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.