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It takes a city...

No, really - in this case it does! In early September, a section of the Stewart Park Inclusive Playground will be constructed over the course of a week through a community-wide effort. Friends, neighbors, and businesses - hundreds of volunteers - from around the area will step away from their day-to-day lives for a few hours to pick up hammers, carry supplies, and, as a team, transform playground dreams into a reality in which Ithacans can take pride. No experience is necessary! Sign up below and check back soon for more information.

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WE NEED YOUR TOOLS!

In order to make the build a success, we need tools! FSP is asking that those with tools lend them to the build from September 11th-16th. Everyone who lends tools to the build will be given a specific number that will be placed on all of their tools, and our tools coordinator will do an inventory check before and after each day of the build to insure no tools are lost. The coordinator has participated in four previous builds, and is very familiar with the tools loaning process, so do not worry - we will ensure all tools are taken great care of! If you have tools that you can lend please email our build coordinator Lucas at lucas@friendsofstewartpark.org. 

Detailed Tools List
Quantity Item
1     Backhoe or loader with front bucket . For moving ground-cover.
3     Bars, steel digging . 6 feet or longer
2     Bobcat with 1618” bit (with additional 12” bit for fence posts). 
1     Bolt cutters . Heavy duty for cutting chain.
2     Brooms . 1 push, 1 standard.
10   Buckets , 5gallon.
15   Quick Clamps , large. With openings larger than 4 inches.
30   Cans . Empty coffee cans or plastic gallon jugs. Used to hold nails and screws.
1     Caulk gun .
1     Chain . 20ft tow/utility chain with hooks.
2     Chainsaws . Heavy-duty, high-quality, with proper fuel. Used on site all days of construction.
3     Chalk lines , with chalk.
2     Chisels . 1”
1     Comealong at least 2 ton capacity.
8     Clamps , pipe. 4 to 8 feet long.
1     Crane or Extended Forklift . To set prefabricated roofs into place. Roofs weigh approximately 2,000
lbs., 40 to 60 feet reach. Needed for 2 hours on final day of build.
3     Crowbars , large steel.
35   Drills, 3/8”. Variable speed and reversible. Tape chuck keys to cords on all drills. Have extra chuck keys on hand. 
12   Heavy-duty cordless impact drivers are best option.
30   Impact Drills, 3/8” Variable speed and reversible
3     Drills, ½” . Extra heavy duty and reversible.
1     Dumpster or dump truck . Preferably 30 to 40 cubic yards. 
100 Earplugs , disposable.
35   Electric extension cords, 25’ 50’. #12 or #14 wire. Cords must have a ground wire.
6     Electric gang boxes . Must be #10 or #12 wire with ground and with 4 plugins on the end.
5     Electric lead cords, 100’ . Each must be #10 or #12 wire with ground and with 4 to 6 plugins on the end. See illustration for main distribution from panel to site.
5     Electric lead cords, 50’ . Each must be #10 or #12 wire with ground and with 4 to 6 plugins on the end. For main distribution from panel to site.
15   Electric splitters . Two-way and three-way.
1     Electrical panel . See description and attached drawing.
2     Extension ladder . 24’ minimum.
2     Fire extinguishers . Rated for electrical fires (ABC).
80   Gloves . Pairs of heavy cotton work gloves, both large and small.
2     Grinders, side . 41/2 and 5”. For cutting hardware and sanding with flap discs.
10   Hammers . 16 or 22 ounce carpentry.
15   Hardhats
20   Levels . 48” or longer. A few 24” are acceptable.
1     Level, contractors laser, and tripod . Needed first 2 days of construction.
4     Lights . 4 or more high-wattage emergency lights, portable/generator type.
5     Light strings . Typical construction site light strings in good condition with safety baskets.
20   Markers , fine point. Sharpies work best.
5     10” Miter Saws
50   Nail aprons . Donated cloth aprons.
6     Orbital jigsaws . Must be heavy duty with orbital action—not a scroll saw.
100 Pencils . #2 or carpenter. Also need a sharpener.
2     Pickaxes . Or grub hoes.
2     Portable table saw . 10-12” blade. Must have all safety guards; please verify as these are commonly removed.
6     Post hole diggers . Used to hand dig and clean out holes.
15   Rags . Several utility.
20   Rakes . Metal garden.
500 ft. Rope . 3/8” is acceptable. Utility use/securing tarps.
5     Routers . Be sure 3/8” corner-round bits fit routers (typically ¼” shank).
5     Laminate Routers . Be sure 3/8” corner-round bits fit routers (typically ¼” shank).
1     Router table
80   Safety glasses
2     Sanders, belt . Inform materials coordinator of sizes so that correct size belts can be obtained.
1     Saw, band . Portable, must cut through 1-1/2” stock (curved) easily.
12   Saws, circular . 7 to 7-1/4” handheld, heavy-duty.
2     Saws, hand . Sharp for woodcutting.
18   pairs Sawhorses . Build prior to construction if necessary.
2     Sawzalls . Heavy-duty.
6     Scissors . For cutting filter fabric.
3     Screwdrivers . Various sizes, Phillips and regular heads.
30   Shovels . Long-handled spades preferred.
1     Sledge hammer . 35lb.
1     Sledge hammer . 812lb.
3     Slide compound miter saws . This is a very specific type of saw—no substitutions. 
2     Squares, framing .
20   Squares, speed . 6” used to mark boards.
2     Stepladders, 6 to 8’ . OSHA rated, heavy-duty only.
4     Stepladders, 10 to 12’ . OSHA rated, heavy-duty only.
2     Storage containers with shelves . At least 8’ wide x 20’ long x 8’ high, with lighting. Trailers can also work. Also need stairs and lighting. To house tools and materials.
8     Tables - Folding cafeteria style. For sign-in area, tools trailer, etc. 
2     Tape measure . 100 foot length.
35   Tape measures . 25foot+
5     Tarps . 20x30’ or larger, for emergency rain cover.
1-5   Tents . At least 20x30’, for prefab area and food service. 
5     Popup Tents At least one should be 15x15’ for volunteer sign-in table
10   Trash cans , 30gallon. For construction and food waste.
6     Utility knives Blades are on materials list.
2     Vise grips .
20   Wheelbarrows .
2     Wrenches, adjustable crescent .
1      set Wrenches, allen (also called hex keys). Various sizes.
3     Wrenches, openend . 3 at 9/16” and 3 at ½”.
1     set Wrenches, ratchet . With complete sets of deep-well  sockets, especially 9/16” And ½”.