Under warm sunny skies and amid lots of smiles, GAHH dedicated its 168th home on June 29. Our partner homeowner is Zulema Hernandez and her sons, Joshua and Johnathon. Zulema has been a tireless worker along side the volunteers to make this happen. This is also the 13th home that Sandia Laboratory and its associates have sponsored. We are thankful for their continuing commitment to helping our families have a decent, affordable home in which to live.
Rod Livingston, GAHH Board President, Welcomes the Gathering
Zulema and the boys, Joshua and Jonathan, in the Front Row
Clive Rainey, HFHI, Share Some Habitat News and Stories
Zulema Expresses Her Thanks to All the Volunteers and Sponsors
One of the highlights of any dedication is the presentation of a quilt provided by the New Mexico Quilters Association. This was one of the largest they have done for our families.
Barbara Rieden, SWAT Member, Presents the Quilt on Behalf of the Association
Judy Lucero, Executive Director Presents the Books
Before presenting the traditional hammer, Bob Rieden, lead House Captain, talked about Zulema’s involvement with the work. He shared thoughts on her willingness to work, how she had slowly moved from only working on the ground to eventually getting on ladders and, finally, the scaffolding.
Bob Sharing the Story and Presenting the Hammer
SWAT Member Ron Detry Presents Zulema with a Bible
Dave Ericson Shares the Home Blessing With Zulema
The Family, Volunteers, and Sponsors Cut the Ribbon
Sandia House/Thrivent House
The finishing touches continued for both houses. Touching up walls and trim throughout the house and a good cleaning of the floor took place inside Sandia. Final trim work for the bathrooms and doors kept things moving in Thrivent. Thanks to the leadership of Debbie and the hardworking volunteers, the landscape gravel was spread quickly Saturday morning for both houses.
Gearing Up to Clean Floors
Cleaning a Bedroom Floor
Installing Towel Bars and Touching Up Paint
Spreading the Gravel
The docket for this house was full last weekend and everything got done. On Friday the scaffolding was moved back to the storage containers on Townsend. This allowed the workers to wrap the house and then cut out and install the windows. Once the windows were in place the blue board insulation was applied. Inside the house, framing for the duct work was put in place and drywall was hung and taped in those areas.
Cutting Window Opening
Finishing Up Sheathing Under the Eave
Installing Drywall in the Duct Area
Wrapping the House – South Wall
Ready for Windows
Attaching Blueboard Insulation
Installing Gable Vent on South Wall
Sandia House/Thrivent House
On Friday, the majority of the interior trim work was completed in the Sandia House and a good start was made on the Thrivent house. Trimming and cleaning was pursued even more thoroughly on Saturday. This included installing window blinds, rehanging doors, installing door hardware, bathroom trim, and the never-ending caulking/spackling/touch-up painting. We took advantage of the early start Saturday morning and got the gutter drain lines and grading done in the morning for both houses. A spectacular effort was put forth by Sandia volunteers and other (young) folk to dig trenches and move dirt. It was very nice to be out in the cool of the morning while working in such exposed areas.
Digging Trench for Irrigation Lines
Grading Between Houses for Drainage
Laying the Drain Tile
Grading and Cleaning Thrivent Yard
On Friday, we completed final preparations for shingling. The starter strip and the first row (or the first couple rows on the east side) of shingles were completed. That left smooth sailing for Saturday. Taking advantage of an early start and cooler morning temperatures, the shingling was completed before lunch. Our volunteers never cease to amaze and impress us! Thanks for taking it, yet again, into a higher gear to get things done.
Installing an Attic Vent
Ensuring That Shingles on the Two Roofs Mate Properly
Moving Up the Roof
Teamwork Makes the Job Go Faster
Sandia House and Thrivent House
This weekend the emphasis was on those myriad tasks required to make the house ready for inspection. The interior doors were installed along with baseboard and cleats for shelving. The shelving cleats and baseboards were spackled and painted. Most of the shelving was installed in the Sandia House and most of the cleats for the Thrivent House.
Installing Interior Garage Door
Hanging Bathroom Door in Master Bedroom
Truing the Closet Trim
Preparing Window Sill
Cutting Cleat Material
Marking Cleat Locations in Closet
Cutting Shelving Material
Installing Baseboard Material
Caulking Baseboard and Cleats
The major task this week was decking the roof. On Friday, the last of the sub-fascia, fascia, and fixing issues occurred to get ready for the decking on Saturday. The shingle underlayment also went down, so we are ready to go for shingles.
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On June 1st, ground was broken for the last home on the Trujillo Road project. This home is dedicated to the late Chief Jon Tibbetts of the Sandoval County Fire Department. Chief Tibbetts lost his life in a July 2012 accident. He is remembered for his devotion to duty and his care and concern for people. Sponsors for this home include members of the Albuquerque Ambulance Service, the Sandoval County Fire Department, the Rio Rancho Fire Department and Youth United for Greater Albuquerque (YUGA). YUGA is supported by gifts from Southwest Airlines and State Farm Insurance.
Under warm sunny skies, a good crowd gathered to share in the dedication ceremonies.