Barn door shenanigans

Apologies for the ridiculous break in posting but we have good reasons! 1. We went on a mini vacation with Mr. Nick's family to Utah, 2. We're still hanging T-111. It's just not that interesting. But, I finally found time to wrap up Part 1 of the barn door segment. We thought it was a great idea to build the barn door inside the barn because our surface is so flat (if you missed us pouring our concrete floor check it out here, but what we didn't count on was the door being so heavy we couldn't just muscle it out the opening (the door is 12.6' wide x 13' high and the opening is 12' wide and 12'6 high). What follows is nothing more than shenanigans. If you're unable to view the video click here >>

Here's Mr. Nick hanging our door a couple nights before we went on vacation ...

Setting your concrete forms

We decided to move forward with putting the concrete pad in because we knew we would have to do it at some point and by doing it now it gives us a stable base for doing all our vertical construction (rather than having to work on top of dirt, which becomes an especially big factor in the Pacific Northwest when we get into the rainy season). *Boring Alert* You will probably only enjoy these videos if you happen to be in the market for learning about a laser level, want to know how to put concrete forms up or just really enjoy looking at Mr. Nick.

How to set the posts for your barn

Visible progress! This weekend we dug the post holes, filled them with 10" of concrete and set the posts in them. We need to have them inspected before we square them up and back fill so right now it's kind of ramshackle but it's beginning to look like *something*. If you can't view the video, click here.

In case you're curious this video is set to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "40 Day Dream". Mr. Nick and I bought tickets to see them at Bumpershoot 2010 so we're pretty excited, finally the retun of the Rock Opera!

Conduit loop line, wrapping up the front trench

This weekend we finished up laying the power from the front of the property halfway down to the site where the transformer will go...about 350 feet of trench. Now that the conduit is buried with the rope running all we have to do is give the power company the go ahead to pull their cable through.

The power company would have done all the trenching ... for a fee, of course. We estimate that by doing it ourselves we saved around $1,000 ... not to mention all the great bonding time that you just can't put a price tag on <3

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Song Credit: Discovery performing "Osaka Loop Line"...how much do I love that they aren't one of those lame artists who mutes your music on youtube...rock on Discovery!

How not to chop down a tree


This weekend we are hiring a big excavator and dozer to come help us clear the back acre (we did the math and it was cheaper for the guy to come out and level the barn site then it was for us to rent the equipment, etc.).

The one place we can save money in the whole equation is by taking down two trees ourselves. I think it's important to mention that we're sad about losing two trees, especially the maple, but we spent a lot of time laying out the barn to take advantage of the pre-existing space...and this is the best case scenario.

We promise to plant AT LEAST two trees for every one we lost (including the accidental one).

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