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Old 07-07-2010, 03:31 PM   #1606
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The short rail for the lower stairs got planed and sanded, then the first varnish coat applied. You cannot see in the pic, but this cedar is offgassing like crazy leaving many tiny bubbles on the surface.

I tipped it off a couple of times, but it kept going. You can only tip varnish while it is still very wet...as soon as there is even a hint of skinning, stop. It will get sanded before the second coat any way.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:59 PM   #1607
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As promised, I finished that infernal railing and infill to the upper deck. Thank goodness that's done!
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:23 PM   #1608
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short day today?
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Well, sort of. I did get some more of the arbutus treads thicknessed. You need to know that every tread is at least two pieces. I think the very bottom tread which wraps around at the end is 6 pieces.

I just flipped the 2 x 2's over and finished staining them for the bottom railing. Plus, of course, I managed to find time for a nice swim out in the bay.

I routed the edges of the final 5 deck posts, and I'm just going to do all the drilling on them in a few minutes. As soon as that is done I'll get the first coat of varnish on.

And just came in from watering my Japanese garden. We checked the tanks today, and there was 3900 gallons left. That has to last us until the fall rains hit. That doesn't include the 1500 gallons in the dedicated firefighting tank. But that stays in case of fire.

Almost forgot...the inside handrail is sanded and tacked off ready for coat number 11.
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Sorry, more questions...

Does every home on the island have a dedicated firefighting tank?

If the 1500 gallons in that tank isn't enough to fight a fire, can you switch over to the other tank?

Is there a built-in pump on the firefighting tank to get the water to the fire?
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Sorry, more questions...

Does every home on the island have a dedicated firefighting tank?

If the 1500 gallons in that tank isn't enough to fight a fire, can you switch over to the other tank?

Is there a built-in pump on the firefighting tank to get the water to the fire?
Absolutely no problem with questions...ever!

I WISH every home had such a tank, but there are pitifully few that do. Only three that I can think of offhand, out of something like 115 (or so) cabins or houses - call them what you will - on the island.

My fire pump attaches directly to the tank with a quick connect hose.

From there the fire hoses are also quick connect - push on then 1/4 turn and you're ready to go.

We are trying to standardize on the island to the same type of hose that the forestry department uses.

If the 1500 gallon tank isn't enough, the ocean is our next option. My immediate neighbour has a 1500 gallon water tank, not dedicated for fire. I'm going to talk to him about getting the quick connect fittings as a precaution.

Quite frankly, if I can't put out a fire with 1500 gallons of water, it's time to go. We just use lots and lots of caution in the summertime.

Any outdoor burning is totally banned, and that applies to huge areas of this province in the summer months.
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Just to show you I wasn't kidding,

Here's the 5 posts all drilled and first varnish coat on.
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...followed closely by the 11th coat on the handrail...
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...and last but not least, the short handrail...1st coat on the back side of the board.

Please note the time...I'm off to bed.
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While the weather is OK I'm going to tackle building an arbutus live edge table for the unused side of the round deck.

The boards are pretty old and not in the best of shape...so I will make out of them what I can.

Here's the raw material I have to work with...let's hope it all comes out OK.
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As you can see, the boards are curved - a definite plus for me - as I wish to make the table top with a gentle curve to ease the appearance of the straight side of the deck.

Here I am laying out a batten to draw the first curve on the board. It is important to try to get the curve as fair as possible, so I am using an older piece of red cedar with nice straight grain so that it bends into a fair curve.
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Once the line has been established, the first board is cut.
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After this first cut is made, the cut board is laid on top of the edge of the second board and the line drawn for a matching cut in the next board.
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When both boards are cut, the two halves are pushed together for a test fit.
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OK, it isn't too bad, but neither is it perfect. I may use a router to get a better match between the side cuts...but before that the ends will be trimmed.

Here I am using the always popular paint can to draw a corner.
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