AAA-1 Masonry has begun tuck pointing the southern elevation of the sanctuary. This is what is known as a 100% grind out so all the new mortar joints will be the same color and uniform thickness. In short, putting out best face to the public. The east and west elevations have had much less harsh weather exposure and will be ground out and tuck pointed where needed.
"All in all it's just another [hole] in the wall."
When you next visit the sanctuary you will notice that the inside portion of the air conditioning system is in place, if not yet working. Positioning the interior units was easy. Connecting them to the outside compressors was art. To do this holes had to be drilled -- in the floor, in the foundation, in the balcony. All were drilled with a precision that will ultimately be unseen but greatly appreciated by those of us who struggle with getting the hole just right when hanging the latest family portrait.
All is on schedule and we hope to be able to use the air conditioning for the first time on July 28.
Week 3: Unseen Places (Psalm 139:8) | Paul Strome, Finance and Building Administrator
The crawl space under the sanctuary may not be what the psalmist had in mind when writing about Sheol but this afternoon, as I shimmied my way along the 24" square passageway that lines the perimeter of the building and gives access to the radiator pipes, the underworld is what came to my mind. It's tight, it's dirty, it is not an easy work environment. Later this summer as we are enjoying the cool air conditioning, let's give thanks for the electricians and installers who braved HTLC's "underworld" to make it all happen.
P.S. Tours of the crawlspace will NOT be provided.