The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

January 11, 2013

HANDS-ON HELP

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Orleans Habitat for Humanity’s 14th housing project has proven to be a big one, but the students at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center are up to the task.

A group of two dozen seniors from the OCTEC’s building trades and electricity/electronics programs are gaining educations complete with a wealth of hands-on experience thanks to their participation in the Orleans Habitat’s West Oak Orchard Street project.

For the rest of the semester, students will be spending two to three days each week providing the manpower for the rehabilitation of the house.

On Monday, they arrived early in the morning on a Community Action bus and got right into work. Electricity/electronics instruction Bill Leggett made sure there were more hands working and than in pockets on the chilly morning.

“This is real work, it’s not a simulation,” Leggett said. “In our classroom, the wires are in a 3 ft. by 3’ ft. booth; here they are running spools of wire — one mistake ruins 40 ft. of wire.”

Building trades instructor Matt Anastasi’s students worked to stay one step ahead of the classmates, building out walls so the wiring, and later the rough-ins can be installed. They apply lessons learned in class to secure the home.

“Students learn how to go from the ground up to a finished house,” Anastasi said. “They learn about home energy and safety —if the home is too tight that’s deadly combination with the furnace. They know the signs of heat loss.”

That’s a lesson that has sunk in. As students filed in, some pointed to the icicles hanging above the front door and said “look, heat loss.”

The environment is one that mixes old and new. While much of the gutted interior is now filled with new materials, some of the support-bearing interior walls are just 1” by 7” pieces.

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