Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter is here

The barn is pretty well closed up for the winter, I need to build the doors on the end but with the overhang the snow stays out pretty well.

 We also picked up a temporary camper for next summers use until the cruiser is ready.

Hoping to start in on rebuilding the windows in the airstream soon. Now that it is inside we don't have to worry about it being left open. It will be nice to start working on her again.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving at Bobs

Lot of fun at Bobs house for Thanksgiving, good family times.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sides are done and cruiser is back inside

The Cruiser is back inside now that I am done working above it and won't drop anything on now. I did come close to dropping a ladder on it, so I had to move her outside for a while. Now I am down to building a couple more doors and some misc. trim.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Front Overhang, A day in the sun :-)

Bob came over last weekend and helped me frame in the overhang I wanted on the front.
I saw this feature on an old barn some years ago and liked the detail it adds. Kind of like a porch on a house.It also makes the barn 8 ft. longer so I can get bigger Airstreams.
Just a little metal left to bend up to finish the roof.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Survived another day

Second peak done, it was a good thing we had no wind today, nice to have both ends done.
That is actually a 24' ladder, it was a bit of a stretch to get up to the peak. Maybe it did get too tall :-) Ben gave me a hand with a couple of the long sheets.
After waiting a couple weeks an excavator from down the road showed up today with some fill to finish the driveway to the barn, no more mud in front :-)
This is what I started the day with today, it was nice to have a change on the end towards the house.
24hrs. earlier this is what we had, the cruiser is getting cold and lonely outside.

Almost a blizzard, I think this is the third snowfall this year and not even November yet.

Steve, a buddy of mine up the road just finished sawing up the big cherry tree that we cut down at the beginning of the summer.
I had the bigger logs sawn into 2 1/2" slabs for some rustic tables or benches.
My photographer. I love her dearly, even if she doesn't want to walk in the mud to visit me slaving away on her barn:-)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Some fun at Bobs house

Brother Bob has been wanting to build a covered deck off his workshop for a while so today was the day. I love working on these old buildings. His house is over 100 years old and is one of the few houses in town with the old carriage house still standing.
It was a beautiful day today, almost a perfect fall day, we have not seen the sun here in quite a while.
It was a nice project, we got all the framing done in about 4 hours. just a little faster than the barn project :-)
Bob working hard or thinking about it.
Getting the roof panels in place, they worked ok for this project but we don't think we would use them for anything bigger. They were made of a compressed asphalt material.
Pretty well finished up, about 9 hours of work, a pretty good day. Now for a little work on the deck.
Last falls project at Bob's, we removed a wood retaining wall and built this boulder wall, that was quite a project. Looking good now that the grass is growing back in. It is dangerous to get me into a bobcat at my own house or someone else's, a person can do a lot of damage pretty quickly but in the end it usually comes back together :-)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Snow is coming tonight I'm not ready :-(

It was a challenging weekend on the barn, starting with an inch of snow in the morning(just enough so when it melted it made it all muddy again). Then came the wind from hell that tried to blow me off the ladder,I made it to the center on the end until the wind won and I stayed on the ground and worked on building the door.
Brother Bob came over today and it turned out to be a much more productive day and no wind just good company,finishing the end and all of the lower steel on the side,Thanks bob I could not have done it without you!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Siding is going on :-)

The barn is starting to match the Cruiser. The steel siding was about 2 weeks late in coming but it did give me time to get the framing done on the ends and a few other projects done around the house.
Built a small roof over the sliding door to cover the track and break up the siding on the end.
About a third of the way done now and hope to hit it again this weekend. I would really like to be working on the Cruiser(soon) I know Frank is going to bug me about having the camper in the barn when it is still under construction but I hate having it out in the rain and it has rained here a couple times a week since I started this project,argh.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Cruisers Home

After 55 years the cruiser finally has a place inside, it rained last night and I can say now that my Airstream does not leak:-)

I did get some time to install the windows on one side, I have had these stored for about 12 years, I am trying not to collect stuff like that any more but it is tough, to much good stuff out there getting tossed out.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Airstream Rallies and cupala's

Jan and I went to the Osceola Airstream rally last Saturday ,It was great to meet airstream buddy's Tim and Steve, Hopefully I can get a chance to help them on their trailers, it is fun dirty work:-)
Jan and I like these kind of features, the fridge has a clear front on it with postcards and pictures from their adventures behind it.
It always gets me fired up again to work on the Cruiser when I see other units fixed up. The Cruiser has been patiently waiting for her face lift and new home.

I did get the cupola finished this weekend also, it really serves no purpose but I think it looks cool, maybe in a couple years we will have some grandkids to play up there ;-) Today I started getting the main power hooked up finally, it should be powered up in the next day or two. Steel for the side should be here this week so soon it will be sealed up a little better.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Roof steel finished :-)

30 Sheets of steel 18' long 1,200 plus screws, pretty good work out up and down the ladder, better than a stair climber :-)
$1.79 for these gloves and worth every penny, Rubber coated,never slipped on the roof and no sheet metal cuts.

I was glad it never got windy.

On to the side panels now. Just ordered so that will be a couple weeks.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Thanks Ellie

Thanks Ellie and Isaac for the contributions to the treasure wall. We have collected this stuff from all of our vacations from Canada to Mexico. It could be anything from a small car part to a piece of drift wood anything to remember a different place or things we have done, the shiny license plate Ellie found in the backwoods of Saskatchewan, Canada .
Thanks Isaac, his first piece on the wall, the fork:-)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

One Side Done :-)

Half of a roof done this weekend, it went pretty well working by myself, it was pretty relaxing. Brother Bob did come over for a couple hours on Saturday aft. for a couple hours and helped finish the wall framing on that side. The last piece on the front was a little tricky, there were 2 screws in the middle that I could not reach, I will put those in when I finish the front trim with a taller ladder.
When I took a break from the steel I built this little decoration for the front, not to functional but fun to make and easier to install now without the roof on.
I made up my own fascia material for a different look.
A sample of the galvanized metal cover for the fascia.

Nice to have one side done, now I have a system down to do the side that does not show, I probably should have started on the back, but that is no fun, might just as well have all the mistakes show on the front side.