I arrived for my 10pm-6am shift to find a lot of people doing this...
Turns out our friends from church, along with about 15 other "general laborers," had very little to do on the shift before mine. The laborers, on the other hand, were busting tail! I was blown away (the entire evening) by the level of organization and coordination of the skilled laborers on the job. Wow! Every single worker seemed focused and intent on doing his/her part to stay on schedule.
This was my view around 11pm.
For the first couple of hours, all we had to do was watch (mostly) and serve a lot of this to the workers inside:
We also cleaned up here and there but mostly watched the process, which was fascinating. About one in the morning, though, we got real busy, since there was finally a lot of clean-up to do! My co-volunteers and I went in and maneuvered our ways around what seemed like 100 laborers finishing installation of electricity, heating/cooling, and insulation. I hauled out a LOT of construction debris!
With all of the work to do and the "entertainment" of watching the process, the night went by fairly quickly. Here is my view, shortly before leaving at 6am:
On Friday, a very deserving family is going to come home and be completely amazed by the transformation of their 500-square-feet home to a 5000-square-feet showcase! [Watch for the episode to air some time in October.] I had a lot of fun volunteering and encourage you to volunteer, should you ever have the opportunity; it's a wonderful feeling to be part of something so great. [You don't have to wait for EMHE to come to your area, either. Click on Habitat for Humanity to find similar projects in your area.]
Oh, and P.S. Here are the answers to some of your questions, as well as a few miscellaneous facts I learned last night:
*No, I did not see a single famous person during my shift. Some friends of mine saw Ty and others today, during their day shift.
*I learned last night that during EMHE projects, they actually build two homes, flying back and forth between them! (There isn't a lot for Ty and the gang to do between the time they demolish the house and start on the decor.)
*Accelerated curing of poured concrete (think basement) creates a lot of heat! While it was in the 50's outside (I had to wear a jacket and gloves when not working!), the basement was probably in the 80's. I was extremely impressed by those guys working down there, barely breaking a sweat! (And I did my best not to whine about the oppressive heat the short time I was down there!)
*The show's producers film and set up the project, but they do not pay for it; the builder and his crew donate their labor and materials.
*Contrary to rumor, a lot of EMHE homes do not end up in foreclosure. See Reaction and Criticism for more interesting facts about EMHE.
To follow the build, visit Lexington Homes, the sponsoring builder of this project. Visit the Green Bay Press Gazette for more on the story and links to lots more photos.