|16 October 2003:
To continue after our last report, after laying the sub-floors, some of the work moved outside to take advantage of the good weather. After the loose pieces of foundation parge were removed and smoothed off, an adhesive was applied, after which new mortar was meticulously smoothed on by Paul S. Paul cleverly rounded off the top outside edge of the foundation wall all around the building so that water dripping off the siding would not set on the top and then seep into the sill.
(On the inside again) - Paul V. did an excellent job repairing a section of rotted beam (of the top plate) by using a section of another old beam and connecting the three pieces with lap joints. (See photo).
Paul V. and Lee nailed up two 10-inch boards the length of the building on the collar ties to hold the lights. These two also worked on the beam truss and installed two steel rods, all of which help support the eaves. The steel rods went through the top plate and fastened on the outside. To access the outside of the top plate, they had to cut holes in the soffits (2 for each rod) large enough for a hand to fit through with a socket wrench to tighten the nuts on the rods! Very clever! The schoolhouse is now super secure.
Lee framed out the back windows where there was previously a large opening. (See photo). He matched the historic windows on the other side of the back wall. Lee also cut and put up the siding that was needed.
Paul S. framed for the historic smaller windows on the south side, and he did a great job matching the historic pictures of these windows.
Happily the outside work is done! All the repaired areas have appropriate siding which has been primed and stained. Let it rain - or snow!
Charlie Parker came down Tuesday and spent several hours putting the 'bead' in the pine boards and then creating the tongues and grooves on these boards. Specialty work and a perfect match to the old bead boards!
The crew finished nailing up the bead board today, which turned out to be trickier than expected. It was not so easy to match the old crooked bead board wall on the right side of the chimney. But they overcame the challenge and it looks terrific. I'm using a lot of superlatives, but this is a great crew!
The large schoolhouse windows are yet to be installed and we are looking to finish up this part of the project next week. The little schoolhouse is standing tall and looks happy once again! Stay tuned for further updates!