Our House Diary #68: post-delivery; the Habitat for Humanity phase starts! March 15, 2017

Yesterday was the first “official” day in the Habitat phase of the Our House build. Although I have volunteered with some others for a few days to tidy up some “delivery issues” a while ago, we started the volunteer phase in earnest yesterday.

We were hoping to finally close up the ridge of the roof (yep, it is still open due to ladder issues, time restraints and March break) and install the roof vents. We were also hoping to start the siding transitions to make the home weather tight, but the weather got in the way and we will have to delay these important jobs until mother nature gives us the chance to get to them.

On the other hand, Dan and I were happy to be working with Stacey (the new owner of one of the units), and some of her friends to get some interior details taken care of. So we tidied up, installed some drywall and organized the materials in the homes.

Stacey also thought it would be nice to visit the Centre and say a personal “thank-you” to the students who worked so hard and diligently on the build when the Our House was at the school.

Students were touched that Stacey and her son made individual cards for each of these students and also brought some killer brownies!

She made an emotional presentation of how grateful she was and how much confidence she had in the work the students accomplished…there were tears glistening in pretty much everyone’s eyes, including mine!! It is son nice to make those human connections that validate the work and efforts of dedicated students! I too, would like to second the words of Stacey to give my thanks to these and all the students who worked over and above the call of duty for these homes.

In other news, the plumbing connections are well under way with all the drains between the units now being functional. We are not that concerned that the water supply pipes have not been connected yet as there is still no electrical hook up to the Hydro network, so no heat in the units yet!

I was impressed to see that the homes are not all that uncomfortable in spite of the cold weather….the insulation and air tightness of the buildings are keeping whatever heat is generated by the solar gain in the units! A great testament to the quality of the build!

We hope to finish the final electrical junctions in the next few weeks, get connected to Hydro and start the plaster. Until there is heat, there will be no toilet, water or filling of joints.

Hopefully, I will be working on the siding in the next few weeks and am certainly willing to have help!

Those of you interested will have to register at Habitat’s website and when you come to work sign a waiver form that I will collect and you are good to go!! I hope to see you there!



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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