Gratz Industries HQ: More Siding

>> Monday, December 24, 2007

We've done a couple more day's work on the siding of our headquarters, so here's a quick update.First we laid down another spread of gravel. It's much easier to work on a gravel bed than it is to work on mucky red clay. Jo vogues for the camera in her snazzy overalls.
It's been cold lately so we work while the sun is shining on us. Here we are at the end of the day - one row of panels put up. Alan huddles with his hands in his pockets for warmth. As soon as the shade moves onto our spot we get COLD.
Today we got to work on the next row of panels. I am the Head Measurer in Charge of All Things Mathematical.
Doing around the windows involves lots of measuring and tedious cutting. We're going to cover all the seams and around all windows and doors with three-inch battens painted the darkest shade of gray.
Alan is Chief of Hammering and Heavy Lifting. We managed to work our way around the house today to get a start on side #3. Our hope was to get two rows up on that side too, but the shade came and froze our fingers - time to go in and light a fire. We've been having a fire in the fireplace every night and it's really awesome - and necessary for warming up cold bones after working outside.
Jo never seems to get cold. She actually helped shovel quite a bit of gravel today and then repeatedly climbed the pile of gravel to the North Pole - or sometimes the West Pole. I'm not sure who lives at the West Pole, but Jo visited several times this afternoon.
And here we are at the end of today. We're taking a break tomorrow but we'll be taking advantage of the nice weather forecast for Wednesday to get some more done. We're going to do two rows of panels all the way around the house, paint them, and put up their battens. Then we rent scaffolding and start on the higher-up rows. Ah. . . something to look forward to as the weather gets colder and colder. . .hoisting 70+ lb. panels of cement up three stories of scaffolding in January cold and wind.


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