While our faithful volunteers took a break over the Memorial Day holiday, our Stucco crew of Omar Gutierrez and his colleagues completed the drywall process on both the Thrivent and Sandia houses. Prior to the volunteers returning on May 31, they also completed taping and texturing both houses and applied the first coat of stucco.
Finishing Drywall in the Thrivent Garage
May 31-June 1
Thrivent and Sandia Houses – On Friday the interiors of both homes were primed by teams from Sandia and Thrivent and other volunteers. On Saturday both homes were given the final coat. In addition, the shelving and trim material for both houses was painted.
Priming the Sandia House Kitchen Area
Priming the Sandia House Garage
Getting Final Coat on Thrivent House Kitchen
Future Homeowner Rhea and Volunteer Work on Kitchen
Volunteers Painting Trim and Shelving
Cath-Pres House – On Friday final truss prep was completed by finishing top plates and installing the porch posts and beams. On Saturday morning scaffolding was put in place. The trusses were then lifted to the walls and erected. In addition, a considerable portion of the sub-fascia and gable outlooks were installed that allowed us to start Saturday morning by installing scaffolding and getting the trusses onto the walls and stood. Much of the sub-fascia and outlooks were installed as well.
Placing Top Plate on West Wall
Placing Top Plate on Interior Wall
Getting Scaffolding Into Place
Lifting South Gable Truss Into Place
Aligning the Truss for Installation
After the duct work installation earlier in the week, the framing around the duct work was built Friday. Much of the preparation can be done “on the ground” so to speak
The framing inspection was received on Friday, this will allow for the installation of the insulation and drywall on the interior of the house and for the lath/stucco to be applied on the exterior. This is scheduled to happen during the holiday break. On Saturday the floor was papered to protect the tinted concrete floor and the entire house was cleaned out in preparation of the drywall process.
Volunteers Laying the Protective PaperSandia House -This house had a very similar week to its Thrivent neighbor. The duct work and necessary framing put in place in preparation for the framing inspection.
Soffit was installed on the east and west sides after the soffit drywall inspection. The house was also prepped for drywall with a cleaning and the floor covering.
This was indeed a busy week for the Cath-Pres house. The slab was prepped and then poured Wednesday. The floor layout lines were snapped Thursday and sole plates for the walls were cut Friday. On Saturday the walls were fabricated, assembled and sheathed.
There was only a very modest amount of work on this house as we wait for the duct work to be installed. However, final prep work on the hall drywall surrounding the ducting was completed. The soffit on the west side that covers 5/8″ drywall was also installed..
Another productive week for this house. On Friday morning the roof was completely shingled. Our volunteers are getting increasingly skilled and efficient at this important job. Great job to everyone who was involved with getting that done quickly and efficiently. The scaffolding was taken down Friday afternoon, which allowed for the house wrapping, window installation and blue board application to be completed Saturday. Hall drywall in the main duct area was finished and required soffit drywall was installed under the eaves.
On Saturday the window and door frames were built. These were finished early in the morning and instead of simply leaving after their work was completed the group hung around and helped get everything done on the other houses. Our goal is always to keep sponsor volunteers working on their respective houses, but sometimes situations arise where the work schedule is lighter or when more pressing work is needed to be completed on other houses, we are always delighted by the willingness of everyone to work to the priorities. This willingness to team is a wonderful hallmark of our GAHH volunteers.
The roof was decked and prepped for shingles. Inside the house the majority of the duct drywall was hung.
Thanks to a group from Walgreens on Saturday, much of the exterior finish work on the soffit/fascia/porch has been completed. Inside the house the radon pipe and glass block were installed. Duct drywall and other miscellaneous framing tasks were completed as well.