How do you know someone learned math in French? (NB: spy novelists.) Ask them the opposite of “addition”. If you hear “subStraction”, Bingo!
Let’s hope they don’t need it, but the Belgian military are very well camouflaged for, say, a pile of autumn leaves. https://t.co/HTbFEh3nva
This mango that I’m eating north of the 60th parallel in November at -25ºC is not properly ripe. To whom shall I whinge? #entitledmuch
What else ya got? https://t.co/oDolBND0P8
It’s the Ash Man! https://t.co/Xa2MzkQYKv
A wood shed is a standard feature of most properties in the Yukon. Absent one ourselves, we took to throwing plastic sheeting over each year’s firewood pile. Combined with my just-in-time-splitting policy, that made for poor, steamy burning. It also made for a grumpy wood-splitter since I was the only one who could swing the big axe.
So, after many months of idle thought, I sat down this summer and sketched a rough plan on the back of a convenient FINAL NOTICE envelope. The design is based upon the sole lesson I retained from a civil engineering course: put a triangle wherever it might fall over.
Construction took about ten days, sprinkled over two Robaxacet-fueled months.
As usual, the sub-contractor required constant supervision.
Just dealing with all of the wood meant building lumber racks out back.
Shingling will have to wait until the spring, so I wrapped the roof in a festive blue tarpaulin for the winter. I guess we’ll finally have to put a proper duvet over the bed.
All told, there’s about $1200 worth of lumber, $500 worth of fasteners—mostly wrong bits that I’m sure will prove useful someday soon—and then there will still be more needed for asphalt shingles.
Most Useful Tools
- Irwin spreader clamp
- the other Irwin spreader clamp
- Corded and cordless power drills
- Reciprocating saw
- Compound mitre saw
Sadly, I didn’t get to use my table saw much. My fingers are all intact though, so, you know, “glass half full.”
Most Useless Tools
- The off-brand rolling lumber support that broke in two places almost immediately. I would’ve returned it but it somehow broke into many more unrecognizable pieces shortly thereafter.
- The Mastercraft™ spreader clamp that stopped spreading and clamping.
- The Mark’s Dakota construction gloves that unravelled after only two months of casual—though incompetent—carpentry.
- Tape measure (always have a spare)
- Countersinking drill bit
- Maybe the belt sander…again
- Almost the circular saw, but the wobble was just an overheated dull blade
- Aforementioned useless tools
- When your best carpentry precision is only about an eighth of an inch, don’t bother measuring to the sixteenth. (I tell myself that I’m at least as good as the kerf of my big saw.)
- I had a lot of trouble making the birdsmouth cuts in the rafters. But after looking it up today, I found an easy and accurate technique. Hindsight, am I right?
- Swiss-cheesing a pressure-treated plywood floor so that it will drain water is a lot more time consuming than you’d imagine. I’d have preferred expanded steel, but it was a bit too spendy.
- And this applies to pretty much anything: only the builder sees the minor mistakes.
Slow-as-frozen-molasses DSL Internet has been chugging along all morning out here in the #YXY boonies while the cable has been out in town.
I hope CBC HQ folks are okay. I tuned in on the radio to hear soft guitar and brushed snare and naturally assumed the worst. #jazzapocalypse