The upcoming January project here at Faith will be a challenge, as we try to maintain safe distances while still completing the work that is the project’s goal. We surveyed the progress to Faith’s Mission House made by a Nomads team in the fall and assessed what would be required to make it ready for a tenant at the end of January. This will include completing a bathroom, shoring up a sagging floor and finishing the interior painting among other things.
In addition to planning the work, we began ordering supplies, which has its own challenges given the strain on the package delivery companies and the unusually high demand for construction supplies. With our experience at the park, we’re getting pretty good at placing pick-up orders at Lowe’s and Home Depot.
Just before we left for Virginia this past summer, a new tenant had occupied the gym and put down a new vinyl floor. The change in floor increased the visibility to a problem with leaks in the gym roof. We had thought all of our work 3 years ago had substantially eliminated the leaks, but it was apparent that that was not the case now. There had been some work done while we were gone, and tarps had been placed back on the roof to cover the open vents, which many believed were the source of the problem. While we were initially thinking we would tackle this repair as a Nomads project, Dave began working with local roofers to get estimates and assessments for the changes needed to fix the problem. One of their proposals – to remove the vents and cover the opening with a new metal ridge – was accepted. Dave helped modify the proposal to include their applying a coating of fabric and acrylic paint like we had used on Wesley. Only time will tell whether it works.
Our other tasks were on a smaller scale – changing out a door knob, replacing a photocell. And then helping Pastor Barry set up a live Zoom sermon from his house while he was under quarantine. It’s all in a day’s work.
RV (and truck) Stuff
At Faith, the distance between our holding tank cleanout and the sewer connection is a pretty long distance, not all of which is down hill. We finally decided to get a sewer hose support that creates a gradual slope compensating for the uneven terrain. The hose drains much better, and the support collapses into a pretty small space for storage.
Although we’re not putting a lot of miles on the truck, the warranty requires oil changes and fuel filter changes at regular intervals, regardless of the miles traveled. Dave assisted Fermin in changing the oil and fuel filters, shortly after we got back to Faith.
CWW – All Done? Well, not Quite
Although the Cabin Work Week project ended in November, the work to close out this year and prepare for next year continues. We reconciled our expenses with the Friends’ books in preparation for reports back to our sponsors. We also had a tremendous response for next year’s project all ready. All those who camped with us last year have indicated they plan to return next year.
We resumed our nightly walks around the neighborhood. The difference is that we get to see Christmas decorations, including this army of characters in front of a nearby house. And by the way, Rudolph’s nose does glow!