October and November on the roof

Well, we are working on the shingles now…..


As you can see the shingles are going on !.  They are a beautiful product.  We actually spend most of our time moving scaffold and setting things up – then an hour or so of shingles, then back to moving the supports around.  Note that scaffold, I think its older than I am.  Dave is gracing these photos as I am the cameraman at the moment ( Tim ).

The ground crew has been busy inside, fixing the holes in the floor and now placing internal bracing the walls.


September 24th interior scaffold gone !

A great day was had on Saturday, the ground crew took out the last half of the interior scaffold. Its now a very long ladder climb for the roofing crew to access the bell tower . Thanks Al and Dave 2 !

The bell tower shingling is gaining momentum, we have shingles all around the base now and are working up to the top. We have had to add more scaffold ( much to Dave 1`s disappointment – Ì thought we were finished with building scaffold !)  to reach the higher shingle rows.

The latest in progress photos:

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also, I have an idea for a rolling outside scaffold ( that fits our budget). The idea is to get wheels for the scaffold we have and assemble tracks from the lumber we have – rolling the scaffold along the base of the walls under the eves – allowing us to get that all important first 4 ft of shingles installed. Hmmmm. We then progress to work platforms on the roof itself.


See you next week !



September 13 progress

Here’s update from last weekend:

The ground crew finished up the repair of the subfloor in the main sanctuary room.  We have taken out half of the scaffold that once filled (stuffed) the main sanctuary. This exposed the original floor of the building. The original floor along the southeast side had rotted through. We could not access it to repair until now. Thanks to Al and Dave 2 its now fixed up. When the rest of the scaffold is removed we will be able to fix up the rest of the subfloor. Right now that scaffold is being used by the high crew to access the bell tower.

The high crew continues to work on the shingling of the bell tower roof.  The shingling is slow – 9 of 10 shingles has a custom angle cut due to the multiple valleys and ridges – none of which are parallel…… A bit of learning going on here – learning is not a new experience!  We also tackled soldering the ridge to slope flashing connections.  This also took a bit of  trial and error, got it I think in the end.  Its really inspiring to see the new shingles in place….. looks like a new building when viewed with the painted barges, rebuilt venting, and new flashing. We are REALLY looking forward to removing the bell tower scaffold.

For those of you who live nearby, that bell you hear is in the bell tower.  really a lovely sound ! Enough said. The bell came from Chase, a surprise donation from the museum there. Dave 1 and Tim  “plopped” it into position some weeks ago.

The shingles comes from Mission BC – Tim brings them back 400ft2 at a time  in a trailer when he travels that way. They are Certi-grade  No1 18″ Perfections.  They are beautiful edge grain cedar and a re a joy to work with.  We had planned for a roofer to do the work but if the volunteers do the labour of installing them it frees up a large sum for interior finishes. Tim has been disappointed by the successful bidder for this work. He has proved unsuitable for the project so on contract has been signed. But out of this has arisen the potential for interior lumber  – a great boon to us all in that we can look forward to finishing the building earlier than would otherwise be possible. It also means our grant moneys are being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d  even further.  I guess we have put maybe 2000 man hours into the repair and restoration thus far.  We have been at it for 2 and 1/2 years….. !

Next on the list is continued roofing for the high crew and cutting ridge caps to size for the ground crew.








Aug 16th work continues

Hi all;


here’s an update:

Hans has done the chimney concrete:


The scaffold inside has been half removed now. You can see the new roof structure on the upper left (just visible) and the arch truss system that holds up the bell tower. It can be seen “straight up” from that paint bucket that is sitting on the scaffold.


Below is a picture through the bell tower floor – it has a new roof of heavy felt – just like the original.



The bell tower is looking very new up top – below you can see the flashing and felt underlay going in ahead of the shingles.  We have Money for the shingles – but have not been ready until now. We are doing the bell tower shingles ourselves to conserve that cash as much as possible. The facia boards you can see are original.



Below are the corner posts – removed and reinstalled, painted, and standing on the rebuilt bell tower floor.


AAANNNDD:  a bell ! Securely bolted to the floor of the tower.


A picture of the access into the bell tower floor from inside the building. Dave 1 and Tim have gotten very used to this tight fit…..


Bye Bye scaffold,  Dave 1 and Dave 2 hard at work. Its amazing how that changes the inside of the building – it has been plugged with scaffold for two and a half years. It makes you realize how much height there is inside this building.




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November’s Concrete

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Well we did it, the concrete is poured. Thanks to Shuswap Concrete Pumping who donated a machine and their time and Salmon Arm Ready Mix who discounted their concrete price for us.  Great to work with professionals on this project.

The concrete marks a real turning point for us. its a permanent foundation for the building. Its not a standard foundation but a hybrid between what was originally there. The “original” footings and supports were concrete pads with  round wood posts set on top, solid concrete cubes, or just posts set in the soil. The cubes were located at each of the two railway end corners, the concrete pads and posts were along the perimeter, the wood posts alone were up the middle of the building.  Its clear that the outside posts were upgraded along the way to sit on the concrete pads. The concrete was not part of the original construction. I speculate it was added when settlement of the perimeter of the building started to occur. The middle posts were never upgraded because the soil was dry under the middle of the building – dry soil lacks the moisture needed for decay to happen.   The concrete in the pads, cubes and stairs is a mix of beach gravels, cobbles and cement – tending to be very porous and easily broken apart. A tree grew through the steps breaking off the two bottom steps – testimony to just how porous the original concrete was.  I recall a foundation of similar age nearby – you could see when they stopped mixing to have lunch ( or tea?) – there was what is now called a “pour break” marking a stop in production where the concrete was allowed to set up. The concrete cubes show this stratification as well – each batch of concrete can be visually isolated.

Later the same week we crawled around up on the roof and added plastic to the roof. We also stripped the plywood off the foundation risers after the concrete had set up……now we wonder if we can get the pads backfilled before the cold really freezes the soils so solid they can’t be moved until spring.

Here are some more pictures:

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The concrete




Nov 23 strap the footing risers

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Now we have some winter…..

Dave 2 and Albert braved the cold last weekend to strap the footing risers. This prevents blowouts when we load the concrete into the risers. I call them Spanish windlass’s – they got called windless’s and their installation summarized in terms of jazz/blues – you can twang the rope and get rewarded with a bass note for a tight rope.

As you can see we have put plastic in the windows  which has helped make the building much more inhabitable – allowing work to continue inside over the winter. Sorry about that.

Earlier in the week Dave 1 and Tim came around an put plastic on the roof….more to come while we wait for the shinglers to commit to the project.

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That person above, peering over the roof is the ever ready and willing Dave 1 though I imagine you can think of other things he looks like !.

We look forward to concrete this coming week – Nov 26th.  It will be placed by Shuswap Concrete Pumping – a big thank you to them from all of us. Gerry who volunteers when he can has made this donation possible – thanks a lot Gerry.  Salmon Arm Redi-Mix will provide the 8 yards of concrete for a reduced price – thanks very much – every penny counts.

Come back to our website to see the photos of the concrete pumping…..

That’s all for today.

November 16th prep for winter…or

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The haunting words of the Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald comes to mind after this last saturday……something about the gales of November came early and a hurricane westwind.

We finished up the tall scaffold for the access for chimney repairs. This will now likely be in spring as the weather is too cold and the brick too exposed to protect during the curing process.

We also tweeked the forms for concrete – almost there, ready for concrete. Shuswap Concrete pumping has agreed to donate thier services – a real boon to volunteers not to have to wheel concrete into place – I am only good for about two loads doing it that way.

Seeing as the cold weather is apon us we have put plastic up in the windows and put some temp plywood doors on the entrances and finally set up the wood stove for a bit of drying heat for my fingers…er I mean the building.

We are haviong real trouble attracting a roofing contractor to put shingles up. We have been asking around for a couple of months now and have found some interested parties – but they are missing insurance or other basic requirements. Many times they simply don’t call back.   We have a grant to pay for shingles but need the roofing community to get on the program of at least giving us a quote for the work.  This is very frustrating. I challenge the roofing community to deliver on this. I am amazed at the lack of interest and lacklustre behavior of the people we have tried to contact. There are some exceptions – but not enough yet.  Why are you all so afraid of a basic written contract? Nothing special – you need WCB registration and insurance, provide a quote and sign at the bottom. Why is that so hard?

Up coming for the next week or so are:

 – put some spanish windlass’s on the concrete forms

– tarp the roof ( since no roofers are showing up – grrrr)

–  some screws and tweeks for the roof plywood to make it ready for roofers.

– pour concrete !!!!

– start in on the hidden ridge truss – the final step of roof repair

– re-attach the tension rods across the building.

Here are some more photos, I really like Dave 1 doing a Samson routine.  Dave 2 with his finger caught in the door is great too. Thanks to Albert for taking these:

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sorry about the photo on its side, still haven’t figured out how to fix that.






Nov 2nd tower progress

Over the  last few weeks we have been busy on two fronts. The first would be at ground level were Albert ,  Dave 2 and Curtis have been digging up foundations pits and assembling formwork. Each hydro pole has to be jacked up with a jack-all which is a persnickety device prone to heart stopping malfunctions and prone to projecting bits of itself at you with great vigour.

We also have been working on the bell tower bracing.  We have been putting threaded rod  cross braces in the base of the tower – all hidden except the bolt heads.  Below are some photos of this:

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Below is a good photo of what we have been building for formwork for the pole ends:

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Nov 9, Formwork and Winter Coming

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This last weekend we worked on the ground mostly. We focussed on building forms and placing rebar for the new footings.  The new footings are tucked under the building and are designed to be hidden when the original skirting is replaced back under the building. They consist of a hole about 24 to 36 inches deep with a 30 by 30 inch square pad and a concrete riser. The riser holds the end of the donated pressure treated hydro poles which serve as beams to support the building. The hydro poles are needed only because we did not want to excavate pits in the middle under the building in an already cramped space. The poles take the mid building floor loads out to the perimeter of the building.  The pole ends are large.  In order to capture the pole ends we are forming saddles, the saddles are cast around the pole end .

Shuswap Concrete Pumping (Thank you very much !) will help us place the concrete.  We plan to place it Nov 16 all going well.

Below is a photo of volunteers discussing the business of cutting rebar amongst other topics.

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We also worked on a scaffold for the mason to ascend as he refinishes the  chimney top.  Its a very high up spot and Hans, the mason, needs a good safe work space to do a good job high up. We will have to wrap up his work to protect if from frost for a few days. We are unsure of the temperature now so if its too cold we may not do the masonry this year.

Here is that scaffold:

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Dave 1 climbed up on the roof and tossed down a lot of lumber we used for climbing around up there during plywood installation.  We will likely tarp the roof in a few weeks in order create a useful space inside where we can continue working.  We have already tarped the  bell tower, you can see it (for miles around !) in the background of the photos. We also plan to put clear plastic in the windows and set up our wood heater. 

Blind Bay Village Grocer continues to supply us with Lunch. We really appreciate this,  it makes the day go so much better.

Sept 28th last scaffold and more plywood up

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For the last time we set up the roof access scaffold. This good news as it signals the closing act of the roof plywood project.  This time we add the added entertainment of working over the holes we dug for the new footings.  I’m not sure who came up with the idea of digging holes then putting scaffold up over them, oops – that was me !.

Dave 1 ripped off the remainder of the shingles in short order, keeping Dave 2, Al, Jerry and Curtis busy with the clean up. 

Jerry and Dave 2 also helped push up a couple sheets of plywood to me where it was scribed and send back down for a haircut prior to placement.  The roof is amazingly out of square. We wanted to avoid having to trim the second and third rows of plywood so laid the first row factory butt to butt along the eve in a straight line. This meant cutting 10″ off the side of the last sheet – that’s how much the roof went out of straight over its length.

There’s quite a sag in the roof near the north end on the west side. It became really apparent when the plywood for the east side was put on – it extended beyond the ridge by about 2″ in one stretch. The solution was to add tapered strapping to the shiplap to raise up the new plywood – effectively filling in the low area.  The strapping is about 1 1/2″ thick at one end, tapering to nothing about 8′ away.  Thanks to Jerry and Dave 2 who endured about 48 lineal feet of ripping with a noisy guideless hand held circular saw.

Thanks to Spockets for coffee and muffins and Blind Bay Village Grocer for lunch. It’s always looked forward to. We have started watching for Louise’s car coming with lunch now – we can see her about a half kilometer away on the road. Oops I hope she doen’t read this.

here are some more pictures:

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