The internet at Faith is used more and more by different groups using the campus. So, when it is not available, it creates problems. To help increase its reliability, Dave developed a plan to run an ethernet cable with the necessary switches and routers to the outbuildings that are most vulnerable. With help from Ron and Sheila, who ran the wires from the Office to Peeler to Wesley to the apartment and then to A building, we were getting closer to activating the new routers.
While we were at it, we responded to some complaints that the wifi in the campground was not very strong. In addition to fixing a few problems with existing routers, Dave had Ron run some new ethernet wire to a closer position to the campground and we installed a router in Asbury nearer the campground. It seems to work better than before, but the jury is still out.
Due to a combination of errors, the new pre-school had locked themselves out of their rooms on their opening day. We were asked to help get them back in, which was more complicated than just unlocking the door. We actually had to remove a door to get them in. To make it more complicated, the volunteer who had been working on re-keying the locks had gone into the hospital. We decided to start learning how to become locksmiths.
The school had 3 doors, and although there were 3 knobs keyed to their new key, each had a problem. The first door’s key went in fine, but just spun around in the lock. We learned that there were 2 different length “tails” within the lock mechanism, and this one had the shorter tail incorrectly inserted. By switching to the longer tail, the lock worked fine. Just one problem. Try as we might, we couldn’t get the door knob back on the lock. After much trying, Dave accidentally succeeded in putting it on. Just one problem, we couldn’t get his key back out. After a frustrating afternoon of trying different techniques, we set the knob aside. Maybe we could create another key case in another knob for the same key and use that instead?
We started to get carried away. Another door in the same building needed to have its lock changed from one master to another. Done. Fred wanted a lock on the back room in Peeler. Sure thing. Door knob on and off. Done. We were on a roll! Of course, now we just had to go back and fix the 3 padlocks we had broken in the process of learning how to re-key them. Oops.
Since we had (mostly) finished painting the Wesley Hall roof, it was time to re-install the A/C drain to route the water off the roof and minimize the risk of water ponding on the roof and deteriorating the recent paint job. There are 2 HVAC units on the roof. Each would be connected via ¾” PVC to a long 3”PVC run toward the SE corner of the roof. We also had to ensure there was some slope to the pipe to ensure the water would continue to flow. It assembled pretty easily, since Dave had planned and purchased all the couplings and pipe required. Once in place, we could turn the AC units back on. However, since the weather is still pretty cool, we haven’t had a chance to test the new drain to see if it performs as expected. But this is Florida. That day will not be too far in the future.
A few days later, Cathy painted the pipes and the supports to protect them from UV and lock the supports down to the roof. Now, we just have to wait for hot weather. We're not in too much of a hurry.
Faith UMC lost a few tenants last year and that has made their finances more difficult in the intervening months. In order to better utilize the bunkhouses, which can be rented to church or mission groups visiting the area, we had been working on remodeling a room in Peeler, the first of 3, that would accommodate volunteers and / or youth leaders with a bedroom / bathroom, similar to an hotel room. Pat and Ron had been staying in the men’s bunkhouse since December, but we had a group arriving on February 29th, which meant they had to move out before then.
With the disbanding of World Relief in Jacksonville last summer, several organizations have been trying to fill the void left behind. One of those is Kim’s Open Door, which held an open house to inform and recruit new volunteers for the Summer School still scheduled to take place on Faith's campus this summer. (And also another reason for running the internet cables to A building.)