Day 1: Assembly of Stuff & Joist Staining

The crew finished Monday midday and we drove to Las Cruces Tuesday night for supplies.  We set up our work area at the house on Wednesday but didn’t start anything.  Yesterday, Thursday, was our first day really selecting a task and going at it.

The town started the sewer line extension yesterday.  Now dogs AND humans can poop at the property!

The town started the sewer line extension yesterday. Now dogs AND humans can poop at the property!

Our three major projects that must be completed first are –

  • Stain the bottom exposed wood to protect it from the elements
  • Secure the end cap boards (the crew fired the nails too far in on most of the pieces of the LP Smartside so it’s vulnerable to popping off.  We need to add extra nails and caulk the holes created by the pre-existing nails.)
  • Level windows and add extra screws to the window fins.

We have 2-3 hours after work to get stuff done each day; the amount of times depends on what else must be done (i.e. roasting, grocery shopping, making dinner, walking dogs over to property).  Yesterday, we ran errands during lulls at the shack so that we could hit the ground running after work.

While I made dinner, Brian delivered stuff to the house and prepped for the day’s projects.  I then walked dinner and dogs to the property.  Go dog go!

The first thing we did yesterday was built a dog enclosure.  Since we don't have a full fence and do not want to be constantly distracted by what trouble the dogs might be getting into, we decided to contain them while we're working.

The first thing we did yesterday was build a dog enclosure. Since we don’t have a full fence and do not want to be constantly distracted by what trouble the dogs might be getting into, we decided to contain them while we’re working.  We used our tent house and wrapped rabbit fencing around it.  The corners are held in place by giant rocks from the property.

We have a few projects that must occur before we can really dig into finishing the interior.  The first major one is weatherizing.  The end caps will require a full day because we'll paint, wait and then paint again.  So last night's goal was to stain the exposed edge of the floor deck.

Because we only had two-ish hours yesterday, we decided to start with staining the exposed edge of the floor deck.  [The end caps will require a full day because we’ll paint, wait and then paint again.]  This sort of task really makes you glad the house is small.  Lotsssss of squatting and shuffling.

Insect alert!  One customer apparently did not enjoy their kale chip sample, so they threw a bunch of them out their window.  The next day, a whole herd of red ants were picking cheese sauce off the kale and carrying the pieces across our parking lot to their colony entrance.

Insect alert! One customer apparently did not enjoy their kale chip sample, so they threw a bunch of them out their window. The next day, a whole herd of red ants were picking cheese sauce off the kale and carrying the pieces across our parking lot to their colony entrance.

Snake or lizard?  Terrestrial or aquatic?  What is that thing?  While we have yet to identify this neat creature, we do know it's a lizard of sorts.  But it moves and looks like a snake with huge whipping motions of its body.

Snake or lizard? Terrestrial or aquatic? What is that thing? While we have yet to identify this neat creature, we do know it’s a lizard of sorts. But it moves and looks like a snake with huge whipping motions of its body.

For a full summary of our experience with Arched Cabins, please read Arched Cabin Summary.

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