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We attend a fairly large church here in Georgia, we have about 2200-2500 folks between two services down stairs and two simulcast up stairs. the minister of music arrived at the church about 5:00AM to begin preparing for the first service at 9:30AM, and yes he takes his job very seriously. When he walked in he noticed that the floor in the hall between the main church area and the preschool looked strange. When He got to the main meeting area, it doubles as a gym and dining area on Wednesdays, the floor there not only looked funny but felt funny when he walked on it. The baptistery had over flowed half of Saturday and all Saturday night. So as not to bore anyone reading this we had first service at 9:30AM. Two members have professional carpet cleaning equipment and brought their trucks, I am always there early so I went home got my two shop vacs as did several others. Let me just say it is amazing what can happen when committed folks pull together. It has been estimated that more than 1000+ gallons overflowed the baptistery onto the first area.

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We attend a fairly large church here in Georgia, we have about 2200-2500 folks between two services down stairs and two simulcast up stairs. the minister of music arrived at the church about 5:00AM to begin preparing for the first service at 9:30AM, and yes he takes his job very seriously. When he walked in he noticed that the floor in the hall between the main church area and the preschool looked strange. When He got to the main meeting area, it doubles as a gym and dining area on Wednesdays, the floor there not only looked funny but felt funny when he walked on it. The baptistery had over flowed half of Saturday and all Saturday night. So as not to bore anyone reading this we had first service at 9:30AM. Two members have professional carpet cleaning equipment and brought their trucks, I am always there early so I went home got my two shop vacs as did several others. Let me just say it is amazing what can happen when committed folks pull together. It has been estimated that more than 1000+ gallons overflowed the baptistery onto the first area.

Just thought some might find it interesting.
I hope you got to it early enough and there was no long term damage to the floors.

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Some Pic's of the damaged areas. The estimated water overflowed is 7,000-11,000 gallons. The damage could top $200,000.00 the deductible is $1,000.00.
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I hope you got to it early enough and there was no long term damage to the floors.
The Gym floor may need to be replaced that is why there is the high dollar amount.

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Really a sad accident Jerry. Does anyone have any idea how that could have happened? I'm sure future prevention measures will be implemented.
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No one Knows, it was to have an automatic cut off and two overflows, seems none of it did what it should have. I am sure there will be some finger pointing between the manufacturer, installer and the insurance co.

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As it stands now this is just plain a disaster, there will be a cost in excess of the 200,00.00 first thought and a law suit between the contractor and insurance company. Seems the overflow was plumbed in upstream of the drain shut-off so in reality there was no overflow.

My friend Bill and I have been asked to fabricate the "bull-nose" trim across the front of the stage. There will be 240' of bull-nose trim fabricated from 4/4x6 paint grade maple and some 5/4x6 poplar. I only got a few pictures on Saturday. So far I have 31 hours on this job and will finish fabrication today and start installation tomorrow. That should take one very long day or 1 1/2 easier days. I have attached some general pics to five an indication of some of what is going on. Noticed today that some are not well focused, my apologies.

Pic 1 A "jig" to rabid out the back.
Pic 2 Partially finished trim.
The rest are just out of focus shots and I would love to explain but it is 8:10 and we start up again in 20 min.
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