Dangerously close at Malcolm's

Trip Start Nov 26, 2010
Trip End Nov 18, 2011

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

     This week in Port Sulphur, La., the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders (FCDR) was visited by two main groups plus some onesies and twosies.  We are continuing work on the restoration of the home of Mr. Malcolm Savage.  During Hurricane Katrina his home floated away and landed somewhat intact when it bumped into some trees.  After the water subsided, Malcolm and some friends got some telephone poles and a tractor and rolled it back to where it used to be.  He then hired a house mover to lift it up and put a new foundation under it.   FCDR agreed to provide the labor to rebuild his home while Malcolm would provide the funds for materials and subcontract costs (approx. 30k).  We started with a gutted home six weeks ago and have since re-framed the interior walls to a more better open layout designed by Jeanine Sanitllo (wife of FCDR Board member Carl Santillo).  We also moved and or replace doors and windows to fit the new layout and repaired the vinyl siding.  Once the framing was complete, our buddy and long time volunteer and also board member, Steve Marksoff, roughed in the new electric wiring.  Since then, the drywall has been installed and finished (not generally an easy volunteer task) but the finishing was done by three kids from  a tade school and if they had one more day would have been a pretty good finsih on the drywall.  This week at Malcolms we had a group from Ohio led by Mr. Phil Manogg.  He is a very special man and good friend of ours.  This will make his 15th week-long mission trip to work with us in all four locations we have been since Katrina hit in Aug 05.  This week part of his group consisted of two of his granddaughters, Kimmy and Carley and their friend Drew (also female).  All three are on their spring break and came down to work with Grandpa.  On Monday morning at our breakfast eating and meeting, Phil introduced the three and said that they dont have any construction experience and was trying to volunteer them to help Beverly (staff cook).  I knew that we didnt have many people slated to work on Malcolms, so I told Phil that I would train them on the site as flooring specialists.  He agreed, and the four of them as well as two other volunteers made up the crew for the week.  The first day, I showed them how to install Pergo flooring in the living room and worked together with them until I felt sure they got it.  We finished the 12' x 20' ;living room on Monday.  Tuesday I just told them, " rinse and repeat" ( go do the same thing in the two bedrooms.  No help from me.  Tusday those were done.  I told them that when they get back to Ohio they could start their own flooring company, but in order to be a full service company, they would have to learn ceramic tile installation first.  No, I forgot something.  Drew was sick on Tuesday and Kimmy and Carley completed one bedroom by themselves without the missing team member.  She came back Weds and they completed the balance of the lamintate flooring in the house.  Thursday, we learned em how to install ceramic tile on the kitchen, bathroom and laundry/utility rooms.  300 square feet.  One day.  Done.  So today comes and all we have left is to grout the tile.  Normally a tedious and for me, particularly if working solo, my least favorite part about tiling.  Also, Phil told me that they planned to only work until noon today so that they could do a bit of sightseeing and also see if they could spot any alligators.  So with that in mind, we got a bucket brigade going, mixed the grout and had three rooms all being grouted simultaneously.  Took a break for water ( and to let the grout dry a bit) and then sponge and rinse brigade.  Finished at 11:53.  Kitchen help?  Not on my watch.
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Joan Treske on

GREAT story Peter. I love it as I do reading about what's going on down your way. I'm so proud to know you!

Greg Postle on

Great tile job> Those rookies learn FAST!!

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