Wall Forms Up
Where is the best place to hide a nuclear reactor? Why, in plain sight of course. So for Halloween I hung a huge radiation symbol on the side of our Big Project where it would be highly visible from the road. People sure are slowing down to stare… What in heck are those Jeffries up to now!” Don’t you love rumor mills?
East, North & West Walls
Today we finished setting all of the outer forms in place for pouring the eight foot high structural walls. Some of the header plates are in place, enough to stiffen and straighten it.
The space feels huge. Admittedly it is only as big as one room in some of the facilities I have visited. The New York Opera House is certainly bigger as is the Boston Gardens. But it feels huge to us since we’re used to our tiny cottage. Later as the, er, Art Gallery takes shape this space will get subdivided into many smaller rooms with about two thirds of it refrigerated for, um, ice cream or figure skating…
The pan above shows our entire work crew of nine. Nine you ask?!? Well, we used the Calvin & Hobbes Duplicator to make clones of ourselves. The heavy panels take three people to set them in place keeping them absolutely plumb and level. Click on the panorama for a bigger view.
One of the interesting things about this project is everything is straight, level, plumb, vertical and square. Prior to building our tiny cottage, greenhouse, hay shed and other projects we did from scratch I didn’t get to do see sort of thing very often. Usually I was dealing with houses that were a hundred or two hundred years old. They were, to put it modestly, rather challenging. These old houses probably weren’t plumb to begin with and the centuries hadn’t treated them kindly. So now for fun around here we hold a spirt level up against the wall and admire the bubble. It sure beats TV!
Outdoors: 52째F/27째F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 65째F/59째F