Saturday, November 7, 2009

On the modified "A" frame project, we are making progress. The roof is all buttoned up, so, for the most part, we are out of the weather, which is always a good thing this time of year. I have the windows, but there is no need to bring them to the jobsite just yet. We will get all the interior walls framed and then electricians and plumbers can get in and do their thing while we stay out of their way putting in windows and applying the siding.

The "A" frame beams inside will remain. They are Doug Fir that was stained a very dark brown, but we took the time to sand them so they are now the natural Doug Fir color:

On the other project we are getting the ground work in. The masons have finished the foundation walls, and the dirt guys have backfilled inside. We have put the foam insulation down to insulate under the heat tubing, and the plumber and electrician have put their tubes and pipes in place. We are ready for the slab to be poured. Unfortunately, this is opening deer hunting weekend, and the entire world in Ely comes to a complete stop. I don't understand this, even after living here for about 25 years, but from three days before opening day till about the wednesday followong opening weekend, nothing gets done in Ely. Apparently, it is not about hunting, it is more of a ritual. We see men in the grocery store loading up shopping carts with enough food to last months and then at the liquor store loading up on beverages. Meantime, I we just had the most beautifull fall day you could imagine and my slab is not getting poured. Next Wednesday they are looks like the weather will hold, but I am getting nervous. It's all my own fault, of course. I dragged my feet this summer on getting this project going and now this is where I am.

I did manage to get up on the roof of the youth center building we are constructing in town and finished the upper dormers. These stayed open last winter, although is wasn't a big deal then, we really didn't have the ceiling finished inside or anything, but this year I wanted to make sure no snow blew in there and wrecked anything. This is totally a volunteer project, so I have to find time here and there to fit it in. A bunch of kids from IRYA came and finished, (or mostly finished) the soffets, so we are moving along. We will have the warming room ready for the ice season, so, hopefully that end of it will get some use this winter once the city starts making ice in the rinks.

Inside, the floors and ceilings are done. Hopefully it will be ready to use as a "youth center" or whatever this winter, but there is still a lot of work to do...

For more info on the Ely Youth Facility click HERE.

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On one of my errands this week I was confronted by this guy. He appeared pretty full of himself, so I let him cross and go on his way: