Busy As A Bee Friday
Two projects were going on Friday November 2nd, 2018 at the same time.
On one hand, workmen from Masonry Inc. finished the work done on the large chimney over the sacristy that handles the boiler exhaust.
The chimney project had begun Wednesday with the entire chimney being tuck pointed, and ladders and scaffolding were set up.
Water was getting into the chimney because there was no cover. There was also no flue extension above the concrete chimney crown.
So the second part of the chimney project, begun on Thursday, was to add a clay flue extension, hold it in place with concrete formed above the old crown, and then have a cap installed.
The green rebar was added to give strength to the concrete.
Just as the chimney was completed, another work project begun on Friday was repair to the south east corner of the Parish Building wall that had been damaged the most by water before the roof was repaired. The face brick was cracked and broken in many places.
While this work was progressing on the courtyard side, Masonry Inc. also did some work on the west side by the Hartrey entrance. They tuck pointed the stone above the entry doors and between the large stone above the doorway, caulked the seam between the door sill and the concrete landing, caulked along the moat wall and then put a concrete sealer on the concrete wall.
Lo and behold, to top off the Friday activity, Nels Johnson Tree Experts chose the same day to show up to do the trimming and pruning of the large oak tree by the church. This work was required because the tree branches had grown down and were touching the tiled church roof. That could have damaged the roof on a wintry winter day when the branches were loaded with ice and snow.
The branches also to be cleared from the Parish Building and some of the lower hanging branches had to be removed.
The tree branches are now well above the church roof and away from the parish building. The workers of Nels Johnson did a nice job leaving the tree very nicely balanced.
These projects mark the end of major building repair work done for the year of 2018!!