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Old 06-24-2010, 08:08 PM   #1441
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Next came the dreaded job of actually getting the mortar on.

It's not exactly a world class job, but it's going to have to do.
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For weeks now, the woodstove has been sitting out behind the tub deck waiting for some kind soul to make some sort of base to put it on.

Nobody else seemed to be volunteering, so as I was in a let's-get-it-done mood today...

Here I have just raked the debris out of the way and tamped the ground with the super duper tamper.
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Four concrete blocks just fit inside the stove base...just!
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And finally the beast is in place.

Needs a good sanding down and painting with stove paint.
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If you are asking about the truss joists, that is OSB on both sides of 2 1/2" douglas fir.
From here I thought I might be seeing redwood. Couldn't tell!
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Next came the dreaded job of actually getting the mortar on.
It's not exactly a world class job, but it's going to have to do.
Fun! Ain't it?
Nothin' wrong with chicken war!

You probably know that adding some lime to the sand and Portland makes the mortar want to stand up vertically and makes things easier. The mortar is less likely to slump like that. I usually slam the mud to the wall after sprinkling a little moisture on the surface then use a roofing/framing square dragging the long edge along the floor and at the same time striking off the verticle curb with the other edge of the square.

Those things don't have to be purdy.
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Fun! Ain't it?
Nothin' wrong with chicken war!

You probably know that adding some lime to the sand and Portland makes the mortar want to stand up vertically and makes things easier. The mortar is less likely to slump like that. I usually slam the mud to the wall after sprinkling a little moisture on the surface then use a roofing/framing square dragging the long edge along the floor and at the same time striking off the verticle curb with the other edge of the square.

Those things don't have to be purdy.
No, I didn't know about adding lime. But next time I will...so why on earth didn't you tell me about this before I did it?

And don't even think of offering up the excuse that you didn't know I was going to do this today...

The square trick I did know about...page 216 in Byrn'e book.
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Just reading all of this and enjoying it very much... have to comment on the tile saw on page 77... I put the pump and hose in a bucket of water that is elevated outside the tray to accommodate the length of the plastic hose.. I always have fresh clean water going through the pump ... sorry but I never would have set it in the tray that seems to be collecting the dirty water... I just assumed it was to be outside of the tray and always used it that way... one big paint bucket upside down... another on top filled with water and a hose near by... works great just remember to keep the bucket topped up. Cheers and thanks for all your efforts in recording as well as doing the work Kathy

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I thought my comment would go to the page I was reading but no... sorry it is totally off the current topic. I have not visited for some time so am catching up.. I am sorry to have just dropped this in here.. still learning how to do all this.
Great day in Ladner today.. hope it was as nice where you are... cheers.. Kathy alias Simply Sal
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I thought my comment would go to the page I was reading but no... sorry it is totally off the current topic. I have not visited for some time so am catching up.. I am sorry to have just dropped this in here.. still learning how to do all this.
Great day in Ladner today.. hope it was as nice where you are... cheers.. Kathy alias Simply Sal
It was a terrific day here too, at least most of it.

Just click on "quote" and then add your words to that. It's OK, I know exactly what you're talking about.

We can't just leave a hose running here because of our extremely limited water supply. It's what we catch off the roof only...how I envy you guys with unlimited water!
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One of those unusual sunrises this morning.

Heavy cloud over Vancouver Island - about 3 1/2 miles distant - but a long low stretch of sun just clipping the shoreline.
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Barb has often asked about getting stuff moved to the island..and yesterday afternoon provided me with two opportunities for a demo.

The boat shown here has a drop down bow so that you can walk on and off the boat without having to climb over anything. It is 18' long with a 130 hp outboard.

Our friend Ab has used his boat to move literally tons of building materials to the island for his very large house!
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In a somewhat more sedate fashion, our good friend John uses this stripped out 24' power boat as a barge.

It can manage something around 5,000 pounds of freight at one go.

Here he has brought over a sizable load of lumber for Philip and Kelly at their cabin across the bay.

John usually stands in the barge and passes the lumber over the stern to the lucky recipient - in this case Kelly.

Kelly then passes it off to Philip who stacks the pile on his small deck made for the purpose of receiving lumber. That's the easy part.

After this, they have to move the whole shebang up the bank!
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I should have mentioned that they need a high tide to do this. There are very large boulders in front of their place...not something you could carry building materials over.
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Another of the smaller mundane tasks to clear up has been installing backing for the cedar strips going in the upper stairwell.

As the cedar is started on each of the tread sections, it needs to have some backing at the end of each of the small boards.

If not, the board will not follow the curve of the wall properly, but will fall out of line...as here.
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