Friday, April 06, 2007

Old School Construction....

We've started digging and working on the hole where the house will go. After the fun with the bobcat, and Dominic coming out and working for a while, it seems we've got to get down to it with a pick and shovel.

To set our plans onto the site and have a rough idea of where the walls will be and where we still have to dig, we had to figure out 'solar north' as opposed to magnetic north. I did an old boy scout trick to figure it out:


you put a stick in the ground pointing at the sun, making sure there is no shadow. Wait 20 minutes, and the shadow points east. 90 degrees from that is solar north. Line them up!

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Starting anti-fire prep

Well, we never really stop.  But, took a picture of today's raking below the yurt.  Every year I work to get a bit wider swath cleared....