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Day 294: Paneling Part X, North Wall Second Row

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Tuesday, 5/3
The Tour of the Gila, a big bike race, starts tomorrow.  Teams have been arriving since late last week and the town is aflutter with excitement.

We had a thrilling day at the house too – Brian attached the remaining panels for the second row.  We nearly covered up the light boxes for one of the sconces because we were working so quickly.

A wire needed to be buried a little deeper into the insulation.

A wire needed to be buried a little deeper into the insulation.

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Bridge attachment to the previous panel.

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The template Brian had made for this side created the perfect arch cut. Just as it happened (once) on the south wall, this panel needed no adjustments. The only thing we had to do was trace the window, cut it out and then attach it.

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Brian’s patented tracing system. Channel-lock pliers meet black sharpie.

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The remaining wall space left to panel.

The remaining wall space in the second row left to panel.

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We got SUPER lucky in that the second row was finished with two full-span panels, meaning no cuts to adjust their width. Much simpler than working with trimmed panels that lose their factory straight-edge. Here, we loosely attached the remaining two panels so we could trace the window cutout.

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This time Brian went outside to trace the window opening.

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I don’t really understand how this unfolded. Maybe heat exhaustion? I asked Trooper to load up in his crate. His crate is always on this side of the car and Sydney’s is on the other. Trooper was walking sooooooo slowly that Sydney materialized, saw me holding the flap and assumed she was supposed to get in. But then it got even crazier than her simply mistaking this crate as her own.  Trooper jumped in alongside her! At times I’ve worried the crates were too small for long distance travel, but if they’re able to turn around with BOTH dog bodies inside, I guess it’s fine. What hooligans.

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