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Old 11-24-2011, 01:04 PM   #5851
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As i know about the gulf island building is that the building who is made from wood.Most of in the NEW ZEALAND is beautiful place for the gulf building. in the NEW ZEALAND the bay of island is the most beautiful place,Around this place beaches, underwater diving is also available at this place. Sky Tower is the dominant symbol of the city of Auckland is. From its vantage four visitors enjoy there is most beautiful views in the downtown, its expanding suburbs, ports and islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
Hello Paul!

Welcome to the thread!

Are you from New Zealand yourself? Indeed New Zealand is a most spectacular place to both visit and live in. Unfortunately, I have yet to have the pleasure of going there.

But, many years ago when I first started working for a living, my first job was with The Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand. As a result of this, I got to meet quite a number of Kiwis, all of whom were great people.

Wow - this was 52 years ago! How time flies.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:47 PM   #5852
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Keith, just dial me up 1-250-245-7920, and in 10 minutes I can come help you at the dock, or anywhere loading heavy stuff and unloading..cause I ...retired!
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:04 PM   #5853
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Keith, just dial me up 1-250-245-7920, and in 10 minutes I can come help you at the dock, or anywhere loading heavy stuff and unloading..cause I ...retired!
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I might make you regret that offer! You never know when I may need help.

I notice that you waited until the last of the heavy stuff has been brought over!!!!!!
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Keith,..no mind like an 'old mind", always here to help!
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:30 PM   #5855
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A few days ago we had an extreme high tide here...a combination of a very high tide with a 980 mb barometer. We get one of these perhaps every 5 to 7 years or so, and this one was a doozy.

Our neighbour Brian across the other side of the bay has a diving board fixed to the rock in front of his place.

This fir log floated right over it and got caught when the tide went out. Never seen that happen before!
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:33 PM   #5856
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so would it be safe to say that the fir on the island is trying to take a dive. lol
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Then at the bay in front of our place we had a seaquake. Because of the extreme tide everything was floating, including a big old log which has been acting as a retaining wall holding up the ground here. When the tide dropped the log moved out a foot or so and now we have this hole in the ground.

So I guess that will have to go and we will need a proper retaining wall built.
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That same big tide deposited a fir log on the rocks, which I cut up yesterday for firewood.
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So today was another story, pretty busy, even for me.

First thing this morning on the tide I went over to Brian's and got that log off his diving board, not quite as easy as I thought it would be. It ended up being 30 feet long...which means heavy!

Then got the skiff around there to tow it back and picked up another log on the way. Pushed the logs up on the beach and when the tide went out i cut them both up which gave me 50 log rounds! Lot's of firewood coming out of there.

Next was the old log chute. It had to go, so I started by prying the two log supports off the far end.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:41 PM   #5860
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Next I got the big prybar and loosened up all the deck boards and took them off.
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Next I sledge hammered out the side supports which put everything on the ground.
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Out with the chainsaw and bucked up the old 8 x 8's. I originally cut these out of one of the big trees that I felled here when we were first opening up the property 15 years ago.
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And after a lot of huffing and puffing (it's really mucky there) I had everything cleared away either to be burned in the bonfire, or to be cut up for firewood.
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Those old 8 x 8's had certainly been through the wars doing what they had to do over the years. I think the heaviest log I ever brought up weighed 4,000 lbs. It was a massive fir I got in years ago.

The condition of that wood is still remarkably good, and it will make great firewood for this winter. It's dry as a bone inside.
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I have been trying to get some wood cut up to make the bullnose pieces for the 31 stairs here, but the weather has been most uncooperative.

But the sun was shining all day which is why I was able to work outside non-stop! It was great!

So I dug up some boards, cut them to the rough size on the table saw, then ran everything through the planer. I needed 62 pieces, but cut quite a few extra...arbutus often offers up nice little surprises when you start to work it, so several extra were made.
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