ΔΣΦ, ΓΔ Chapter, Work Weekend Summary August 13-16, 2010

 

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Summary

Delta Sigma Phi alumni and students met in Pullman to help make the Chapter House ready for the Aug 23rd start of classes. Jim Wilson, Chapter Supervisor and Thomas James (TJ), acb president, were the weekend project coordinators. They prioritized tasks into three area: Must Do items, Nice to Do items and General Clean-Up items. All were designed to make the house clean and presentable.



Who Was There?

Alumni present included Kert Peterson, Grant Lund, Buddy Bear, Dave Brooks, Ed Maher, Ken Ahlstrom, Jim Wilson and TJ; Some house members were present from summer, while other students arrived over the weekend and on Monday. As a reminder, the University no longer conducts formal men's rush, so an informal rush begins during the first week of classes, plus rush was a major focus for the house members all summer.



 from left, Ed Maher, TJ, Jim Wilson and Ken Ahlstrom







"Must Do" Project Items - 70% completed



Must Do Items

Nice To Do Iems

General Clean-Up Items





Prep Kitchen for new cabinets - Done

The kitchen was cleaned by Grant Lund and Ed Maher, who also removed all movable items to the dining room to allow for the installation of gently used cabinets by Dusty Talbot and crew later, during the week.









Demo of the old kitchen cabinets and island





Beginning the install of the new cabinets




new cabinets on north wall near stove


more new cabinets, same wall as above


New Island cabinetry and table top


new cabinets on south wall of kitchen, above dishwashing area




New cabinets and new fridge along wall in dining room










Build 12 Bunk Beds -   alums:  4 beds built    students: 6 beds built         total: 10 of 12 bunk beds completed

An elite team of alums completed and placed 4 beds on saturday and sunday. The objective, set last spring, was to double the occupancy of the third floor, to accomodate new pledges from the summer membership push.

The bed building teams did very well keeping things square and plumb. There were a few exceptions, due to working late into Saturday evening. Those exceptions were repaired sunday morning and did not compromise the finished product. The bunk beds were laid out, clamped, drilled and bolted, then dis-assembled and hauled up to the third floor. Once in a room, it was re-assembled, two plywood pieces installed, all bolts were tightened, then support pieces and steps were installed. It was a learning curve for the builders, but overall construction moved along in sync with the weekend.

Bunk beds are made of wood and plywood. They fit behind the door in each room.




Thanks to Casey and Justin for taking on the task of building bunk beds from Monday on, and for completing six additional bunk beds.

Also on Monday TJ and Joel retro-fit 5.5 inch bolts in place of 6 inch bolts on all beds, to protect the ends of the mattresses.




Bunk Bed Mattresses were delivered Friday from Spokane.




Casey and TJ reviewing bunk bed specs and "how to" tips Monday morning, prior to Casey and Justin taking over construction.




Install New Fire Doors on Third Floor Landing   -   90% Done

Jim Wilson contracted with a Spokane company to replace the fire doors and the door jambs, on the third floor landing. In this picture the doors are half complete, with the company returning later in the week to finish. This should eliminate the crash bar hardware problems, solidfy the door jamb and stop the floor marks.












Install Kick-Plates and weatherstiping on Kitchen back door - done

The heavy back door to the kitchen was removed and custom made stainless steel kickplates installed on both sides. A door sweep weatherstriping was also installed. This door was orginally purchased with funds provided by the mothers pyramid club.







Gate and Fence Boards Installed along north Walkway - Done

A sturdy gate and fence boards were hung on the posts sunk during the previous alumni work weekend. The fence boards were nailed on, a gate swing spring was attached, to keep the gate closed and a gate latch was installed.







Kitchen Door Vent Replaced - Done

The Door from the Kitchen to the back stairs was removed and the plywood covering the vent area was removed. Screen was installed, along with trim. This should allow heat from the Kitchen into the alcove between the back outside door and the back stairs, eliminating the problem of freezing in the winter. The heater in this area has been inoperable and disconnected for many years.






So what happened to all the trash?

Due to a scheduling snafu by the disposal company, the trash was not picked up during the summer; Jim Wilson worked with the vendor to fix this, and they dropped off a dumpster on Monday; The truck attendents also picked up all the trash, helped by all the members. It was amazing to watch the hydraulics of the truck crush everything they could toss in, from wood to mattresses to drawers to cabinets.

       



       



       



       





Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to the Alumni who joined us and to all those who helped make this possible. Thanks to the Mothers Club. Thanks to all the active members of the Chapter and their officers, who helped get lots of stuff done during this weekend.



What's Next?

The next ACB meeting is Homecoming weekend, Saturday, October 9th, WSU vs Oregon football. Many of us are bringing RVs and will be using the WSU parking lot below the house by the park. Bring your self-contained rig and join us. We should be able to get a ride to the game from the house. Come and see the bunk beds. Come and meet the members. Come and check out the Kitchen cabinets. Come and participate. We're looking forward to seeing you there.

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