October 11-23


The walls continue to rise, with the usual interruptions from unusually wet weather.

 For those who know James, this picture may be hard to believe. He's been out playing in the mud and it's pretty pointless to clean the truck, at least until he gets back to Albuquerque. It was even worse, but the drive back shakes off the biggest dirt clods.

Jonathan Siegel, our architect, took this picture on Weds, October 20. The view is through the future courtyard that separates the bedroom from the main house. It will clearly be a spectacular space, especially once it has a solid surface rather than slick mud every time it rains.
You've already met Minnow, Gary's dog, but now you get to see Gary's gentler side. Apparently Minnow goes anywhere Gary goes, riding his ATV around the forest and, apparently, the Bobcat around the job site.

This shot taken on Saturday, October 23 shows the south wall of the main house done, with only one form to be stripped. The north wall is nearly done. The gap you see is in the utility room, it's not a section of wall left to be rammed. We rammed the leftmost set in the picture.


Since James is in New York this weekend for R&R, I was drafted to help with the ramming. My job was to stand on top of the form guiding the funnel at the end of the conveyor. Just the job for someone with my love of heights.  With only a little luck, the last set will be rammed on Tuesday and the concrete crew will return on Wednesday to start forming up the bond beam.
Here's a shot looking down into the forms, showing the details of the internals of the walls. On the left is one the steel I-beams that forms the skeleton of the building. You can barely see the 3" rigid foam insulation that runs down the center of the wall. Rebar is placed every 2' in height, with "staples" spanning the foam and longitudinal rebar to carry the load to the staples.  The "pogo" is in the upper left corner.
I used my two visits this week to bring the inverter online. This involved some relatively minor wiring of the panel, which came prewired. The bigger  task was rewiring the generator so that is was actually 240V like the nameplate claimed it was.
Lucky found a particularly large bone today, possibly from the elk skeleton that is in the ravine just past the house.
You can't hear the growling in the picture, but the posture should tell all. Lucky may have a great time playing with Minnow, but friendship apparently doesn't extend to a newly found bone, no matter how large.