Monday, July 30, 2012

Monsoon Season

Monsoon season is on. It rained this afternoon and the Underground Carpenter staff took a walk in the light, warm rain.

There's only one downside to these pretty clouds. At night, I can't see stars through 'em.

Posted by Dave

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Solar Storm

I wouldn't touch this charcoal briquette with a 149,600,000 km cattle prod.

Cool, eh?

Link with more pictures.

Posted by Dave

Phase Two

Not all of my ideas work out. Case in point is my front door. I thought insetting it 2 feet (front wall is 2' thick) would shelter it enough from sun and rain. No go. The door, a fiberglass-skinned, insulated door is falling apart. The summer sun is high and the door is in shade here, as this picture shows, but the winter sun beats on it without mercy. And we get heavy, driving rains from the south that put in their licks too.

Ima fix that. Underneath these plywood protective covers are the holes for the footings which will support the new front entry cover. I'll pour the footings Monday or Tuesday.

Kevin at Arbogast Construction, in Mohave Valley, this last week welded my X-frames for the cover. Here they sit on my trailer. (They're upside-down.) Lots more pictures to follow in the next couple of weeks.

Posted by Dave

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Extending The Garage Aprons

It was always the plan to extend the two garage aprons.

The hardest part was digging down 6" into the densely compacted dirt. It took two days of picking the dirt out, molecule by molecule, with a 20 lb. digging bar and a shovel. The rebar was easy. I had loads of it left over from building the house. Just had to cut it to length and wire it up on dobies.

I don't have any pictures of the pour. Was kinda busy. My buddy Roger helped me pour and finish. This picture shows the forms stripped and dirt filled in. Now when I wash the cars the front wheels won't be in the dirt. Nice. It's the little things in life.

Posted by Dave

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Choices In Shelter

BULLHEAD CITY — The plastic female nuts on supply lines to fixtures such as sinks and toilets are becoming a serious problem in Bullhead City plumbing fixtures.

“In some cases, where the people weren’t home when this occurred, it’s destroyed the whole house,” said Larry Adams, outgoing president of the Mohave Valley Contractors Association.

The association convinced Bullhead City to amend its Residential Code.

News Link

Wow! Such a serious problem that "building officials" changed their rule book. Now Johnny Building Inspector can crack heads if he sees any of those dangerous plastic female nuts. Meanwhile, no action is taken on this minor inconvenience:

Every goddamn week, here in the armpit of Arizona, one of these fully-approved structures burns, usually to the ground. Lives, both human and pets, are lost, wealth is destroyed, and yet the only thing that warrants changing the building code is an occasional problem with plastic nuts .

Re the recent Colorado and New Mexico forest fires that burned countless homes, here's a re-enactment of disaster-in-the-making:

Wife: "It's beautiful here! Let's build a home right here in the middle of all these flammable trees."

Husband: "Great idea! And we'll build the house out of flimsy, flammable sticks!"

Or the tornado-alley, hurricane-alley version:

Wife: "Let's buy this land where a tornado blew all the homes off their foundations."

Husband: "Great idea! We'll put the double-wide, made with flimsy, flammable sticks, right where the old double-wide used to be."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I hold out no hope whatsoever for the Republic.

Posted by Dave