Habitat Build Day June 12, 2007 Blitz Week!

Hardi Plank installationToday was a great day, just the right amount of clouds and about the right number of people showed up.   We completed the interior door installation and the baseboard trim installation.   Last Saturday I helped on one of the siding crews, but today I did most of the measure and cutting for the baseboard.  Another volunteer did the nailing.

We also completed installation of the Hardi-Plank siding on 3 sides and most of the other, as well as a good start on the brick masionary under the front porch and a start on the Hardi-plank shingles over the porch.   The walls inside got their first coat and much of the outside also received its first coat of paint.

Joi En-joi-ing the new cabinetsThe contractors installed the kitchen and bathroom cabinets today and the linolium (kitchen, two baths and an area in front of the front door).  The rest of the house gets carpet.   The only impact on the volunteers was that when the linoleum installers arrived they kicked us out of the front area of the house and blocked both doors.  That meant some climbing through windows to take trim in and out and measure. 

Our inside painters became outside painters.   The bob cat also showed up today to do the driveway grading and that meant we had to pickup our saw horses and tables and move them to one side of the house and thus in the way of the siding crew, so later we had to move them back.   

Baseboard Tutorial

Baseboard installation is one of the easier jobs.  Start in one room and cut a board to fit one wall or section of a wall snugly – straight cuts.  Then work around the room to the left, coping the right end of each board to fit the baseboard you just finished and then cutting the board to length to the next corner or to the frame of a door with a straight cut. 

There is a neat trick for coping the baseboard.  Maybe I can describe it for you.  You need a “chop saw” and a “coping saw”.  Start with the right end of the board to be coped placed under the cutting blade upside down but flat against the saw fence.   Standing up, but back side out and molded edge down.  That puts the molded edge at the bottom and facing the fence.

Set the blade to 45° right (pointed toward your right arm) and cut off the very end of the board.  Keep the board against the fence and don’t move it while setting the saw back to 90°.  Then lower the saw slowly to cut a vertical slice just deep enough to touch the beginning of the molded edge.  You have to peek over the back of the fence to check the depth. 

The backside of the cut should be along the flat part of the previous cut but stop at the beginning of the molded edge reveal.   Now take the board away from the fence and slide it forward until it overhangs the edge of the saw.  Slip the coping saw into the new slot and cut along the edge revealed by the first cut. 

This technique reduces the coped cut to just a half inch long or so and makes the match to the previous wall perfectly smooth.

After a couple of tries, you can cut and cope a board in about a minute per board.   I think the most tedious part is the closets and bathrooms.  They take as much time as a bedroom but are much tighter to work in.

Slide Show and Pictures 

There are lots of pictures in the form of a slide show or click on either picture above.  If you want copies just stop the show at any time and click on the link above the slide show and you will see a montage of all the pictures.  You can then click on the ones you want to download (free) and you can choose any size from thumbnail to like 17 inches.  (see magnifying glass above the pictures or “all sizes”).

The work being done is sponsored by the Presbyterian Coalition – Cobb Habitat for Humanity. The Coalition is a made up of 8 Presbyterian Churches in Cobb County Georgia.  A link to their web site is on the right.  Volunteers are from the same churches plus their friends and oldtimers and Grey Ghosts.

Enjoy.   

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