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Habitat Build 2008 Second Day – Roof Goes On

Saturday, May 17 was the second day of the Presbyterian Coalition, Cobb Habitat for Humanity build in 2008.  This is the fifth article in this series, the first covering the Traditional Dinner on the Slab which includes a slide show of 25 pictures and introduces the future homeowner, Nicole Combs and her son Elijah.   The second article is the beginning of a tutorial ” Habitat Tutorial, Preparation for Build” which covers some of the intense preparation that goes on behind the scenes before the volunteers show up.   The third article covers the actual first day of build: Habitat Build 2008 First Day – Walls Go Up .  The fourth article is the second part of the tutorial, Habitat Tutorial – Part 2 .

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This article covers the installation of the roof trusses, roof decking and various other 2d day activities. To see the slide show of 126 pictures click here or on any picture below!  There is a (mostly) different set of 137 pictures (and growing) for the tutorial, by the way, so to see those check out the tutorials or click here for access to the tutorial slide show.  From any slide show you can access various sizes of the prints for free download (instructions further down – “Getting Copies”).

In the beginning there is the mandatory “have fun but be safe” safety and pep talk by Jeff Vanderlip, the fellow in the shirt of many colors. 

Everybody is introduced to Nicole Combs in the front middle.  She has already completed 100 hours of work on other homes and 100 hours of training on such things as mortgages, taxes, budgeting, how to maintain her new home, etc.    She is very active in helping on this house and has been an excellent “quality control” person that is making certain that her house is built right.   After the introductions, the crew leaders were introduced and jobs assigned to those willing to work in the rafters.

To read the rest of the story and see many more pictures, click here: Continue reading

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Habitat Build Day June 14, 2007 – Blitz Week

Joi painting inside front porchToday we had hoped to finish the house so that we could take Friday off and be really prepared for Saturday – landscaping day.  Didn’t quite happen.  A lot was accomplished though.

Picture is of our ever-smiling homeowner – Joi.

Work continued on installing “F” strip in preparation for soffit and the soffit work itself was started and one side and the back  were completed, and part of the front.

Painting continued inside and out.  I did trim work on the front porch – columns, door frame, corner trim, and other items on the porch.   Since some of it was up against the brick work, my arsenal of tools included a 1/4″ artist brush, a 1/2″ artist brush and a 3″ paint brush.   I spent a some time on my knees and side on the ground to get to the bottom of posts.   The result was red clay all over.    Others continued the painting of the outside walls, 2d coat and finished that up.  

 Jeff installed the locks and interior door hardware.  As Site Project Manager (SPM), Jeff is not normally allowed to “work”.  SPMs are supposed to manage and oversee all the volunteers, but since we have become such experts and don’t need much management, Jeff decided to do a little “work” today – please don’t tell anyone or he might have to turn in his name tag for breaking the rules or even be forced to do “work” on other sites.

The driveway and walkway forms were in place when I arrived (late).   Unfortunately, just as the concrete truck showed up, so did the power company mini-backhoe.   The concrete truck went to the house across the street that was also awaiting concrete work and the driveway workers pulled up the forms and allowed the power company contractor to trench from the power box to the house.    This also required our painters to remove their ladders and tote them out of the way of the digging equipment.  The power guy was supposed to be here last week, but at least he showed in time to slip in at the last possible moment.

When that was completed, the concrete truck had left after pouring about 8 feet of sidewalk – either out of concrete or too close to lunch.   When the truck finally returned it sat on the street “so the driver could take his break.”   It was about 1:00 pm.   Some of us watched in amusement as the driver operated the controls with one hand while continuously talking on his cell phone while looking the other way and merely listening to the crew shout orders in Spanish to open or close the gate for the concrete chute.

Left for us to do is the rest of the soffit and then the aluminum fascia and some outside painting and inside touchup.   Probably other stuff as well, but mostly minor.  We will finish tomorrow except for landscaping.  

Soffit Installation 

Soffit installation

The soffit is a wide perforated vinyl panel that runs completely around the house under the eaves.   See picture of soffit, F strip and bird box with soffit already covering bottom.   The first step is to make sure that the walls have their two coats of paint in the area where it will be installed so that no fresh paint creeps onto it.   Then a chalk line is stretched along the wall matching the wood fascia below the drip line of the roof.   Then an “F” strip (shaped like the letter F is nailed to the wall with the F turned upside down.  The space between the arms of the F hold the soffit on the house side. 

The soffit is measured and cut to length running in narrow strips across from the F strip to the wood fascia and nailed into the wood fascia.  The other end is held by the F strip alone.  The strips lock together along the edges where they overlap.    An aluminum sheet (fascia) formed into an L shape (not shown) is later attached over the wood fascia so that the bottom of the L laps over the nails in the soffit and covers them.   The result is a completely water tight protective covering of the wood surfaces along the roof edge and a completly enclosed eave that can ventilate the house.

Since I was not involved in this activity this year, I can’t tell you much more, but the soffit greatly improves the look of the house and at the same time performs a couple of vital services for the home.   It allows cool air to enter the attic area and carry hot air out of the roof through the roof vent.   It also keeps out most bugs and all larger critters and allows the attic to breathe when pressure changes.

Bird Box

One thing of note (and you will find a better picture in the slideshow) is the corners have “bird boxes” that serve a couple of purposes:  bird boxes simply make the house look better and also often provide a place to put service outlets for lights.  It also provides a way to transition from a peaked roof to a horizontal run on the corners.   Bird boxes have a layer of vinyl soffit across the bottom and a layer of aluminum fascia wrapped around the edges (see earlier picture for soffit already installed).

Pictures and Slide Shows

All the pictures taken to date can be found by clicking on this link to the slide show and then above the slide show clicking on the link to my picture gallery.   There are 288 pictures in 7 sets on the site, 45 taken today.      Here is a link that bypasses the slide show and gives you a look at the 7 Habitat sets (link) to choose  from.  All pictures can be copied free in any size from tiny to huge.  What the site calls “original” is not quite.  These are 1 megapixel when stored, but the original original is 6 megapixel.   Enjoy!

You might also want to visit our Presbyterian Coalition – Cobb Habitat for Humanity link (on the right).

Donations for Robbed Habitat Homeowner Roll In

Our logoA few weeks ago I reported here that our local Habitat For Humanity Homeowner, Joi had her storage bin broken into and all her household belongings cleaned out – stolen.  Hers was one of 18 units broken into over that weekend.   She had worked on her home with us not knowing that her belongings were already stolen.

Now there is some good news.  The following is an email I received from Pat  Shankle, owner of Georgia Home Staging this morning.  A link to Pat’s web site is in the blogroll to the right.

Good morning everyone.
I’m so excited!  A member of our church has donated ALL BRAND NEW furniture for Joi’s house.  We have a brand new complete living room set, dining room set, Master Bedroom, Guest Bedroom and home office set up. Other donated items we have rec’d are:  dishes, flatware, knives, washer, dryer, misc accessory items.

Mostly what we need now is money so that I can purchase towels, sheets and other misc staple items.    

In addition to that, I know that there have been some monetary donations totaling enough to finish out the home.   

A very dark hour has been turned into a bright new day, a blessing, a dream come true.   Thanks be to God.  Pat had volunteered to “stage” the house even before the robbery, then she took up the flag and began a march to find replacement furniture – not just any old thing someone wanted to get rid of.  Pat wanted to look at it and make sure it would fit in with the other donated things and would be enjoyed by Joi and her family.   Thank you Pat.   And thanks to all of our Macland Presbyterian Church members that have worked so hard to help Pat and Joi out.  And thank you, whoever in our church that donated the furniture.  What a blessing you have bestowed.   My “helping others” admonition in a recent post is hereby retrieved.  We do help others in this neck of the woods!

The house has been completely roofed and dried in last time I was there.   This Saturday is the beginning of “blitz week” for our builders, all volunteers from the 10 churches that make up our Presbyterian Coalition.   We have had a week of rest while contractors come in to do those things that either require licensing, (such as plumbing, electrical, heating and air) or specialized gifts such as installing drywall and kitchen and bath cabinets and flooring.   

Habitat is blessed with sponsors that will give up much or all of their profit to help in this great mission.  For example, Whirlpool gives the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator free for every Habitat house built in the country.   A wonderful gift that they have been doing for as many years as I can remember. 

We are blessed with a drywall supplier that installs the drywall at no cost other than the discounted cost of the drywall itself.    The architectural drawings and landscaping plans are often donated and a landscaper shows up at no charge to help with the planting.

 This coming Saturday, June 9th we will be doing siding installation (hardi-plank), interior door installation and painting, interior and exterior.  As soon as a wall is finished with siding, the joints are caulked and the paint starts going on.  Everything, inside and out gets two coats. 

Then we go all week, June 11 through June 16, every day until the house is finished.   It is more of the same – siding, interior doors – painting and trim work.  The last day, June 16 is reserved for landscaping.  Planting shrubs, trees, flowers and putting down sod.  Typically the sod is bermuda grass in big rolls, sometimes pads.   When all this is done, it will be a real house.  When the dedication is done, and Joi moves in, it becomes a home.

If you are in this neck of the woods, come on out!   Directions are on the Presbyterian Coalition Habitat link in the blogroll.