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Salkehatchie Summer Service
Huntersville Camp 2010

The Stinson Home

The adults on the Stinson team are Robert Dobbins (Site Leader), Mona Kita, Melissa Davis, Al Freeman and Katie Raines. The youth are Emily Gault, Andrew Beck, Hollyann Walker, Michael Pratt, Hannah Leonard and Elizabeth Hilliard.

Monday July 19, 2010

Going into the week the Stinson home presented us with the most question marks. We had some strong suspicians that the house had some major structural issues. Floors were very uneven throughout the house and the back storage room suggested there was a lot of rot above the foundation.

In addition to the unknown hidden challenges there was also things the would like to do in the bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen is a very small area without much in the way of cabinet space. The team also hoped to renovate the bathroom. The bathroom was in need of an update. The tub needed to be replaced and there was no shower.

Most of Monday was spent diagnosing the house. The hallway outside the bathroom was extremely uneven and the team started there by ripping out the floor. From there Robert and Mona crawled under the house to get a better view of the foundation. Unsurprisingly much of the foundation was crumbling. Most of the sill plates had disintegrated.

The roof at the back of the home leaked. Upon further investigation the leaking was contained to a room that was not part of the original structure. It was an attached shed that had a flat roof. That roof was the source of the leak. The team decided to solve the problem by widening an existing dormer.

It was going to be a busy week.

Tuesday July 20, 2010

The team the majority of Tuesday shoring up the foundation under the house. A lot of time was spent by various team members under the house. In addition, the existing kitchen cabinets were removed and the back storage area was dismantled.

By the end of the day it was clear that this house was going to be tougher than originally anticipated.

Wednesday July 21, 2010

With the issues seemingly well understood the team focused on three major projects ... the bathroom & hallway, the storage room and the roof.

The objective the bathroom and hallway was to level out what was about a five inch differential in height between the bathroom & hallway and the rest of the house. The task involved tearing the floor in the hallway and bathroom down to the joists and then buidling up the existing joists to the level of the rest of the house. While it was straightforward the executiion was slow and tedious. However it was completed by the end of the day on Wednesday.

The storage room was complicated by the fact that the sill plates had been rotted out so the team had to re-build the room starting at the foundation and working to putting up new stud walls. Again, slow and tedious.

The third project was to extend and raise the existing dormer to eliminate (by covering them up) the flat part of the roofs. The objective was to seamlessly build out the dormer while accommodating a rather funky looking roof. It wasn't easy but the team came up with a design that seemed to best meet the overall objectives.

The team went ended the day on Wednesday knowing that Thursday would need to be a big day.

Thursday July 22, 2010

Thursday was a day of good progress and some setbacks. Progress was made on the roof, storage room and bathroom and that was encouraging. However, as the team got closer to the plumbing it became apparent that the galvanized pipe under the house was in terrible shape. The only way to get the plumbing working reliably was to replace all the plumbing in the house right out to the street. It certainly wasn't impossible but it would distract the team from completing the bathroom as well as slowing down work that needed to be done in the kitchen.

Friday was going to be an interesting day.

Friday July 23, 2010

The Stinson left the church about 6:15am. There was a lot of work to do and they knew it. Over the week the team had been slowed by a couple of unexpected obstacles ... the foundation of the home including the disintegrated sill plates and the plumbing which tended to crumble when touched.

All this meant was that the team needed a heroic effort to get the house operational in the bathroom and kitchen while at the sametime completing the roof framing and shingling. With some local hands coming on board the team worked until about 5:30pm and managed to complete most of the work. However at the end of the day the kitchen sink wasn't connected and the half of the new roof wasn't completely shingled. Nevertheless the team had accomplished a lot to improve the overall structure of the home.

There was still going to be some meaningful time spent on the home over the next few weeks but that didn't take away from what had been accomplished over the course of the week.