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Ran to pick up the MircoLam beams and got started. We were able to salvage an 11 ft 6 in section of the first Mircolam.
We will put it aside for a future project
Hoisted up onto the scaffolding Ready to be set in place.
Installation went well A few whacks with the sledge hammer and it was in place and screwed off.
26 ft span on the triple Microlam beams The second and third beams will be cut and removed from the middle support to the short support on the far end of the deck. These two I think will be a little trickier than the first one I am not worried I am sure Jim has a plan.
The project was coming nicely.
The trim on windows on the south side was started but ran out of material.
Not a big deal Jim moved to the east side of the house. I will put in another order this week for more White Oak.
.Jim was really making some good time and ran the upper section of battens above the window and had started to install the first one under the window when .....
Disaster struck The screw felt like he had missed the Mircolam but that was not the case.
He removed the landing, The trim boards and the first decking board, The rot was not only completely through the first layer but into the second of three of the Mirolam beams. They would need to be replaced before we went any further. Our projects are never without a few hiccups. This is why we NEVER took on any remolding in our business.
Needed to remove the siding and put in a few temporary supports while we replaced the beams.
Ordered and picked up 2 -12" X12 ft and 1 -12" X 14 ft
We picked up more lumber from our neighbor who has put in a sawmill..
Jim ripped and milled the boards then waited for the hurricane to pass before starting up again
He replaced the old rotten brickmould around the two large sun room windows and started working on installing the batten boards.
He will go back and replace the moldings on the two small windows once our new order of lumber get milled.
We are using rough cut white oak so we will have to give the boards time to dry before we start staining.
Shingles are done
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Ran the rest of the trim boards and put together a list for the saw mill
Half of the sheets are on
Sheathing is done and trimmed Ready for tar paper, The fascia and soffets material is ordered and will be ready to pick up on Sunday
Just for fun I did a walk around before the sunset.
It was a short day! Just enough time to get the rafters on!
Six trips into the attic over the shop in temperatures over 120 F to fetch the Bakers scaffold Jim took a well deserved break before setting it up along with the extension ladder with scaffold plank rack.
He was now ready to set the ridge board and rafters.
With the ridge board set about a foot below the window Jim has his work cut out figuring out the pitch of the new roof.
Since he will not need my help I decided to start cleaning the redwood railings. Over the years of neglect they have started growing Lichen and algae.
The rails clean up with a water/ bleach mixture and of course some scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush..
The left stair rail is ready for staining. The post caps are also ready for stain
The sections we removed to install the new posts are cleaned ,dry and ready for stain. leaving me 4 sections left to do.
After several trips up and down the ladder Jim has figured out the exact roof pitch and rafter cuts . He called it a day after he got one installed .
Time for a new project
The weekend is going to have temperatures of 90F - 100F+ so it will be a slow go but Jim is determined to start it right away.
Before we pressure wash and re stain our small deck Jim is putting a roof over it (aka my summer kitchen).
This will allow me to work out there canning and cooking in the heat or rain of summer and eliminate some of the hand shoveling I have to do after every snowstorm in the winter.
First thing was to re-level the stairs
Next was to remove a few sections of railing and two of the 4 X 4 posts
The posts are replaced with taller posts to support the roof
Setting the pitch for the roof
I took these at 6:30AM this morning (07/19)
What kind of bug is this????
EDIT UPDATE: I did get an answer to the question
My nephew Ethan says it is a Juvenile Assassin Bug
God Bless America!
High Tunnel update:
Peas are starting to form pods:
2nd planting of broccoli
Spinach is still producing:
Sweet Red Pepper
High Tunnel update:
Ready to cut into bite size pieces to process for the freezer
Ready for transplanting.
Peppers and one eggplant
Pepper Seedlings started for a friend.
6 pack of Kohlrabi
2 Tiny Tim Tomato Plants
Out in the high Tunnel the Cauliflower is looking great
Kohlrabi is forming a bulb
Spinach has germinated
RIP " Bob Sr."
Your contagious smile and gracious welcoming manners will always be remembered!
It snowed last night.
Inside the Green house everything is growing
Broccoli and Kohlrabi
Volunteer Johnny- Jump- Up
March can bring all kinds of weather.....
and visitors to the pond.
Called all of our friends and neighbors everyone is safe and healthy so far.
Met with a new customer. No hand shakes and we kept our distance leaving the door open to make all of us more comfortable. She was on the same page as us so it was a nice meeting.
We have a unit in the shop that is close to being ready to ship. Not sure when that will happen.
We pray you all are safe and take the time to appreciate your family and friends and neighbors from a safe distance.
Crown of Thorns is starting to bloom:
Spring is on its way!
My last shopping day until we get through this lock down due to the CoVid-19 outbreak.
Canceled our luncheon with our dear friend Vic. We have lunch or dinner at least once a week since around 1988.
Since we rarely leave the property when life is "normal" we will weather this without any complaints, besides we have lots to do around here so no chance of us getting bored.
Young Cole Plants ( Cauliflower -Broccoli - Cabbage ) plus Kale and Chard are ready to move to the Greenhouse in a couple of weeks:
Anaheim and Poblano Pepper Plants are doing great. They will not go out into the Greenhouse for another month or so:
We decided to give the CNC machine it's own place in the shop. This way when we want to use it we don't have to take the time to move it into place, level the table and align everything before we can use it. it is ready to go at a moments notice.
Now that there was some room to work Jim took down the 4 pronged Maple tree.
Some of the firewood ready for the splitter
Started clearing for a new pond and orchard area.
Firewood trees are stacked and ready to be bucked up into rounds before heading to the splitter
Against my better judgment I planted during a waning moon.
I usually plant by the moon:
Waxing Moon above ground crops.
Waning moon root crops.
I planted the following seeds
I still have beets and onion seeds to plant. You know the ones I am supposed to plant now under the waning moon,
I will get to them today during the snow storm that is due to arrive by 1PM.
And so it begins:
Our 2020 growing season:
In October I dug out a couple of pepper plants from the High Tunnel to winter them in the house.
They are doing great! I even have 4 peppers starting to form on the one plant
This is the largest of the peppers:
It may be small but it is a pepper.
1950 - 2020
After we opened our business in 1985 we sub contracted framing for several of his homes .
In 1992 we no longer had employees and had switch gears doing the finish carpentry in homes Don hired us once again. This time the Swift family had united and the four boys worked with their Dad building homes.
It was an honor to be a part of their quality built homes.
Don was a kind thoughtful man and he loved to cook. We shared recipes over the years and he even made me a cookbook of his favorite ones
I think of him every time I open up that cookbook.