ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 03:34 pm
@Tai Chi,
< an old FB update tells me that on Sunday it'll be two years since the little wee Tai Chi propositioned Setanta at the Taste of South Asia Laughing >
djjd62
 
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Reply Fri 19 Aug, 2011 03:37 pm
@ehBeth,
to quote Lt. Sulu (well actually George Takei)

"Oh My"
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 20 Aug, 2011 12:06 am
@Tai Chi,
Quote:
Mr. Fix-it saw the albino deer! I was doing the dishes, worse luck. He’d gone back to fire up the sauna stove and took a wander around the property perimeter and there it was on the other side of the fence. They had a five-minute staring contest. He says the front of it is fawn colour and the back is whiter – kind of like a painted pony. What’s weird is that the first time we heard about it was the first day the cement guys showed up and one of them saw it. They were back today, and it turned up again. Hmmmm…..

Another sighting!
Hmmmm ... some sort of connection with the sightings & the cement guys!
What could it be? Smile
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2011 12:53 pm
Sheathing
So the good news is, we’ve passed our latest inspection (building inspector comes out at specific points in the construction and gives the go-ahead to proceed). The trusses were braced (there’s a catwalk down the centre so we can get up in there if necessary).
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1034.jpg
Youngest son has stuck around to help with the sheathing, luckily, as it was obviously too much for the Mr. and me on our own.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1033.jpg
Took a couple of days to do the plywood (with a day off for torrential rains). Since we don’t have a forklift to lift the entire skid of plywood to roof height (I wish!) we slid them one at a time up a gently sloped ladder. Being short I used a length of strapping to help push it to the top (me on one side of the ladder and younger son on the other). The Mr. grabbed each sheet from the edge of the roof and hauled it on top of himself like a blanket then edged backwards until he could stand and drag it to wherever it was needed. Those would have made some great photos, eh? But if there had been an extra person to man the camera we would have shanghaied them into helping out!

The metal roofing is a piece of cake comparatively. It’s longer, but lighter, and is stood on its end at the edge of the roof and then dragged into place.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1045.jpg
The biggest downside of the metal roofing is the glare of the sun – ouch! – and how hot it gets. They had to take a break at 2 pm to escape the glare and heat.

Not being needed for the metal roofing I’ve been keeping busy with the mature (dry) brush piles building kindling “corrals” – a sort of Lincoln log structure of large branches filled with smaller kindling to be used in the wood stoves. We have at least one brush pile for each of the last six summers so there is a fair bit of tidying up to be done. Keeps me out of trouble.

No more than got the roof ridge and the chimney flashing installed than it started to rain.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1047.jpg
Finishing up loose ends. Fill the gable ends with OSB and cut out gable vent holes. Stuff the ends of the roof ridge with metal window screen so the bats can’t get in. I didn’t get a photo of the rather nifty foam gaskets for under the roof panels (at the top and near the fascia end) to deter insects from nesting in the ridges. Housewrap (Typar) until we run out.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1052.jpg
osso, I realize I may not have totally answered your question about the colours on the OSB. The side that goes towards the inside (or down if you use it for roofing) has writing on it, telling me it’s made by Georgia Pacific, which mill, strength direction, blah, blah, blah. The outside has a grid pattern in grey to help keep nailing patterns straight I guess, and to help with setting it up level.


Bits and pieces. Finish off the typar – the place looks like a crazy quilt. Son dug a trench to run electric from schoolhouse to garage (in conduit for extra durability). There’ll be a sub-panel in the garage and we’ll get a licensed electrician to do the hook ups. Son also went back under the floor to run the cable. Let’s hear it for younger son! (Seriously, I don’t know how we would have managed the roof, housewrap and under the floor work without his help.)
The Mr. will probably start the wiring next as the siding isn’t ready. He will need my help with the siding but from here on out he can do a lot of the work on his own.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1055.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1060.jpg
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2011 12:55 pm
Hi everybody. Thanks for all the good wishes. Two years ehBeth? Time flies for sure.
Just a quick email from Espanola after dropping younger son in Sudbury. We are sure going to miss him (and his muscles).
djjd62
 
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Reply Mon 22 Aug, 2011 03:18 pm
@Tai Chi,
you'll know this before you read this, but we're heading up on the 29th
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caribou
 
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Reply Thu 25 Aug, 2011 06:31 pm
Still love this thread. Only came back to catch up!
Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2011 01:05 pm
@caribou,
Holy cow! A caribou sighting!

(Is this a good segue to an albino deer sighting?)

I finally saw the "albino" deer which doesn't strike me as albino at all. Its eyes and nose are black like any other deer and its front quarters are fawn colour. It transitions through the back to creamy white hind quarters. When it "flags" its tail up there is no contrast at all. It really is lovely. The Mr worries that it is too curious and unafraid of people.
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sat 27 Aug, 2011 01:06 pm
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1061.jpg

Brought home a load of pine siding and have somewhere dry to store it!

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1062.jpg

It's called channel board and is the opposite of board and batten I guess.
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Tue 6 Sep, 2011 02:49 pm
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1068.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1074.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1073.jpg

Sheathing is up for the most part and we have it stained a smoky blue/grey. Will elaborate in a couple of days when I get a chance!
Tai Chi
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2011 09:08 am
The Garage – Episode Five – Siding and Stain
As you can see the siding and stain is coming along. The Mr. is finishing off the front gable end this morning (a bit of a delay in getting the extra channel board needed as our sawmill guy was having calving issues – he’s also a cattle farmer). The siding was pretty straightforward for the Mr. and me and by the time we got to the tricky angle cutting and ladder work needed for the top gables younger son had returned and could help out. The Mr. thinks he’s a natural.
In other news, I have competition for the Mr.’s affections. He is well and truly smitten. This is the culprit:
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1066.jpg

We have temporary custody of our grand-cat while younger son sorts out his return to Ontario: cat-friendly apartment, cat-friendly roommates (preferably with jobs) etc. She is a dainty little thing with a pleasant temperament and has already earned my undying devotion by catching a tiny ring neck snake under my bed. (Yes, I had already been having issues with this little snake having caught it sneaking in three days in a row. No bigger than a pencil, it looks more like half a shoelace – really tiny – but a snake nevertheless.) Since it’s adventure with Teagan the Snake Hunter and expulsion (more like catapulting) out the front door it has not been back. Whew.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2011 09:17 am
@Tai Chi,
That culprit looks like quite the charmer..
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2011 09:30 am
@Tai Chi,
Some seriously good work going on there!
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2011 09:43 am
@Tai Chi,
Teagan the Snake Hunter is just gorgeous!
And so brave!
I can see why the Mr is smitten. Smile
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2011 10:52 am
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.... Teagan's a cutie!

And that garage is gettin' purty!
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JPB
 
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Reply Thu 8 Sep, 2011 11:41 am
Love this thread! Thanks for the update, TC, and kudos for all the progress you're making. Cute kitty, too!
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Wed 5 Oct, 2011 12:06 pm
The windows and man door are installed as well as the trim and painting outside and Varathane inside. The man door has a new hand set and dead bolt but still needs to be painted an interesting colour. The Mr. is thinking deep red or maroon.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1134.jpg
Garage doors are built and installed, stained on the outside, Danish oil on the inside, padlock and cane bolts at the bottom to secure them. The handles were rescued from a derelict building on the property and painted.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1134.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1138.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1139.jpg
We’ve had some firewood delivered. Eight cords have been piled on the old ball field. We still have 2 cords behind the schoolhouse to use up first.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1106.jpg
Another 4 are piled in a heap between the schoolhouse and the garage waiting for the Mr. to build a wood shed.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1105.jpg
In the meantime it provides hours of enjoyment for Teagan as chipmunks, squirrels, birds and snakes can be seen regularly scampering around or sunning themselves. Sometimes when you look out the window, someone is looking back.
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o235/taichi_photos/IMG_1117.jpg


Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 5 Oct, 2011 12:10 pm
@Tai Chi,
"Eight cords have been piled"

is wood your only heat source?
Tai Chi
 
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Reply Wed 5 Oct, 2011 12:14 pm
@Rockhead,
Hi Rockhead!

We have electric baseboards but sometimes the power goes out. We're hedging our bets.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 5 Oct, 2011 12:16 pm
@Tai Chi,
my wood guy just sent me an e-mail this morning, needing car work.

I was starting to get worried.

I gotta go chop my own, but it's free...

(other than the car work)

stay warm...
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