Saturday, September 22, 2018

When we left the site today, everything was in good shape.  Roger and I had 5 volunteers from WPAFB as well as Bob Swab (caulker extraordinary).

All the white painting was completed – 2 coats on second side of garage door, all the sills including under the sill trim, all the casings, all the baseboards.

All the wall touch ups were completed except in the bathroom – some repairs were made and will need sanding and paint.

The drywall in the garage was tapped and nail heads spackled.

All the interior floors except where the cardboard is were vacuumed. Half of the garage was vacuumed.

All the kitchen cupboards were cleaned.

The bathroom vanity cabinets were cleaned.

All the yard work was completed including rock collecting, the filling in by the aprons and trimming the sidewalks so the new sod will be even at the edge. Also all the hay, skids, and lumber by the trailer was hauled away or trashed. The old electrical box needs to be collected by the electricians or trashed.

All the counter tops were caulked.

All the windows were washed inside and out.

The three bedroom shelves were placed in the bedroom but not fastened.

All the paint brushes were thoroughly cleaned.

The work table and tools were cleaned and organized.

In cleaning the kitchen cabinets two issues came up.

  1. There is a hole where the two upper cabinets meet in the corner that would allow items on the shelves to fall through to the countertop. A piece of wood was left on the countertop as a possible stop cap.
  2. The upper corner cabinet next to the sink appears to have the door opening on the wrong side (may be a matter of opinion).

Roger and I tried to level the vanity in the bathroom.  In tightening the last screw it would not tighten.  The cabinet  probably needs a moly or two which we didn’t find till the end of the day so it still needs some work.

We did not do any touch up on the back porch.  The green tape needs to be removed from the front porch.

Very busy and profitable day!


Friday, September 21, 2018

A very worm but productive day.  Ken E., Bob D., Karen C. and I and two volunteers including Terry our soon to be home owner were in site. Tim was also on site today.   We continued to work on the punch list with good progress.

The Kitchen vent installation is completed.

All flooring is done.

All base board are installed but not all caulked yet.

The water heater was set and wired by Tim in prep for the plumbers

The mail box post was set.

The front porch railing and back porch wood was second coated.

Part of the sidewalk edging was done.

The door bell switch was moved to allow the installation of the storm door.

A trim molding was installed  on the ceiling step in the garage.

Shelving supports were installed in the east bedroom –  See attached list to complete.

All kick boards and cabinet trim was installed.

All door stops installed.

Last counter top was delivered and installed.

Continued touch trim painting

Several other need items.

The plan is to do the landscaping on  Tuesday next week.   Ken will pickup the plants ,the Mulch and compost all donated by Deals


We can use all the help we can get on those days especially in Thursday.  –  Hank can you send out an email to the CtBS group asking for any help available.

The plumber is scheduled for Monday (I hope) and we are ready.

I am updating the punch list :

Some baseboard still needs caulk and nail holes filled

The baseboard and trim touch continues as needed.

Need to caulk around counter top

Ken will build a box around the stove vent pipe-  he has the material.

The replacement garage entry door was delivered today and was painted two coats on one side only the other side need two coats of paint then the door can be rehung.

The wall touch up needs to be done, at green tape on walls, especially in closets at shelving and many other areas.

All cabinets can be cleaned – Some must be done after the plumbing is done.

All  floors can be vacuumed in prep for carpet.

Window frames need to be cleaned and windows washed

Screens need to be installed.

The mail box can be installed.

Finish edging of sidewalks.

Fill  in at the apron where forms were removed – Get dirt from back yard.

Second coat three shelves in garage then install in east bedroom.

The back porch need some touch-up where spots were missed.

The drywall added in the garage needs screw head mudded and the seams and corners need to be taped, first coat.

Some items on previous list are still to be done and this may not be a complete list,add as necessary.

Jerry Shell


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Another constructive day. We had Jerry S, Bob D., Ron E., Rick I, Tim, J and myself on site.

We have installed all of the blinds,

We laid the flooring in the kitchen, pantry, entry way and guest closet.

We installed underlayment for the vinyl flooring in the bathroom and laundry room.

The vinyl was rough cut and loosely laid.  Adhesive was applied on half of each room so this part can be finished tomorrow.

We discussed the landscaping and laying of the sod.

We are requesting to pickup and do the landscaping on Tuesday. I will get a trailer to pickup these materials. Dave G if you would please give Deals the schedule so I can pick everything up on Tuesday as soon as they open.

We are proposing that we lay the sod next Thursday. I will request Bill to have the sod delivered on Thursday early AM. We will need as many workers as possible to help on this day.

We are rapidly approaching the final touch-up paint and cleaning phase on this house. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to help get us to this point and please continue for 2 more weeks so we can dedicate this house for Terry.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The most volunteers that I have seen since Blitz Week!!  Jerry, Bob S., Ken, Al (morning), Tom, and myself for Ctbs and five in the afternoon from PSA.  Thank you, Krissy.

Concrete for the remainder of the driveway and the sidewalk was poured at 1:00PM.  In the morning we removed gravel from the driveway to allow a 6″ pour.  This gravel was leveled in the sidewalk and stored by the POD.

Floors in all the tile and linoleum rooms were sanded and cleaned in preparation for laying floors in the bathroom, laundry room and great room tomorrow.  The bathroom and laundry room will be linoleum while the great room will be the vinyl floating floors.  Material is on site.

The back deck and front spindles were sanded and cleaned in preparation for applying the clear stain.  The back deck was given one complete coating of stain.  Front deck needs its first coat.

The garage was cleaned of sawdust and dirt and all materials were stored on the west wall.  Drywall was installed on the front of both the west and east sides  of the garage.  Code required that we have drywall covering the wires from the panel box.

The yard was raked and a large number of rocks were added to the dumpster.  The condition of the lot is the best that I have seen since the beginning of my Habitat days.  Some soil was added to the front planting area, but more would be helpful.  The planting area in front of the house should be marked for delivery of plants and shrubs.

House numbers were installed on the front porch column.

Holes were bored in the cabinet above the stove for the vent pipe.

Towel racks were installed in the bathroom.

Bob Duplain


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

We had 6 of us today. Tom B., Bob Swab,  Ron E, Janet E,   Dave D. and myself.

We were able to complete or make significant progress toward on the following items:

1- The access to the attic in the garage was completed

2- The last kitchen cabinet was hung.

3- The front door was repainted.

4- The trim around the base of the porch post was caulked and painted.

5- One of the interior door was repainted

6- The wire racks were installed in the linen closet, above the washer dryer and 2 shelves in the pantry

7- The deck railings in the back were installed.

8- The drywall cover over the hole behind the tub was sanded remudded and then remudded again.  I think a last light sanding and we can paint.

9- Scraped and cleaned the bathroom floor. We will need to sand and do a final vaccum  before we lay the floor.

We did not receive any flooring. Bill will have Tim get the proper medicine cabinet so we can hopefully install tomorrow.

Overall a very productive day, I requested that Habitat get us some rakes so we can begin prepping the beds.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Three volunteers, Bob Duplain, Karen and I were on site today. The baseboard has all been cut but not nailed for places with vinyl flooring coming.  Bob and John Ferguson were thrifty with there material use and there are three full lengths of baseboard material left over.

  • The nailed baseboard and door casing has been caulked and or nail holes filled.
  • The damaged 33” upper kitchen cabinet is here – undamaged and ready for installation.
  • The bathroom medicine cabinet came in a box reading oak but was painted white.  It has been repackaged and is in the bedroom.
  • Bob and Jon installed wire closet shelving in the remaining closets and kitchen closet.
  • One of the volunteers and I formed the sidewalk area, but we didn’t have a shovel to move gravel for the correct apron depth.
  • The volunteer and I cut the outside sewer cleanout access to ground level.
  • Bob Duplain filled the non potable water container for Tuesday.
    • I texted Tim to bring back a pointed and flat base shovel, bottled water, 8 and 16 penny nails.
    • If a painter was available, the hall side door of the bedroom by the garage needs pain as does the nail holes and caulked door casings.
    • Several items from Jerry’s Friday 9/14 punch list were started and nearly finished, but the complete list is on the kitchen counter.

All in all, a much better day than Friday.  The house really looks good.  Bring your kneepads for next week’s flooring marathon.

Sadly for us but good for him, John Feguson who has helped several weekends is returning to Connecticut with his employer later this month.


Friday, September 14, 2018

I, Karen, Dave and Terry, worked today.  Terry did an excellent job caulking and filling nail holes while Karen and  Dave worked on baseboard.

Baseboard is installed in one bedroom and part way down the hall.  This work can continue.

All the casing has been caulked and mail holed filled.  The nail holed need to be sanded.

The trim was installed around the porch posts.  They need to be caulked and painted.

The lot was finish graded this morning and looks great. Need to be cleaned up and prepped for sod.

Still no plumbers on site.

Flooring is to be delivered on Tuesday.


The following punch list is what needs to be done but it is not in any order nor is it complete.

Complete base board installation

Complete caulking and nail hole filling

Touch up paint all casing and bases board

Cut off sewer clean out pipe to ground level.

Complete rear porch railings and styles –  See front porch to match the same way – Material on site

Install house Numbers – numbers on site

Caulk and paint  base trim around front porch posts

Paint front porch railings and rear porch  with treated wood stain-  Stain is on site.

Sand nail holes on all casing and touch up paint

Paint all window sills and trim under the sills

Install stove exhaust pipe between vent hood and ceiling pipe.  Need to purchase pipe

Need to cut pipe holes  in the cabinet for the vent  pipe

Build box around the vent pipe over cabinet –  material on site

Install door stops – material on site

Install door handle sets on all interior doors –  material on site

Install vanity in bathroom – vanity  on site

Install towel rack – matl on site

Caulk around counter tops

Install stove exhaust vent – After other item are completed

Complete installation of shelving in two closets and at the laundry area – all material is cut and at location.

Install casing around the garage access opening – need an 8ft. ladder

Install blinds  – blinds are on site

Sand the taped panel in the middle bedroom   and apply the second coat of mud. Need a mud blade to complete this.

Dig out the two sidewalk site, add gravel and form sides – must have 4 inches of concrete.

The apron must have  6 inches of concrete – some gravel must be removed

Lay the laminate flooring –  Flooring to be delivered Tuesday 9/18

Install kick boards in kitchen – after flooring is layed

Replace the garage entry door  – door on  order

Install two storm doors –  A near final item – need to purchase two doors.

Define the location of the mail box – set the post  – all material is on site

Prep yard for sod, remove rocks and rake as needed

Install landscape plants – need mulch or fill at sidewalk area – need to define flower beds

Sod yard

Touch up all walls

Have carpet installed – may require cutting some doors

Clean the entire house

Install appliances  as needed

Plumbers, HVAC and electric needs to be completed.

Jerry Shell

Thursday, September 13, 2019

A very productive day. Bob D. and Al R. were in site until lunch and Bob S.,.Rick I , Tim and I  worked all day.

The shelves were installed in the three bedrooms and  two of the three closets.

All the door casing was completed.

About 2/3 of the casing was caulked and nail holes filled.

Casing trim under the window sills was installed.

The southwest bedroom base boards were caulked and nail holes filled.

The bi pass doors were assembled and hung and opener units installed.

Tim built the back porch steps and has most  of the railings up.

The plumbers did not come as expected – at least not when we closed up.

Nor do the finish grading crew show. Maybe tomorrow.

Still lots of work to be done and we can use all the help available.  Do expect a crew on Sat.

Laminate floor material  is to be delivered tomorrow.

I will start a punch list after tomorrows work progress.

Is there a layout of the floor covering plan available?

Jerry Shell


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

We had three of us there today. Tom B Jerry S and myself.

We were able to make significant progress.

  1. All the swinging doors are now  hung.
  2. The wire shelving for all the closets has been cut and is ready for installation.
  3. The bathroom vanity has been set and the top installed.
  4. The kitchen cabinets have been set and the tops installed.

We are ready for the plumbers.


We are making good progress but there is much left to do.

– All of the base boards need to installed.

– The floors need to be cleaned

– The vinyl flooring needs to be installed in the laundry room and hall, the bathroom, the foyer, and the kitchen.

– The back deck needs steps and railings installed.

– The entire yard needs to be prepped and sodded.

– The landscaping for the flower beds needs to done

– The entire house needs a good cleaning and we need to caulk and touch-up paint all the woodwork.

We have 17 work days until dedication and need everyone to pitch in to assure we are ready for Oct 6th.



Friday, September 7, 2018

We had a very good  work day with Ken, Karen and I doing a variety of items and our wonderful future home owner Terry faithfully painting all day.  Tim arrived after lunch and helped install  kitchen cabinets.

There are three doors that still need a second coat and one door requiring both coats.

Four door jams were finished painted that had not been finished yesterday.

Four doors have been re-hung and all the bi- pass doors are ready to be hung – they need hardware installed. .

The bi-pass rails are installed.

All the window sills were routed,painted and installed and ready to be caulked.

The baseboard  was cut and installed in the southwest bedroom.

The upper kitchen cabinets are partially installed. We do have one damaged upper cabinet that needs replaced.

Over all very productive day but there is a lot of work that ready to be done.  If we are rained out Tomorrow at Huber Heights we can do a lot at Sandy that is indoor work.  More volunteer workers would be great next week also.

Jerry Shell