Days 356-361: Caulking the Seams, Part IV

Monday, 7/4
Happy Independence Day!  We worked together at the shack all day so very little was accomplished at the house.  The only thing we did was change the knot used on the climbing rope while the dogs were eating their meat meal.

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Double overhand stopper knot – this replaced the rather bulky bowline we had previously used.

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Brian dressed the end of the rope so it won’t unravel (also known as whipping).

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After purchasing 3 different carabiners, Brian found the 5/8″ Stanley Spring Snaps (738 lb SWL) to be the most suitable.  It’s just big enough for the rope diameter and the others were too big to pass through the 3/8″ quick links we use to attach to the eyebolts.  Note the solid keying of the closure.

Tuesday, 7/5
Another busy day at the shack and thus an abbreviated house session.  Brian managed to finish the west arched wall seams and then moved to the north endcap.  By the time we stopped for the night, he had finished all of the remaining seams on that wall except for 5 partial verticals that were intersecting the wet caulk zone.

Completed west arched wall. Only downside to this look - it's too pretty to hang anything on. I guess we'll hang pictures and artwork outside.

Completed west arched wall. Only downside to this look – it’s too pretty to hang anything on. I guess we’ll hang pictures and artwork outside.

Wednesday, 7/6
Did we mention we plan to build a ‘piece of crap’ shed?  With all of our scrap plywood and 2x4s, we hope to construct a shed to hold our tools, shop vac, ladder, etc.  We know we’ll likely need to buy some more plywood but we have a good start with our scraps.  The only other option is store everything under the house but that’s not as secure.

At the house, Brian handled a batch of tricky caulk situations – applying caulk around the cross beams on the west arched wall and finishing the mega seam between the west arched wall and the south endcap.  He also finished the north endcap.

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Crossbeams are taped off.

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The caulk is gooped on.

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Using a metal washer, the chocolate frosting is smoothed out into a delicious shape.

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After tape removal.

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All four crossbeams caulked and complete.

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We purchased 50 feet of rope because that was the increment that came closest to what we thought we needed for two ropes.  Turns out – using stopper knots instead of bowlines – it was perfect for three.

Thursday, 7/7
We have rescheduled the delivery of our fridge twice.  Each time, the delivery system called us a day in advance to say they were coming, we said we weren’t ready, we rescheduled and then forgot about it.  Well, they called yesterday, we really weren’t ready (again), said go ahead and come anyway, and then this morning (the day of the delivery), we ignored all calls we didn’t recognize.  It turns out it was the driver trying to reach us to tell us he was approaching town.  We’re idiots.

We made it to the house in time and Brian helped unload and set up the fridge.

We also found out the building inspector is retiring at the end of this month and will likely not be replaced immediately.  That means his job will fall to a state (or out-of-state) inspector and easily scheduled inspections will become a thing of the past.  The heat is on.

Brian finished nearly all of the horizontal seams on the east arched wall and south endcap.  He was geared up to finish but ran out of paper towels.

Also, Brian found an intimidating bug and saw some great clouds.

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Brian caulked the mega seam on top of the bathroom.

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What humongous clouds in a vast sky!

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View of the clouds with the house.

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The fridge is here! We decided to use an extension cord so that the fridge can have power and sit in the middle of the house. Honestly, the fridge is one of the most accessed objects so why not make it equidistant from all living areas?

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Holy sh*t, a huge praying mantis.  We think it is Stagmomantis californica. [Here he is out of focus.]

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As Brian got closer to take a better picture, the mantis turned and looked right at him. Run!

A New Mexico Game and Fish handout describes the praying mantis –

“The mantis’ small head pivots, with watching eyes, on a slender prothorax as it waits. When prey wanders within its range, the mantis becomes ferocious. Its forelegs grab the target with lightning speed. The struggling prey is held with spines on the mantis’ forelegs and tiny teeth in its mouth.

The praying mantis then consumes its meal alive. It starts by chewing the victim’s head and continues down the body, after removing and discarding the wings. You can observe pieces of the meal as they move through the translucent body of the hunter.”

Friday, 7/8
We thought today would be the last day on seams but it seems we need one more.  We have two more large-gapped wall interfaces and a handful of normal seams and then, we’ll be done.

This is Fred Bird's face of irritation. He had been harassing Brian so I flicked his tail and he whipped around to give me the ugly eye. Except he doesn't full it off so well because he's so pretttttttty.

This is Fred Bird’s face of irritation. He had been harassing Brian so I flicked his tail and he whipped around to give me the ugly eye. Except he doesn’t pull it off so well because he’s so pretttttttty.

Neat clouds

Neat clouds again.

Saturday, 7/9
We went on a nice walk this morning to the city courthouse.  There is a big cliff associated with Boston Hill that ends right next to it so we have enjoyed walking over there in the past.  This morning was no different.

We saw a hovering hummingbird and two rock squirrels. You kind of have to un-focus your eyes to see them in this photo. They were rather subdued and reserved, compared to the exuberant and brave nature of the grey squirrels we had back in CT.

We saw a hovering hummingbird and two rock squirrels. You kind of have to un-focus your eyes to see them in this photo. They were rather subdued and reserved, compared to the exuberant and brave nature of the grey squirrels we had back in CT.

Cliff face and Sydney

Cliff face and Sydney’s rear end.

After a long day at work, we finished up the seams at the house and called it a night.

Interface between the bathroom wall and the paneling on the north side.

Interface between the bathroom wall and the paneling on the north side.  All caulked up and done.

Interface on the kitchen side (bathroom vent in foreground) between the bathroom wall and the paneling.

Interface on the kitchen side (bathroom vent in foreground) between the bathroom wall and the paneling, half-taped.

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