by Andrew Fallows ’19 Matt Majeske ’19
Today was our final work day in West Virginia. Despite the cold and wet weather we finished strong. Out front a group finished the porch and laid the post for it. Another group worked on the sides and the underside of the front porch overhang. Laying protective soffit and J channel. At the end of the day we discussed all that we have accomplished over this past week. While we were standing around talking it started to snow a little bit. After work, we met up with all the people that help us through the week for dinner at Rudy Tuesday.
by Eugene Anku ’20 Isaac Lee ’19
Today we continued with siding at the worksite. Since it was our third day doing it, we had become more knowledgeable about the procedure. It was a quick process and by lunch time we had already finished the left side of the house leaving only the back which we began after lunch.
Two people measured and cut the soffit while three of us set up the H and J channels and then fit the soffit. Our cooperation and experience made the work almost rhythmic and fun. After we finished, we went to the front of the house to help the others with porch and discuss the plan for tomorrow.
The weather was nice and lunch was filling as always, which put us in our usual high spirits. Although Mike was in charge of porch construction, he was nice enough to check up on those of us who did the siding. He made jokes and interacted with us frequently keeping the atmosphere lively. Today was tiring but we all feel proud at the amount of progress we have made on this house.
by Cooper Feiner ’20 and Matt McMullen ’20
We had our half day today, which was a nice break from working. While we were working, a few of us worked on the deck, while others kept working on the siding. After our time working, we had the ability to go in to the town of Lewisburg, which has been named “coolest small town in America”. We explored the town, went in to a few antique shops and tourist attractions, and cooled off with a scoop of ice cream from a local dessert shop. All in all, it was pretty interesting, and a pretty cool town.
by Archer Euler ’20 and Adam Schnitzer ’20
It was the second day on the second site. The crew was split into two separate groups each working on different projects and different parts of the house. One group was with Rick and they were finishing the siding on one side of the house. When we were done with applying the siding, we moved to adding another J channel that way we could apply a roof or barrier from the under side of the roof from the real world. They had holes in it so that way the wood would be able to breath. We had successfully finished J channeling and applying siding to one side of the house. So the new goal is to apply siding and a J channel to the opposite side of the house. This time, we won’t have to rely on ladders because we built scaffolding so that we could have a platform to stand on while we were working. We started working on the second side but it wasn’t exactly as easy as we thought it would be since there were a plenty of spiders and other unwanted bugs. The second group had helped out with the porch out front. They installed girders and cut beams for the foundation. Creating these beams took a couple steps. This included measuring, marking, sawing, and grinding the planks.
By Andrew fallows ’19 Matt Majeske ’19
Today was our first day at the new worksite near Lewisburg. We started the day with moving the bunks from our previous house and enjoying the sunrise. Then we moved job site materials out of the Habitat truck into habitats thrift store. The new house was smaller then the previous site. This house lacked a porch. One group of students were tasked with installing the porch, setting up the frame and taking measurements. Another group started to complete the siding on the side of the house. Which was difficult because we had to make sure that the slope of the roof exactly matched how we cut our siding sheets. After we returned to the Rhenna center where we played another round of basketball. We also prepared food for tonight dinner.
By Eugene Anku ’20 Isaac Lee ’19
This weekend we could finally take a break from digging and fully immerse ourselves in the West Virginian culture. Not wanting to lose any time, we woke up early and went straight to the Organ Cave. We learned so much about the Civil War and how the confederate soldiers tried to get gun powder without being discovered. We did laundry on Saturday afternoon and had a very interesting conversation about history with an elderly person in the laundry service. Then we went bowling that evening, surprisingly Isaac won and got a high score of 143. He tried to play two songs in the jukebox but it never got played. On our way back, we picked up Overlord, a Nazi zombie movie for our team bonding activity. The movie was amazing and we learned so much about history and science fiction. On Sunday, we moved out from our first home and went to our second home. It is extremely spacious and it has more than one bathroom. We got Wendy’s for lunch, which in our opinion, is much better than Burger King. Our new residence has a basketball court so we played basketball all day long. We are all excited to work at the new site tomorrow.
By Matt McMullen ’20 Cooper Feiner ’20
Today was our first rainy day, which made the ground muddier, but, luckily, we all had our muck boots to get us through the day. We worked on siding and putting up J-channel for the soffit. We split up into two groups, one group working on the porch and the other group working in the back of the house. Today was the last day we worked at the site we’ve been working at since Monday. We’ve been building a house for Nikki and her family. We are sure going to miss the dogs that laid around the yard!
By Archer Euler ’20 and Adam Schnitzer ’20
Today we continued to help with moving dirt around the house. We split into three groups. One group had went inside of the house to begin mudding the walls around the house. Another group had organized the shed towards the back of the lot as well as organize the lot itself by picking up the scaffolding and picking up the planks that lied around the house. The last group had shoveled the final dirt pile and moved it to the sides of the house. There was a plenty of shoveling and picking at the dirt like it has been for the past couple of days.
By Isaac Lee ’19 Eugene Anku ’20
Today was a half day, we went to the construction site and finished up digging so we can make a lovely house for the family. The work was hard but the sense of completion was satisfying. The fact that we completed the work in one and a half days was just amazing! Before we left, the van got stuck near the creek. The camaraderie involved in pushing the truck showed how much we have bonded over a few days. We gathered all our strength at once and pushed as hard as could to get the van out. We had lunch at Jim’s Drive in and took a picture with the manager who posted it on social media, check us out! Afterwards, we went to the Greenbrier Hotel which is a “secret” declassified underground bunker, it was so cool! They talked to us about the bunkers history and the reasons why it was constructed, mostly due to nuclear warfare during the Cold War. Now we need to get some rest so we will be energized enough for tomorrow’s work 🙂
By Andrew Fellows 19′ Matt Majeske ’19
Today, we started off removing dirt from the house’s foundation, as well as finishing drywall on the interior. We met Mike, a United States army veteran who regularly volunteers with habitat. We got to know him through his stories when he was in the army and as well as his life in West Virginia. After lunch we back filled the dirt after the dimple board was placed around the foundation. Dimple board is there to protect the house’s foundation from frost. We finished are day by packing in the remaining dirt and sharing stories with Mike. We exceeded his expectation of all the work we got done.