Friday, August 25, 2017

Tim will bring the range hood out this afternoon. It will need to be installed to vent to the outside. Please follow the instructions carefully. These are made so they can be vent-less, too, and normally the “flapper” needs to be moved and a cover plate installed so the air goes the right way….to the outside. You’ll also need to see what type of ducting is needed to go through the wall to the outside. If you catch the HVAC installer as he’s doing the finish work, he may be able to provide some guidance. You’ll also need to pick  up a 6-8” vent cap for outside on the siding.

Tim and Keith are planning to pour the concrete on Monday as long as the weather looks ok. Right now they’re showing a chance of rain in the afternoon but we’ll monitor it. If Monday doesn’t work we’ll set it up for Wednesday or Thursday. 2-3 helpers would be enough if anyone is willing to help.

Norm Miozzi

HFH of Greater Dayton

Ken was at the site to greet me, review the days work, and give my key and one for Roger.  Stephanie was the only volunteer.  I went to Lowe’s to purchase shoe molding.  All the molding was painted twice, the garage floor was swept, and the tools organized.  Caulking and touch up painting on the baseboards and door trims was completed in the kitchen, great room, hall, 1st bedroom, laundry room, and bathroom.  Blue tape indicates where some touch up wall painting is needed in the mentioned rooms.  The other two bedrooms and the hall closet still need inspected.

I will bring a chop saw tomorrow for cutting the molding which will be the main project.

The layout for the concrete looks great as does the house. Great job everyone.

The range vent was not delivered.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Today was not a typical day as the front door knob and key box had been stolen from our house over night.  No key box means no way to get into the house.  Only damage to the front door was the ring around the door knob location was bent.  Ken is going to look for a plate that will connect the dead bolt and the door knob so that the impression will not show.  Norm:  we did not call the police or file a report, if you think that is necessary for us to do, please advise.  Norm sent us new door sets and dead bolts.  They are installed. You will need a new key to enter the house.  No more lock box.  Dave and Ken have keys.  Ken has one for Karen, Bob Gray and Roger.  I have keys for Jerry and Al.

Because we could not get into the house, we did yard work for a couple of hours.  I  brought my line trimmer, loppers, and hedge trimmers.  The back fence looks much improved, but still could use a small chain saw to further trim some of the small tree branches.  Rocks and trash along the fence line were put into the dumpster.  We gathered rocks in the yard and put many in the dumpster.  There is a very large concrete foundation piece in the middle of the back yard that a few strong crew members could toss in the dumpster.  We hauled dirt from the top soil pile in the back to reinforce the elevated driveway on the right side.

The backdoor threshold was adjusted and seems to be fine.

Much progress in the bathroom;  the last two pieces of flooring were laid, baseboard was installed, toilet paper rack and towel racks were installed, and the mirror/medicine cabinet was installed.  The cabinet top has NOT been installed.

All drain spouts were cut to the proper length.

All vinyl floors were washed, but with all the dirt and dust could be done again.  All vinyl floors have now been rolled.

The baseboard ends on the slider doors have been painted.  The baseboard on the front door closet was resized and painted.

Dave Deger was on site and he measured for plumbing fixtures and expects to have them on site next week.

The drain pipe was trimmed in the furnace room and is now level with the floor.

There is plenty of yard work and clean up remaining, plus the items mentioned above.

It is important that both the dead bolts and door handle locks be locked before leaving.   Without the front door dead bolt, last night’s visitors would have been in the house.

Norm has advised that the driveway will be poured next week.

All water on site is in the coolers, so more will be needed soon.

Bob Duplain

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The weather today was quite nice a, and the four of us, volunteer Stefani, Bob, Ken and myself spent the day prepping the driveway for concrete. The driveway and walkway are ready for whenever Norm can make it happen. While that was the only thing we worked on, it was quite a challenge. The back pad is also ready to be poured. We placed gravel at the pad area for the AC unit.

The list from yesterday still needs to be done. When will the plumbers, electricians and HVAC guys return. When they do please ask them to take their leftover materials with them.

The dumpster is filling up.

I do not think that the small amount of topsoil in the back yard will be sufficient for the backfill required for final grade.

Many blessings to all,



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We had a highly productive day at the worksite with 7 amazing volunteers from CareSource. Ken came by for a bit first thing in the morning, left and came back after lunch.

Work completed:

Tree/bush limbs were trimmed back and put in the dumpster

Interior walls/trim checked and sanded/repainted as necessary

Windows and sills cleaned

Bath floor finished except one final piece

Necessary sidewalk pieces and apron broken-up and removed to the dumpster

Gravel moved to start leveling process on drive and sidewalk

Ken cut back the downspouts

To do:

Move gravel to apron area and set up forms for sidewalk and apron – Norm is aware that we need stakes for the forms

Form up a 4×4’ pad for the air condenser and move gravel

Move gravel to rear step form

Finish bath floor

Put up mirror that Tim brought

Put up towel bar and toilet paper hanger

The rear door sweep does not touch the threshold and hopefully can be adjusted

Bob Gray

Saturday, August 19, 2017

We had the K of C group from Council 1292 today.
We were able to set all of the forms. We will need a lot of grave for the driveway. After the gravel is in place we can add support around the forms. We built an installed the forms and rebar for the rear pad but I want clarification on the height of the forms to the door tread..
I will be onsight Monday morning to explain.
Also finished the floor in the hall / laundry room and started the floor in the bathroom.

Since the electrician needs to move a switch in the laundry room / hall it would be easier for him to do this prior to attic insulation.



If I understand you’re question,  the form should be  set 7 and 1/2 in. below the sill, in my opinion.

The support boards we put under the sill will have to be replaced with a wider board because there is a hole that will show,I think, below the support board. This occurred to me after I went home Thurs.  A 2 by 8 would  be 7 and 1/2 in. and define the height  of the step form.

Jerry Shell

Friday, August 19, 2017

On Site today were Bob Swab,  one partner family volunteer and myself.

Work progress:   All blinds were in stalled.

A  permanent support board  for the sill plate was install at the rear door.

Continued laying the vinyl floor in the laundry -hall area. Two strips needed to complete.

Installed the vanity in the bathroom.  The counter has not been attached.

The house was appraised this morning. (Norm, the appraisers left their measuring wheel )

The pod was removed this afternoon.

Tim delivered the roller, some more steel form pins and more vinyl flooring material.

Work to do:        Install the vanity counter top.
Complete the forms for the dive way, walk way and rear step. (Ken and crew tomorrow)

Complete the floor on the laundry -hall and do the bathroom floor.

Purchase and install a medicine cabinet.

Install the towel rack.

Walks and apron still need to be broken up. removed and formed up.

Cut  off four down spout.

Has the attic been insulated?

The house look great and we are very close to our goal.  Have a great couple of weeks

Jerry Shell

Thursday, August 16, 2017

On this warm humid day we had Ken, Bob Swab,Rick for a couple hours, one volunteer and myself.

Work progress:   Caulked the counter tops

Installed the kick boards and trim on the cabinets

Layed the vinyl floor in the utility room and about half finished in the laundry- hall area. ( with Norms direction)

Touched up the touch up on trim,doors and door frames and walls.

All windows were washed and frames cleaned.

Ken cut and installed the trim in the closet.

Norm stopped by and gave Ken and I a complete lineup  on how the drive way and rear door step should be formed.

Ken plans to construct the forms on Saturday. ( Ken, I purchased rebar for the rear door step.)

Work to do:    Four down spouts  need to be shortened.

Norm wants to put a drain under sidewalk at the garage east side down spout – Tim delivered drain pipe for that purpose.

Finish the vinyl floor in the laundry – hall area.

The bathroom MAY have the vinyl if the partner family concurs. Will                                       require more vinyl to do the bathroom.

As noted Ken and the Sat. crew will do forms on Sat.

Stove vent  will be delivered soon and  will require venting thru the west wall.

Blinds were purchased and can be installed.

Mail box can be installed after the concrete is poured.  Post will be just west of the apron.

The apron and several  public sidewalk panels must be replaced.

Norm, can we get mechanical  help to remove the broken  concrete?  Then the forms will have to be installed for the apron and  public sidewalk.

Jerry Shell



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today we had 3 CtBS folks and 3 volunteers.

The entry and kitchen flooring have been completed. I took a truck load of stuff back to Habitat this morning. The POD is now clean and empty. While at Habitat I got a LOCK BOX from Norm. It has been installed on the front door. The combination is 1983. Please insure that the combination numbers are scrambled after you put the house keys in the lock box. Those of you who have the new keys for the POD please put them in the podium. The old ones you can keep or throw away.

We started to layout the forms for the sidewalk and the driveway. NOTE: we most likely will replace the driveway entry and sidewalk; they will remain the same shape as they currently are. The site plan shows the drive being curved inward to meet the apron, we feel a 45 degree is easier than trying to mess with any curves. The trim in the Mech. room has been caulked.

Tomorrow the floor in the mech. room can be laid, us the same material as in kitchen. Continue to work on the forms.

We departed 45 minutes early, just way too hot.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Karen and I and 2 MVH PT volunteers and Leo Hanus were on site.

  • I brought a soaker hose and saturated the soil over the power lines to settle it.
  • Work on baseboard nail hole filling was done and touched up.
  • The linen closet shelving is installed.
  • Leo drilled the recessed close door puls and installed the pulls.
  • Karen started installing the Congoleum flooring by the entry way.
  • The house and garage were swept.

See Jerry’s list from Friday – and I would add the following

  • Measure the windows for blinds and go to Lowes to buy them.  Make the width ½” narrower than the window opening/.
  • Get towel bars , a bathroom vanity and a bathroom medicine cabinet and mirror at Lowes.
  • Continue installing Congoleum.
  • Cleaning supplies for windows will soon be needed. Schedule final graing and driveway to base excavating.
  • Evaluate if more scrub brush can be cut back – watch for chiggers – they bite!

Looking ahead, Karen and I will both be gone August 19.  There may not be work by then except for watering but as a heads up – the site may be closed down August 19.

Roger Duffy


Friday, August 11, 2017

On site today were Karen and I and four volunteers, two that were teens. The youngest did a great job cleaning and edging the front walkway.  We continued the caulking, sanding and touch up painting and some work still remains to be done.  The shelving for the linen closet is cut and the additional end brackets were purchased and the four shelves can be installed. Cut blocks of OSB to put on the floor to attach the center guide but need cement nails to fasten to the floor,  none on site.  The bi-pass door finger pulls require a 2 and an 1/16 or 2 and  an 1/8 inch Forester bit. The 2 inch bit I borrowed from Al was to small.   Does anyone have that size?

The vinyl floor material was delivered and can be installed in the kitchen and at the entry door.   The floor is marked and there is a layout view in the pod podium drawer.

Is a stove hood on order?  And will it require cutting a vent through the west wall?

We have ice for tomorrow and still one case of water.

Are Electrical and HVAC contractors on notice to do their finish work?  Dave stopped by this AM and plans to start his work soon.

Jerry Shell

Other information:

The correct bit is 2-1/8”. It is the same size as the one used to drill a lockset on a door. You can use a 2-1/8” hole saw. Drill carefully so you don’t go through the other side with the bit and then chisel out the core to about ½” depth. I will order the range hood. If there is a duct in the wall behind the hood, it will need to be cut out. Don’t do it until the hood is on site so you can accurately locate the cut-out. I will contact Detmer and Dillard to schedule their finish work.

Norm Miozzi

HFH of Greater Dayton

Folks, I have a 2 1/8 inch forstner bit that I will have on site on Wednesday.

I had 5 additional keys made this afternoon and will start making plans to get them out to the house leaders.

We are coming down to the end of another house and as always we have adapted and overcome.

Blessings to all,

AL .