WHAT'S GOING ON? ... on the Greencastle-Antrim High School gym floor?

PAT FRIDGEN
Shawn Frick began tearing up damaged sections of the high school gym floor on Monday, and expects to work two weeks on repairs.

While the Greencastle-Antrim High School athletic fields are spanking brand new, the gymnasium in the high school is showing its age. The floor is peppered with repairs conducted over the past 50 years, but one problem did not have a quick fix.

The school board was notified this summer that moisture seeped under the flooring and buckled two sections, the center and one side by the bleachers. Administrators believe the source of the water damage was discovered - a leak in the roof. It has been sealed and the floor has stayed dry. Slough Flooring, Inc., Harrisburg, was hired to replace the wood and put the surface back into playing condition.

Employee Shawn Frick started on the project Aug. 22. He took out boards that had expanded eight inches high, and found moisture had affected the base. The metal channels and iron pins between concrete slabs had popped loose. Metal clips which held the boards in place lost tips to rust.

It appeared to Frick that the floor had not been sanded since its installation in 1960, because the one-inch boards were only down the 1/32-inch of the initial sanding.

Time also took its toll on the paint. Lines that were once white are now yellow, what was blue is now green. Frick will sand and seal the new floor, and paint the lines, but the wood will be lighter than the old, so where he worked will be obvious to students in PE class, and to athletes and fans once the games begin.