“After” the Our House, Feb 28, 2017

For those of you wonder why the blog has been silent for the past few weeks, you should know that I was away in chilly San Francisco….pretty much every day was warmer here in the Montreal area than the temperatures in SF. Oh the injustice!

Mark Twain was credited with saying that the coldest winter he every experiences was a summer in San Francisco….apocryphal?

Before I left, I did do a few volunteer jobs on the Our House, working under the direction of Habitat for Humanity, so I will keep you posted on what work we did now that the house is “home”


We left the units with insulation blocking the gable ends, and the roof on the backside of the house 1-1/2″ inches higher than the front. This was because of an error from the truss manufacturer that we had not noticed until the modules were placed against each other.

The goal was to correct the difference between the roofs and close in the gables. Other volunteers and I crawled around the attic cutting the extra 1.5″ off each of the feet of the hinged trusses so that it would slip into it’s correct position and then screw the feet to the plates. We also placed the gyps on the fire wall in the attic, so other than the placement of the ventilation ducts, we are finally out of the attic.

Habitat hired a contractor to close in the gables and to connect the electric panels to the grid.


Inside, we opened up the pathways between the units and have mostly finished the interior drywall.

Over the next few months, the goal, under the auspice of Habitat, will be to: complete the electrics, plumbing and radon; finish the exterior siding and cement board on the building; install the roof finish and ventilators, and complete the HRV system. Then it will be only the interior finish to deal with (and kitchens, of course).

For now, it looks like this:

….and a little artsy shot:


I’ll keep you posted on my volunteer activities on the house, even if CVCEC’c participation is officially over.

It was a great project, and thanks to all the students, teachers, administrators and volunteers who have made this a great success.


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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