Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ANBC Spring Work Week 2015

This year we are putting a huge focus on maintenance, repair and the completion of our main lodge at ANBC! We have a volunteer crew that is planning to join us from Peterborough, Ontario for the week of April 29th to May 2nd of this year! There is lots to do, so if you would like to join us and lend a hand we'd love to have you, just drop us a line. There are tasks for every skill set, everything from spring cleaning, painting, roofing, carpentry, flooring and construction.

Thanks to the kind gifts of those who contribute to the NCEM Minute Man program, Arrowhead has funds available to see this project through. However, the project is extensive, so we are always eager to find out about ways in which we can economize. If you have contacts for suppliers for any of these materials that might allow us to have wholesale pricing or donated materials, we would love to hear from you. If you feel led to contribute to the costs for this project you can do so by clicking HERE.

The exterior of the main lodge will require some TLC. A new roof is absolutely top priority for this year. I am currently speaking with a steel supplier to find out about the feasibility of having steel put on as opposed to replacing the asphalt shingles. With thanks to very generous pricing and some valuable advice; it looks as though we will be able to see this project through for less than it would cost to install the traditional asphalt shingles. We will need to make some adjustments and allowances for chimneys and snow run off, but I am excited about this opportunity for a long term roofing solution.

These are some of the major projects taking place in the lodge this April:
• new 1/2hp water pump for the water system to pump water to out buildings
• oil fired hot water tank installed / dedicated to keep the dish washer super heated
• service propane fixtures and install exterior propane outlets for BBQ & cookers
• service commercial kitchen equipment; coffee maker & dishwasher
• installation of a new commercial solid glass door in South end of the building
• installation of steel roof on entire lodge
• reinforcement of lakeside deck; we would like to replace the 4x4 posts with 6x6 and improve both the bracing and the fasteners to the lodge
• two large louvered commercial fans have been donated, and we would like to have one installed in each end of the upper dorm hallway to help improve airflow for our summer guests
• all of the dark black stained areas of the exterior of the lodge need to be re-stained as well as the "soffit" areas
• there is some minor exterior repair that needs to be done to the siding and around some doors. There needs to be a screen installed along the soffit to cover all of the vent holes... we've had issues with squirrels in the past. Also there needs to be work done on both gable ends to finish off the soffit and make it sealed up.
Throughout the inside of the lodge there are areas that require trim work, paint or repairs. A lot of unfinished jobs and upkeep to be done.

• we would like to have a flat screen tv installed above the fireplace with hidden wires - this is going to serve as a slideshow of camp pictures whenever we have events. We used to have pictures of camps gone by hung, and everyone enjoyed them, but we only have limited wall space. We hope this will be a good solution.
• trim in chapel, diningroom, kitchen, washrooms and upstairs to be completed
• paint touch-ups and diningroom paint work
• window installed in main entrance door at the South end of the diningroom
• we have new locks and doors to be installed in various locations
• all handrails need to be serviced and repaired

 • The lower stairwells and kitchen bathroom need to have VC tile flooring put down

• this is the serving counter in the kitchen - we would like to have sliding cupboard doors installed here.

 • the Arrowhead pantry will be needing a major overhaul; it is our hope to purchase steel shelving from Target as they hold their clearance sale; the steel shelving will be wipeable and adjustable. This means the room will need to be gutted
• we will be installing a VC Tile floor as a part of this project.
• the roof has leaked into the east wall of the pantry and there has been some evidence of mold - so during the process of gutting this room we will need to investigate and possibly make repair to the East wall
• we want to make this room as mouse proof as possible; so with that in mind we will be purchasing a roll up commercial door for the entrance to the pantry and I would like to flash the walls against the floor and in the corners with metal

• this picture shows the bulkhead in the kitchen; directly behind it are the four upper dorm rooms - we would like to run a conduit along the back of this bulkhead and wire up 4 baseboard heaters for upstairs; there is currently no heat source for upstairs.

• the two staff bathrooms need to be completed. This will mean drop ceilings, trim work and paint
• we would consider installing tile on the walls if we had a tile pro who could volunteer with us for a couple of days
• a bulkhead will need to be constructed around the sewer drain; as you can see in the image

​• the two main load carrying posts in the dining-room are needing to be reinforced; our plan is to install a jack-post on either side of each one and then build an attractive facade around each one

That is the bulk of the work to be done to bring our main building up to a level of completion that will have us in regular maintenance mode for the foreseeable future. It looks like a lot, but many hands make light work. See you in April.

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