Teach a person to build, by Rick Kuhn

This is posted on Dan'spage of the blog but is written by Rick Kuhn.

Thursday was the fifth workday for team two. Today we were rained out by 3pm by torrential wind-driven rain. There was almost two inches of water in the chapel and the doorways looked like waterfalls. We are surrounded by mountains on all four sides, which tends to make the wind blow in different directions in a storm.

Late last week Erik and I walked to the work site and were briefed by Carl and Tim from team one. They explained what had taken place and how some time had been lost waiting for tools and wood. Our thanks to Charlie Walsh from First Choice Courier for arranging the shipping. Circle saws,drills, bits, screws, machine tools, a grinder, blades, a generator and power cords all arrived. Coupled with tools already here the work was made possible.

On Friday the work was aligning the trusses that had been built and raised to the top of the building. Note that the wood is mahogany and is very heavy. It takes all hands to lift the trusses into place. Monday they made minor adjustments and Carl Rapp began with Rick to establish a center line for the fourteen foot radius at the altar end of the chapel.

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday have been spent putting in 2 x 4 purlins; the metal roof will attach to the purlins. Work was also done on the ridge vent that Rick had put in the wrong way. Sorry, lost about three hours. Today we hope to work on finishing the eves, installing the rafters on the round end of the building, gables, and the first of the metal roofing sheets. The roof will be squared to an out of square building. Luckily Carl's engineering allows the roof to stand on new columns rather than the weak walls made of soft bricks.

We have accomplished most of what needs to be done thanks to Tim Baker of Trinity, Kirksville, Carl Rapp of Emmanuel, and Erik Winqvist from the Diocese of Lund and the men of Lui who are working very hard. I should say that I am from Emmanuel as well. Every one has been able to improvise on a dime when something won't work. For instance, an improvisation was strapping down the trusses with metal strapping. Another was the ladders that were built. Or Tim grinding down some bits that were too large and using hinges as joist hangers.

This has been a great team, adapting, and somehow we will get done.
Editors note: the rafters on the round in are in place and aligned, purlins are going up on the round in, and the first roofing sheets are up. More pictures to come.

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Comment by Cheryl Elizabeth Ward on August 31, 2013 at 12:22pm

Thanks for all the photo updates!  For me, following this has been an unfolding revelation: of the need to have more patience in my life and that faith DOES have its ultimate harvest when God is involved.  His timing is always unmatched.  This is truly becoming the chapel that it was dreamed of being and no small miracle. Thank you again to everyone who has been part of it.

Comment by Tim Baker on August 30, 2013 at 2:06pm

Wow!!  That looks GREAT!!  Especially the masonry!  Did Alfred take the lead on laying the new bricks?  I knew that Rick and Eric and the men would be able to grab and run with what Carl, the men and I had started.  Good job!  Keep the pictures coming!

Comment by beth felice on August 30, 2013 at 10:56am

Building the rafters for the round end of the building.

Comment by beth felice on August 30, 2013 at 8:44am

photos from Canon Dan.

Comment by Maria Evans on August 30, 2013 at 8:40am

It's all looking great, Rick!

Comment by beth felice on August 30, 2013 at 8:35am

Entrance end of the chapel

you can see the new masonry up to the roof line

Comment by beth felice on August 30, 2013 at 8:35am

Masons at work

Comment by beth felice on August 30, 2013 at 8:34am

Note how joists rest on new columns rather than the old wall

Comment by beth felice on August 30, 2013 at 8:33am

ripping a board, Alfred on saw 

Comment by beth felice on August 30, 2013 at 8:32am

Through the front door.

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