Thursday, December 29, 2005

Week of December 27, 2005

Still have a hole in the ground. Looking for concrete.

Mr. Beck

Monday, December 19, 2005

Week of December 19, 2005

This week is the start of our winter break. The concrete work that will get us out of the ground so that we can start attaching the wood to our house and garage has been delayed becuase of the extreme early cold which arrived before Thanksgiving and has stayed. This is the picture of our "house to be" waiting for concrete work.

The construction department at Greater Columbus Habitat for Humanity has thought of our every need as they have even provided us with a porta potty next to our site. I believe there is even a sink next to the toilet in which we can wash up. Thank you Erik!

Mr. Beck

Friday, December 16, 2005

Week of December 12, 2005

Monday 12/12; Wednesday 12/14; and Friday 12/16 were spent inside our school framing the garage that will be on our site. The framing materials were delivered from Contract Lumber on time Monday and the class split into groups to build the walls. We decided not to break up the walls in to smaller pieces for transportation since we were were able to obtain the services of a truck with a 20' foot capacity. The wall sections are really heavy. We also made provisions to be able to change door openings when on site if the concrete company does not place the openings in the correct locations.

Mr. Beck

Friday, December 09, 2005

Supplies for the detached garage

On Thursday, Dec. 8, a few of the students from our HomeBase class were selected from the rest of the class and assigned the task of figuring up the materials needed for our house's detached garage. Most of the class watched a movie while Kia A., Chris B., Scott M., Max W., Rachel B., and I counted, recounted, and re-recounted the number of precuts we would need, the estimated length of the braces we would need, and tried to guess the amount of other lumber that would be required. Scott originally designed the actual garage for the house, and he was a really big help in figuring out the plans that he had made 2 years ago. After about an hour, we realized that we were making the entire project way to complicated, and from then on it was fairly easy to make our list.

I stayed after school, with Kia keeping me company, and wrote out the fax for the lumber order. I had to put the list of materials in order by size (smallest to largest) and also ordered the 150# of nails that we will need. After some serious contemplation of how to word the directions ("turn into the school, turn right at the big multi-colored rock") the fax was ready to be sent.

Hopefully we will get the materials by 1p.m. on Monday, and we will be able to build the garage inside the homebase room on the floordeck. Thanks to Scott's brilliance, the garage will be built in sections that we can make at the school, transport to the site, and fit the sections back together.


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Week of December 5, 2005

Monday, 12/6 We met at the main branch of the Columbus Public Library so that students could start to gather information sources for their research paper.

Thursday, 12/8 We were at school and viewed the videotape by Larry Haun on framing floors which we will be doing after Winter Break. Some students also prepared and faxed an order for the materials take-off for our gargage.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Learning How To Build A Roof

Week of 11/28, Mon., Tues., Fri.

To be able to build a roof, the class learned how to layout cap plates, install trusses, and to apply O.S.B. (oriented strand board) to the trusses to make a roof deck. Our lab is great because it is big enough to build a 24' x 24' house while being inside and warm. The students learned how put up a roof while standing on the floor instead of being eight to twenty feet in the air. The class did very well and they had some very smart "fixes" for some problems that always seem to pop up. The roof was up and down in three double class periods.

Mr. Beck