We stayed at the Cloverleaf 4H Campground near Lake Placid, FL which is about 10 miles from Sebring. We set up in the parking lot where they have 25-30 hookups. The accommodations were very adequate.
The affiliate has been very active over the last few years but this past year, they have been affected by the downturn in the economy. The main activity for us was getting ready for the foundation pour on the newest home. Pam and I showed up on Monday and went to work.
Pam is getting something off the back of the truck and to the side are Jennifer and Allan. Jennifer is the Volunteer Coordinator and Allan is the Construction Manager for the affiliate.
One of our tasks was getting the rebar set up. We made some grates by twisting wire ties with a handy little twist tool. Then we set the grates in holes under the foundation.
We also set up a couple of leveling pipes and put them at an even height with the top of the forms around the foundation. And we adjusted rebar that was down along the walls and made sure it was a couple of includes off the ground.
Tuesday was the big day for pouring. This was my first time helping on a foundation pour. We had plenty of help with the 'cement crew' of about six retired concrete workers who ran the operation.
I actually got to drag some cement around in my loaner cement boots. It was hard work but went pretty quickly.
The guy running the 'whirley bird' thingy after the concrete set up, has done a few of these before. Like 123 homes before this one. He has been doing it here for Habitat since 2000 or 2001 and helps out on when they pour the foundation.
It turned out well and we got it all leveled and cleaned up around the site.
The next day we went over to the ReStore where they have been working on apartments for visitors. They can host 20-30 kids with Teen Challenge in the facilities.
They had to put in a fire sprinkler system a few months ago and were cleaning up. I took some photos at lunch time. Frank and Jim were the two guys I worked with all week. Pam came down with a cold she hasn't been able to shake so she is working through it...