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Oak Hill Chapel Renovation Slideshows



Removal of the Porte Cochere

  • Setting up the safety and security fencing.
  • Removing the limestone finials from the Porte Cochere. Very heavy!
  • Removing the limestone finials from the Porte Cochere.
  • Removing the limestone finials from the Porte Cochere.
  • One finial removed.
  • Removing the limestone finials from the Porte Cochere.
  • Removing the finial base. Even heavier!
  • Dismantling parts of the Porte Cochere
  • Metal frame window removed.
  • Stacking all the Bedford limestone decorative elements for storage.
  • Porte Cochere before demolition.
  • McNight endloader to be used for the demolition.
  • Off the truck.
  • Removing the porch roof.
  • A roofless porch.
  • Bring down the porch with the end loader.
  • More of the porch removal.
  • More of the porch removal.
  • Archwork is exposed.
  • More of the porch removal.
  • More of the porch removal.
  • Oak Hill Chapel after removal of the Porte Cochere.
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Roofing the Chapel Part 1

  • Marling Lumber delivering the plywood decking.
  • ABC Supply delivering shingles and assorted roofing materials.
  • Bob Nass & Son ready to roof.
  • Getting ready for the tearoff of two old roofs.
  • Slowly getting ready to to the tearoff.
  • The S&S Enterprise crew.
  • Waiting for things to warm up a little bit.
  • ASRC donated their dump truck to use to haul away the old roof debris.
  • Removing the old roof- one wheelbarrow at a time.
  • Lots of volunteer help this day!
  • Some of the tearoff/debris removal volunteers.
  • Tearing off the old roof.
  • Tearing off on the Northwest side.
  • Pushing debris up to the front of the truck.
  • Setting furring strips for the 1.5" airspace.
  • Hauling more debris to the truck.
  • The project "overseer".
  • Setting the plywood decking over the furring strips.
  • Setting the plywood decking over the furring strips.
  • Cleaning up the last of the old roof debris.
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Roofing the Chapel Part 2

  • The end of the tearoff at last.
  • South side prep work.
  • Up goes the decking.
  • The Janesville Gazette reporter interviews Bob.
  • The roof crew at the end of a long, hot day.
  • Underlayment on 1/8th of the roof.
  • More plywood decking going up.
  • Setting the underlayment in place.
  • WISC Channel 3 news reporter on site.
  • Almost ready for the shingles to go up.
  • Up go bundles of shingles.
  • Setting the new shingles up on the roof ridge.
  • Carefully done with the big crane!
  • Everyone on the roof is tethered by a safety harness and rope.
  • The shingles are all set and everything is almost ready to go.
  • Putting the crane back to sleep.
  • Shingles are in place at the roof ridge.
  • Tarping the exposed roof in case of rain.
  • Duct tape use #155: finger savers.
  • Laying up the new shingles.
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Roofing the Chapel Part 3

  • Getting the underlayment in place.
  • Performing a balancing act (one of many) on the roof.
  • New shingles going on the roof.
  • Shingling up the North side.
  • Setting the first of the ridge cap.
  • New shingles on the North side.
  • Finishing the SOuthwest side of the roof.
  • Putting up the last of the new shingles.
  • Fabricating the metal facia and soffit pieces on-site.
  • The shingling is almost done.
  • Setting the ridge vents and caps.
  • The shingle job is done!
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Tuckpointing the North Wall Part 1

  • Tuckpointing around the counterflashing and buttresses.
  • Chipping out old mortar arounf the arch stones.
  • Reinforcing a buttress with fresh mortar.
  • Cleaning out mortar on the South side.
  • Reinforcing a buttress with fresh mortar.
  • Getting the North side ready for tuckpointing.
  • Removal of mortar in the Northwest corner.
  • Clearing out mortar in the Northeast buttresses.
  • Grinding out mortar above a horizontal element.
  • North side ready for tuckpointing.
  • Carefully cleaning away mortar from the buttresses.
  • Lots of cleanout work.
  • Closeup of a cleaned-out buttress.
  • Closeup of a cleaned-out buttress.
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Tuckpointing the North Wall Part 2

  • Adding fresh mortar to the North side.
  • Tuckpointing the North side.
  • Filling in around the window arch.
  • Tuckpointing the North side.
  • Tuckpointing the peak of the North side.
  • Way up at the very top.
  • Tuckpointing the North side.
  • Filling in around the window arch.
  • Tuckpointing on a beautiful day!
  • More tuckpointing.
  • Even more tuckpointing.
  • Discussing the mortar as it mixes.
  • The all-volunteer crew!
  • Look for the union label!
  • Final cleaning up of the mortar joints for tuckpointing.
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Tuckpointing the North Wall Part 3

  • Getting the South side ready for the crew.
  • Painstakingly accurate tuckpointing job.
  • Moving down past the window top.
  • Prep work on the South side.
  • Doing a big job with tiny trowels.
  • A full crew going all-out.
  • Working down the right side of the window.
  • Keeping a good pace.
  • Tuckpointing artistry.
  • Keeping the mortar supply up.
  • Taking it to the next level.
  • Fresh water to spray of the work to keep it moist.
  • Paying attention to deeper gaps.
  • At the next level.
  • Pointng the buttresses as well.
  • At the 10th sack of mortar point.
  • A good day's work!
  • Preparing the West wall for tuckpointing.
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NEW! Raising Finials and Bases

  • Finials and bases ready to be set into place on the Chapel.
  • Lifting apparatus ready to go.
  • Raising the Northwest buttress finial.
  • Northwest finial ready to be set into place on its base.
  • Northwest buttress finial bedded and in place.
  • North peak saddle base ready to be lifted.
  • Lifting the North peak saddle.
  • Relief crew takes over.
  • Saddle raised and ready to be set into place.
  • Setting the saddle in its place upon the roof caps.
  • Raising the North peak finial.
  • Setting the finial in place atop its saddle base.
  • Caulking the finial to the roof caps.
  • A happy-and relieved-lifting crew.
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