Construction Journal Entry Week of 5/10/20

5/11-15/20 I went up to Camp Serendipity for 5 days: Monday through Friday.

I arrived at 10:45 on a beautiful 62-degree day. I took my gear up to the cabin in one trip, hoisted the flag and moved in. Then I picked some dandelions, which I had just learned are good to eat, and added them to my lunch. Then I took my usual nap before I went out and checked on the sequoia trees. I brought five gallons of water up to Andrew.

Back in the cabin, I used a hand coping saw to cope the last section of railing to fit against the Grid C2 column. It fit pretty well on the first try but it needed more shaping.

On Tuesday, I rasped the rail section more until it fit snugly. Then I opened the joint fastening the over-easing to the main handrail. Then I re-shaped the face of the over-easing so that the joint lined up better. When I went to put the joint back together, I had one heck of a time getting the nut back on the stud. I tried the special tool with the rubber band, but I also made a couple other tools of my own, along with tape, and just using my fingers. After struggling with it for about an hour, I finally got it back together. The alignment was a lot better, so I guess it was worth it.

Next, I set up a jig with clamps and a 2x2 which allowed me to hacksaw the baluster that was too long because I had cut the wrong one when they were all out and accessible. Now this one was fastened at the bottom and I couldn't take it out to saw it. I had to cut it in place, so I made the jig.

When the baluster had been cut, I had my lunch and a nap. Robert called me just as I was waking up and filled me in on his activities and his health problems. He said he was going to scrap the jammer by removing the engine and then cutting the rest of it into three pieces so he could haul it away.

I gave Andrew another five gallons of water.

On Wednesday I rasped the end of the last rail section for an even better fit. Then I thought through the job ahead of me and wrote out a 29-step work plan. Then I had my lunch and a nap.

When I got up, I used up two batteries on the string trimmer and cut down all the weeds and brush in front of the cabin, on the trail to the top of the concrete stairs, and on the roadway up to the mixer. Then I took Cindy into the sequoia grove and pruned the sides of the trail. Then I brought five gallons of water up to Andrew.

When I got back, I called Earl and we had a nice conversation. Then I replaced the batteries in all three smoke detectors.

On Thursday morning, I did the first three items on my workplan before stopping for lunch and a nap. It was raining so I skipped bringing water to Andrew and instead did items 4 through 9 on the workplan.

On Friday morning, I brought another five gallons of water to Andrew and then did items 10 through 14 and 16 before I packed up and left for home at 1:30. It was another good week.

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