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Days 11-21: Gutters and Drainage

Thursday, 8/11
We still need to finish moving stuff to the shed but Brian wanted to work on the water-on-the-building pad solution.  Thus, a long evening of gutter work.  Brian got a late start due to research and then ferrying objects over to the house.  He had measured and cut the gutters prior to my arrival.  By the time we had the east run attached, it was going on 8pm.  Dinner time.

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The Arched Cabin crew had left the east & west rim joists uncut and sticking out of the north endcap with the idea of supporting a future deck; however, it doesn’t look like we’ll have a deck there and moreover these protrusions are a water catch. Brian had temporarily sealed the cracks with butyl tape.

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Prior to attaching gutters, Brian cut the protrusions off with the oscillating tool. The butyl tape was surprisingly difficult to remove, which is good. So far, it seems like Fabral butyl tape may be the best exterior caulk type thing we’ve encountered.

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Attaching gutters.

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Clouds. Cool.

Friday, 8/12
Brian couldn’t do the other half of the gutters without me so he spent a few hours in the afternoon organizing stuff in the shed and moving the remaining tools over.  We attached the other run of gutters after I arrived and took care of the dog team.  [We actually attached it twice – After the first time, we realized we had forgotten to align the edge with the roof.  So we removed it, filled the holes with butyl tape and then reattached it.]

Gutters on west side of house.

Gutters on west side of house.

Saturday, 8/13
Very VERY busy day at work and then we went to the gun show in Bayard.  It was a little on the small side but still really neat.  We learned a lot about different handguns and spoke to several vendors who were enthusiastic about helping us.  We also spent a lot of time at Neil’s table – he had USD and coins that were incredibly old and rare.  It was fascinating to see how detailed the bills used to be. Works of art really.

After the show, we ran errands and took care of odds and ends at the house.  Fast day.

Neat clouds.

Neat clouds.

Sunday, 8/14
Tucson run for work supplies and some new clothes.  We were both in desperate need of a new t-shirt or two.  Brian found 3 and I found 2.  Next up – some new socks and ideally some shorts for Chelsea.  Clothes shopping is THE WORST.  If only I could hire out the job of shopping and trying on stuff to a personal assistant in India.

Because of the clothes shopping, we didn’t get back until 8pm.  Maybe in the future we’ll spend the night there on Saturday.  Idk.

Trooper really wanted to come with us. Here he's protesting by saying that we either take him or run him over. We chose the third alternative and lured him inside with some duck jerky. Win-win

Trooper really wanted to come with us. Here he’s protesting by saying that we either take him or run him over. We chose the third alternative and lured him inside with some duck jerky. Win-win

Rainbow on the way home.

Rainbow on the way home.

Close-up of one side.

Close-up of one side.

Monday, 8/15
Excavation for the drainage pipe – Brian made a trip home with all the pipe and laid it out where I was to dig (featured image at top of post).  I went home a few hours early and worked on the trench.  Tiring work!

Result of my efforts

Result of my efforts

Neat little bug on mini-split while I was working.

Neat little bug on mini-split while I was working.

Our new pick-ax - 6 lb _______

Our new pick-ax – Collins Axe Railroad Pick with 6 lb. head.  The 6lb head amounts to the thing being truly heavy duty when battling rocks football size and up.  The 5lb version seems like it has the same length dimensions but with a pound less material and, despite the tempered steel, it seems like it would get bent if you weren’t careful.  Ease of use was just fine btw; 6lb is not very heavy.

Tuesday, 8/16
Brian took the digging shift today.

Brian completed most of the trench for the east gutter connection as well as extended the previous day's work.

Brian completed most of the trench for the east gutter connection as well as extended the previous day’s work.

Wednesday, 8/17
More digging but forgot to take a status picture.

One of Brian's new shirts.

One of Brian’s new shirts.

Awesome lizard sighting

Awesome lizard sighting

Close-up of prehistoric lizard.

Close-up of prehistoric lizard.

Thursday, 8/18
Our hot water heater ran into an issue last night so we took cold showers this morning.  Brian usually showers for about 20-25 minutes;  I take about 6-8 minutes.  Somehow, despite the water being VERY cold, we both still needed the same amount of time.  By the end of the shower, you acclimate to the cold and it’s actually quite invigorating.  I think I might like it.

Brian finished preliminary digging of the trench and started working on establishing the correct pitch along the length of it.

Digging complete.

Initial digging complete.

Friday, 8/19
The hot water heater is expected to arrive next Thursday.  More cold showers on the horizon.

I helped Brian glue the next two segments of pipe outside of the ditch so that we would have one unit to install for the next run.  We worked together to get it into place, keeping the slope correct and glued it to the connection.  Brian filled it in and I made dinner.

Twas a very active bird day.

Twas a very active bird day.

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Second segment was the trickiest.

Saturday, 8/20
We finished digging the trench to the proper sloping depth and installed/glued the rest of the pipe.  We filled everything in as quickly as possible so we could go enjoy hot dogs and smores up in the Gila National Forest.  We got rained on but it was worth it.  Last gutter-related project is the 2ft long downspouts, which will be made of PVC pipe.

Everything is buried!

Everything is buried!

Exit point for the gutter drainage - right next to the french drain exit.

Exit point and splashblock for the gutter drainage – right next to the french drain exit.  A bonus is that the gutter drainage system is self contained and elevated a bit and therefore could ostensibly be used for catching water without much dirt in it.

Mushrooms we spotted up in the Gila.

Mushrooms we spotted up in the Gila.  These were all over the place near the Cherry Creek campground, along with the first sighting of Poison Ivy anywhere near Silver City.

Vulture party near the road - there are 5 of them.

Vulture party near the road – there are 5 of them.

Sunday, 8/21
We enjoyed our first lazy Sunday.  We slept in until 8:45am, rented a movie and relaxed until around 11:30.  Next, while Brian cut and installed the downspouts, I smooshed in butyl rubber into the seams of the shed that water might use to get to the wooden platform below.  With both of those things done, we measured the size of shelves we wanted in the kitchen.  We went with one deep shelf for the microwave and one long, narrower shelf for the glassware.

We purchased the shelves, took them home, realized we didn’t have enough super short screws for the bracket-to-shelf connection points, went back to the store, returned home and finished the install.  We reorganized the kitchen to take advantage of the new shelves and are most pleased with the results!

Downspouts

Downspout.  The cut out on top allows it to be removed & re-installed easily.

Shelves are complete! Look at all that counter space!

Shelves are complete! Look at all that counter space!

Experimental dinner - BLAT: Bacon Lettuce Avocado Tomato. We also used "Just Mayo" which has no added sugar.

Experimental dinner – BLAT: Bacon Lettuce Avocado Tomato. We also used “Just Mayo” which has no added sugar.

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