Building of the training centre continues with many thanks to Rob who came and helped out with internal walls and plastering. For the Timorese crew this was their first major attempt at installing stud frame walls with plaster board (drywall).
Setting up the steel frame - and checking for plumb
We went for steel framing since timber doesn’t come straight or in standard sizes here. It was a challenge for the guys but they took to it well. The whole concept of plaster board was brand new to them. Rob’s guiding hand was great in attacking the job piece by piece starting with the ceiling for 2 large rooms and 2 units. That means a lot of sore arms heaving sheets and drilling screws. Rob was very patient in showing them how to get a smooth finish with the plaster which takes a good eye and a steady hand.
Rob teaches Amau the finer arts of plastering
We Aussies are shooting for a completely smooth finish which I sometimes feel is a bit much to ask of guys born in grass huts. But I think they really like doing a professional job which they can feel proud of. I think they’re one of the best building teams in the country. Thanks Rob, for all your help!
Another challenge was getting large and very heavy solar hot water systems onto the two story roof and into position. It takes 6 guys to pick one up and I think the whole team thought getting it onto the roof was not going to be possible. But then I busted out my pulleys and ropes with an old cart from a mate. We rolled the system onto the curved roof and then up a ramp with pulleys. Then we rolled it along tracks into position. All very safe of course. Amazing what you can achieve with simple machines.
Solar hot water - a faith building exercise
On the roof, secured and covered up.
Now we're getting to the end of the main building work. There's still plenty to do in finishing off. We've come to the part of laying tiles which is another big expense. This baby has around 500m2 of flooring. At around $15/m2 laid that'll cost us $7500USD. Long ago I went into red figures so if anyone would like to contribute, now would be much appreciated.
Plastering the main training room
Amau and me start tiling - a momentus occasion that marks the beginning of the end.
This week the new manager - Nino Xavier will begin work with our first job to get ready for the Salvation Army team from NSW, Australia, to set up sound and run a sound system workshop for church sound guys. Hopefully the above mentioned training room will be operational in a few weeks.