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YIPPEE Volume 39
November 2007


November's Numbers are In: Name that Number!

 

 

1 = Bens, Kens, and Rusty Cable

 

Number of Bens onsite: 1. Number of Kens onsite: 1. Mix together one Ben, one Ken and one afternoon hike and one rusty rope cable gets scavenged off the mountainside; pulled out of the ground debris and carried back downhill, through trees, over rocks and brush, to be placed by Jabba the Hut, for future use. Ken's spiffy attire was worse for the event, suffering several small rips as he attempted carrying the spikey, rusty, heavy and awkward cable over his shoulders.

 

2 = They didn't freeze!

 

Number of nights that Ben and Ken slept onsite, outdoors in a tent, and didn't freeze equals two! 'On the coldest nights of the season thus far' seems inadequate, since Ben and Ken slept onsite in Fall, and below freezing temps aren't usually associated with this season. Wintry temperatures descended onto YIPPEE-Land the day of their arrival, and these two cold weather campers survived with flying colors. Or, at least with all fingers and toes intact. If they saw flying colors, C&C blame that on the beer.

 

Over the couple days prior, C&C had prepped GIPPEE and a stash of foods. The yurt got its bi-annual level of thorough cleaning and the two C's finally did some maintenance tasks, such as cleaning the dome. The woodstove pipes had their regular ongoing clean-out; thankfully, the woodstove behaved nicely during the guests' visit! A supply of clothes had been gathered for layering options; extra cleaned blankets and thermoses were available. Ken and Ben hiked uphill each night, with warmth in their bellies, to sleep in the tent, bundled in sleeping bags, under a reflectix covering. They reported warmer sleeping on the second night, in part because the supply of socks was found and Chris brought the extra blankets up from the Xterra. 'Doh! In the mornings, while Cassandra did breakfast preparations and worked on the fire, Chris led a 'Wake-Up-And-Move-Around' warm-up work session. Cassandra's greetings with a toasty yurt and hot breakfast were appreciated nonetheless. Ben was treated to his own little foot-rug; no matter how warm one's oatmeal is, it ain't gonna combat having your feet on a cold floor.

 

In organizing the visit, C&C attempted to balance a Camp-YIPPEE style Thanksgiving type of family visit with getting some work done. During the days, everyone kept warm moving around: working; taking an afternoon hike (the first C&C had been on in years) and practicing pirouettes. Lunch and snack were held in bright sunshine on the deck. Cassandra did her best to provide delectable, and somewhat special, considering the camping constraints, foods including soups and toasted sammiches and baked apples. The table arrangement was rejiggered so that everyone could have a sit-down dinner. Ken even changed his shirt! At the card game that evening, Chris and Ben totally outdid Ken and Cass, who went for the gusto and lost by a phenomenal margin. Kudos Ben and Chris!

 

The guys arrived a day after Thanksgiving, but any day is good for giving thanks. So, C&C say "Thanks Ken and Ben!" and wish to thank all the Team who have been onsite!

 

6 = Team Tasks

 

Number of tasks that Ken and Ben participated in while onsite equals six:

 

         (303.19) Culvert header repair, 1.5 hours with Ken and Ben (1.75 total for November)

         (213.77) Bracing: 30' yurt, 3.75 hours with Ken (7.75 total for November)

         (226.33) Shutdown GIPPEE, 2 hours with Ben (3.75 total for November)

         (288.09) Cut and store downed trees, 5.75 hours with Ben and Ken (27.25 total for November)

         (213.50) Construct Power House, 0.75 hours with Ken and Ben (1.25 total for November)

         (213.36) Site Cleanup 1 hour with Ken and Ben (12 total for November)

 

That tallies to 14.75 hours of site work while Ken and Ben were onsite. Considering Ben and Ken were essentially only onsite one day, with a couple hrs Friday evening and Sunday morning, "not too shabby", as Ken would say. Site work on these six tasks, for the whole of November, tallies to 53.75 hours or 29.09% of all the month's time. Therefore, Ben and Ken had a part in 27.44% of this month's site work on these six tasks, or 7.98% of November's total hours.

 

4 = Yippee!

 

Number of tasks completed in November equals four:

 

         (213.05) Deck: stairs (north side) [11/02/07]

         (213.45) Bracing: 20' yurt [11/04/07]

         (213.09) Electrical rough-in 20' yurt [11/11/07]

         (213.74) Utility Shed: shape ground and lay gravel [11/14/07]

 

1800 x 2 = Gravel

 

Number of pounds of gravel that Chris shoveled into buckets, loaded into the Xtrailer and transported up to the MLA with the assistance of the trusty Xterra, equals three thousand six hundred. Chris carried all those heavy gravel-filled buckets up from the driveway, under the deck, around to the right and set them down; one trip's buckets got carried down the walkway a bit to be near the Utility Shed, the second trip's buckets got left by the North Side Stairs due to time constraints. A few still sit there unused.

 

The gravel in said buckets, frozen and chunky on some days, was carried, shoveled or dumped out by Cassandra; into a layer onto the landscape cloth for finishing the Utility Shed groundscaping.

 

5 = Posts

 

Number of posts cut, sealed and positioned equals five. Two, for the South Side Stairs bridge, were anchored to their footings, a beam affixed atop, and joists nailed in atop that. The bridge structure is done! Three, for the Utility Shed, were positioned on their footings along the north side. Due to ground sloping, the south three footings will hold scraps and not posts per se. All footings were hammer-drilled for bolts and await affixing with epoxy.

 

24.25 = Extreme Brushing!

 

Extreme Brushing! Not quite a sport (but Cassandra was a good sport), EB pushes the limits of brushing on finish with cold pink hands in risky temperatures. Sure, the guide on the can says not to apply finish below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, but Extreme Brushing laughs at that limit and says, Oh yeah? We'll see about that! Cassandra kept a keen eye on the thermometer and was grateful for a few perfectly acceptable (according to the can) warm days mid-month. But mostly, there was brushing in below ideal temps. Eventually, C&C conceded to wintry temps and stopped. Some of the walls will remain bare wood for the winter: one doorway, the vertical door casings and part of the closet. Task# 213.68, Walls - 20' yurt: apply finish, comprised 13.13% of November's site work, or 24.25 hours.

 

852.22 + 300.48 = Water

 

GusW did his duty well. Chris insulated the pipe from the barrel to the supply lines. At various times, both C's had a hand in breaking up encroaching ice. Water from the reservoir was hauled up in buckets, ala wishing well style, and dumped into the barrel. Then, as the reservoir was filling, and with below freezing temps becoming the norm, GusW was disconnected, drained and emptied of ice chunks. The reservoir supply line was again connected to the pipes going down to Park Ave and, after a bit more work, water again flowed into the little yurt: at 1:00PM on 11/22, two months after it stopped on 9/4. Other than a short frozen spell on 11/24, water kept flowing the rest of November. Task# 300.48, Get water flowing again, comprised 0.81% of November's site hours, or 1.5 hours. Task# 852.22, Ghetto Us Some Water, comprised 4.75 hours, or 2.57%.

 

2 = Inches!, 2 = Lives

 

Heavy, wet snow on 11/20 gave the deck its first shoveling of the season and collapsed the tent. Chris was able to fix the tent for Ken and Ben's use, but after they left, it was decommissioned and salvaged for parts. The tent, reincarnated as a tarp, will resume duty in the Woodshed, protecting cut logs.

 

100 = Cacao

 

C&C savored some very fine, organic and tasty 100% cacao chocolate. Mmmmm. Chris splurged and the "Oh man, is that good" supply of chocolate is full. The cacao nibs were incredibly delicious, as were the best chocolate covered coffee beans ever!

 

Too many! = Gun shots at 6:30AM

 

Uh-yup, C&C were definitely giving thanks that the gunshots missed the yurts, but cursing that they had to have this early morning serenade at all! Geesh! They only stopped a-shootin' the night before around midnight.

 

20.75 + 15.5 + 1.75 = Utility Shed

 

Sitting square, with installed joists, beams and blocking, atop posts that are positioned, but not yet fully installed, on their respective footings, that are nestled amidst the groundscaped cloth and gravel layers, the Utility Shed platform now has radiant floor tubing. Run through holes that were bored with a new bit that is "*$!?" because it rips apart the other side, this tubing awaits couplings that will be ordered along with other radiant flooring supplies in December. Task# 213.12, Utility shed built, consumed 20.75 hours, or 11.23% of November's site work. Task# 213.74, Utility Shed: shape ground and lay gravel, 15.5 hours and 8.39%. Task# 213.83, Radiant flooring UtilityShed: loops installed, 1.75 hours 0.95%.

 

184.75 = November

 

November's site work hours equaled 184.75. No amazing number. Task hours are tracked by time on task, regardless of how many C's, Team and charitable rodents, deer, turkeys or gnomes were working simultaneously to accomplish said task.

 

         40 hours of work on wood related tasks

         15.5 hours on other tasks that definitely have to happen, but don't specifically get the MLA built

         0.75 hours on Winter access tasks (yes, even though it ain't technically Winter yet)

         128.5 hours worked on building type tasks

 

Task times and percentage of November's total are listed, in descending order by time, as follows:

 

288.09, Cut and store downed trees, 27.25, 14.75%

213.68, Walls - 20' yurt: apply finish, 24.25, 13.13%

213.12, Utility shed built, 20.75, 11.23%

213.74, Utility Shed: shape ground and lay gravel , 15.5, 8.39%

213.52, Construct south side stairs, 14.25, 7.71%

213.36, Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety), 12, 6.50%

742.00, Just a Bunch of Stuff That Happened, 8.25, 4.47%

213.77, Bracing: 30' yurt, 7.75, 4.19%

288.08, Split and stack wood, 7.75, 4.19%

852.22, Ghetto Us Some Water, 4.75, 2.57%

213.09, Electrical rough-in (20' yurt), 4.25, 2.30%

288.10, Park Ave firewood, yr 3, 4.25, 2.30%

213.79, Radiant flooring 20': plan, mark, drill holes, 4.25, 2.30%

226.33, Shutdown GIPPEE, 3.75, 2.03%

275.04, Materials transport/inventory, 3.25, 1.76%

213.80, Radiant flooring 30': plan, mark, drill holes, 2.75, 1.49%

213.06, Deck: railing posts (cut, sanded and stained), 2, 1.08%

306.01, Determine tasks she can do during week alone, 2, 1.08%

213.83, Radiant flooring Utility Shed: loops installed, 1.75, 0.95%

303.19, Culvert header repair, 1.75, 0.95%

300.48, Get water flowing again, 1.5, 0.81%

213.50, Construct power house, 1.25, 0.68%

261.23, Plumbing: MLA Change VTR to side wall exit, 1.25, 0.68%

303.16, Repairs: Woody Walkway, 1.25, 0.68%

213.18, Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: framing, 1, 0.54%

213.20, Electrical finishing 20', 1, 0.54%

226.41, Clean and prep: SIPPEE and GIPPEE , 1, 0.54%

310.01, Keep deck cleared, 0.75, 0.41%

288.06, Cut down trees, 0.75, 0.41%

300.45, Woodstove maintenance/problems, 0.75, 0.41%

213.05, Deck: stairs (north side), 0.5, 0.27%

213.45, Bracing: 20' yurt, 0.25, 0.14%

226.42, GIPPEE Maintenance, 0.25, 0.14%

306.02, Test on safety: materials and tools, 0.25, 0.14%

326.01, MLA window inserts, 0.25, 0.14%

303.00, Erosion control: driveways, pipelines, silt fences, 0.25, 0.14%

 

Thanks!


 

Photos


November Journal

11/01/07 - Thursday

213.36 site cleanup

  • lotsa cleanup and org in the yurt, scraps and trash, floor cleaned up
  • leaf blowing and cleanup off deck
  • Time: 2.75

213.68 walls - 20': apply finish

  • Time: 2hrs
  • h chris.
  • looking around and measuring for rest of blocking. No 2*8s handy. Emailed chris if can use 2*6s for 2nd+3rd sets?
  • Time: 0.5hrs

11/02/07 - Friday

288.09 cut and store downed trees

  • kindling pile apart and stored
  • organized cut wood above U.S., stacked, cut a bunch apart. Chris collected a good pile and cass got to work.
  • Time: 2hrs

213.12 utility shed built

  • rest of blocking marked
  • Time: 0.25hrs

213.05 deck: north side stairs

  • stair nose installed
  • Time: 0.25hrs

213.36 site cleanup

  • leaf raking, blowing - driveway and PH
  • 5 gal buckets collected and down to woodshed#2 for gravel refill, and some scraps down too
  • Time: 1hr

11/02/07 - Friday

213.36 Site Cleanup

  • time: 15 min

852.22 Ghetto Us some Water

  • time: 15min

742.00 JaBoSTH

  • time: 1.25 hrs

213.05 Deck: northside stairs

  • Chris drills stair nose
  • time: 15 min

288.09 Cut & Store downed trees.

  • time: 1 hr

288.10 Park ave firewood yr 3

  • Chris loads @ Hellhouse
  • time: 1 hr

11/03/07 - Satutrday

213.74 Utility Shed: shape ground and lay gravel

  • Chris loads up buckets with sand, then loads it into the trailer
  • time: 30 min

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

  • organized woodshed and replenished tho pile
  • time: 2.25

213.12 Utility Shed built

  • Chris cuts blocking
  • C&C install joists and beams.
  • Chris preps posts for cutting
  • time: 3.5

213.36 Site Cleanup

  • Chris cuts abare some scraps for burnin'.
  • Cass cleans inside of 30 ft yurt.
  • time: 0.75 hrs

288.09 Cut & Store downed trees.

  • Cass wields a mighty saw.
  • time: 3 hrs

213.06 Deck Railing

  • Cass marks posts and figures out how many are needed.
  • time: 30 min

288.10 Park Ave firewood year 3

  • Chris unloads wood from the xtrailer
  • time: .75 hrs

288.06 Cut down trees

  • Chris fells an old dyying tree
  • time: 0.5 hrs

11/04/07 - Sunday

213.52 Construct South side stairs

  • Chris trims and seals posts
  • time: 1 hr

213.12 Utility Shed built

  • Chris cuts and seals posts
  • C&C put posts under platform
  • time: 2.75 hrs

213.74 Utility Shed: shape ground and lay gravel

  • Chris transport gravel up to the MLA.
  • Then, he carries it - all 1800 pounds, in buckets - to the Utility Shed.
  • Somewhere in there he finishes putting down landscape cloth.
  • time: 4.25 hrs

213.45 Bracing, 20' yurt

  • Chris seals brace ends
  • this task is done!
  • time: 0.25 hrs

306.01 Cass tasks

  • time: 0.25 hrs

213.06 Deck Railings

  • C&C review corner posts
  • time: 0.5 hrs

288.09 Cut and store downed trees.

  • Cass does more
  • time: 2.0 hrs

213.36 Site Cleanup

  • Chris relocateds tarps to shed for the wintee.
  • time: 1 hr

852.22 Ghetto Us some Water

  • time: 15min

213.09 Electrical Rough In

  • time: 1 hr

11/05/07 - Monday

Notes:

  • lotta low flying vibrating everything flyovers. Argh. Good thing cass not sick from these now.
  • Sunny in AM, then dark and cloudy.
  • Cold. Well, almost 50 midday. But still, brr.
  • Darn deer!

213.74 US: shape ground and lay gravel

  • rocks work and gravel, getting around pipes etc. Might need more gravel to cover all. Argh. Having mask on is not fun.
  • Time: 2.5hrs

213.68 walls 20': apply finish

  • more walls have 1st coat, despite risky temps
  • Time: 3.25

288.09 cut and store downed trees

  • sawed apart the lengths chris got down over weekend, from what was cut in spring
  • Time: 0.25hrs

11/06/07 - Tuesday

Notes:

  • rainy rainy. Cass cold and not feeling well, concerned about cold temps and doing wall finishing, but can't do outside work due to rain. Late, late start.

213.68 walls 20': apply finish

  • more Extreme Brushing! more of the walls have 1st coat, despite risky cold, cold temps
  • Time: 3.5hrs

11/07/07 - Wednesday

Notes:

  • cass thinks she might have seen few snow flakes on way back to Park Ave, but says NO! Cant have been. Musta been a couple rain drops.

213.74 US: shape ground and lay gravel

  • used empty bucket to collect more rocks from various places, for edges and one bank.
  • Rest of gravel down. Need more.
  • Time: 1.75hrs

213.68 walls 20': apply finish

  • more Extreme Brushing! more of the walls have 1st coat, despite risky cold, cold temps. Last few boards might not look great, needed headlamp and got it but batts low and died. Argh!
  • Time: 3.25hrs

11/08/07 - Thursday

Notes:

  • cass doing ok working in the cold. Until a nasty smell was in the air... Something gross that made her nauseous woozy and gave a gross taste. No idea what. Working vehicles nearby...maybe too nearby or doing something unusual. The smell not normal, s

213.74 US: shape ground and lay gravel

  • several trips up and downhill at various times - good warm up task- taking empty buckets down for refill this wkend.
  • Time: 0.75hrs

213.12 utility shed built

  • platform out of square, prob when c+c put on posts. Went ahead and got blocking placement marked at least.
  • reviewed plans, coorespond with chris, check out pipes, revise radiant floor loops layout, then marked drilling for pipes on cooresponding joists and blockings.
  • Time: 2.25

213.06 deck: railing

  • marked the three corner posts.
  • Took extra measurements and revised calculations.
  • Time: 0.75

742.00 JaBOSTH

  • found scrap, sawed to fit, sanded endges, piloted and then hammered in hangers, got twine for hanging thing down at PA
  • Time: 0.25hrs

11/09/07 - Friday

Notes:

  • last night, chris discovered why cass got sick ...uphill neighbor redoing their section of oregon falls rd, including taking out some trees. Heavy equipment. Started up again this morn, about 15mins before cass was going to head out and up top to meet
  • cass spends time looking thrunotebooks and bagged papers

288.09 cut and store downed trees

  • cass continues
  • Time: 1.25hrs

11/09/07 - Friday

742.00 JaBoSTH

  • Chris explores the freshly repaired section of Oregon Falls Road, and determines it is still a work in progress. Later, after determining Cass would be safe at the MLA during the repairs if she could just get there afewly, Chris gives her a piggyback r
  • time: 0.75 hrs

213.09 Electrical Rough In

  • Chris continues wiring
  • time: 1 hrs

213.20 Electrical Finishing 20'

  • C&C pick wall lights from the ikea collection
  • time: 1 hr

213.12 Utility Shed built

  • C&C attempt to resquare the platform, with no success. They'll try gaiin tomorrow.
  • Chris tests drill bits for radiant floor holes in platform.
  • time: 1.25 hrs

288.10 Park ave firewood yr 3

  • Chris loads @ Hellhouse
  • time: 1 hr

11/10/07 - Saturday

Notes:

  • Stupid rednecks and thie guns a-shootin.

213.74 Utility Shed: shape ground and lay gravel

  • Chris fills buckets with sand for transport uphill, loading the filled buckets onto the Xtrailer.
  • time: 1.0 hrs

275.04 Materials Transport

  • Chris gets new drillbits up to MLA
  • time: .75 hrs

852.22 Ghetto Us some Water

  • time: 15min

213.52 Deck-south side stairs

  • Chris discovers the beam sits too high, He recuts and they are ready.
  • Later, C&C disover the the bridge slopes, it'll need major fixin.
  • time: 2.5 hrs

213.12 Utility Shed Built

  • C&C square, level and stabilize the platform
  • Cass tries a new drillbitn then starts blocking install.
  • time: 2.25 hrs

288.09 cut & store downed trees

  • time: 0.5

288.10 Park ave firewood yr 3

  • Chris unloads @ Woodshed #2
  • time: 1.5 hrs

288.08 Split and stack firewood

  • C&C stock up
  • time: 30 min

213.09 Electrical Rough In

  • Chris continues wiring
  • 20' platform is wired, only three lightswitches remain
  • time: 1.25 hrs

11/11/07 - Sunday

Notes:

  • C&C get up early as planned, partially because Chris drops his Palm Pilot and can't reach it to shut off the alarm.

213.09 Electrical Rough In

  • Chris wires switches. The 20' yurt is rough-wired.
  • time: 1 hr

213.74 Utility Shed: shape ground and lay gravel

  • Chris transports gravel uphill using the trusty Xterra and the Xtrailer. Then he carries it to the North stairs area.
  • time: 1.5 hrs

213.52 Deck-south side stairs

  • Chris fixes end beam and attaches center beam to posts. Cass assists and reviews installation of joists
  • time: 2 hrs

288.09 Cut & Store Downed Trees

  • time: 2.25 hrs

306.01 Cass Tasks

  • time: 0.75 hrs

213.12 Utility Shed Built

  • Cass installs blocking. Chris drills RF holes
  • time: 2.75 hrs

852.22 GusW

  • Chris insulates the pipe and fills the barrel.
  • time: 0.5 hrs

275.04 Materials Transport

  • Chris gets PEX out of shed for Cass
  • time: 15 min

742.00 JaBoStH

  • Chris assembles wire shelf #2
  • time: 0.5

11/12/07 - Monday

Notes:

  • cass really struggles through morning and into afternoon. Way more than usual. had to keep stopping her efforts to get out door and up top to lay down. Eventually got up top, but yuck yuck sick and hurting. Ugh.

213.52 construct south side stairs

  • cass does her best working with hardware she really doesn't understand best way to work it. Chris didn't have one way to install and bought several things and said do what you can... She did. Markings double-checked and a bit off, so adjusted. Must hav
  • Time: 3.5hrs

11/13/07 - Tuesday

Notes:

  • rainy foggy start to day, but sun out for a bit in mid-morn. Nice! Cass doesn't need a sweatshirt or jacket for first time in while.

213.74 US: shape ground and lay gravel

  • Time: 1.5hrs

213.68 walls 20': apply finish

  • more extreme brushing in the borderline too cold.
  • Time: 3.25hrs

11/14/07 - Wednesday

Notes:

  • supposed to get warm today; possibly up to 60F. only 24F at 7AM.
  • didn't get up to 50 until very late in day.

213.74 US: shape ground and lay gravel

  • moisture in gravel frozen and gravel is chunky.
  • Task is Done!
  • Time: 1.75hrs

213.52 construct south side stairs

  • stringed up each joist and positioned to straight, marked on beam. Stopped there, since warmish day and finishing was in order.
  • Time: 0.5hrs

213.68 walls 20': apply finish

  • another section of mudroom walls, half wall, molding in connector and some of doit closet shelf area
  • finished finishing for day by headlamp.
  • Time: 4.25hrs

11/15/07 - Thursday

Notes:

  • while up top cass also sketched out beam/door relationship for 20' so she could later start working on layout for radiant floor pipes

213.68 walls 20': apply finish

  • mudroom walls all 1 coat, half wall too, doit closet in progress
  • Time: 4.75hrs

11/16/07 - Friday

852.22 GusW

  • Chris fills the rainbarrel, noting that the reservoir is near-full.
  • time: 15 min

213.77 30' Yurt Bracing

  • Chris starts sinking bolts into posts
  • time: 1.5 hrs

288.08 split and stack

  • cass sorts and stacks what chris left in barrow, and returns burly bob to woodshed2
  • Time: 0.25hrs

213.52 construct south side stairs

  • getting middles of joists lined up level and onto beam with squirrelly hardware ...well, not rodent like, but cass just not used to it and trying to figure out. Two joists on. Had to stop at dusk w/o headlamp.
  • Time: 1.75hrs

11/17/07 - Saturday

Notes:

  • C&C sample some organic, 100% cacao chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmm!

213.77 30' Yurt Bracing

  • Chris comtinues sinking bolts into posts
  • time: 1 hrs

742.00 JaBoStH

  • Chris puts together new firewood crib.
  • time: 0.25 hrs

213.12 Utility Shed Built

  • Chris trims some blocking, and Cass installs them.
  • C&C square and brace the platform, then set it in position on the posts. Chris marks out holes on footings for hammer drilling screw holesd.
  • time: 3.5 hrs

213.36 Site Cleanup

  • Chris cleans more stuff out of Woodshed #1. Later, most of the stuff gets a ride to the Shed for winter storage.
  • time: 1.25 hrs

226.42 GIPPEE maintenance

  • Chris repairs GIPPEE guest tent, formerly referred to as TIPPEE, for the last time as it will be replaced in '08 since it is weatherbeaten.
  • time: 15 min

288.06 Cut down trees

  • Chris cuts a rotted tree and some smalller trees near the South Side Stair rock. Cass joins in to help clear out the remnants.
  • time: 0.25 hrs.

213.52 South Side Stairs

  • Cass nails up the last joist, aided by Chris, then starts hunting for blocking amongst the many board scraps.
  • time: 0.75 hrs

288.09 cut & store downed trees

  • Cass keeps herself warm
  • time: 0.5

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

  • Chris stocks the new wood crib, then continues stacking in Woodshed #2.
  • time: 2 hrs

11/18/07 - Sunday

Notes:

  • We got up early.
  • Did some visitor-prep-n-organimizing.
  • Had reallly kick-ass cacao nibs.
  • Had lunch in the sunshine on the deck.
  • Xpower #1 is not holding charge :-(

213.12 Utility Shed Built

  • Chris drills bolt holes in footings
  • time: 2.25 hrs

852.22 GusW

  • time: 0.5 hrs

213.52 South Side Stairs

  • Cass keeps progress going with shim and blocking work.
  • Chris cuts blocking.
  • time: 0.75 hrs

288.09 cut & store downed trees

  • C&C&L(ogs)
  • time: 2.25

306.01 Cass tasks...

  • time: 0.25 hrs

213.18 Construct Walls n Loft, 30' yurt: framing

  • C&C start marking out wall/loft positions
  • time: 45 min

306.02 Test Cass on Tools

  • tested Cass on logging tools
  • time: 15 min

275.04 Materials Transport

  • Window inserts are now onsite.
  • time: 30 min

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

  • Chris continues stacking in Woodshed #2.
  • time: 1 hrs

11/19/07 - Monday

213.52 south side stairs

  • blocking in, during some sunshine and relative warmness
  • Time: 1.5hrs

213.83 Radiant floor loops: Utility Shed

  • tried, but kept kinking. Too cold. Someone(s) who can use the heat gun have to do this. Numbered and lettered holes so that someone can tell loops run. Cut off most of kinked end. Oh well.
  • Time: 0.75hrs

852.22 GUSW

  • two different times, went along pipe as chris did yesterday, moving it to maybe keep from freezing a little longer
  • Time: 0.25hrs

288.09 cut and store downed trees

  • cut most of what chris brought downhill.
  • if weather people can be believed, and we know they can't, but best be prepared. Now that can go into woodshed, got most of logs and bigger kindling into woodshed. stacked logs. Other stuff carted down in empty dry 5 gal buckets.
  • Time: 2.75hrs

213.18 contstruct 30' walls framing

  • made a few measurements, walked layout and pulled up tape as promised chris i would
  • Time: 0.25hrs

11/20/07 - Tuesday

Notes:

  • 2" of wet, heavy snow

310.01 Keep Deck Cleared

  • gets its first shoveling of season
  • Time: 0.75hrs

852.22 GUSW

  • fiddling with hose, moving it as chris shows, try to get ice out
  • Time: 0.25hrs

742.00 JaBoStH

  • Chris unsnows and quick-fixes the collapsed GIPPEE tents, rips the screen on one as well, makes an attempt at breaking ice in water hose, relocates a shelf in the 30'n and shovels a pathway thru the 2" of snow
  • time: 1 hr

11/21/07 - Wednesday

Notes:

  • This was the weekly task day. C&C did some maintenance like clean dome, shake sleeping bags, etc. Cass does bi-annual cleaning...not to say she only cleans twice per year; she does the extra 'spring cleaning' kinda stuff, just in autumn.

742.00 JustaBunchoStuffthatHappened

  • time: 0.5 hrs

226.41 Clean and prep SIPPEE & GIPPEE

  • Chris gets started prepping the tents
  • time: 0.75 hrs

852.22 gHETTOuSsOMEwATER

  • Chris works on deicing pipes
  • time: 1.0 hrs

11/22/07 - Givingthanks Day

Notes:

  • Redneck wake up call: shoot guns at 6:30 am. grrr!
  • 40f and foggy
  • shower pump wasn't pumping. determined a leak @ showerhead was the issue. Masking tape fixed that. Spent an hour debugging and correcting, part of which was due to near-dead batteries.
  • Cass spends a lot of time inside prepping for visitors.
  • C&C have the best-ever choco coovered coffee beans. mmmmmmmm!

852.22 GuSW

  • The last of GuSW?
  • time: 0.5

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

  • Chris does some splitting.
  • time: 0.5 hrs

275.04 Materials Trans.

  • time: 0.25 min

300.48 Get Water Going Again

  • 1:00 pm it works for the first time in months
  • time: 1.5 hrs

226.41 Team prep

  • time: 0.25

300.45 woodstove maint

  • decide not to raise pipe
  • time: 0.75 hrs

742.00 JaBoStH

  • time: 2.75 hrs

11/23/07 - Friday

Notes:

  • Cold n sunny
  • Ken and Ben are onsite.

213.50 Construct PH

  • C&C clean out platform for winter coverup
  • time: 30 min

288.09 cut & store downed trees

  • Chris, Ken & Ben cut logs in WS#1
  • time: 1 hr

11/24/07 - Saturday

Notes:

  • went hiking, found a big tree down to log and a steel cable that ken/ben dragged back

213.36 Site Cleanup

  • Ken, and Chris relocate cemnt to under the 20k. Shortly thereafter, Ben joins and the three dismantle and store awnning frames.
  • 1 hr

303.19 Culvert header repair

  • Chris, Ken and Ben shore up two culvert headers that were not done right by the original excavators. This involves a lot of rock relocating.
  • time: 90 min

213.50 Construct PH

  • Ken and Ben carry plywood from the trailer to the PH.
  • Final check on post positions. They are fine.
  • time: 0.75 hr

288.09 cut and store downed trees

  • Group effort ensues
  • time: 4.5 hrs

213.77 30' Yurt Bracing

  • time: 3.75

11/25/07 - Sunday

Notes:

  • Ken leaves at 5:00 am, Ben sticks around until 11:00 am

288.09 cut and store downed trees

  • Ben does some morning loggin'
  • Cass does some mid-day loggin'
  • time: 0.5 hrs

226.33 Shutdown GIPPEE

  • Ben and Chris get to work shutting down the guesthouse for '07 construction season.
  • the tent is trashed, it'll be replaced for '08. Chris recycles the bottom of the tent and the rainfly for use as sideflaps on the woodshed.
  • Chris carts the bins o' GIPPEEness down to the shed for storage and calls GIPPEE closed.
  • time: 0.75+1.5+1.0+.5

852.22 GuSW

  • drain & store
  • time: 0.75 hrs

213.36 Site Cleanup

  • C&C stash some stuff under the 30' for later transport to the shed.
  • The staining annd sealing screenhouse comes down.
  • time: 1.75 hrs

303.16 Repauo Wiuudy walkwau

  • [editor note: that task name is "Repair Woody Walkway"; Chris was really tired when he originally typed it]
  • tme: 45 min

306.01 Determine Cass Tasks

  • time: 0.75 hrs

742.00 jabosth

  • time: 45 min

213.83 Utility Shed Radiant Flooring

  • time: 0.25 hrs

288.08 Split & Stack Firewood

  • time: 1.25 hrs

11/26/07 - Monday

Notes:

  • gloomy cloudy rainy.

213.79 Radiant flooring 20': plan, mark, drill holes

  • take advantage of rainy to do this, then up top, took measurements and reviewed some areas, back in yurt and wrote up notes
  • time: 3.25hrs

213.36 site cleanup

  • organizing inside 30' yurt, tools and nails/screws etc onto shelf
  • Time: 0.5hrs

11/27/07 - Tuesday

Notes:

  • another gloomy cloudy day, with some blue sky back behind the clouds later in afternoon.
  • cass has lots of work in park ave that doesn't count

213.79 Radiant flooring 20': plan, mark, drill holes

  • got middle holes and connector marked. Started drilling but had problem due to needing both mask and goggles. Tried just goggles but not sure good idea. After had to get out and up top yet again (this time needed new drill batt), decided to quit. Not w
  • Time: 1hrs

213.83 Radiant flooring US: loops installed

  • is in and ready for couplings
  • Time: 0.75hrs

213.36 site cleanup

  • leaf raking under and around deck
  • Time: 0.75hrs

303.00 erosion control

  • with all the rain, cass reviews runoff and ditches to see if new groundscaping over past couple mos is working right, and find out what needs to change for behind US and boiler.
  • put more gravel on woody walkway where it was frozen other day and didn't seem to need it, but it does! or, did.
  • Time: 0.25hrs

11/28/07 - Wednesday

Notes:

  • nope. It is NOT a clear sunny day. Dang weather chimps. At least its not raining though.

326.01 window inserts

  • got one installed after bug n spidey removal and such. Unfortunately the straps were still wet and started getting gloves wet - not good in cold weather. undoing difficult in gloves anyway. Oh well. Straps need adjusting too.
  • Time: 0.25hrs

303.16 repairs woody walkway

  • was mushy and slippery going up and down doing wood work, so put gravel onto steps
  • time: 0.5hrs

288.09 cut and store downed trees

  • Kassandra Kindling Karry Kreates Krevasses in driveway. Doh. Not best idea perhaps. Better left for chris n micro m.
  • took 1 load of kindling down to pa.
  • Moved cut stuff by us down and into shed.
  • Cut more. Took bunch more of uphill tree apart. Stacked in shed.
  • Time: 3.5hrs

11/29/07 - Thursday

Notes:

  • cass lots to do in pa yurt

213.36 site cleanup

  • getting stuff outta bin, and off shelves, floor etc organizing to have just shelves and no bin
  • Time: 1hrs

213.06 deck railing

  • got rest out and was going to mark, but they are all pretty bad, measured each to see if could avoid bad sections, but no. Gotta see what chris wants to do.
  • Time: 0.25hrs

11/30/07 - Friday

275.04 mat transport

  • c+c spend while in pa yurt to do the heckuva lotta calculating and such to get list for chris to buy later today (later changed to doing it tomorrow night, because it took too long)
  • Time: 1.5hrs

213.80 Radiant flooring 30': plan, mark, drill holes

  • cass works on this
  • Time: 2.75hrs

261.23 Plumbing: MLA Change VTR ti side wall exit

  • chris had investigated and found a non-pvc air admittance valve. Last night, c+c decided (in order to proceed with walls) that even if they have to use trad vent off bath sink, they won't need the larger wall there. Cass spends time today measuring,
  • Time: 1.25hrs

742.00 JesterBunchoStuffitHeppund

  • Dead batteries to truck, check the reservoir (tis full) and setup winter commode in the woodshed
  • time: 15 min

303.19 Culvert header repair

  • Minor adjustments
  • time: 15 min

213.77 30' Yurt Bracing

  • time: 1.5 hrs
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