real challenge as the truss had to be lifted high in the air over the power line and blindly lowered in place with the help of our spotter Bonnie Stoner. We managed to put 6 trusses in place with the help of our ground crew lifting the truss off the ground, attaching tag line ropes and securing the lifting strap.
I am so proud of each of you, your efforts and of course your dedication to building our Church.
What a great week. Building, building and more building! For so long we did demo work so it really feels great to be building our church. It was a busy week to say the least. The concrete contractor finished pouring the new sanctuary footers. So access to the building is now through the side door.
We spent a considerable amount of time placing fire rated drywall on the inner roof truss. Three layers to be exact. Fire retardant caulking was placed between the seems and we covered it in plastic sheeting to protect it in case of rain.
We spent most of the week installing the remaining plywood on the wing roof and the pop up. And just for the record plywood does bend over a curved truss! Lol. Hanging off the pop up roof installing a plywood filler on the front of the building was so much fun! A roof cricket was expertly designed, built and installed to curb the water on the roof.
We then covered the entire roof with water resistant roof paper. Staple, staple, staple for hours on end. Then the team used a new fangled tool to place heavy duty plastic washers with a staple in the center to provide more holding power until the roofer puts down the shingles.
We installed plywood on the remaining side of the pop up using our awesome platform which really made the job safer. The windows have been cut out and the Tyvek material covers all of the exterior walls.
We prefabricated the end roof truss for the fellowship hall. Much easier to do it on the ground.
Friday the remaining roof trusses were delivered for the narthex area and the new sanctuary.
The custom joists that we built to blend the new roof to the existing roof turned out terrific.
One trip of debris was taken to the dump.
Saturday we installed the facia boards on the fellowship hall trusses. We also lifted and set the three remaining trusses on the far end. Hurricane straps were installed on all 40 rafters and pieces of wood were attached to the trusses to prepare for the roof vents. The lateral bracing boards were also installed providing more stability. At one point we had three nail guns going at the same time.
Chris and Karin Dunker left for home Sunday morning. It was so nice to work side by side with Chris and we all learned from him. Chris and Karin brought so many talents to the team to include their Christian spirt and their musical talents which we will surely miss. Plus Karin’s expert tag line skills will be missed. We pray for safe travel for them. We were blessed to have them working on the project.
If you want to send Chris and Karen a personal thank you note, just contact JT in the office at Rejoiceelca@gmail.com to obtain their home address.
I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to this project. I realize working full time 5-6 days a week on this project is very difficult and tiresome to say the least.
Time is running out for Mission Builders and there is still so much to do. We can’t do this alone so stop by Tuesday - Saturday and lend a hand.
P.s. Due to the large amount of pictures they now appear at the top of the page in a slideshow format.
Another busy week getting ready for day 2 of the truss installation on the fellowship hall roof.
We spent time last week putting some of the plywood on the roof trusses we installed last weekend. It takes some planning to get it started so it’s all squared up. We installed the rafter vents on the front side of the building. Not an easy task hanging off a ladder or working under the plywood. We then put plywood on one side the conference room pop up and cut out the window openings.
We spent some time working on the fellowship hall roof removing the old kitchen and bathroom vents. Removing roof shingles and installing the 2x6 lumber where the trusses would lay on the roof. We moved all of the trusses from the parking lot to the rear of the building and staged them for the Saturday install. Did one test run to ensure the telehandler could reach far enough on the roof and it worked perfect. The telehandler had an overheating issue but thankfully the mechanic arrived Friday morning to fix the issue.
We built a 4x8 platform with railings and a door to be used to install plywood and other items and to be lifted by the telehandler. Just too difficult to work from a ladder.
One more electrical breaker box was removed.
We moved all of the fire rated drywall into the hallway and staged it for install next week. This is to be used to create a fire break in the roof structure.
The septic tank was completed to include the new pumps.
It was a bit wet so no digging or concrete work was done this week.
Thank you all for your continued support and heavy lifting. At least the demo work appears to be done now! LOL
Saturday the big lift took place with Bonnie doing a terrific job running the telehandler and Karin holding on to the tag line while Mike was the spotter. It really takes a team to make this happen. As you can see there were like 40 trusses that had to be lifted, aligned, plumbed and secured. Many hands on the roof guiding and securing the trusses.
We appreciate all of the Mission Builders and church volunteers helping to build our church. Without you this would not be possible.