Saturday, July 12, 2014

and we KNOW the trap works

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Here you can see the various stages and tools of hardwood (madrone) pegs, from right to left, from firewood to finished peg.  I haven't timed it, but it probably takes about 20 minutes per peg.   The car port only needed 20 of these. 

This is a notch in the (lower/northern) beam that will be the seat of the rafter-joist.

Another view of the rafter seat, with rafter perspective:

Doing the last hole for the last peg for the rafter. I was concerned that the pegging wouldn't hold much, but they seem to have really worked well.  Notice this is from up on the high side, on the ladder:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Brackets, Firewood and Apricots

Very happy to report I got help from a new neighbor who had access to a 'hammer drill' thing that helped me put bolts into the concrete footings for the brackets for the car port. We're getting more stable!
 Just a little firewood brag photo of all the wood I split and stacked while my niece and nephew were to stack the stuff on the left.   They're beginning to learn about some hard work, but they have plenty to go.

49 small apricots plus sugar heat and time make 8 jars of jam.  Love it!

$1 tool rescue

Had a moment last week, so we strolled the flea market. A woman had a pile of rusty tools "anything $1!" and so I dug through it ...