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