As I was saying yesterday, their focus was on this barn, which up until recently was just that – a barn. But the ministry was working towards making it into a workshop with parts storage, a small meeting room and a bathroom. They’d already put down a new concrete floor, finished off some of the ‘stalls’ for parts storage and begun to move some of the woodworking tools to their new home.
So the two big items on the guys’ list was the insulating and drywalling of the meeting area and bathroom (which also needed to have the walls built)
and upgrading the electric from ‘barn status’ to legitimate, useful service.
Gary and Don (the host) discussing options!
50+ duplex outlets, 12 switches, 8 single outlets, 3 electric drops, 3 overhead lights, 12 other lights and close to 1000 feet of wire later the space was well lit, and ready for anything you wanted to plug in! Safely.
I have to tell you, I am constantly impressed with how darn tidy he can make all that wiring!
In the above picture you can spot Gary up on the ceiling of the new bathroom space finishing up a connection, one of the ‘electric drops’ (the thick black cord coming down from the electrical box in the crossbeams), one of the three LED lights (oh, so bright) in the main area, Linda working on the spackling of the bathroom, and Jim using a power tool. Oh, and lots of ladders! =)
I think if I have one picture of Gary standing in front of a jumble of wires –
I must have a hundred! But somehow he gets them all tidy (and labeled) before he considers the job done!
But Gary wasn’t the only one keeping busy out at the barn! Jim and Steve stayed just as busy with the insulation and drywall project!
Some days they even had to work around Gary!
Finally there was just one last piece to hang – a 12 ft sheet on the ceiling. For that they had to call in reinforcements – the ladies!
(Honest, I was helping too, but I couldn’t resist this photo op!)
As they say – Teamwork makes the dream work! And that last sheet was definitely a whole team effort! Steve and Jim put in the last of the screws, and while there is still plenty of spackling and finishing to do, the guys did a great job of checking those items off the list!
By the last day of the project we were all working at the Barn, helping to button up the last of the electric and wrapping up that drywall project. Which made for a sweet ending to a very sweet project. We made some grand new SOWER friends, were able to get some good work accomplished for a very special project, and were so very blessed to be a small part of helping this ministry.
Thanks for joining us here at The Potter’s Place!
PS – If you’d like to see more photos of our time at The Potter’s Place you can check them out HERE!