Posted September 28, 2011

Mini Museum/Tourist Information Center Project Outline
Primary Funding
West Virginia Department of Commerce (Senator Browning Recommendation)

Project Timeline
Build Foundations prior to October 10
October 10 - 11; Build floor section with community volunteers
12 Put down sub floor AmeriCorps NCCC arrives to help
13 – 14 Build and put up wall sections and Trim sheathing to 10’ lengths and paint ends
17 – 18 Put up roof framing and install roofing
19 - 20 Install hemlock interior paneling and ceiling
21 - Frame and install windows and doors

October 22 at noon Celebration of Volunteers at MOC

Materials Needed and Source

Custom Sawed Jimmy 304 237 3967
*1100 BD FT 1” rough oak - 10” wide X 10’ 6” long; for vertical siding and sub floor--Ordered
6 ea. 2” X 8” X 12’ oak for floor joists--Ordered
42 ea. 2” X 6” X 8’ 6” ; hemlock, poplar or yellow pine for rafters
20 ea. 2” X 6” X 10’ 6”; hemlock, poplar, or yellow pine for ceiling joists
80 ea. 4” X ½” X 10’; striping joints in vertical siding--Ordered
* Outside sheathing cut boards 10’— sub floor cut boards 10’ 3-- paint all ends of green lumber

Needed from Lowe’s
6 ea. 2” X 12” X 12’ Yellow Pine
4 ea. 2” X 12” X 10’ Yellow Pine
4 Tubes Wood Glue

From Wyco Church Project
500 BD FT 1” Hemlock Sheathing for roof
12 bundles roofing shingles
4 rolls 30# felt
20# roofing nails
24 ea. 2” X 4“ X 12’; hemlock, poplar, or yellow pine for framing side walls
18 ea. 2” X 4” X 10’; hemlock, poplar, or yellow pine for framing end walls and vertical framing

From Motor Barn
48 Bricks 9’’ X 4 ½ X 2 ½” thick

Tools from Dewey Houck
Plainer, Air Compressor, Nail Gun, 4’ Level and telescoping line level, Table Saw, Skill Saw, Finishing Chop Saw, Framing Chop Saw Stand; Clamps

Nick Brash

$100 from Gerard Albers
50 Bricks from Motor Barn; Gathered by Bobby Davis
Back Door from Harper Station removed in 1960’s; from Sheila Snyder Houck
Floor Joists from Mullens Station; from Dewey Houck
Front door and windows; from Dewey Houck
100 Styrofoam Blocks 12” X 12” X 19”

Constructed by
Project Supervisors; Gary Runion, Pete Kirk
Local Volunteers; Reece Neely; David Worley; Rustle Cook; Bill Cox; bobby Graham
AmeriCorps*NCCC Team Delta 2; from Vicksburg MS. Andrew Schill, Team Leader

AmeriCorps*NCCC Team (4 M - 7 F)
Andrew Schill, Delta 2 Team Leader
Cell: 769-203-0953

Busy work—Forman, Bobby Davis
Get 50 Bricks from Motor Barn to job site
Get hemlock 1” X 10” boards from Wyco church and size and run through jointer
Trim ends of outside paneling and sub floor and paint ends


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March 18, 2011

Alternative Spring Break
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