I spent the week of July 10 – 16 working with my church’s youth group in Harlan County, KY. We were participating in Appalachia Service Project’s 2011 summer season. ASP is a ministry of the United Methodist Church, and it’s been around for 41 years.
This year my crew of five high-school youth tore down the back porch of a woman’s home and built a new one from the ground up. We had to dig holes for the posts and pour concrete around them to make sure the porch was solid. Next, we bolted the frame to the posts and put floor joists in place. Then, we screwed down the decking. Finally, we built and installed handrails. We actually used some geometry and trigonometry to level up the frame (parallel lines and transversals!) and make sure the steps would fit.