E. 110th Triple Build, summer 2007


    Above, August 27, 2007, was the day that I suffered an acute vertigo attack at the site.  I ended up spending nearly half an hour lying down on the bed of the roofers’ truck (above) between these 2 houses until it passed. 

    At the time, we all thought it was dehydration as it was very hot that day.  It was also the day after Carol’s thoracotomy, which started the “80 days from hell” in hospitals or rehab centers.  The attacks continued and I finally went to the doctor, and when I told him my symptoms, he said it was vertigo and luckily, there’s an OTC medication for it: meclizine - and it works well and fast and I am never without it on my body or in my purse or vehicle. It has traveled the world with me since, and has saved me more than once.

Summer 2007, Habitat blitzes 3 houses side by side on E. 110.

    After the 3 weeks of blitzing the houses, we had monsoons.  Because paid roofers do the roofs, 2 of the houses had no protection during much of that time.  We had buckets of nails on the 2nd floor of our house that were filled to the brim with water.  We were bringing snow shovels to push the water from the 2nd floor down to the first and then out the door openings.  (See photos at bottom of page.)  And of course, when the roofs did get done, there’s no ventilation in the houses for them to dry up.  The 5/8” decking for the floor was soaked to their gills. I believe that in some places the flooring did indeed need to be replaced.  As we would cut openings for plumbing or HVAC duct work, the condition of the wood was deplorable - swollen and spongy and deteriorating, as seen in the photo below.  The photo of the standing water in the basement was taken through the hole cut for the duct work.

A former student, Monica Cheriyan, and I rig up our own table for lunch time.
And if memory doesn’t fail me, this is the house where the windows went in, came out, and then went in again.  Had to do with someone not ordering the right sizes or depths or whatever, but it sure was a lot of wasted manpower.
It’s never too hard to spot a Habitat build site.
Using the brake to bend the aluminum for trim around windows, doors, gutters.
Cute little back porch, UGLY back yard.
A typical basement filled with our materials.
I seriously doubt if any of these ladders would pass OSHA standards, nor do we have 3 points of contact with the ladder. But, hey, you do what you gotta do with what you have.
Willie hooking up the electrical panel, and below, Bruce and he working on a tub.
Judy, Jim and Don putting the final touches on the porch.
Katie stuffing insulation around the bathroom venting.
Amazing what a couple years can accomplish, eh?

And this, my dear, is what happens when you turn a Saturday volunteer crew of Case students loose with drywall and drills and not enough supervision.  It took us more than a month to undo the Bonnie & Clyde damage of way too many screws and none of them in deep enough to mud over.  We basically had to take out every screw and do the entire interior drywall all over.

There was nearly 2” of standing water on the 2nd floor, which we pushed with brooms onto the stairwell and then onto the 1st floor to get it outside.

To the left is the device that is used to mount the ceiling drywall, so you don’t have to have people holding it up while someone screws it in as quickly as possible.

Katie and I are very proud of our tile laying in the upstairs bathroom and downstairs hallway and bathroom, and the stairs to the basement, as well as a new way to transition between one landing and the next.  Shucks, we should have patented it.

In the summer of 2008, Cleveland had their version of Extreme Makeover with contractors working on three houses on E. 110 and E. 111.  They of course financed higher quality cabinets, break-in protection, and landscaping.


Lynch-Wright family Brandy, Juwannice, Shawn, Ella

    We returned to E. 110 to work on another house for the Treadwell family, located just houses away from the triple build.

Um, is this water-warped floor really going to hold furniture & people?

    To the left and right are memories of the conditions left by the monsoons in July 2007.