The Wildwood Outdoor Classroom
The Poles Go Up

Frank Taylor and his helpers, plus crews from the City of Radford have been raising the poles that will hold up the Outdoor Classroom.  We owe thanks to all of them, particularly Seth Lacy, Seth Gillespie and Bill Taylor.

August 4th.  Radford city crews finished bringing in the fill dirt and leveling the site.  Frank Taylor and Seth Lacy plotted out and marked locations for the footer holes for the eight posts that will frame the classroom.

August 8th.  Radford city crews brought in the city augur, normally used to plant telephone poles and such, and bored the eight holes.
  Left above, city augur coming in.

Right above, augur going into the ground.

At left, augur boring away, making another hole.  Earlier hole visible to left of workers.

Once the holes were ready, Frank and Bill Taylor cleaned them out down to 24 inches depth.  Then Frank and two helpers, Seth Lacy and Seth Gillespie, mixed and poured 24 bags of concrete into the holes, three bags to a hole.  This created a footer slab on which the located metal brackets for the 6 x 6 posts.  The brackets were carefully positioned with batter boards, string, and plumb bobs.  Below left, shows a metal bracket carefully located at the bottom of a hole.  Once the brackets were position Frank and Seth Lacy set the 12-foot, 6 x 6 poles into the brackets, squared them, plumbed them, and braced them.  At right, A 6 x 6 post is shown inserted into the bracket.  Note the positioning strings in each picture.
ConRock poured concrete into each hole up to ground level on August 15th.  Next, the poles will have to be cut to level and then prepared for the girders.  Mark your calendars for September 10th!  Barnraising day, the roof trusses will go up on the girders.  Volunteers who would like to help should contact Pathways.  We'll need lots of hands to have an old-fashioned community barn-raising.  Pie and lemonade is promised to volunteers.  Below, Seth Lacy and his friend, Foster, rest from their hard work and admire the precisely positioned posts.

The Outdoor Classroom Story:
     The Outdoor Classroom is Planned
     The Poles Go Up
     The Beams Go on the Poles
     Radford High School Helps Out
     Community Barn Raising: 1. The Roof Trusses
     Community Barn Raising: 2. Support for the Workers
     Community Barn Raising: 3. Finishing the Roof
     The Classroom Finally in Use


Page last modified: 13 March 2006