Efforts in community building. Literally.

July 19 and 20 was the second weekend of our community build efforts to construct a rainwater harvesting and collection structure for the Guelph Street Community Garden. We made some serious progress due to the help of amazing volunteers – community builders in every way! Our next building day is Saturday August 2nd – we’ll be putting on the steel roof! Let us know if you can join us. Email: guelphstreetgarden [at] gmail.com.

On Friday evening, Trent & Juanita measured and pre-cut all the rafters at home, with power tools! This made the building go much more quickly on Saturday since we didn't have to cut them by hand on site! Whew!

On Friday evening, Trent & Juanita measured and pre-cut all the rafters at home, with power tools! This made the building go much more quickly on Saturday since we didn’t have to cut them by hand on site! Whew!

I arrived home on Friday evening to find our mailbox stuffed with home baked treats - banana bread & banana chocolate chip muffins - and apples and granola bars hanging on the side door! Even though they could help out with the building, neighbours wanted to appreciate the great community building work happening in the neighbourhood! Thank you! These were so very much appreciated!

I arrived home on Friday evening to find our mailbox stuffed with home baked treats – banana bread & banana chocolate chip muffins – and apples and granola bars hanging on the side door! Even though they couldn’t help out with the building, neighbours wanted to appreciate the great community building work happening in the neighbourhood! Thank you! These were so very much appreciated!

We are so lucky to have neighbours taking care of the builders, making sure they have snacks and nutritious food to keep us going! Thanks Dinah & Sarah!

We are so lucky to have neighbours taking care of the builders, making sure they have snacks and nutritious food to keep us going! Thanks Dinah & Sarah!

And this is where we began on Saturday morning. One test rafter in place, ready for 30 more!

And this is where we began on Saturday morning. One test rafter in place, ready for 30 more!

We accept helpers of all kinds!

We accept helpers of all kinds! Everyone can make a contribution – big or small 🙂

It's the first rafters that are the trickiest to put up and take the most time. After that, like clockwork!

It’s the first rafters that are the trickiest to put up and take the most time. After that, like clockwork.

They 'dream team' Super Saturday crew included Wayne, Chip, Greg and Trent. It was 'Operation Rooftop'.

They ‘dream team’ Super Saturday crew included Wayne, Chip, Greg and Trent. It was ‘Operation Rooftop’.

What made the Super Saturday dream team so special? All tall, with long arms! And they just happen to be friends who also like working together :) Much entertainment!

What made the Super Saturday dream team so special? All tall, with long arms! And they just happen to be friends who also like working together. Much entertainment!

All rafters in place! Two hours of work!

All rafters in place! Two hours of work!

There's mischief! So great the kids can play in the park while we all worked!

There’s mischief! So great the kids can play in the park while we all worked.

Our building mascot always has a smile on his face - must mean he likes what he sees!

Our building mascot always has a smile on his face – must mean he likes what he sees!

Trent and Chip 'do the math' to make sure all the roof strapping ends up in the right places!

Our Saturday afternoon crew was Marielle, Juanita, Trent and Chip.  Trent and Chip ‘do the math’ to make sure all the roof strapping ends up in the right places.

Lucky for us, our building mascot was on hand to check our math calculations throughout the weekend!

Lucky for us, our building mascot was on hand to check our math calculations throughout the weekend.

Juanita (L) and Marielle (R) did A LOT of awkward hammering to fix the hurricane ties on both sides of each rafter. Quick calculation... 30 rafter pieces, 1 tie on each side of each rafter =  60 hurricane ties requiring 10 nails EACH!!! Like I said, A LOT!

Juanita (L) and Marielle (R) did A LOT of awkward hammering to fix the hurricane ties on both sides of each rafter. Quick calculation… 30 rafter pieces, 1 tie on each side of each rafter = 60 hurricane ties requiring 10 nails EACH!!! Like I said, A LOT!

Our building mascot is always looking out on the job. And he likes what he sees!

Our building mascot is always looking out on the job.

Bicycle transport

One of our Sunday helpers, Alfred Rempel, from the famous Queens Green Community Garden, arrived by pedal power. He has an amazing bike trailer to transport all his tools! Which all came in VERY handy!

Measure twice, cut once.

Measure twice, cut once.

Our Sunday crew included Alfred Rempel, Gary, Missy (and baby Sophie!), Trent and Juanita Piece by piece, nail by nail, it all comes together.

Our Sunday crew included Alfred Rempel, Gary, Missy (and baby Sophie!), Trent and Juanita. Piece by piece, nail by nail, it all comes together and we couldn’t do this without everyone’s contribution!

Trent and Alfred made a great work team on Sunday; hammering almost in unison most of the time!

Trent and Alfred made a great work team on Sunday; hammering almost in unison most of the time.

Snack time for everyone! Baby Sophie is super keen on snow peas :)

Snack time for everyone! Baby Sophie is super keen on snow peas 🙂

Attention to detail, focus and precision... with a 1/16" tolerance!

Attention to detail, focus and precision… with a 1/16″ tolerance!

Alfred's steady, solid hammering to strapping the second side of the roof on Sunday afternoon was our rhythm for the day!

Alfred’s steady, solid hammering to strap the second side of the roof was our rhythm for Sunday afternoon!

Gary & our building mascot prepare to hammer in the last spike to attach the 54th hurricane tie to the structure. With 10 nails in each tie.... well, that's a LOT of nails, and something worth celebrating when it's completed!

Gary & our building mascot prepare to hammer in the last spike to attach the 54th hurricane tie to the structure. With 10 nails in each tie…. well, that’s a LOT of nails, and something worth celebrating when it’s completed.

The last spike! Our building mascot supervises the last spike hammered in on the hurricane ties. Very ceremonious :)

The last spike! Our building mascot supervises the last spike hammered in on the hurricane ties. Very ceremonious 🙂

Gary had the honour of driving in the last spike to finish off the 54th hurricane tie and the 540th nail!! The hurricane ties prevent wind from lifting the roof right off the structure.

Gary had the honour of driving in the last spike to finish off the 54th hurricane tie and the 540th nail!! The hurricane ties prevent wind from lifting the roof right off the structure.

End of day, Sunday July 20. Everything on the project work list for the weekend was accomplished and completed with attention to detail, careful skill and safely! Great job everyone!!

End of day, Sunday July 20. Everything on the project work list for the weekend was accomplished and completed with attention to detail, careful skill and safely! Great job everyone – this is a seriously cool community building effort. You should all feel so proud!

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