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Wayback Wednesday: 2000 - May I Borrow Your Jackhammer?
 

     This week's installment of Building MSGL focuses on the work of the jackhammer, a tool that was put to much use during the first few months of the construction project. Lots of concrete had to be broken up and hauled away so we could remodel the buildings and install new steps and sidewalks. 


Tony Harvey breaks up concrete in Building B to make space for new plumbing for sinks and bathrooms. This was one of his least favorite days of the entire 6-month project.


Looking at Building A as the concrete demolition gets underway.

 


Later that day, it looked like this. Watch that first step - it's a doozy.

 


Don Harvey and Craig Lamb prepare to take out the upstairs landing.

 

     As the demolition continued, it became apparent that the light-duty jackhammer they had been using was not going to cut through some of the steps. One parent volunteer took a look at the slow progress they were making and set off to find a better solution. Half and hour later he pulled in with a trailer-mounted mobile air compressor and a much more powerful jackhammer. Tony Harvey said that was a real game-changer for this phase of the project.

     "We had a little jackhammer that you could plug into an outlet in an airplane bathroom," he joked. "This parent came back with a rig that looked like Iron Man built it. When we flipped the switch on the big one you could see lights flicker in the apartments across the street," he said, once again, joking. "We had been working all day on those steps and in just 20 minutes with the big hammer, they were dust."

 

The old steps are broken up to make way for the new stairs/ramp that will lead into the upstairs hallway in Building A.
 

     Just for fun, I am including before, during, and after photos from Building A so we can admire the progress from an old church basment entry to a modern, ADA-compliant school entrance.


Before.

 


During demolition.
 


Here it is with the concrete walls freshly poured. 
 


Here,  the railings are being installed.

 


And here it is that first summer, looking quite lovely.

 

Thanks for joining me in the wayback. Have a super Wednesday!

 

 







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