Spring has arrived and this time of year our scenery gets a much needed face lift. We go from dead yards and bare trees to green grass, blossoming flowers, and budding trees. We also, here, at the Grayson County Juvenile Services gave the tiny house a much needed face lift. The boys in the facility, as well as some of our probation kids, worked hard with the Sherman ISD shop teacher on the outside of the tiny house during the spring break week. They added a faux rock accent to the bottom of the house and used Hardie board to cover the rest. Prior to beginning all of the kids had to go through safety and proper use curriculum for a job site and the tools that they would be using. After the course was complete they put what they learned in class to good use on the tiny house. I hope you like what they have done!!!
Good morning everyone,
I hope everyone is doing well. The boys have made a great deal of progress on the tiny house since our last update.
Since the last update the boys have learned how to measure, cut, and hand dry wall in the classroom and have been able to put what they have learned towards practical application. They have completed all the dry wall in the house with some help from staff and the Mr. Longo, the teacher. There were many cuts that they were able to practice while hanging the dry wall. Mr. Longo showed them how to mark and cut for the light switches and sockets, as well as the water lines. There were also many different angles that the boys were able to cut while hanging the dry wall, thus better enhancing their skills and not just cutting straight lines.
Of course hanging drywall comes with mudding and fixing any imperfections in the dry wall. The tiny house work crew has done a great job with this task, because any of you that has ever had to sling some mud knows how tedious this task can be. Overall, the tiny house is really starting to take shape now that they have got the dry wall hung and the mudding is almost complete. Please, take a look at the pictures of progress and thank you for you continued support of our young men as they complete the tiny house. Stay tuned for more updates. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a great start to your New Year!!!
I hope everyone out there is doing well. Progress continues to move forward on the tiny house project and our young men continue to gain valuable knowledge and skills that they can apply once they graduate the program.
This past weekend our young men continued to install drains for the fixtures in the bathroom and run those drains to a pumping system that will pump the waste away from the house. They also installed the electrical box for the pump while installing the drains going to the pump.
The light fixtures started getting hung around the house, as well as running the wiring from the electrical box to all the switches and to the light fixtures. Unfortunately, they were only able to work one day this past weekend due to inclement weather.
Again, I would like to thank you all for continuing to follow the progress of this project. I hope everyone has a good rest of your week and a great weekend.
I wanted to share with everyone an article that was written about one of our post facilities, as well as the tiny house. It was published in the Texas Juvenile Justice Today, which is a publication of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Thank you for your continued support of our project. I hope everyone has a great week.
Good afternoon everyone,
I hope this finds everyone out there doing well. I know it has been a while since we have blogged about the tiny house. Our instructor, Mr. Longo, and the young men have done a lot of good, productive work over the last two weeks. Mr. Longo has taught them the importance of insulating around windows and how to properly apply spray in insulation.
The young men in the program completed a lot of the finishing work on the outside of the house, before moving inside. They installed the soffits and finished up the fascia, as well as put trim around the soffits.
They have also worked in the classroom learning about plumbing, electrical work, and framing. They have been able to apply what they have learned in the classroom towards building upon the tiny house. They have started the plumbing in the bathroom and in the kitchen. The hot & cold water lines have been run to their respective places, and the drains have been put in. They have begun putting in switch boxes, as well as running wire to the boxes. They also framed the bathroom out. Over the past two weeks it has changed on the inside of the house dramatically with the plumbing and electrical going in, as well as installing a shower bottom, toilet and vanity.
Our young men have enjoyed learning from Mr. Longo in the classroom setting, but also being able to learn a trade that they can use once they complete the program. We have all been impressed by the effort that they are putting forward and the passion and pride that they show through their work. I hope you enjoy these pictures of the progress. Have a great weekend!!
Happy Friday Everyone,
The weather out here in Grayson County has been crazy the last few weeks. It has either been too hot to work outside or it has been raining. Also, the boys have started back to school since our last update, so all of that has slowed down the progress on our tiny house. Mr. Longo and the boys have been able to get out there and install all the windows; as well as finish the beams and subfloor.
However, the weather has not stopped Mr. Longo from teaching our boys about carpentry, building new projects, and teaching them the overall principles of wood work and safety practices.
The last project the boys worked on with Mr. Longo were some benches for our facility living quarters. They really exceeded our expectations on the construction of these benches. We are extremely proud of the strides our boys have made in such a short time working & learning from Mr. Longo. Please, continue to visit our blog and encourage our boys with your comments. Have a great weekend!
Hello everyone out there in blog land,
The temperatures here in Grayson County have finally subsided and it has been a pleasant week. However, 3 of the 5 days this week it has been raining. This has not stopped our young men from continuing to work. On the days that it has been raining the boys have moved indoors and started another project, as well as continued to work on the benches for our sheriff’s department. The young men have taken on the task of building benches for our post-adjudication facility to place inside our barracks to give the other boys in the program another place to rest themselves. The boys were also tasked with making a holder for the water hoses around the facility. They have been working diligently on these projects and applying the skills that our teacher, Mr. Longo has been teaching them.
On the days that the weather has worked in our favor they boys have been working on the tiny house. They were able to pull up the old floor, replace some of the floor joists, and re-level the house. Mr. Longo showed them proper technique on this and showed them how to place shims in order for the foundation to be level. Once this was completed they began laying the subfloor. They were also able to finish putting in the windows that they have not been able to install due to the blistering Texas summer heat.
The boys skills continue to improve with each passing week and they are becoming more comfortable with measuring, cutting, and using the power tools, as well as the hand tools. Thank you all for keeping up with our blog and until next time……have a great week and don’t hesitate to post.
Thank you all!