Saturday, December 25, 2010

To the Bala volunteers!

Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a hammer was ringing
Not even a mouse

The wreaths were all hung
Thanks to Nan the elf
Tidying and dusted
Yes, even the shelf

Bala builders festive
They took a day off
Christmas tables set
Party hats they doff


From Drummond Elmsley township
Our wishes we send
To those with a purpose
Nearly build's end

Pats on the back
For all who have taken
Hammer, screwdriver, wrenches
A home you are makin'!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas our last day before Christmas and we were all through the house...


SuperNan!

Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build: I hope the reindeer don't slip off the slick and shiny new steel roof!
Date: December 23, 2010,

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:

Naughty: Rob Abbott
Nice: Nan and Willie Fletcher
Contracted Elves: Jeff Vincent

Daily Log: Twas our last day before Christmas and we were all through the house...

Jeff and his crew of roofers arrived early and spent the day finishing the roof on. He installed the turbine vents also, once I returned from driving all over Muskoka trying to find the right ones. He promises to come back in the new year and add the gable end trim and snow dam on the eaves. Willie finished up a lot of outstanding jobs: baseboards, trim, toe-kicks, fixing the cut-out studs under the stairs and even getting the crawlspace steps mounted in 1014.

Nan, as always, got us going, and kept us going, with coffee and treats. She also decorated the picture windows of each unit with garland and candles and put new ribbons on the wreaths (courtesy of Saturday Afternoons, Bala).

I managed to get the range hoods installed myself covered in caulking and plaster, and make a mess of both units. [Editor's note: self-depracating humour. I've seen Rob work!] I intended to clean up a bit more for Santa, but I had to leave in time to work the Bingo at the Legion.

Action/Follow-Up Items: 

Rob: Chase down new cabinet door.
Everyone:


Next Days:
Closed til December 28
Tuesday: I'm hoping to get the plumbers in. I may not be available and Nan won't be
around, so I might have to find someone in Bala to open up the door for the plumbers.
Wednesday: ADAM Electric is coming in to finish up the electrical

Thursday - Jan 3: Closed unless a contractor or volunteer needs an excuse to get away from family.

Volunteer Requirements: In the new year there will be a big push to get a lot of little jobs finished and clean up the inside. There will also be a lot of paint touch-ups.

Materials/Tools: I took home some paint brushes to clean; I've just got to remember to get them back there. ReStore Truck to haul away material. Appliances in 2011.

Inspections: In 2011 after the roof is on, the plumbing is in, and the HRV's have been completed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Eager beavers

Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build
Date: December 22, 2010,

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Acting Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers: 5 Golden Beaver Creekers
Contractors: Ian Wallace, Jeff Vincent, and HPN.

Daily Log:    Stu Barns and a crew of 5 from Beaver Creek dug out all the equipment and materials from under the snow and loaded it onto their trailer and took it back to the ReStore.  They also cleaned up the units (which I promptly muddied again) and touched up the last of the drywall boo-boos.

Ian Wallace finished up the trim.  Jeff Vincent and his helper Ian shovelled the snow off the roof and got about half the roof on unit 1014A.  They'll be back to finish the rest Thursday.  HPN showed up late in the afternoon and got the toilet and tub in 1014A connected (still a lot of plumbing to do).

Action/Follow-Up Items:    Rob: The upper cabinets for the kitchen in 1014 are too big (the fridge won't fit.  It appears the base units were re-sized, but the uppers weren't.  I will order another door and get one of the local cabinetmaker volunteers to re-size one of the boxes.
Pick up roof vents (Jeff will install later along with snow dams).

Next Days:Thursday:  Roofers, Plumbers and if any others come, continue with trim and toe-kicks.  Last day to get materials.
Christmas Eve: Closed till Jan 3, unless a contractor or volunteer needs an excuse to get away from family.

Volunteer Requirements:      Is there anyone still here?

Materials/Tools: ReStore Truck to haul away material.  Appliances in 2011.

Inspections:  In 2011 after the roof is on, the plumbing is in, and the HRV's have been completed. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build – It's Winter!





Date: December 21, 2010,

Rob Abbott reporting

On Site:
Acting Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteers: No Slug Doug Patterson, Free Willie Fletcher, Captain Cody Fletcher
Contractors: All About Kitchens, Ian Wallace
Visitors: Patrick and Mark stopped by to deliver materials from the ReStore, and Harry Westerby stopped by to check on the roof status.

Daily Log:    Jeepers; was the moon ever large and bright over the tree-tops when I drove in today!

Doug and Cody were wicked on the picket line finishing up the last railing. Meanwhile, Willie finished framing the bathroom counter frame and cut the toe-kicks for 1014.  Ian Wallace responded to my Bala-Signal call for a trim guy and dropped his sugar cookie and to battle pine and solve our problems with crack, finishing up the trim and baseboard details in 1014A.   I spent most of the day on the phone, loading up Micro Red with trash for the dump, or picking up materials.  Chris and ? From All About Kitchens installed the countertop for 1014 and cut out all the sink openings.

Despite promises, the plumbers were a no-show.

Action/Follow-Up Items:    Rob: Plumbers and Adam Electric

Next Days/Week Plan:
Wednesday: Change of plan; the roofers are coming!  Get ReStore truck if possible and start clea
ring out.  Trim and toe-kick.  Plumbers if I can get them.
Busy Santa
Thursday:  If anyone comes, continue with trim and toe-kicks.  Last day to get materials.
Christmas Eve: Depends on volunteer availability.

Volunteer Requirements:      Eager Beavers on Wednesday.

Materials/Tools: ReStore Truck to haul away material.  Appliances in 2011.

Inspections:  In 2011 after the roof is on, the plumbing is in, and the HRV's have been completed.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Voluntolds


Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build
Date: December 20, 2010, Rob Abbott reporting

On Site: 
Acting Site Supervisor: Rob Abbott
Volunteer: Willie Fletcher
Voluntolds: Beaver Creek Crew: Stu, Eric, Rick, Carlos, Tibor, Chris
Contractors: All About Kitchens

Daily Log:     The weather was overcast with flurries.  Rick sanded and primed the stairwell of 1014; the mudding and taping is done!  Eric primed some bare spots and cleaned and protected the floors in the units.  Stu got the bathroom light fixture working, Tibor, Carlos and Chris went on and archaeological dig extricating all the lumber, tools and trash buried under the snow.  They also dismantled the sign and cleaned up the site as best they could.  The countertops for 1014A were installed.  Willie and I worked on the handrails for 1014A, but by 3:30 we were cold and tired and said stick-it to the pickets until tomorrow.

Action/Follow-Up Items:   Rob: Jeff Vincent, Adam Electric

Next Days/Week Plan:     
Tuesday: Pickets on 1014A, Continue with above. Toe-kicks, handrails, trim.  HPN is to come in the afternoon.  Countertops for 1014?
Wednesday: HPN.
Thursday:  Roofers and Siding?
Christmas Eve: Depends on volunteer availability.

Volunteer Requirements:              Eager Beavers on Wednesday.  Need trim/detail expert.

Materials/Tools: ReStore Truck to haul away material.  Appliances in 2011.

Inspections:  In 2011 after roof is on.

Cheese, serfs, and beavers



Head Cheese: Howard
Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build
Date: December 18, 2010, Rob Abbott reporting

On Site: 
Le Grand Fromage: Howard Ruttan
Serfs: Willie Fletcher, Rob Abbott, Peter Heming
Contractors: None

Serf
Daily Log:     The weather was overcast and not nearly as cold as earlier in the week, so I don’t know why Howard and Peter were complaining about finishing the hand rail and porch on 1014.  Willie and I had the real tough job of finishing up the kitchen cabinets in 1014.

Being the last weekend to shop and travel before Christmas and all, we closed up shortly after noon.

Action/Follow-Up Items:   Rob: Jeff Vincent, range hoods, kitchen faucets, HPN

Next Days/Week Plan:     
What eager beavers can do!
Monday: Kitchen counters installed, finish screwing down deck boards, railings on 1014A stairs and porch.
Tuesday: Continue with above. Toe-kicks, handrails, trim.
Wednesday: Plumbers?
Thursday:  Roofers and Siding?
Christmas Eve: Depends on volunteer availability.

Volunteer Requirements:              
Eager Beavers on Monday.  Need trim/detail expert.

Materials/Tools:  weather strip for attic hatches, handrail and brackets, closet rods, range hoods.
Eager beavers on the fly.
Bala, April, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Decks, steps, stairs, ramps

Daily Log Patty Parsons Project Dec. 16


Site supervisor: Howard Ruttan

Volunteers: Rob Abbott, Doug Patterson, Mike Guiry, Deb Tillson 

Contractors: Buttler Heating

Activities: Deb organizing the basement tool room. 
               Rob, Doug, Mike and Howard working on decks and steps. 

              Two sets of stairs completed. 
               Ramp and remaining steps 80% done.

Buttler Heating completed HRV in 1014A. Continued working on HRV in 1014.

Next: Kitchen in 1014A to be installed tomorrow.
                   Continue with stairs and decks.
                    Schedule remainder of roof install.

~Howard Ruttan

Getting all the ducks in a row!

Daily Log December 14, Patty Parsons Project


Site Supervisor: Howard Ruttan
Volunteers: Chairman of all builders: Rob Abbott
All others: Nan Allen, Doug Patterson, Deb Tillson,  Kent Hamill, Willie Fletcher, Peter Hemming, Beaver Creek Crew; Stu Barnes, Gilles Loubier, Ron Miller, Eric Campbell, Joe Willemsen, Rick __ .

Contractors: Non

Activities: Rick doing a fantastic job mudding the final areas that were missed and where plugs needed to be moved.
              Willie and Kent installing cabinets in 1014.
              Deb painting and cleaning and organizing.
              Remainder of crew working outside in frigid weather building steps, ramp and decks. Doing a fantastic job too.

Next: complete decks and steps.
        Install cabinets in 1014A. Finish kitchen in 1014.
        Arrange counter top installs.
        

~Howard Ruttan

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We're gonna be in a video!

OK. Not me. I'm not in any! I take the photos! But still, great excitement!

I took a lot of photos! I'm up over 600, to be sure. Several a day from May to September 15th, when we moved away. It was incredible seeing what these fabulous volunteers managed every day. They had great supervisors, with three different ones: Howard Ruttan, Frank Fraser (Elf King), and Rob Abbott (Robber Rabbit of the Smart Car, able to carry small buildings in a single bound), at various times over the summer.

Other photographers who sent me photos included:

  • Frank Fraser, who sent me many once I left. Bless his soul!
  • Rob Abbott, the sage of daily loggers. Lordie (to quote my late Dad), Rob's a punmeister, or penmeister. Don't know how he does it after a long day hammering, building and doing his thing!
  • Linda Acton-Riddle, President of Habitat Muskoka, who had a personal pilot (her hubby) who took photos from the air, before the roof was put on! How cool was that? 
  • Ellen Frood, ED of Habitat for Humanity Muskoka, sent me some of the first look by one of our partner families. They have been very kind and shared their photos with us and for the blog.


But the news...

Blake Heathcote
Blake Heathcote is going to be making a video of the activities at Bala's Patty Parsons Build.
 (The latest Muskoka Habitat for Humanity Project. The next will be in Gravenhurst!)
I hope they will find as many fabulous volunteers there as they found in our small town of Bala! They said we couldn't do it, but people came from near and far. They gave their time, energy and expertise when they could have been having docktails, a long-standing Muskoka tradition!

Blake is a very talented person and we are fortunate to have him donating his services.

From Blake's webpage...

Telling stories has been the focus of Blake’s life for the past thirty-five years. He began his career in the theatre as a writer and director, working across Canada, on Broadway and in the UK.  He created the Testaments of Honour project in 1999 to record the stories of WWII veterans from across the country which resulted in two best-selling books, video displays in museums in Canada, UK and France and video interviews on numerous websites across the internet. Since 2006 Blake has been Video Producer for Random House of Canada, creating video interviews with some of the world’s leading authors. He continues to create unique video stories for families and for businesses, assists individuals with writing memoirs and provides media coaching to strengthen the skills needed for public presentations and how to best communicate on camera.

All at Habitat for Humanity Muskoka are excited looking forward to seeing the results. (I may just have to schedule a special Muskoka visit!) The unveiling of the video will be on January 28th at the gala dinner (entitled New Digs). Be there or be square!

Volunteers from near and far!

Here is a summer photo from Mike Robbins & Mary Muir, of Rossland, B.C.
"Hey Rob: Top of the season. Think of you often and look forward to a build next summer. When did you get her finished?  Hope you found an oil guy.  I am shopping for a new camera. All the best to you and the Habitat folks."


We had volunteers from near and far!  




Rob Abbott and Frank Fraser in the early days.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rob & the donuts


Preparging - courtesy Andrew Wagner-Chazalon
Daily Log, Patty Parsons Build
Date: December 11, 2010, 
Rob Abbott reporting

On Site: 
Head Honcho: Howard Ruttan
Volunteers: Willie Fletcher, Jim Houghton, Toni
Contractors: None

Daily Log:     It’s been well over a month since I did one of these, and since, other than decimating the doughnut box, I did very little today, I figured I should at least write the log.

The weather was overcast and mild, but not mild enough to make it any easier for Willie and Jim swinging the pick-axe to break up the frozen ground.

Howard, Jim and Willie worked on framing the side-door porches.  Toni continued her touch-ups in 1014. Meanwhile, I offered unsolicited and unhelpful advice, and did very little useful work.

Action/Follow-Up Items:   Howard: Jeff Vincent, kitchen installers, HRV hook-up for 1014.
Rob: Range hoods

Next Days/Week Plan:     
Monday: Porches, ramp, railings, and kitchen install
Eager Beaver
Tuesday: Continue with above. Mudding and taping.
Wednesday: KITCHENS are a Priority

Volunteer Requirements:              
Eager Beavers on Tuesday.

Materials/Tools:  2 sheets of PT Plywood for ramp, drywall mud, weather strip for attic hatches (approx 10’ per unit) Howard/Jane: Pick up MDF from Muskoka Lumber to be ripped and primed for window jamb extensions and sills.


Inspections:  Plumbing (arranged by HPN?)

Friday, December 10, 2010

More work!

Daily Log: Patty Parsons Project Dec. 10, 2010



VOLUNTEERS: SITE SUPERVISOR HOWARD RUTTAN, NAN ALLEN, TONI GREEN, DEB TILLSON, PETER HEMMING.

CONTRACTORS: NONE

ACTIVITIES: DEB AND TONI PAINTED UP A STORM IN BOTH UNITS TO FINISH TRIM AND PAINTING DAMAGES ON WALLS.
                   ROB WORKED ON BATHROOM DOOR HANDLE AND REPAIRING ATTIC HATCHES
                   PETER AND HOWARD WORKED ON SIDE STEPS AND CUTTING STRINGERS FOR STAIRS

NEXT: MORE WORK!

~HOWARD RUTTAN

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dec. 9 Daily Log

VOLUNTEERS: SITE SUPERVISOR HOWARD RUTTAN, 
NAN ALLEN, DOUG PATTERSON, ROB ABBOTT, TONI GREEN, PETER HEMMING, BEAVER CREEK FOLKS (STU BARNES, JOE WILLEMSEN, ERIC CAMPBELL, RON MILLER, GILLES LOUBIER).

CONTRACTORS: FRED ORCHARD VISITED SITE TO REVIEW KITCHEN PLANS AND LAYOUT. HE HAS AGREED TO INSTALL.
ACTIVITIES: CREWS WORKING ON PAINTING TRIM AND FILLING DAMAGES LED BY TONI GREEN.
                   JOE WILLEMSEN MUDDING DRYWALL.
                   CREWS WORKING ON RAMP AND SIDE STAIRS.
                   ROB INSTALLING BATHROOM DOOR LATCH AND LAYING FLOOR PROTECTORS.
NEXT: INSTALL KITCHEN CABINETS, COUNTER TOP AND  SINK - CONTRACTOR.
          COMPLETE PLUMBING - CONTRACTOR.
          COMPLETE HRV INSTALL. - CONTRACTOR
          COMPLETE ELECTRICAL - CONTRACTOR.


          CONTINUE WITH PAINTING, OUTSIDE STAIRS AND RAMP AND  MUDDING DRYWALL - VOLUNTEERS.
          INSTALL REMAINDER OF ROOF MATERIAL - CONTRACTOR.
          RETURN MATERIAL AND TOOLS TO RESTORE STORE ROOM - VOLUNTEERS.
          FINAL INSPECTION - SITE SUPERVISOR .

~HOWARD RUTTAN 

Painting, stepping, drywalling, kitchening!

Dec. 7 and 8 Daily Log - Patty Parsons Project



VOLUNTEERS
SITE SUPERVISOR HOWARD RUTTAN
NAN ALLEN, MIKE GUIRY, DOUG PATTERSON, DEB TILSON, ROBERTA __, MICK __, PETER  HEMMING,SUSAN HEMMING,
                     5 PEOPLE FROM BEAVER CREEK INCLUDING THEIR SUPERVISOR STU BARNES.
                     SORRY ABOUT THE MISSING NAMES....

CONTRACTORS: WESTERBY SIDING
                         BUTTLER HEATING
                         BEDROCK LANDSCAPE
                         BRENT QUARRIES

ACTIVITIES: VOLUNTEERS BUSY PAINTING FINAL COAT OF TRIM IN 1014A.
                   DRYWALLING ELECTRICAL ENCLOSURES.
                  BUILDING STEPS FOR FRONT OF 1014A AND STARTED RAMP FOR 1014.
                  UNLOADING KITCHEN CUPBOARDS

                  CONTRACTORS GRADING FILL AROUND BACK AND SIDES OF BOTH UNITS  
                  WESTERBY CONTINUING WITH SIDING ALONG REAR OF BOTH UNITS
                  BUTTLER STARTING HRV INSTALLS
                  CORCAN DELIVERED CUPBOARDS AND VANITIES FOR BOTH UNITS
                 
NEXT:  CONTINUE WITH INSTALLATION OF ENTRY STEPS  
           PAINT TRIM
           MUD DRYWALL
          CONTACT KITCHEN INSTALLER AND DETERMINE AVAILABILITY
          CONTACT ROOF INSTALLER AND DETERMINE STATUS OF STEEL ORDER
          COMPLETE SIDING INSTALL
          COMPLETE HRV INSTALL

~HOWARD RUTTAN