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YIPPEE Volume 48
August 2008

About those stressful ABC's

About those stressful ABC's...

And, forsooth, the leaves are turning!


"But... they are right there in front of your eyes. Yellow. And a few orange. Can't you see them?"


"It's summer. It is not fall". Quite a number of people would agree with Chris. August is a summer month. Cassandra spotted at least two ambitious trees on the Mt. Yippee color parade before August began; July is even more of a summer month than August! So, clearly, leaves can turn color in the summer. But, not according to Chris, the Man Who Refuseth To See-eth. As leaves turned color in August, his staunch refusal to acknowledge "any such craziness" suffered only one brief and fleeting lapse: a quiet concession to Cass so that she knew: yes, he can actually see that tree over there with leaves of yellow, orange and red. "But, it's summer, not fall. And, therefore I see lots of lush green. Nothing but green leaves." By the end of August, Chris still wasn't acknowledging the colors. "Perhaps in September", he mused. "It's still summer, mind you. All the way to the 23rd. But, seeing colorful fall leaves in September is much more reasonable. So, I might see some colorful leaves on September 1st."


Cassandra's efforts to get Chris to see the colors came to a climax as August closed; the heavens opened, and Chris slept. When he woke the next morning, September 1st, and stepped outside: "Lo' and Behold! The colors! Look at the colors in the trees. Wow!". Chris joined in the Color-Seeing.


Neither C saw the frost that they were warned may form several evenings in August. Did it? Did it not? If you stay asleep long enough, and refuse to look outside, you won't know. The list of things Chris refuses to believe are a part of August now includes: frost, color-turning leaves and sweatshirts. Believe it or not, all of these transpired in this August, in this place.


Now for some ABC's: Anxiety, Bank and the C's


Anxiety? What is anxiety? The handy-dandy, old and beat-up, dictionary says: 1. being anxious (anxious: mentally troubled) 2. worry or concern 3. eagerness; troubled desire. Neither C really knew what anxiety felt like before, but perhaps it does apply. Hmmm.


The bank had wanted building to be done by Sept 1. In July, C&C wrote the bank and said essentially: so...what happens when we're not done by then, because we will not be; what are the options? The bank never replied, and kept on not replying as Chris made further inquiries. Chris contacted the guy's boss and, eventually, a reply was gotten via that avenue, albeit in a convoluted way since she used a very old email address. The bank representatives still hadn't answered C&C's question; asking instead for some status.


A refresher on the status


Here's what C&C told the bank:


... understandable, as we certainly wish we were already finished, and why we had asked [] for our options. Thank you for contacting us about this. I hope that together we can come to a satisfactory resolution.


What is left to be done:


20' yurt: Light fixtures


30' yurt: Electrical is 50% complete. Wallboards are 50% installed, with moldings and finishing to do after that. Steps up to the loft are about 50% done. Plumbing, appliances and kitchen cabinets/counter have not been

installed. The floor, however, is 100% complete, which may seem backwards but because the floor is part of the yurt platform we had to do it early.


The heating system requires:

Fins for the radiant tubing are 80% complete, after which pressure testing must be done. Then the underside of yurts can be insulated and closed.

Installation of water tank and various controls happens in the Utility Shed. Power House must be finished and power system installed. Pipes must be filled.


The Utility Shed requires:

Roof and siding are about 80% installed. Interior floor is insulated and could be used as is, but we prefer nailing down a top floor. Walls need insulation and interior wallboards. Water tank, pressure tank and hookups.


The Power House structure is finished, with insulated floor but needs roof and sides (interior and exterior with insulation), after which power system can be installed. We had a site visit with the power system re-quoted several weeks ago. The installer makes a site visit (not as simple as it sounds due to Cassandra's health) and a substantial deposit made before parts can be ordered.


The deck structure surrounding the yurts lacks a railing and one of the entry stairs is only about 33% done.


The realistic answer to your question of when we will be done is next year, depending on what 'done' means to Chittenden. For example, we can live there without molding on the wallboards, and we don't require loaned

funds in order to purchase the required materials. We do, however, need heat. While next year is not what anyone wants to hear, most of all us, given our special situation this is realistic. As you may recall, we are

literally doing the building. In multiple areas, we are being more careful than perhaps any other client. For example, beyond the point when the excavator was finished, no one has worked on our home that has not first gone through our rigid decontamination and safety process. As you can imagine, this limits the pool of available help and effectively rules out hiring contractors.


Most of the delivery of supplies and most of the building has been done without exhaust-producing power. When use of a generator and/or vehicle cannot be avoided, special precautions and planning are required.


While it is time consuming to be so cautious, every material is considered and tested for Cassandra's safety before install. If a supply is thought to be too risky and if she will definitely not be exposed to it in the final home, someone else must handle the install. As it is, I must be the one to remove packaging from newly purchased items, and, for that matter, purchase the items as she cannot travel or go into stores.


These are a few specific examples of our unique situation which translate to construction taking far more time than any of us would like.


We are very much interested to know the options as they stand now. We are extremely motivated to be finished and working daily on the home, but unwilling to build in a way that jeopardizes the home for her safety and health - which is still the goal.


C&C will find a way somehow. Chris had a little chat with the universe, encouraging it to send back a positive response from the bank. "And, by golly, while you're at it... let's win the lottery... Then, we could just pay the bank off, pay for the rest of system, pay for some people to safely help us finish." That would be really nice. Being finished will be quite nice, indeed. If anyone knows a helpful way to finish faster, while keeping the safety goals, please advise. Thanks!


At the close of August, there had been no word back from the bank. But August couldn't wait around. With a heavenly flourish, August gave way to September.


Despite all the long underwear-wearing days and frost warnings, August had seemed to laugh a little at Chris: "You say its summer, boy? Well, I rained on you plenty and gave you just enough hot days to bring on skeeters galore: plenty of little summery gifts. Ha!" As C&C had dealt with August's rains and cold and temperature fluctuations and stress and skeeters.... what got done for site work?



Tasks Summary:

Total August Site Hours: 250.00


Completed task: (213.82) Radiant flooring 30': loops installed [8/30/08] (start date: 07/10/08, site days: 3.50)


A Tasks: 227.50 hrs


69.75 hrs (329.02 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards) 

35.75 hrs (213.12 Utility shed built)        

27.25 hrs (213.50 Construct power house)          

15.75 hrs (213.71 Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish)         

12.00 hrs (275.04 Materials transport/inventory)  

10.50 hrs (213.82 Radiant flooring 30': loops installed)   

8.75 hrs (742.01 JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers)         

8.25 hrs (329.04 Loft access Building)   

7.25 hrs (213.24 TV loft adaptation)       

6.25 hrs (329.05 Loft Bathroom Windows)          

6.00 hrs (213.85 Radiant flooring 30': fins installed)        

4.25 hrs (213.36 Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety))       

4.25 hrs (213.65 Electrical rough-in (30' yurt))     

4.25 hrs (213.70 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: mouldings)   

3.00 hrs (306.01 Determine tasks she can do during week alone) 

2.50 hrs (239.19 2nd Site Visit and Review)        

0.75 hrs (213.69 Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards) 

0.50 hrs (213.86 Radiant flooring US: fins installed)        

0.25 hrs (306.02 Test on safety: materials and tools)      

0.25 hrs (213.76 Power House: build walkway/access from road)


Q Tasks: 22.50 hrs


10.75 hrs (300.55 Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 )    

5.00 hrs (288.09 Cut and store downed trees)     

2.25 hrs (742.02 JaBoSTH: Quackers)    

1.50 hrs (305.01 Garlic spray)    

1.00 hrs (545.04 YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair)        

1.00 hrs (325.02 Baking Soda MLA and driveway Shrooms)        

0.50 hrs (305.03 Mosquito dunks)          

0.25 hrs (305.04 Daitomaceous earth)    

0.25 hrs (305.18 Tick Tick)         



August Journal

8/1/08275.04Materials transport/inventory1boards out of xterra to mla
8/2/080Notes0Chris brings some kinda sniffly bug home from Texas, so he and Cass sniffle thru a rainy indoor workday.
8/2/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards7.5boards cut and installed
8/2/08213.5Construct power house0.5marked side fascia for install
8/2/08306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone0.25 
8/2/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25 
8/2/08213.24TV loft adaptation3jost cut and removed
8/2/08275.04Materials transport/inventory1solar hot water heater
8/2/08329.04Loft access Building1.25sand a post or two
8/2/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)1.5wired boxes
8/3/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards1mark and cut and install walboards
8/3/08213.5Construct power house3.5installed fascia
8/3/08213.82Radiant flooring 30': loops installed0.5more pipe runs
8/3/08213.76Power House: build walkway/access from road0.25digging dirt
8/3/08305.18Tick, tick0.25wacked weeds
8/3/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.25new splitter rocks!
8/1/080Notes0muggy humid, sunny sky with clouds cnc get up quite early for a friday, since chris had to drive up top with supplies and getting home last night before midnight really helped!
8/1/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5wow! an sort of warm shower!
8/1/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards4.75measuring, calculating. marking the 10' boards chris bought. got all inside. installed a couple boards in office.
8/1/08213.5Construct power house0.75watershield cut edges fascia*2, mark and hand cut more lookout rafters and another joist for wall, seal those edges
8/1/08213.12Utility shed built1watershield backs of new 6' shiplap chris bought
8/1/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25setup and shutdown
8/8/08239.192nd Site Visit and Review2.5Dave and Justis from USA Solar Store visit to review off grid plans and update quotes. Rain pours down but enough sun peeks through to allow an assessment of solar potential.
8/8/08275.04Materials transport/inventory0.25review RF packages to make sure all is there.
8/9/08275.04Materials transport/inventory3boards up to mla. plywood and doors finally out of Xtrailer.
8/9/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.75 
8/9/08306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone1.25 
8/9/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards3.5cutting, marking & installing
8/9/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 1including a camp heatup as ghetto solr didn't work
8/9/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.5nonQUACK
8/9/08213.12Utility shed built3.75shiplapping. cutting and installing plywood walls.
8/9/08305.03Mosquito dunks0.5 
8/9/08213.24TV loft adaptation0.5drilled mounting plate and attached for test
8/10/08275.04Materials transport/inventory0.51*12-12 from hellhouse to mla via xterra and feet.
8/10/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards0.75cuttin' n' installin' boards
8/10/08213.12Utility shed built1.5shiplap sealing
8/10/08213.5Construct power house0.75shiplap sealing and fascia cutting
8/10/080Notes0the sheckie-repaired battery works like a charm
8/10/08325.02Baking Soda MLA Shrooms0.25 
8/10/08545.04YIDDEE HSODIF: Repair1waterbars on the entire drive
8/10/08213.82Radiant flooring 30': loops installed1.25more pipe
8/10/08306.02Test on safety: materials and tools0.25 
8/10/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.5wiring
8/10/08213.24TV loft adaptation0.75the tv fits - yippee!
8/4/080Notes0dark clouds, sun in eve later afternoon, too late for hot water. hello dragonflies! eat up the skeeters, come'on, you can do it! and a hummingbird seen too, flitting about the MLA deck enjoying various greenery, or rather flowering plants.
8/4/08213.5Construct power house1.75got supplies together and went down to ph. couldnt get ladder unstuck. climbed carefully up and down to install the remaining lookout rafters as best as could. couldnt install last joist on wall...too long. marked that and end fascias for cutting, cleaned up and carted supplies back uphill. ph work today was gross gross wet from yest rains and filthy yucky.
8/4/08213.12Utility shed built1.75stained shiplap n got inside
8/4/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.25at least wasnt a cold screaming shower, slightly warmer than water would have been from inside. oh well.
8/4/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25setup and shutdown
8/4/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards3.5more wallboards on Z, hand sawing not great but cass contd
8/4/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.25vaccuuming, changing shoe covers
8/4/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish1staining the posts and window parts of step wall
8/5/080Notes0cass disappointed in herself for gettingher hopes up: weather report kept saying this would be a nice day. sun in AM seemed encouraging. but as getting set to do outdoor work dark ominous clouds and day sucked cass also very struggling, perhaps molds again
8/5/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.25at least wasnt a cold screaming shower, slightly warmer than water would have been from inside. oh well.
8/5/08213.12Utility shed built0.25was going to put top coat on shiplap but dark couds and such meant setup was wasted.
8/5/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards5.75Y started and bath wall started. hand sawing is awful. had to do some inside since wet out. banged up one board and have to redo. tall boards bit tricky to work with, a few quite warped, used ratchet straps
8/5/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish1.5top coat onto the posts and window parts of step wall. had leftover and didnt want to waste. top coat onto back of step1, and wall of step7 is going to have two cooats matte because had extra and shouldnt look too different in that place. sanded wall and applied.
8/6/080Notes0rain all day...with only a short break in evening when cass thought it was clearing, but storms started up again. cold cold shower. rough start to morning, cass still struggling and sleeps in since rain and darkness anyway, and she needs more sleep. starting to feel some better in evening.
8/6/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards5.5hand cutting boards and measuring and marking for boards on Y around windows. screwed up a board and had to get another. put up couple other boards too.
8/7/080Notes0severely intense storms today! around 11am cass noticed was clearish, thought was going to be sunny, hot and woohoo...looking fwd to hot shower, got water all setup and thunder started up. hail, rains, loud-loud-loud, windy and cold. then tiny break and sun, then dark again and storm. back and forth all day/eve. Happy Birthday Chris! Love, Cass
8/7/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards2.75boards for juncture of 6 and 4 steps, installed one more onto 6. marked a few more boards for chris to cut. installed last avail arc board. screwed down the shelf section that was pulling up.
8/7/08329.04Loft access Building0.5lined up #6 and #4 and predrilled for assembly later.
8/7/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish1sanded and wiped back of #6 step and shelf
8/14/08275.04Materials transport/inventory1.5hdsma
8/15/08275.04Materials transport/inventory1 
8/15/08213.24TV loft adaptation0.25cut @ house
8/16/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.75prep for setup of sunforce
8/16/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards4cut boards & installed
8/16/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)2box install in office
8/16/08325.02Baking Soda MLA Shrooms0.25 
8/16/08306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone0.5 
8/16/08213.5Construct power house0.5 
8/16/08213.82Radiant flooring 30': loops installed4.25loops almost done
8/17/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.75 
8/17/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows0.25try cutting plexiglass with saw. hey, it worked and fits.
8/17/08213.5Construct power house0.5 
8/17/08213.12Utility shed built2.25peaks shiplaps test-fit and cutout. chris puts more nails in plywood. when explaining to cass how to do shiplap and brown goo etc for week...cass goes mega downhill. hmmm... she was looking forward to getting sides finished. now what...
8/17/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards3.25chris cuts some boards. cass installs some boards. bathroom closet boards all up. cnc figger and finalize venting layout for under loft.
8/17/08213.65Electrical rough-in (30' yurt)0.25 
8/17/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.25 
8/17/08742.02JaBoSTH: Quackers0.5fix hole in gippee
8/17/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.5chris works on the pile by WS1
8/11/080Notes0another cold grey dark rainy foggy ... long underwear kinda day with sweatshirt too. never stopped raining and/or drizzling all day long. brrrrrrbrrrrbrrrrr frigid icy showering.
8/11/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards6boards had to be cut by hand, chiseled here and there, finagled into place. ugh. installed boards onto the small D wall, onto Y wall, in office and storage closet, and later, began in bath closet.
8/11/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.5downloading and trying to get palm to read, then reading thru... the solar quote.
8/11/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.5relocated scraps out of bath closet and into storage closet, and a bit on paper behind Z
8/12/080Notes0long underwear today too. but some sunny spells midmorning. thought it might be a day without rain, but nope.
8/12/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards5handsawing boards again. got most of bath closet installed, making do with what have onhand. not great quality boards, but will be shelving and hidden mostly. need few more boards to finish
8/12/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25setup/shutdown
8/12/08329.04Loft access Building1.25sanding window-post/stud parts
8/12/08213.5Construct power house1.75stained some, watershielded started but raining started and rushed about to cover and later wiped off and stacked
8/13/080Notes0sunny until afternoon. buggy tho. otherwise, if it werent for bugs the day would be really pretty and nice. rained later though. cass frustrated by bugs and mistakenly takes chance on bug lotion vs bugshirt. ewww awful yucky. not good thereafter.
8/13/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards0.25measured and marked long pine board
8/13/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish0.5sanding and wiping the long pine board
8/13/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25rain, windows, argh
8/13/08213.5Construct power house5.25watershielded rest and then stained all. as was finishing stain, little drizzle but went over. then later, when under 30 it started raining and rushed about to cover and later wiped off and stacked
8/13/08213.82Radiant flooring 30': loops installed1.5pipe is where needs to be, just have to do the 90s and header, tighten couplings
8/13/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.25 
8/14/080Notes0weird day schedule-wise, cnc talk earlier in day as chris en route to airport. but, he gets home fairly reasonable, right before midnight. with boards.
8/14/08213.5Construct power house3.25top coat onto many shiplaps, carefully keeping eye on sky and only a couple boards out at a time, putting away into screenhouse as done, laid some out onto loft too.
8/15/080Notes0cnc up early, nice to have chris home reasonable hour thursdays. started promising with lots of sun, but by breakfast time, was cloudy. before cnc got up top had rained. drizzled. then rained most of afternoon. brrr brrr brrr brrr brrr cold showering att n unicel suck!!!! cass keeps retrying to get a signal to hold long enough to send a simple little notice email, takes repeated retries until it finally sends. whew...or, well...until chris tells her he got three copies - 3! frickin frickin stupid services. according to sending end, it only sent one time. once. yet got delivered three times. arghhhhhhhhhhh! wft!!?! this has happened before and there seems to be no way to identify when it will happen or not. retrying for a signal happens ALL the time, but sometimes the services send when they tell you it couldnt send, and theres no way to know until someone on other end says....i got it multiple times. argh!!!!
8/15/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards5.25measured and marked new boards, hand sawed a couple to install so could get next measurements for ripcuts.
8/15/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows0.75fine tuning and installing aspen
8/23/08275.04Materials transport/inventory0.75 
8/23/08305.01Garlic spray1.5mosquitos suck
8/23/08213.5Construct power house0.75fascia not an easy fit
8/23/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.5 
8/23/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards1.25 
8/23/08213.12Utility shed built5.25sealed roof and walls. cut roof panels
8/23/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5 
8/23/08306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone0.5 
8/23/08213.7Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: mouldings1.25 
8/23/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows0.25 
8/18/080Notes0sunny morning. and afternoon. back to summer temps and humid again. didnt start storming til evening. cass runs down at night in lightning storm getting to p.a. just as rain started. skeeters plentiful and irritating and awful.
8/16/080Notes0cnc tired. sunny morning and cnc hopeful. do typical sat am tasks in p.a. yurt including water setup and ....grrr... by time up top, skies are looking sketchy. chris didnt get thru cutting all boards before large raindrops started. cnc get all inside and downpour. including hail! bouncing onto and up off deck.
8/17/080Notes0argh. sunday morns take so much time. chris frustrated. but...weather is deemed gorgeous by both c's. except for the skeeters it'd be perfect! cass gets really messed up over by/in utility shed. cnc have to rethink plan to setup the solar hw today since is all new parts and she's already messed up.
8/18/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish1.75sanding and then gloss coat onto: loftshelf underboard, aspen for one window, and step #6 back
8/18/08213.12Utility shed built1.75all avail boards now fully sealed/coated
8/18/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5tried new way of emptying water in doohickie in morn after has had an hour or so (nice n hot) into clear jug as refill. then refill/empty again later so is some to get hot tomorrow am. whether this or warmer air temps...cass ends up with warmest non-poocham shower in well over a month!
8/18/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows1installing more aspen.
8/18/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards2in office: trying to pull cup out of board under charging cabinet. tried drillingout for a box, so that could cutout, but drill splintered wood (isnt supposed to, prob shouldve used forcner bit for cleaner cut?). installed one board by bathroom on Y but due to low lighting stopped and didnt install next in case looks weird.
8/19/080Notes0rainy, stormy and gloomy until later in afternoon. around 2pm was clearish, blustery and very autumn-like. red trees up on ridge. numerous yellows. very cold air. cass has lots of phone calls to make for various orders and product problems. also, spent am in pa yurt to catch up on some spreadsheet work since rainy anyway. screaming, screaming, dangerous cold shower
8/19/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards3.25took waaaaaay too long to get cutout for electrical box on arc. oh well. and a few other boards on. discovered feathering splits in one board and had to demote.
8/19/08329.04Loft access Building2sanding posts/window parts. sawdust in eyes on skin. picked a bad day to tackle this tho....
8/19/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.25was going to use whatever water could get out of doohickie because prob warmer than inside water, but some gross something was in emptied water, had to dump it and wash container.
8/19/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows1this task sucks. is taking forever, aspen not fitting but not by enough for cuttng, nails not going in or tricky and banging up. argh. oh well.
8/19/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25windows setup and shutdown
8/20/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 1.25non-chlorine bleach. pipes and jugs. rinse-outs in AM. don't normally allocate time in AM for filling water jugs and doohickie, but this is maintenance out of norm
8/20/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.75windows setup and shutdown also time spent misc: putting away test items and marking vent on wall later, stain and top coat on cut parts of peaks for US and PH, not enough to separate out time
8/20/08329.04Loft access Building2.25sanding more. took smaller steps outside. wore glasses but no mask. thought was ok til later when congested and itchy.
8/20/08213.24TV loft adaptation2.75sanding, stain and top coat onto parts chris gave on wkend later, took apart the two floorboards for lid and rejiggered and anchored with molding strips. if chris likes, can refine
8/20/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish1sanded 1st coat. applied 2nd coat matte on: underboard for shelf, window, steps 6+7 backs
8/20/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows1.25more f-ing around with the aspen which often doesnt fit right but is not off by enough to trim with tools onhand, and aspen is fibrous andnot easy to trim anyway. nails prob. argh. discouraging crappy work. after jammed a pc in wrong and cant get out and nail in wrongplace, quit.
8/20/080Notes0did not rain! clearish weather, then cloudy but thin clouds, breezy, nice enough. wish could do garlic and zap the skeeters tho....
8/21/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5 
8/21/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.5misc tasks, windows, and finding paint for doors
8/21/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows0.75installing plexiglass and aspen in front of, except two nails stubborn, left for chris
8/21/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)2.25cleanup on loft, around scraps, all kinds cleanup, burnable scraps down to p.a.
8/21/08213.69Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards0.25marking for cutting
8/21/080Notes0another non-rainy day. nice! wish chris was here too. almost summery!
8/22/080Notes0chris back past 5am. sleep for about 4hrs and then cnc up and at it. another non-rainy day and summery. nice. would be even nicer if it wasnt a house tasks day.
8/22/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25setup n shutdown
8/22/080Notes0cnc up top to gather supplies and such (the such was pretty fun chris says, and the bathroom closet has been tested)
8/22/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5shower was warm today. woohoo!!!!
8/22/08213.12Utility shed built3.5chris got the bucket-o-brown goop (dynoseal) out of us and put by steps for cass. she brushed it on, wearing bug netting hat and shirt and mask and gloves. bucket precarious at points. hard to see well thru netting. one side done. two sides have coat up to as far as could reach on bucket. used up what had poured out.
8/22/08213.85Radiant flooring 30': fins installed0.75stapling up of fins commences. difficult to see with netting on head, and stapler kept jamming
8/24/08329.04Loft access Building1done sanding posts
8/24/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.5nails in window, moving some supplies 'round
8/24/08275.04Materials transport/inventory0.75roof panels stored.
8/24/08213.12Utility shed built4.5roof panels installed
8/24/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5 
8/24/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards0.25under shelf board is ratcheted in place for install
8/28/08275.04Materials transport/inventory1toilet is bought
8/29/08275.04Materials transport/inventory1.25stuff up to MLA
8/29/08213.12Utility shed built1.5shiplapping
8/29/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.5 
8/30/08213.5Construct power house0.5trimmed fascia, checked wall size to determine if US scraps could be used...nope.
8/30/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.5 
8/30/08213.12Utility shed built1.75 
8/30/08213.36Site cleanup (general and for Cass safety)0.25 
8/30/08213.82Radiant flooring 30': loops installed3done!
8/30/08213.85Radiant flooring 30': fins installed2.5 
8/30/08213.86Radiant flooring US: fins installed0.5 
8/30/08306.01Determine tasks she can do during week alone0.5 
8/30/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5 
8/30/08288.09Cut and store downed trees0.25 
8/30/080Notes0chris does not accept any nonsense about leaves turning colors. it was gross out today. the coooler is structurally sound. mosquitos suck ass.
8/31/08213.5Construct power house7.5mark, cut and seal roof plywood. install end fascia and last ceiling joist. start installing roof panels but rafter alignment is outta wack with panel length. add a sister-rafter. this helps but on two sections Chris puts it on wrong main rafter. D'oh. ne panel is in and another positioned but darkness puts an end to fine tuninf before nailing.
8/31/08325.02Baking Soda MLA Shrooms0.5 
8/31/08213.12Utility shed built1.5continued roof install and brown goo on south wall. marked shiplap for last wall, cut overage on in-place shiplap
8/31/08288.09Cut and store downed trees1.5sealing wood crib lumber and splitting logs
8/31/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5 
8/31/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows0.5marked for cutting
8/31/08213.69Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards0.25reviewed for cutting
8/31/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards1.75marked boards for house cutting, installed a few boards and worked on svv panel wall
8/23/080Notes0chris back late last night from house day. he is soo tired. after getting up early-ish to do the yurt close-up/xterra drive-up, he naps. usual sat am chores in park ave (always take longer than the c's wish it would) humid, but sunny summery day after the dense fog of morn burned off. cass has a nice warm shower using her new method and what with the summery sunny weather again. the xterra serenades cnc while they work on US dynosealing (brown goo) with some new tunes.
8/24/080Notes0nother sunny summery type of day. cool to start. cnc enjoy a very nice breakfast! sitting on chairs outside on park ave in sunshine. ahhh. radio brought out to play the puzzler. nice normal people breakfast. well...normal if cnc were done. anyway... cnc have some more enjoyable times on the deck bouncing around and inside the cooler, non buggy yurt. xterra serenade again while doing US work. chris so stoked about the progress! wishes he could take tomorrow off so cnc could finish! but alas, nope. chris leaves early this wk (6:30pm today) for work. weird schedule, and short weekend, but cnc got many dependencies out of way.
8/25/080Notes0cloudy n cool AM means cold showering. cleared some different times in afternoon. tomorrow sposd to be sunny.
8/25/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.75setup. shutdown. misc putting away of things from wkend. calling to get paint for doors
8/25/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards2shelf underboard installed. one more bath wall board up
8/25/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish4washing off posts that chris said are finished. stained all
8/25/08329.05Loft Bathroom Windows0.5aspen all up on one side, ready to sand and finish and await plexiglass
8/25/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5mitigated some of coldness by getting out from pipe the slightly warmer than stuff indoors water and insulating
8/26/080Notes0cold all AM. cass long underwear in AM and evening. cold showering due to such cold air. frost warnings -in northern valleys, hopefully yippeeland won't have it. dis-jointed day: cass has phone appt with health practitioner midday, unexpectedly cnc talk for only 4mins at lunch. chris driving back from buffalo. weird day
8/26/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25setup. shutdown.
8/26/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5not overly warm, prob wouldve been ok-ish showering except for frigid air. cass shivering
8/26/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish2.5topcoat on part of steps, first coat on aspen for windows
8/26/08288.09Cut and store downed trees2.5watershield onto 2*4s for chris to use in woodstacking cribs
8/26/08213.12Utility shed built1.5got started on 6' siden tricky starting solo. got worked out and .....after going thru stack, turns out only 3 shiplap long enough as cnc discussed install. txted chris to ask which option he wanted to do: buy more 8s and cut, or make sure molding covers gap and seal corners. 2nd option chosen but cass had already cleaned up and it was dewey.
8/26/08213.85Radiant flooring 30': fins installed1.25geesh, hope we have enough fins.
8/27/080Notes0cold all AM. cass long underwear in AM, warmed up more than yesterday tho, so only sweatshirt in eve. skeeters skeeters skeeters argh argh argh argh!
8/27/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.25setup. shutdown.
8/27/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.5forgot to do, did late. only used the jugs not pipe.
8/27/08213.12Utility shed built1.75one 6' side done except for top board. was going to nail in rest of 8' side but the boards pulled out of line. hmmm.
8/27/08742.02JaBoSTH: Quackers1.75cass takes timeout bldg day to do draft email for bank, cnc review at lunch and chris sends.
8/27/08213.85Radiant flooring 30': fins installed1.5more stapling to cranked tunes
8/27/08213.71Walls - 30' yurt: sand and finish2.5topcoat on rest of stained steps parts, 2nd coat on aspen for windows
8/28/080Notes0cnc have a nice night of sleeping together midweek, a rarity! chris slit time this wk for work and is working local for rest of wk. skeeters skeeters skeeters argh argh argh argh! cass short day, as chris is local and planning to be back by 9pm
8/28/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.75setup. shutdown. misc tasks that didnt take full 15mins(such as cleaning up aspen and paper). calling for paint.
8/28/08213.12Utility shed built2.25worked on 2nd 6' side but stopped because (is a thurs anyway and had to) but also, lack of boards. have 2 6' left but each has problem and should be used elsewhere-on front.
8/28/08213.69Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: floorboards0.25marked straight edges for cutting
8/28/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.25not very warm. argh...
8/28/08305.04Daitomaceous earth0.25ants trail in and out by stone near US pipes, got cupful of d.e. while down doing water, (split time) and sprinkled over area
8/29/080Notes0chris home early last night (barely past 10pm!), thanks to working local today. nice! had time to read and chat. chris resorts to flannel pants and a winter hat for breakfast attire. cnc get to work together a bit before friday task leave.
8/29/08742.01JaBoSTH: Non-Quackers0.75cass looks up #s and calls places and ends up ordering paint for door
8/29/08300.55Woodstove, Heat & Showering '08 0.25not warm at all. argh...
8/29/08213.7Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: mouldings3measuring and marking for chris to take to house to cut
8/29/08329.02Construct walls and loft - 30' yurt: wallboards0.5figuring out for bathroom/loft shelf side. hmmmm..... started marking wallboards (chris said should cut those at house too)
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