Day Three at the Worksites
Today the mission team was split into the same two groups. Back at Wendy's house and at the Habitat for Humanity site to continue the projects from yesterday.
Our day began as usual with breakfast, devotions, sharing, and singing. We finally managed this morning to get a group photo out in front of the church. This may seem like an easy task to some, but as they say "herding cats." Thank you to the young ladies from Grace that helped us out.
Team 1: Sue, Carl, Ed, Joe, Carlos, Bruce, Matt, Dick, B, and Kaitie
Back at Wendy's today to continue where we left off yesterday. Ed, Joe, and Carlos worked on covering the chimney hole all day. They added some new siding where the chimney used to be. There was a lot of measuring and cutting and re-measuring and re-cutting done here.
Carlos went down in the basement and worked on the furnace. After replacing the fuse the furnace came on and the pipes started heating. It was an exciting moment to get this working again but it couldn't stay on long since the house was already hot.
Sue and Carl spent most of the day putting the finishing coat on the cabinets, doors, and drawers. The also came in the house and put the final coat of paint on the cabinet frames.
Bruce and Dick started the morning measuring and laying the template for the kitchen flooring and then cutting the linoleum out on the deck. The flooring was rolled up and stored in the living room to be put down tomorrow once all the rest of the kitchen is painted and cabinets are put in. Bruce and Dick finished installing the toilet and got the water turned back on. Hooray no more going to the park to use the bathroom, except there's no door now and you can see right out to the street. Turning the water on revealed a few leaks that needed to be repaired in the kitchen. A whole new kitchen faucet replaced the old and the leak in the kitchen was gone.
Bruce came in the kitchen and filled several of the nail holes with patching plaster. All the nails were removed from the walls since they are a safety hazard.
Once the flooring was cut and removed from the deck, Kaitie started painting the weatherproofing on the main flooring. The deck was finished before lunchtime. It rained towards the end of the day and it was nice to see the rain beading up on the deck.
B spent several hours cleaning and scrubbing the walls in the kitchen to prep for a fresh new coat of paint. Kaitie helped scrub some of the higher areas of the walls while standing on a small stool. The guys decided they needed the ladders to prop up a fan to dry the patching plaster. This made for an afternoon of tippy toes for the ladies as they tried to finish washing the ceiling.
Mike arrived late afternoon with a tarp for the roof. Ed, Carlos, and Joe climbed the scaffolding to help him put it on the roof before the rain rolled in. A hammer fell from the roof while Matt was walking out of the house. Luckily, he was quick on his feet and was able to avoid getting hit on the head. God is good.
The kitchen was finally prepped and ready. Bruce painted the ceiling, while B and Kaitie cut in and did the edges around the door frames and windows. Luckily the flooring is not in and we don't have to be careful about spilling paint because the floor is a little polka dotted at the present time. Linoleum will fix that.
Matt fixed the cabinets in the bathroom that would not open and made them useable again. The bathroom door was finally hung complete with a doorknob. Matt and Dick designed and built a gate for the end of the deck. They were very patient and listened to everyone's differing opinions of how the gate should be built. The gate was added so Hayley would not wander out into the street.
Team 2: Steve, Pam, Cheryl, Sharon, Tammy, and Paul
Back at the Habitat Restore the work continued on the church building and the parsonage. Tammy and Paul were the first to arrive. Paul got his menagerie of tools prepped and staged for the day's work. Tammy set the platforms back on the scaffolding to prepare for painting.
Today Cheryl was able to completely finish the steps to the parsonage... Sanding, scraping, priming, and painting. They look beautiful Cheryl. Pam finished the sign out front with another coat of paint. Then took on multiple other tasks as well which included caulking, more painting, and making sure the team had everything they needed. Paul added a strip of flashing over a back door. Good thing too because it sure came in handy when the rain fell later in the afternoon. Good call Paul. Then he spent the day up a ladder painting, painting, and painting. Tammy and Sharon were back on the scaffolding painting another window similar to yesterday's. Scraping, priming and painting... that seems to be the order of things followed closely by cleaning up the windows with a razorblade. Steve kept busy pouring paint and toting equipment to everyone. He was also responsible for a lot of cleanup. Habitat recruited Steve for a little while to go on some pickup runs. He was able to help move multiple donation items to the truck and back to the store.
Take a look at today's photos here.