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Old 03-10-2010, 06:46 PM   #676
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Started work on the handrail for the lower stairs this morning.

The screws to hold the brackets on the wall are about #6 x 1 1/2". They don't look as if they will take any torque at all. I predrilled every hole to the full depth of the screw just in case.
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:51 PM   #677
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The tank I was emptying out into the pond was done about 2 this afternoon. Around 2,400 gallons went into the pond. Sure doesn't look like that much.

The predicted rain over the next few days should add to that.

When I first dug the pond I guessed it would take about 3,500 gallons to fill it. It appears that I may have underestimated by a fair amount. The pond gets much wider as it fills, so I would have to guess more like 5,000 gallons now. Who knows?
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:39 PM   #678
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Guess why the pond is taking more water than I thought.

It has a small leak somewhere...of all the luck. Guess I'll have to let it drain out, try to find where it is leaking and fix it.

That might be pretty far down the list all of a sudden.

Meanwhile, I am doing more on the front entrance. The snow yesterday and the high winds don't make it terribly attractive to work outside right now.

The entrance leads into the house if you head left, and eventually it will lead to the studio if you go right. The studio has been blocked off with that awful looking sheet of OSB since 1999.

Today I did framing for a door into the studio. This had to be done from the studio side. We have been using it for a storage room forever, and it took me an hour just to be able to clear enough room to work on that short wall section.

The door framing is done, and this evening I made a door jamb set out of red cedar. I would have preferred douglas fir, but couldn't find sufficient of good enough quality for the three pieces.

It should get installed tomorrow morning.
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Any idea what these green rings are for?
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Does it have anything to do with St. Patrick's Day?

I'm guessing it probably isn't.

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I was going to say that it wasn't a Coco Chanel logo.

St. Paddy's, I never thought of that one. The two pieces will get nailed together and go outside somewhere. Hence the wood treatment.
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The top plate of the framing for the entry way?

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Hey cocobolo, do you have any sandbags?

I was thinking that you could use them to divide your pond into 4 sections. The section that drains, has the leak.

That is, unless the sandbags are sitting over the leak. Even then, you'd have it narrowed down a little bit.

Just a thought.

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You've got the right idea. It's the top plates for the inside circle of the stairs going from the master bedroom deck down to the (future) hot tub deck.

Well done!
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Hi Barb:

That liner was sitting up by the top water tanks for a long time all rolled up tight. Unfortunately, when I needed to drain the tank - which has turned out to be a waste of water anyway now - the weather was very cold that day. The liner really needs 10 deg. C to unwrap properly. I think there may be more than one leak, most likely where the sharpest folds are.

I'm going to need some warmer weather to fix it I think. I'll get a couple of friends over and see if we can stretch it out better. I expect I will be able to see the hole(s) once the liner is pulled out tightly.
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Sounds like a big job. It'll look great when it's done though.

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I might make a cardboard model of the deck/stairs/tub/screen. It sometimes has a way of showing up oddball problems before you build.
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Finally, after all these years, a door into the studio!

One pic from each side.

I need to do a platform and steps on the studio side. There is about a 12 1/2" step down.

Don't be alarmed about the big gap under the door. There is a layer of easyboard to go down, then the terra cotta tiles.
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Hey cocobolo, do you have any sandbags?

I was thinking that you could use them to divide your pond into 4 sections. The section that drains, has the leak.

That is, unless the sandbags are sitting over the leak. Even then, you'd have it narrowed down a little bit.

Just a thought.

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The liner was almost empty this morning, but now it is raining...again. Almost for sure the hole, or holes as the case may be, are right where the worst fold was. That is still just underwater, but only just.
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After the door was hung, I rounded up some cedar for the wall. Got this far by suppertime.
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