Our House Diary #60, Grunt Work Sometimes Necessary! Jan 20, 2017

Sometimes, as carpenters, we have to do things that are not, “strictly” speaking, “carpentry”. Usually there are the tasks of sorting, organizing  and cleaning that occur throughout the typical day that none of us loves, but we all recognize as essential to the good performance of our more skilled tasks.

This time, as we move closer and closer to the move date of the Our House modules, the non-carpenter work was cleaning the concrete slab of snow and ice. We were assisted in this unpleasant work by nice, mild temperatures that helped loosen the grip of the accumulated ice.

And what makes unpleasant work more palatable? Why working in a team of willing and positive participants. In this case, the group in the “Scaffolding” module lent their muscles and willing spirit (with coffee and Tim-bits provided by yours truly) to do the clean up:


Within 90 minutes:

And a final group shot at the end of the work:


Even though the job is not that much fun, working together can make the best of an unpleasant situation!

Thanks to everyone for helping achieve the goal…..now to keep it clean for the next few weeks, especially with this forecast on the way:


Hmmm…..I guess this won’t be my last trip to the site!

I am looking forward to handing responsibility off to Habitat!!


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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