Women took over the construction of a Habitat for Humanity House in North Charleston last week.
Several female teams put on the roof of a house on Celestial Court Monday through Saturday. They measured, cut with power saws, pounded with hammers and lifted nail guns and hoisted plywood over their heads.
It's not unusual for women to volunteer, according to Charleston Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager Dan Jones. But they usually get pushed off the power tools by men, he said. Setting aside a week almost exclusively for women allows them to branch out.
A team from Boeing worked on the house Saturday. Some of them had a good bit of experience.
"I've been renovating a house with my husband," Shannon Kammer said after using a nail gun on the roof.
Monica Flores also seemed pretty comfortable climbing and pounding.
"My dad was a carpenter," she said. "So I knew you were supposed to hold it (the hammer) down here."
Some had not done much carpentry but welcomed the opportunity.
"It's interesting to learn about construction," Natasha Wiest said. "Women can do everything."
Jones said he hoped the three-bedroom home would be completed in September. Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, builds houses for low-income families.
Lowe's, the hardware superstore, held clinics to train any women who wanted to know more about power tools.
Other female teams working on the home included Charleston County government, Skirt magazine, the city of North Charleston, AMCS property management and MeadWestvaco.
Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.
Shannon Kammer nails a roof joist on a Habitat for a Humanity house on Celestial Court in North Charleston Saturday. Most of the volunteers Saturday were women, although Barry Waldman with the United Way (background) also helped.×
A group of women who work at Boeing hand a plywood sheet to Monica Flores (left) and Habitat for Humanity construction manager Dan Jones at a house on Celestial Court in North Charleston Saturday.×
Monica Flores, who works at Boeing, and Stefanie Hall, who works for the local Fox television affiliate, nail down plywood on the roof of a Habitat for Humanity house on Celestial Court in North Charleston Saturday.×
Masheia Vennning (left) and a team of other women who work at Boeing lift a piece of plywood onto the roof of a Habitat for Humanity house on Celestial Court in North Charleston Saturday.×
Anita Pinkosky makes sure the cord is out of the way while Kendra Middleton cuts a piece of plywood for the roof of a Habitat for Humanity house on Celestial Court in North Charleston Saturday.×
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