It was 27 degrees outside Tuesday morning, but six Tri-City Americans players braved the cold to help frame a house for Habitat for Humanity.
The players, under the watchful eyes of crew chief Tom Ham, created and installed the frame work for the front and rear walls of the three-bedroom, 1 1/2-bath home at 406 Cedar Ave. in Pasco. Once the outside framing was complete, the players started on the inside walls of the 1,100-square-foot house before calling it a day.
“They did great,” Ham said. “I didn’t expect to get so much done. It really looks nice.”
The Americans, in their third year of working with Habitat for Humanity, had captain Justin Hamonic, Lucas Nickles, Brian Williams, Beau McCue, Taylor Vickerman and Justin Gutierrez swinging hammers.
“We had to convince them that hammering a nail is like hitting a hockey puck — you have to hit it hard,” Ham said. “It’s nice they get out in the community and do this kind of stuff.”
There are three houses in different stages at the construction site, and with the Americans’ help, Ham said they hoped to have all enclosed by the time the weather gets worse.
“Once we get that done, we will go back to the first house and get it all done before we move onto the next one,” Ham said.
Habitat for Humanity hopes to have a family in the first house by April, and a family in the house the Americans worked on by June.
Tuesday was the second time Hamonic had worked with Habitat for Humanity.
“It is a lot of fun for us to go out, build houses and give back to the community,” Hamonic said. “This is not something we get to do every day. We may be learning some skills we can use in the future.”
Nickles helped out the first year the Americans worked with the group. At that time, they were putting siding on a house in Kennewick. Nickles, who had a roofing job during the summer, was cold Tuesday, but said the work was rewarding.
“It’s nice to be able to help a family,” Nickles said. “This is a little refresher. I learned some new stuff, which is nice.”
The Americans perform more than 2,500 hours of community service each season. Since the players arrived in August, they have helped with Second Harvest, area school reading programs, hospital visits and the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Dinner in the Dark fundraiser in October.