We knew we had a big storm coming in last night, with a lot of rain, and wind gusts up to 50 mph predicted. We wanted to get at least the large open end of the area under our office enclosed before that hit to keep the plastic vapor barrier on the ground from getting blown away or covered with water.
After a quick breakfast of bagels yesterday morning, Terry and I set to work on that project. Well, Terry set to work. All I am is the eye candy, and I fetch tools and help carry things around once in a while.
The first step was building a frame out of 2x4s. Because the ground has a slope to it, the opening height is not uniform from one end to the other. After a lot of measuring, Terry began cutting the wood to the proper dimensions.
Then she started putting the frame together with screws.
It was a windy, chilly day and she was working hard to try to get it done before the storm hit. But at the same time, Terry always does things right, so she was not just slapping things together. She spent a lot of time measuring and measuring again, but that’s why when she does something, the finished results are always so good.
After building the frame she put in vertical 2×4 supports to give it added strength and rigidity. Once that was done it was time to fit the frame into the opening. That took some extra work because in a couple of places the ground needed to be leveled out a little bit, and we ran into an old broken section of pipe that was buried that we could not move, so we had to work around that. But we got it done.
Once the frame was secured in place with screws, the next step was to cut the metal roofing material into four sections using the Dewalt Metal Shear/Cutter. We found that it works very well on flat sections of metal, but it was giving Terry some grief when she would come to the ribs. However, after the first couple of cuts she mastered that.
After setting the first sections it was getting dark, and the first raindrops were starting to fall just about the time the last panel was screwed into place. Terry was tired, her knees were muddy from crawling around on the ground, and she managed to pick up a few new bruises in the process, but she beat the storm.
We certainly needed the rain, and Mother Nature cooperated, along with a pretty good show of thunder and lightning. I’m not sure if we have any more trees or branches down, but once the rain lets up, I need to go check things out.
I don’t know what I would do without Terry and her expertise in so many ways. I’m all thumbs when it comes to things like this, and she amazes me every time. She admits that sometimes she even amazes herself, and tells me that I have more confidence in her than she does. That’s because I’ve seen her do so much with so little so many times over the years. All that and she can cook, too! Yes, I know. I’m a lucky man. I’m the first to admit it.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Thought For The Day – After all the eating I did over the holidays, I’m happy to report that my socks still fit.