The House That MAG Built - Part 3 - The Walls Come Up

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Finishing the weaving.

After breakfast and the usual bus ride we were back at House 1 for our third day of building. Today we would finish the weaving of the palm leafs on the wall frames. We were lucky enough to have some of the locals helping us since our group was a few people short of the group that built houses for MAG last year. When we finished weaving the wall panels we had to tighten the last section of leafs with an extra branch or bamboo before it could be put on the house.

Sometime in the late morning Steve and I were asked to start nailing the floorboards down. I really enjoyed this part of the job since it involved actually working inside of the house for a change instead of sitting outside working on the walls. In the meantime Bryan had taken over from Brett with the visiting locals with health problems.

The ever-present horde of youngsters at House #1.
The issues seemed to be getting less serious by now, as were the number of patients. When the ladies were done with the final wall panels they came to help us out with the last remaining floorboards.
When the floorboards had all been nailed down it was time to saw off the extending parts of the supporting beams. This once again involved bursts of energy that left me sweating like a pig and gasping for breath every now and then. The fact that at one point I had lost direction and was sawing straight into the house obviously did not help. ;-) Hey, I never said I was very good at this DIY stuff.

And then at half past 3 it was time for a bit of a magical moment. The first of the finished wall panels was lifted and fixed to the house, with the part surrounding the door following soon after.

I found the girl that named the cocktail I drank two days ago.
So, just before we called it a day at 4 PM the house actually looked like a real finished Khmer dwelling if you looked at it from the front.

In the evening we had dinner at the Selantra Restaurant and this was probably the first time I wasn\'t overtly impressed. The ambience was a bit clinical and the food mediocre. The Fish Amok was tasty but not the best one I\'ve ever had in Cambodia, although the Pumpkin Delight desert was certainly a great change from the normal fresh fruits dessert. Well, maybe it was just me getting restless after so many group dinners.
After dinner I ended up in the Island Bar at the night market with Dave, Steve and Abigail. Unlike the hotels and restaurants, a pint of beer was only a dollar here, so a good reason to hang out for a while. I chatted with Dave about the event and our tastes in music and had some fun teasing the waitresses before heading back to the hotel by tuk-tuk at 23:15.

edsander says:
Because carpenters can't be bothered by fundraising ? Don't worry, we got to do the very easy stuff.
Posted on: Dec 02, 2010
Biedjee says:
>Hey, I never said I was very good at this DIY stuff.

So why again does MAG have houses built by doctors and marketeers rather than, say, carpenters?
Posted on: Dec 02, 2010
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Finishing the weaving.
Finishing the weaving.
The ever-present horde of youngste…
The ever-present horde of youngst…
I found the girl that named the co…
I found the girl that named the c…
Working on the wall panels with Ab…
Working on the wall panels with A…
Working on the wall panels with Ab…
Working on the wall panels with A…
Weaving with Abigail.
Weaving with Abigail.
Finalising the panels.
Finalising the panels.
Finalising the panels.
Finalising the panels.
Inside the house. A local working …
Inside the house. A local working…
Steve nailing the floorboards.
Steve nailing the floorboards.
Working together with the locals.
Working together with the locals.
Our next door neighbour.
Our next door neighbour.
Bryan taking calls.
Bryan taking calls.
Our lovely little toilet.
Our lovely little toilet.
Doc found a puppy.
Doc found a puppy.
Kim doing the hula.
Kim doing the hula.
At House #1 with Steve.
At House #1 with Steve.
Nailing the floorboards at House #…
Nailing the floorboards at House …
Working on House #1.
Working on House #1.
I should have been a carpenter !
I should have been a carpenter !
Working on House #1.
Working on House #1.
Working on House #1.
Working on House #1.
Getting rid of some protrusions.
Getting rid of some protrusions.
Demolishing a house ... one of my …
Demolishing a house ... one of my…
In case youre wondering ... no, I…
In case you're wondering ... no, …
The walls go up.
The walls go up.
Tang and Steve fastening the walls.
Tang and Steve fastening the walls.
The first wall is up !
The first wall is up !
This starts to look like a proper …
This starts to look like a proper…
Thats not looking too good ...
That's not looking too good ...
New trip, new medicine. ;-)
New trip, new medicine. ;-)
At the group dinner with Martina.
At the group dinner with Martina.
In the tuk-tuk with Abigail.
In the tuk-tuk with Abigail.
In the tuk-tuk with Abigail.
In the tuk-tuk with Abigail.
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