Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday March 23rd

Vin and Cindy's Day

Today, we worked on the siding for the house of a man named Brandon. We weren't sure what to expect or what to do; neither of us had much construction experience, so we learned as we went. The United Saints folks who helped us out were Rachel and Brian. We learned how to use saws, nail guns, staple guns, and other such tools, as well has how to handle and climb ladders safely. Besides the learning experience, it was really awesome to see our accomplishment at the end of the day.

Cindy worked on the trim on the windows with a band saw; this was a special type of saw used for wood with cement inside of it. Her group started out cutting them too small and had to adjust to the measurements, but soon got the hang of it. She also had to deconstruct a fence in order to make room for the tarp to be stapled along the wall, and she really liked the stapling as well as the nail gun. It helps let out pent up aggression and is also super fun.

Vin worked on really tall ladders (that were also super scary!) and stapled the tarp into place. After that was finished, her group began nailing wooden panels into place for the siding that had been previously cut by Cindy's group. There were a lot of technical details that took some getting used to, like handling the ladders, measuring exactly, and holding the wood perfectly level while someone nailed it in place.

We took lots of short breaks for water; it was very hot! The day was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it to see our progress.

After an amazing dinner (Thanks Pops!) we had an informative team building exercises that brought our already tight-knit group closer. As this week progresses we know that our group will only be stronger catalysts for change! ;) *I had to say that


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