Hope Agua Vita Mission Days 3-5
Read below for another update from our employee Matt who is currently working with the Hope Agua Vita mission in Puerto Rico. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more updates and to donate: https://www.facebook.com/HOPEAGUAVITA/ #HOPEAguaVita
Day 3 – We are making good progress, another team from Barrie has joined us on the house. The exterior and interior load-bearing walls are up, and most of the rafters are framed in. The sheathing has started on the exterior walls, and we received lots of Simpson hardware to install (CS22 straps, H3 & H1 clips, and joist hangers). Providing a complete load path from the roof to foundation has its challenges when keeping a balance of performance and constructibility in mind, but we are working through it.
Day 4 – We started the day by installing the clips and straps, and some of the locals stepped in to help. We enjoyed teaching them about the importance of these connectors and installing them properly. Roof sheathing and cladding has started as well, and we are trying to make the fastener spacing tighter to increase wind resistance. I’m seeing first hand the importance of sequencing the hold down hardware correctly. We hope to have all this hardware and sheathing finished by the end of the day.
Day 5 – The locals and us continued installing hardware today. The roof has been sheathed, waterproofed, and had metal cladding installed. The wall sheathing is almost done, interior partitions are started, and interior finishes are being discussed. Local media has been here filming our progress, and interviewed our crew leader Doug and the owner of this new house.