Tuesday, May 19, 2009

St. John Trip, Day 9

Someone once said, "God is in the details", and someone else said, "The devil is in the details." In the case of the dome the other guys sheetrocked, the devil was in the details and God has to make it work... or at least it will be a drywall miracle to make it look good. We put the metal corners on and I ran the bazooka on all the dome work this morning. Its as close to cussing as I've been on the project. As hard as it was, I'm glad I hung the sheetrock on the rest of the building.

This is Fr. Jeremy putting the fiberglass mesh tape on all the metal corners and bathed in a trinity of created light (it was the windows and dust, not the "uncreated light:...he's not all that advanced yet, but hey, its progress). The contractor had never seen anyone do this (put tape on the corners, not be bathed in created or uncreated light). It's an extra step, but it will keep the corners from developing hairline cracks if/when the building moves (like the first liturgy when the Bishop consecrates it and there are 150 people in a space made for 75).

Now the mud goes on... that'll be my job for the next 3-4 days. In all false humility, I'm good at it. But that means, I'll be the one doing it all...anyone else will just be creating more work.

This is the first coat of mud on the lower parts of the ceilings. Its coming together.

Its late and and the four ibuprofen and a beer is about to kick in so I can sleep.
Nite nite.

10 comments:

Andrea Elizabeth said...

I'm wondering if it's possible to be so good at it that you don't have to sand. I learned to be careful putting on the joint compound to minimize sanding with it's resulting, dusty gypsum clouds.

Fr. James Early said...

Steve,

Is it looking like you will be able to interview Abbot Meletios?

s-p said...

Hi Andrea,in a word, yes. I rarely sand, but in some cases (like smooth walls like the Church will be) you have to do a little. I could sponge the whole job but it would take more time. I used to train my new finishers by making them sand their own work, they got better faster.

Fr. James, yes. I'm working on topics... any suggestions?

elizabeth said...

I always enjoy reading about your work. I have learned that humility is not about denying what one is good at but having the self-awareness to know one's strengths and one's weaknesses. That you are good at your job may be a fact! All the best with the rest of this project.

Andrea Elizabeth said...

"I rarely sand"

Whoa. I guess the bazooka lays it on pretty smooth, but it probably takes a lot of skill to use correctly too.

s-p said...

AE, the bazooka only puts the tape on the wall, it still has to be wiped down then coated and finished. Its a cool tool but yeah, if you use it wrong it can leave a huge mess... kinda like most cool things in life. :).

Andrea Elizabeth said...

Which is what repentance and do-overs are for! :)

saathoffs said...

Maybe you explained this already, but I miss being able to click the pictures and zoom in to see the "details" or your work. Was there a space issue with the website?

s-p said...

I had to downsize the pictures because I'm using the monastery's wireless internet and they run about 8 computers on it, so I'm trying to not use a lot of time uploading files etc. The larger pictures were pretty big files and sometimes took 3-4 minutes each to upload. I may repost some of them when I get home.

Fr. James Early said...

Steve, as far as possible topics, how about watchfulness and fighting temptation? Also, what about humility / obedience, and the relationship between the life of a monk vs the life of someone in the world (differences and similarities in struggles). I know you've covered these topics with other monastics previously, but another voice is always welcome.