Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thursday--Demolition Begins!

On Thursday, the demolition of the floors in the church began. They used jackhammers to bust up the tiles and removed all the debris. They also worked on the plaster on the outside of the church.

Work is in progress on the plaster on the outside walls of the church. They smoothed the rocks and tucked them tight yesterday and then began to fill in the holes and cracks, which they are still working on today. This is all a part of the 4-step process of re-plastering the walls.

You can see they have proceeded to cover things up in the church. A heavy, black plastic was used to cover from one side of the balcony to the other. Also, the entire altar area has been covered for protection.

The rocks that were predicted to be under the concrete slab were indeed found under the altar. Once the altar was disassembled, they found these rocks and began removing them by hand, one by one to prevent them from breaking. They tried to remove a section of the conrete slab to see if there were any rocks under it, but couldn't easily do that due to how the slabs were assembled. As you can see from the pictures, they poured sections of slabs (rather than one big slab) and these sections overlap each other fitting together kind of like a puzzle.

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