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SUPER STORM SANDY DISASTER RECOVERY/RELIEF WORK ON LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

This fairly extensive gallery was created as a photo journal to document the Biltmore Baptist Church Disaster Relief Team's July 21-27, 2013 efforts on Long Island, New York. The team was helping to repair/rebuild damage caused by Super Storm Sandy. Team makeup and size varies from trip-to-trip, depending on availability. On this trip we took 12 members, including my granddaughter, who was going for her first time.

Biltmore Baptist Church is located near Asheville, in Western North Carolina. Various disaster recovery/rebuilding teams from the church have been active for many years, in many areas of the country. The teams are part of the North Carolina Baptist Builders, a ministry of North Carolina Men and Women.

As you look at some of these images, you may see a few hot, dirty and tired team members, as sometimes the work is hard and the hours long. But, if you look closely at these images, you will also see a lot of happy faces, smiles and laughter. The work may sometimes be difficult, but it also can be a lot of fun and a source of wonderful fellowship. It is ALWAYS rewarding to us folks lucky enough to serve as the "hands and feed of Jesus". As we work to help disaster victims with their physical needs, we also have many opportunities to address their spiritual needs, sharing the Grace of our God, who loved us enough to send His only Son to die on a cross for the redemption of our sins and our salvation.

THAT'S WHY WE GO ..... THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!

Images were taken with either a Panasonic Lumix LX-5 camera or an iPhone 5 phone camera.

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IMAGE GALLERY - WORKING ON LONG ISLAND
IMAGE GALLERY - WORKING ON LONG ISLAND
ROLL CALL AT THE CHURCH, BEFORE LEAVING FOR NEW YORK
ROLL CALL AT THE CHURCH, BEFORE LEAVING FOR NEW YORK
THE TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST STOP AT McDONALD'S
THE TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST STOP AT McDONALD'S
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
A RARE SIGHT - MY GRANDDAUGHTER  WITHOUT SOME FORM OF ELECTRONICS IN HER HANDS!
A RARE SIGHT - MY GRANDDAUGHTER WITHOUT SOME FORM OF ELECTRONICS IN HER HANDS!
SOME SERIOUS TOLLS ALONG THE WAY!
SOME SERIOUS TOLLS ALONG THE WAY!
WE WERE ALMOST THERE, BUT RAIN AND SLOW TRAFFIC SLOWED US CONSIDERABLY
WE WERE ALMOST THERE, BUT RAIN AND SLOW TRAFFIC SLOWED US CONSIDERABLY
ONCE AT THE CHURCH, OUR TEAM LEADER RECEIVES THE DREADED OBLIGATORY PAPERWORK
ONCE AT THE CHURCH, OUR TEAM LEADER RECEIVES THE DREADED OBLIGATORY PAPERWORK
TIRED, BUT STILL KEEPING OUR SENSE OF HUMOR
TIRED, BUT STILL KEEPING OUR SENSE OF HUMOR
READING THE SMALL PRINT ON OUR WORK DOCUMENTS
READING THE SMALL PRINT ON OUR WORK DOCUMENTS
THE CHURCH WHERE WE WERE STAYING HAD BEEN AROUND FOR QUITE SOME TIME!
THE CHURCH WHERE WE WERE STAYING HAD BEEN AROUND FOR QUITE SOME TIME!
CHURCH FRONT.  WE WOKE UP TO A RAINY MORNING, BUT IT CLEARED QUICKLY
CHURCH FRONT. WE WOKE UP TO A RAINY MORNING, BUT IT CLEARED QUICKLY
CHURCH SIDE VIEW
CHURCH SIDE VIEW
REAR OF THE CHURCH - THE STAIRS LEAD TO THE GYM, WHERE THE MEN  SLEPT
REAR OF THE CHURCH - THE STAIRS LEAD TO THE GYM, WHERE THE MEN SLEPT
TRAILER ROW  - THE ROAD LEADS TO THE SHOWER TRAILERS AND THE WOMEN'S BUNK TRAILER
"TRAILER ROW" - THE ROAD LEADS TO THE SHOWER TRAILERS AND THE WOMEN'S BUNK TRAILER
SOME REALLY NICE SLEEPER TRAILERS FOR TEAM MEMBERS
SOME REALLY NICE SLEEPER TRAILERS FOR TEAM MEMBERS
MULTIPLE, BRAND NEW SHOWER TRAILERS WERE ON SITE FOR OUR USE
MULTIPLE, BRAND NEW SHOWER TRAILERS WERE ON SITE FOR OUR USE
THE NEW SHOWER TRAILERS WERE FIRST CLASS!
THE NEW SHOWER TRAILERS WERE FIRST CLASS!
INSIDE ONE OF THE NEW BATHROOM/SHOWER UNITS
INSIDE ONE OF THE NEW BATHROOM/SHOWER UNITS
OUR LADIES SLEPT IN ONE OF THE OLDER, TRADITIONAL BUNK TRAILERS
OUR LADIES SLEPT IN ONE OF THE OLDER, TRADITIONAL BUNK TRAILERS
I NEVER GAINED ENTRY INTO THE LADIES' BUNK TRAILER, BUT THIS PHOTO FROM A PREVIOUS TRIP SHOWS THE LAYOUT INSIDE
I NEVER GAINED ENTRY INTO THE LADIES' BUNK TRAILER, BUT THIS PHOTO FROM A PREVIOUS TRIP SHOWS THE LAYOUT INSIDE
THE MEN'S SLEEPING FACILITIES - WHERE ELSE CAN YOU SLEEP AND PLAY A LITTLE ROUND BALL AT THE SAME TIME?
THE MEN'S SLEEPING FACILITIES - WHERE ELSE CAN YOU SLEEP AND PLAY A LITTLE "ROUND BALL" AT THE SAME TIME?
THE BUNK BEDS WERE BUILT IN-PLACE AND THE FACILITY CAN HOUSE ALMOST 100 MEN
THE BUNK BEDS WERE BUILT IN-PLACE AND THE FACILITY CAN HOUSE ALMOST 100 MEN
ONE OF THE TWO POWERFUL GENERATORS POWERING MUCH OF THE ON-SITE EQUIPMENT
ONE OF THE TWO POWERFUL GENERATORS POWERING MUCH OF THE ON-SITE EQUIPMENT
THE COOKING TEAM, FROM ANOTHER CHURCH,  WORKED OUT OF THIS LOANED RED CROSS FOOD TRAILER
THE COOKING TEAM, FROM ANOTHER CHURCH, WORKED OUT OF THIS LOANED RED CROSS FOOD TRAILER
THE PREPARED FOOD HAD TO BE CARRIED FROM THE COOKING UNIT INTO THE CHURCH'S DINING AREA
THE PREPARED FOOD HAD TO BE CARRIED FROM THE COOKING UNIT INTO THE CHURCH'S DINING AREA
OUR EATING AREA - THE COOKING TEAM FED MORE THAN 150 WORKERS THE WEEK WE WERE THERE
OUR EATING AREA - THE COOKING TEAM FED MORE THAN 150 WORKERS THE WEEK WE WERE THERE
READY TO GO OUR FIRST MORNING, BUT MORE PAPERWORK HAD TO BE DONE!
READY TO GO OUR FIRST MORNING, BUT MORE PAPERWORK HAD TO BE DONE!
ARE WE FINALLY DONE WITH THE PAPERWORK????
"ARE WE FINALLY DONE WITH THE PAPERWORK????"
LOADING MATERIALS FOR OUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT
LOADING MATERIALS FOR OUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT
MY GRANDDAUGHTER, WITH HER BAG LUNCH FOR THE DAY
MY GRANDDAUGHTER, WITH HER BAG LUNCH FOR THE DAY
READY TO GO, BUT WAITING FOR AN ICE DELIVERY TO KEEP OUR LUNCHES AND DRINKS COLD
READY TO GO, BUT WAITING FOR AN ICE DELIVERY TO KEEP OUR LUNCHES AND DRINKS COLD
RELAXING BEFORE HEADING OUT FOR THE DAY'S WORK
RELAXING BEFORE HEADING OUT FOR THE DAY'S WORK
GRANDDAUGHTER MIRI  -  NICE AND CLEAN BEFORE GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY
GRANDDAUGHTER MIRI - NICE AND CLEAN BEFORE GETTING DOWN AND DIRTY
OUR FIRST WORK SITE  -  WE WERE ASSIGNED TO CONSTRUCT A NEW DECK, TO REPLACE ONE THAT HAD BEEN WASHED AWAY
OUR FIRST WORK SITE - WE WERE ASSIGNED TO CONSTRUCT A NEW DECK, TO REPLACE ONE THAT HAD BEEN WASHED AWAY
THE HOMEOWNERS HAD BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN LOCAL REGATTA RACING AND HAD WON OR PLACED WELL FOR SEVERAL YEARS
THE HOMEOWNERS HAD BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN LOCAL REGATTA RACING AND HAD WON OR PLACED WELL FOR SEVERAL YEARS
CARRYING IN MATERIALS
CARRYING IN MATERIALS
NOW COMES THE HEAVY WORK!
NOW COMES THE HEAVY WORK!
TAKING TURNS OFFLOADING 80 POUND (36.4 KILOGRAM) BAGS OF CONCRETE MIX
TAKING TURNS OFFLOADING 80 POUND (36.4 KILOGRAM) BAGS OF CONCRETE MIX
MY GRANDDAUGHTER GAVE UP TRYING TO CARRY THE BAGS WHEN SHE REALIZED EACH BAG WAS 72% OF HER BODY WEIGHT!
MY GRANDDAUGHTER GAVE UP TRYING TO CARRY THE BAGS WHEN SHE REALIZED EACH BAG WAS 72% OF HER BODY WEIGHT!
CHECKING OUT THE BACKYARD WORK SITE
CHECKING OUT THE BACKYARD WORK SITE
A LITTLE PRE-WORK CLEAN-UP, DONE WITH A SMILE!
A LITTLE PRE-WORK CLEAN-UP, DONE WITH A SMILE!
MOVING AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE REPLACEMENT DECK
MOVING AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE REPLACEMENT DECK
YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR A PRETTIER WORK SITE!
YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR A PRETTIER WORK SITE!
LOOKING OVER THE CONSTRUCTION PLAN FOR THE NEW DECK
LOOKING OVER THE CONSTRUCTION PLAN FOR THE NEW DECK
THE NEW DECK PLAN
THE NEW DECK PLAN
SOME HANDS-ON TRAINING FOR USING A NEW iPHONE  -  I THINK YOU CAN EASILY GUESS WHICH ONE WAS THE TRAINER!
SOME HANDS-ON TRAINING FOR USING A NEW iPHONE - I THINK YOU CAN EASILY GUESS WHICH ONE WAS THE TRAINER!
BEGINNING THE LAYOUT FOR THE DECK
BEGINNING THE LAYOUT FOR THE DECK
CRITICAL PLACEMENT MEASUREMENTS
CRITICAL PLACEMENT MEASUREMENTS
THE PLANNED DECK WILL WRAP AROUND THE CORNER OF THE HOUSE
THE PLANNED DECK WILL WRAP AROUND THE CORNER OF THE HOUSE
LOCATING PLACEMENT OF THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS FOR THE DECK
LOCATING PLACEMENT OF THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS FOR THE DECK
YOURS TRULY, DIGGING A HOLE FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS
YOURS TRULY, DIGGING A HOLE FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS
WOW! THEY DIDN'T TELL US THE DECK WAS GOING TO BE THIS BIG!
"WOW! THEY DIDN'T TELL US THE DECK WAS GOING TO BE THIS BIG!"
AN INTERESTING WAY TO COOL OFF!
AN INTERESTING WAY TO COOL OFF!
THE GANG OF 12
THE "GANG OF 12"
THE LADIES BUILD CONCRETE FOOTING MOLDS, WHILE ADDITIONAL MOLD SIDES WERE BEING CUT
THE LADIES BUILD CONCRETE FOOTING MOLDS, WHILE ADDITIONAL MOLD SIDES WERE BEING CUT
WE GAVE THANKS EVERY DAY FOR THE WONDERFUL SHADE PROVIDED BY THE HUGE TREE IN THE BACKYARD
WE GAVE THANKS EVERY DAY FOR THE WONDERFUL SHADE PROVIDED BY THE HUGE TREE IN THE BACKYARD
CHECKING MEASUREMENTS FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTING MOLDS
CHECKING MEASUREMENTS FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTING MOLDS
YOU HAD TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO TRIP ON THE LAYOUT STRINGS, WHILE TAKING ADDITIONAL MEASUREMENTS!
YOU HAD TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO TRIP ON THE LAYOUT STRINGS, WHILE TAKING ADDITIONAL MEASUREMENTS!
CALCULATING ALL THE PROPER ANGLES
CALCULATING ALL THE PROPER ANGLES
A LOT OF MOLDS FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS HAD TO BE MADE
A LOT OF MOLDS FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS HAD TO BE MADE
GETTING READY TO PLACE ONE OF THE MOLDS FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS  -  AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY WERE VERY WELL MADE!
GETTING READY TO PLACE ONE OF THE MOLDS FOR THE CONCRETE FOOTINGS - AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY WERE VERY WELL MADE!
CHECKING THE ALIGNMENT OF ONE OF THE FOOTING MOLDS
CHECKING THE ALIGNMENT OF ONE OF THE FOOTING MOLDS
A VERY NICE PLACE FOR OUR DAILY LUNCHES AND WATER  BREAKS
A VERY NICE PLACE FOR OUR DAILY LUNCHES AND WATER BREAKS
MIXING CONCRETE TO POUR INTO THE FOOTING MOLDS
MIXING CONCRETE TO POUR INTO THE FOOTING MOLDS
TWEAKING THE PLACEMENT OF ONE OF THE FOOTING MOLDS
TWEAKING THE PLACEMENT OF ONE OF THE FOOTING MOLDS
THEY HAD TO MIX A LOT OF CONCRETE!
THEY HAD TO MIX A LOT OF CONCRETE!
A FINAL ALIGNMENT CHECK
A FINAL ALIGNMENT CHECK
PREPARATION FOR ADDITIONAL FOOTINGS
PREPARATION FOR ADDITIONAL FOOTINGS
MIXING ADDITIONAL CONCRETE FOR THE FOOTINGS
MIXING ADDITIONAL CONCRETE FOR THE FOOTINGS
FRESHLY POURED CONCRETE IN ONE OF THE FOOTING MOLDS
FRESHLY POURED CONCRETE IN ONE OF THE FOOTING MOLDS
CUTTING PANELS FOR ADDITIONAL FOOTING MOLDS  -  YIKES!  WATCH OUT FOR THAT THUMB!
CUTTING PANELS FOR ADDITIONAL FOOTING MOLDS - YIKES! WATCH OUT FOR THAT THUMB!
WATER BREAK TIME  -  EVERYONE TOOK TURNS PLAYING WITH THE HOMEOWNER'S DOG
WATER BREAK TIME - EVERYONE TOOK TURNS PLAYING WITH THE HOMEOWNER'S DOG
ONE OF THE HOMEOWNERS JOINED US DURING OUR BREAK TIME  -  LOVE THAT BEAUTIFUL SHADE!
ONE OF THE HOMEOWNERS JOINED US DURING OUR BREAK TIME - LOVE THAT BEAUTIFUL SHADE!
WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DO THE JOB!  -  DOWN AND DIRTY AND A BIT BLOODY FROM A HARD DAY'S WORK
WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DO THE JOB! - DOWN AND DIRTY AND A BIT BLOODY FROM A HARD DAY'S WORK
SHARING SOME TIME WITH THE HOMEOWNERS
SHARING SOME TIME WITH THE HOMEOWNERS
WE EVEN FOUND A RELIC FROM OUR OWN STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA  -  THE JUG .... NOT OUR FEARLESS LEADER!
WE EVEN FOUND A RELIC FROM OUR OWN STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA - THE JUG .... NOT OUR FEARLESS LEADER!
GETTING READY TO HEAD OUT FOR ANOTHER DAY'S WORK  -  WE ALL DECIDED TO WEAR OUR SANDY SHIRTS THAT DAY
GETTING READY TO HEAD OUT FOR ANOTHER DAY'S WORK - WE ALL DECIDED TO WEAR OUR "SANDY" SHIRTS THAT DAY
THE GANG OF 12, BEFORE HEADING OUT FOR THE DAY'S WORK  -  WE DIDN'T STAY THAT CLEAN FOR LONG!
THE "GANG OF 12", BEFORE HEADING OUT FOR THE DAY'S WORK - WE DIDN'T STAY THAT CLEAN FOR LONG!
REMOVING THE MOLD FROM ONE OF THE HARDENED FOOTINGS
REMOVING THE MOLD FROM ONE OF THE HARDENED FOOTINGS
A PRETTY GOOD LOOKING FOOTING!
A PRETTY GOOD LOOKING FOOTING!
THE CORNER FOOTING, WHERE THE DECK GOES AROUND THE HOUSE
THE CORNER FOOTING, WHERE THE DECK GOES AROUND THE HOUSE
BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION OF THE DECK FRAME
BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION OF THE DECK FRAME
MY GRANDDAUGHTER WORKED HARD AND LEARNED A LOT OF USEFUL SKILLS ON THE TRIP
MY GRANDDAUGHTER WORKED HARD AND LEARNED A LOT OF USEFUL SKILLS ON THE TRIP
SHE GOT PRETTY GOOD WITH THAT HAMMER  -  NOTE THE SHIRT MATCHING BLUE STRIPE IN HER HAIR
SHE GOT PRETTY GOOD WITH THAT HAMMER - NOTE THE SHIRT MATCHING BLUE STRIPE IN HER HAIR
MOVING RIGHT ALONG WITH THE DECK FRAMING
MOVING RIGHT ALONG WITH THE DECK FRAMING
REMOVING RUST FROM THE FRAMES USED TO ATTACH BENCHES TO THE DECK
REMOVING RUST FROM THE FRAMES USED TO ATTACH BENCHES TO THE DECK
THEY TRIED SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS TO REMOVE THE RUST
THEY TRIED SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS TO REMOVE THE RUST
THE RUST WAS COMING OFF, BUT IT TOOK A LOT OF ELBOW GREASE!
THE RUST WAS COMING OFF, BUT IT TOOK A LOT OF "ELBOW GREASE"!
A DELIVERY OF MORE LUMBER FOR THE DECKING
A DELIVERY OF MORE LUMBER FOR THE DECKING
A VERY SPECIAL TREAT  -  THE HOMEOWNER'S BOUGHT US GENUINE NEW YORK PIZZA FOR LUNCH!
A VERY SPECIAL TREAT - THE HOMEOWNER'S BOUGHT US GENUINE NEW YORK PIZZA FOR LUNCH!
A SURPRISE CELEBRATION FOR THE HOMEOWNER'S SON ON HIS BIRTHDAY
A SURPRISE CELEBRATION FOR THE HOMEOWNER'S SON ON HIS BIRTHDAY
A VERY NICE TREAT FOR THOSE OF US WHO NEVER MET A DESSERT WE DIDN'T LIKE!
A VERY NICE TREAT FOR THOSE OF US WHO NEVER MET A DESSERT WE DIDN'T LIKE!
OUR DISASTER RECOVERY/RELIEF TEAM  -  VISITING A LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK BEACH
OUR DISASTER RECOVERY/RELIEF TEAM - VISITING A LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK BEACH
THE WATER WAS ROUGH  -  WE HAD TO GET THE PHOTO QUICKLY, BEFORE THEY ALL SANK UP TO THEIR KNEES IN THE SAND!
THE WATER WAS ROUGH - WE HAD TO GET THE PHOTO QUICKLY, BEFORE THEY ALL SANK UP TO THEIR KNEES IN THE SAND!
TWO OF OUR LADIES, PRAYING WITH A WOMAN THEY MET ON THE BEACH
TWO OF OUR LADIES, PRAYING WITH A WOMAN THEY MET ON THE BEACH
A QUICK GAME OF FRISBY, AS THE SUN SETS
A QUICK GAME OF FRISBY, AS THE SUN SETS
GETTING READY TO ROLL THE NEXT MORNING
GETTING READY TO ROLL THE NEXT MORNING
MY GRANDDAUGHTER DECIDED TO TAKE HER FAVORITE PENGUIN, BERNARD, TO THE WORKSITE
MY GRANDDAUGHTER DECIDED TO TAKE HER FAVORITE PENGUIN, BERNARD, TO THE WORKSITE
INSTALLING DECK BOARDS
INSTALLING DECK BOARDS
DEFINITELY A GROUP EFFORT, WHEN WE BEGAN INSTALLING THE DECKING
DEFINITELY A GROUP EFFORT, WHEN WE BEGAN INSTALLING THE DECKING
YOURS TRULY, HELPING TO  CUT DECK BOARDS AND DELIVERING THEM TO THE INSTALLERS
YOURS TRULY, HELPING TO CUT DECK BOARDS AND DELIVERING THEM TO THE INSTALLERS
YOU CAN NOW BEGIN TO SEE JUST HOW LARGE THIS DECK WILL BE
YOU CAN NOW BEGIN TO SEE JUST HOW LARGE THIS DECK WILL BE
A WELL DESERVED WATER AND SNACK BREAK
A WELL DESERVED WATER AND SNACK BREAK
BUILDING A FRAME FOR THE DECK STEPS  -  THE COMPLETED RAMP MAY BE SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND
BUILDING A FRAME FOR THE DECK STEPS - THE COMPLETED RAMP MAY BE SEEN IN THE BACKGROUND
ANOTHER VERY SPECIAL TREAT FOR LUNCH  -  THE HOMEOWNERS BOUGHT US REAL NEW YORK BAGELS AND TOPPINGS!
ANOTHER VERY SPECIAL TREAT FOR LUNCH - THE HOMEOWNERS BOUGHT US REAL NEW YORK BAGELS AND TOPPINGS!
BERNARD, MY GRANDDAUGHTER'S FAVORITE PENGUIN, GOT TO HELP CUT DECKING BOARDS!
BERNARD, MY GRANDDAUGHTER'S FAVORITE PENGUIN, GOT TO HELP CUT DECKING BOARDS!
INSTALLING ONE SET OF THE DECK STEPS
INSTALLING ONE SET OF THE DECK STEPS
STRAIGHTENING THE EXISTING FENCE AND ATTACHING IT TO THE DECK
STRAIGHTENING THE EXISTING FENCE AND ATTACHING IT TO THE DECK
ONE OF THE AFTER ACTION DISCUSSIONS  AT THE END OF THE WORK DAY
ONE OF THE "AFTER ACTION" DISCUSSIONS AT THE END OF THE WORK DAY
GOING TO THE O.K. CORRAL?  -  NOPE ..... JUST GOING TO THE ICE CREAM SHOP, JUST DOWN THE STREET!
GOING TO THE "O.K. CORRAL"? - NOPE ..... JUST GOING TO THE ICE CREAM SHOP, JUST DOWN THE STREET!
A WELCOME TREAT AT THE END OF A LONG, HOT WORK DAY
A WELCOME TREAT AT THE END OF A LONG, HOT WORK DAY
LISTENING TO SOME OF US OLD GUYS TELLING SEA STORIES
LISTENING TO SOME OF US OLD GUYS TELLING "SEA STORIES"
THE TEAM WOULD ALWAYS PRAY  FOR GOOD WORK AND SAFETY BEFORE STARTING WORK EACH DAY
THE TEAM WOULD ALWAYS PRAY FOR GOOD WORK AND SAFETY BEFORE STARTING WORK EACH DAY
ANOTHER TEAM PHOTO  -  AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE SIZE OF THE LUMBER PILE, WE HAVE ALMOST FINISHED THE DECK
ANOTHER TEAM PHOTO - AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE SIZE OF THE LUMBER PILE, WE HAVE ALMOST FINISHED THE DECK
WE DEFINITELY WENT THROUGH A VERY LARGE SUPPLY OF DECK SCREWS AND RECHARGED A LOT OF TOOL  BATTERIES!
WE DEFINITELY WENT THROUGH A VERY LARGE SUPPLY OF DECK SCREWS AND RECHARGED A LOT OF TOOL BATTERIES!
CUTTING SOME SMALLER FILL-IN  DECK PLANKS
CUTTING SOME SMALLER "FILL-IN" DECK PLANKS
FINE TUNING A DECK BOARD WITH A KNIFE FOR A BETTER FIT
"FINE TUNING" A DECK BOARD WITH A KNIFE FOR A BETTER FIT
INSTALLING THE OTHER DECK STEPS, NEXT TO THE RAMP
INSTALLING THE OTHER DECK STEPS, NEXT TO THE RAMP
ATTACHING BENCH SEATS AND BACKS TO THE CLEANED AND PAINTED BRACKETS
ATTACHING BENCH SEATS AND BACKS TO THE CLEANED AND PAINTED BRACKETS
SITTING DOWN ON THE JOB  -  HOLDING DOWN THE BENCH SEAT BOARDS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FASTEN THEM TO THE DECK
SITTING DOWN ON THE JOB - HOLDING DOWN THE BENCH SEAT BOARDS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FASTEN THEM TO THE DECK
THE BENCHES ARE TAKING SHAPE
THE BENCHES ARE TAKING SHAPE
STRENGTH / STABILITY TESTING THE NEW BENCH  -  AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT HE SAID HE WAS DOING!
STRENGTH / STABILITY TESTING THE NEW BENCH - AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT HE SAID HE WAS DOING!
OK, HERE'S THE DEAL .... YOU GET YOUR HAMMER BACK, ONLY AFTER YOU PLAY BALL WITH ME!
"OK, HERE'S THE DEAL .... YOU GET YOUR HAMMER BACK, ONLY AFTER YOU PLAY BALL WITH ME!"
TRYING OUT THE NEW BENCHES
TRYING OUT THE NEW BENCHES
A VERY NICE (AND LARGE!) NEW DECK!
A VERY NICE (AND LARGE!) NEW DECK!
WELL CONSTRUCTED AND ANCHORED AND SHOULD BETTER WITHSTAND ANY FUTURE STORMS
WELL CONSTRUCTED AND ANCHORED AND SHOULD BETTER WITHSTAND ANY FUTURE STORMS
DOING SOME FINAL POST-CONSTRUCTION CLEAN-UP
DOING SOME FINAL POST-CONSTRUCTION CLEAN-UP
DONE!
DONE!
INSPECTION OF OUR WORK BY THE RESIDENT POOCH!
INSPECTION OF OUR WORK BY THE RESIDENT POOCH!
THE OFFICAL UNVAILING AND PRESENTATION OF THE COMPLETED PROJECT
THE OFFICAL "UNVAILING" AND PRESENTATION OF THE COMPLETED PROJECT
THE HOMEOWNERS AND THEIR SON  -  WE WERE ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR STEVE'S HELP AND HARD WORK WITH THE TEAM!
THE HOMEOWNERS AND THEIR SON - WE WERE ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL FOR STEVE'S HELP AND HARD WORK WITH THE TEAM!
WE PRESENTED THEM BIBLES, SIGNED BY EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM
WE PRESENTED THEM BIBLES, SIGNED BY EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM
SOME OF THE LADIES WANTED A GROUP PHOTO
SOME OF THE LADIES WANTED A GROUP PHOTO
WE DIDN'T WAIT VERY LONG TO TRY OUT THE NEW DECK
WE DIDN'T WAIT VERY LONG TO TRY OUT THE NEW DECK
AFTER WORK, LEAVING FOR A TRIP OVER TO NEW YORK CITY
AFTER WORK, LEAVING FOR A TRIP OVER TO NEW YORK CITY
WE RODE OVER TO NEW YORK CITY ON THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY
WE RODE OVER TO NEW YORK CITY ON THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY
WHEN WE ARRIVED IN NYC, A GENTLEMAN APPROACHED US AND VOLUNTEERED TO SHOW US AROUND
WHEN WE ARRIVED IN NYC, A GENTLEMAN APPROACHED US AND VOLUNTEERED TO SHOW US AROUND
OUR VOLUNTEER GUIDE POINTS OUT AN AREA OF INTEREST
OUR VOLUNTEER GUIDE POINTS OUT AN AREA OF INTEREST
RENTAL BIKES FOR USE IN NEW YORK CITY  -  CHARGE IT TO YOUR CREDIT CARD!
RENTAL BIKES FOR USE IN NEW YORK CITY - CHARGE IT TO YOUR CREDIT CARD!
OUR GUIDE TOOK US TO ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL  -  AN IMPORTANT PLACE OF REFUGE ON THE DAY OF THE 9/11 ATTACK
OUR GUIDE TOOK US TO ST. PAUL'S CHAPEL - AN IMPORTANT PLACE OF REFUGE ON THE DAY OF THE 9/11 ATTACK
INSIDE ST. PAUL'S CHURCH
INSIDE ST. PAUL'S CHURCH
BADGES, HATS, PATCHES AND MEDALS, LEFT BY VISITING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
BADGES, HATS, PATCHES AND MEDALS, LEFT BY VISITING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
THIS MAGNIFICENT ORGAN IN ST. PAUL'S CHURCH WAS DAMAGED BY SMOKE AND DUST ON 9/11, BUT IS NOW FULLY RESTORED
THIS MAGNIFICENT ORGAN IN ST. PAUL'S CHURCH WAS DAMAGED BY SMOKE AND DUST ON 9/11, BUT IS NOW FULLY RESTORED
A PIECE OF STEEL GIRDER FROM ONE OF THE TWIN TOWERS, MELTED AND TWISTED BY THE HEAT OF THE FIRE
A PIECE OF STEEL GIRDER FROM ONE OF THE TWIN TOWERS, MELTED AND TWISTED BY THE HEAT OF THE FIRE
WE WENT TO THE 9/11 MEMORIAL  -  A VERY SAD VISIT, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE OF US WHO LOST FRIENDS IN THE ATTACKS THAT DAY
WE WENT TO THE 9/11 MEMORIAL - A VERY SAD VISIT, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE OF US WHO LOST FRIENDS IN THE ATTACKS THAT DAY
STILL REMEMBERED BY HIS FAMILY  -  THIS FLOWER AND NOTE HAD BEEN PLACED ON THE VICTIM'S NAME EARLIER THAT DAY
STILL REMEMBERED BY HIS FAMILY - THIS FLOWER AND NOTE HAD BEEN PLACED ON THE VICTIM'S NAME EARLIER THAT DAY
A CLOSER VIEW OF THE FLOWER AND NOTE  -  SEEING SOMETHING LIKE THIS BRINGS HOME THE PERSONAL LOSSES EXPERIENCED
A CLOSER VIEW OF THE FLOWER AND NOTE - SEEING SOMETHING LIKE THIS BRINGS HOME THE PERSONAL LOSSES EXPERIENCED
ROUNDING UP THE TEAM MEMBERS TO LEAVE THE MEMORIAL, AS MY GRANDDAUGHTER CHECKS IN WITH GRANDDMA
ROUNDING UP THE TEAM MEMBERS TO LEAVE THE MEMORIAL, AS MY GRANDDAUGHTER CHECKS IN WITH GRANDDMA
TALKING WITH A NYC PORT AUTHORITY POLICEMAN  -  HE THANKED US PERSONALLY FOR THE WORK WE WERE DOING
TALKING WITH A NYC PORT AUTHORITY POLICEMAN - HE THANKED US PERSONALLY FOR THE WORK WE WERE DOING
WHY DID THE DISASTER RELIEF TEAM CROSS THE ROAD?  TO GET BACK TO THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY, OF COURSE!
WHY DID THE DISASTER RELIEF TEAM CROSS THE ROAD? TO GET BACK TO THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY, OF COURSE!
ON THE WAY BACK TO THE FERRY, WE PASSED THIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, DWARFED BY THE SURROUNDING BUILDINGS
ON THE WAY BACK TO THE FERRY, WE PASSED THIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, DWARFED BY THE SURROUNDING BUILDINGS
A PRETTY VIEW OF THE NYC SKYLINE FROM THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY  -  THE NEW FREEDOM TOWER IS VISABLE ON THE LEFT
A PRETTY VIEW OF THE NYC SKYLINE FROM THE STATEN ISLAND FERRY - THE NEW "FREEDOM TOWER" IS VISABLE ON THE LEFT
MANY OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS HAD NEVER SEEN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY  -  WE GOT A GREAT VIEW FROM THE FERRY
MANY OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS HAD NEVER SEEN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY - WE GOT A GREAT VIEW FROM THE FERRY
WE STOPPED FOR DINNER AT A STATEN ISLAND MEXICAN RESTAURANT, ON THE WAY BACK TO THE CHURCH
WE STOPPED FOR DINNER AT A STATEN ISLAND MEXICAN RESTAURANT, ON THE WAY BACK TO THE CHURCH
AFTER WE COMPLETED THE DECK PROJECT, THIS WAS THE SECOND HOUSE WHERE WE WERE ASSIGNED TO WORK
AFTER WE COMPLETED THE DECK PROJECT, THIS WAS THE SECOND HOUSE WHERE WE WERE ASSIGNED TO WORK
WITH THE OUTSIDE LOOKING THIS GOOD, WE WERE NOT SURE WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE INSIDE
WITH THE OUTSIDE LOOKING THIS GOOD, WE WERE NOT SURE WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE INSIDE
AT THE RISK OF UNDERSTATEMENT, THE HOUSE DIDN'T LOOK QUITE AS GOOD ON THE INSIDE!
AT THE RISK OF UNDERSTATEMENT, THE HOUSE DIDN'T LOOK QUITE AS GOOD ON THE INSIDE!
OUR ASSIGNMENT WAS TO SHORE UP SOME SAGGING ROOF SUPPORT AREAS AND STRENGTHEN CRITICAL FLOOR JOISTS
OUR ASSIGNMENT WAS TO SHORE UP SOME SAGGING ROOF SUPPORT AREAS AND STRENGTHEN CRITICAL FLOOR JOISTS
THE HOUSE HAD A HALF-BASEMENT, SO WE HAD TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL IN THE AREA OVER THAT  -  IT WAS A LONG WAY DOWN!
THE HOUSE HAD A HALF-BASEMENT, SO WE HAD TO BE PARTICULARLY CAREFUL IN THE AREA OVER THAT - IT WAS A LONG WAY DOWN!
WE INSTALLED TEMPORARY SUPPORTS FOR WEAK AREAS OF THE ROOF IN THE SUNROOM AREA
WE INSTALLED TEMPORARY SUPPORTS FOR WEAK AREAS OF THE ROOF IN THE SUNROOM AREA
OUR FATHER AND SON TEAM MEMBERS, WORKING HARD TO STRENGTHEN THE FLOOR JOISTS
OUR "FATHER AND SON" TEAM MEMBERS, WORKING HARD TO STRENGTHEN THE FLOOR JOISTS
MAKING ONE OF MANY, MANY MEASUREMENTS
MAKING ONE OF MANY, MANY MEASUREMENTS
WEAK FLOOR JOISTS WERE REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH NEW JOISTS
WEAK FLOOR JOISTS WERE REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH NEW JOISTS
PREPARING TO INSTALL NEW FLOOR JOISTS
PREPARING TO INSTALL NEW FLOOR JOISTS
ANOTHER LUMBER DELIVERY
ANOTHER LUMBER DELIVERY
THE LUMBER HAD TO BE LEFT IN THE FRONT YARD, BECAUSE THE SIDE AND BACK YARD AREAS WERE TOO WET AND MUDDY
THE LUMBER HAD TO BE LEFT IN THE FRONT YARD, BECAUSE THE SIDE AND BACK YARD AREAS WERE TOO WET AND MUDDY
BECAUSE THE DELIVERY VEHICLE COULD NOT GET AROUND TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE, WE WERE LEFT WITH LOTS OF HEAVY LUMBER TO HAND-CARRY
BECAUSE THE DELIVERY VEHICLE COULD NOT GET AROUND TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE, WE WERE LEFT WITH LOTS OF HEAVY LUMBER TO HAND-CARRY
UNSTRAPPING THE LUMBER, SO IT COULD BE MOVED TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE
UNSTRAPPING THE LUMBER, SO IT COULD BE MOVED TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE
WE RELOCATED THE STACK OF LUMBER TO THE BACK ANY WAY WE COULD CARRY IT
WE RELOCATED THE STACK OF LUMBER TO THE BACK ANY WAY WE COULD CARRY IT
INSTALLING NEW, STRONGER JOISTS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF A TUB IN THE BATHROOM AREA OF THE HOUSE
INSTALLING NEW, STRONGER JOISTS TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF A TUB IN THE BATHROOM AREA OF THE HOUSE
OUR YOUNGER TEAM MEMBERS, TAKING A WELL DESERVED BREAK
OUR YOUNGER TEAM MEMBERS, TAKING A WELL DESERVED BREAK
COMPLETED WORK IN THE BATHROOM AREA  -  THE NEW STRUCTURE WILL PROVIDE NEEDED SUPPORT FOR THE HEAVY BATHTUB
COMPLETED WORK IN THE BATHROOM AREA - THE NEW STRUCTURE WILL PROVIDE NEEDED SUPPORT FOR THE HEAVY BATHTUB
FINISHING UP SOME FINAL WORK, JUST BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE DAY
FINISHING UP SOME FINAL WORK, JUST BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE DAY
WE LEFT SOME SUPPLIES FOR THE NEXT TEAM'S WORK ON THE HOUSE
WE LEFT SOME SUPPLIES FOR THE NEXT TEAM'S WORK ON THE HOUSE
TREATING A BEE STING  -  AN OLD NORTH CAROLINA HOME/FOLK REMEDY WAS USED, A BIT OF TOBACCO JUICE ON THE AREA!
TREATING A BEE STING - AN OLD NORTH CAROLINA HOME/FOLK REMEDY WAS USED, A BIT OF TOBACCO JUICE ON THE AREA!
UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOMEOWNER WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, BUT EACH TEAM MEMBER SIGNED A BIBLE FOR HIM
UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOMEOWNER WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, BUT EACH TEAM MEMBER SIGNED A BIBLE FOR HIM
THE FOLLOWING MORNING, WE LEFT TO RETURN HOME AT 6:00 A.M.!
THE FOLLOWING MORNING, WE LEFT TO RETURN HOME AT 6:00 A.M.!
WE HAD VERY LITTLE RAIN DURING OUR WORK WEEK, BUT OUR LUCK RAN OUT ON THE WAY HOME
WE HAD VERY LITTLE RAIN DURING OUR WORK WEEK, BUT OUR LUCK RAN OUT ON THE WAY HOME