Log Home Pictures from 2021, Part 2 of 2

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The following pictures make up a photo gallery of the 15-year-old Giant Sequoia trees. They are still pretty scrawny, but at least these eleven have survived this far.

4/28/21 This is Paul. You can see the copper funnel that takes the stub end of the green hose and dribbles water 20 inches into the ground. I got the advice from both my brother John and from Earl that irrigating the tree on the surface only encourages a shallow root system. With this new arrangement, I hope that the tree will seek out the water deeper into the ground. We'll see.

4/28/21 Brian. This poor tree is almost completely shaded all the time and is on a steep dry bank. I can't do much about the sunlight, but I have an irrigation hose that runs near the tree 24/7 from April to October.

4/28/21 Andrew. One of the scrawniest of the trees. It does get a little sun, but the ground is very dry. I tried in vain to water it using a ram pump but I gave up and now carry water to it in buckets nearly every week.

4/28/21 Bill. This tree is thriving and competing vigorously for second or third place in the tree growth competition.

4/28/21 Cam. Cam held a strong second place in the competition for many years, but lately its growth seems to have slowed and most of the lower branches have died. It looks like it is trying to grow tall instead of bushy, and I guess that is OK.

4/28/21 Dave. Dave has been the clear champion in growth all the while. Even though the competition is closing in, I think Dave will stay ahead of it.

4/28/21 Earl. This is another tree that hardly gets any sun. I also do not irrigate it but it seems to thrive anyway.

4/28/21 Ellen. Ellen had a sort of rough start and was pretty scrawny for the first few years. Lately, though, it has picked up the pace and is now a strong contender for second place behind Dave.

4/28/21 John. This is another tree deprived of sunlight and one that I do not irrigate. Even though it is pretty scrawny, it seems to be a survivor.

4/28/21 Larry. Larry, like Andrew is at a pretty high elevation, but it is more shaded. It never gets watered but it seems to keep growing, however slowly.

4/28/21 Dan. This tree might have a congenital problem because it can't seem to decide which of its branches should become the main trunk. Instead, branches will shoot out the side and get long, while the rest of the tree gets bushy but doesn't seem to establish a trunk. If I were an arborist I might know whether and how to do something about it, but I am not so I won't.

That is the end of the sequoia photo gallery.

4/28/21 This is one of the cedars I transplanted up on the bluff. It survived a direct hit from a big falling tree. I found it bent over flat under the trunk of a big tree killed by laminated root rot. Fortunately there was a gap between the trunk and the ground at this point that kept the cedar from breaking. As you can see, I cut a chunk out of the trunk and stood the cedar back up straight. I think it will do OK now.

6/2/21 Back on 9/19/17, a grouse had flown into one of the top front windows and cracked it from top to bottom. No glass fell out so I had just left it intending on fixing it one day. Well the day has arrived so I started work on the repair. That involved setting up a three-tier scaffold tower in front of the window so I could reach it. Here you see the tower set up and almost ready to go. It only needs a safety rail and it will be ready.

6/4/21 I was shocked to discover that it was the inside pane and not the outside one that was cracked. That meant I needed access from the inside which meant another scaffold system. Here you can see that I used the old system of brackets hanging from the log walls that I had used during the construction of the cabin. You can also see the crack in the window if you look closely, and you can see the nice platform on the outside with safety rope and all that now will be used to wash the outside of the window.

6/14/21 This picture shows the third scaffold bracket installed using a rope and a screw-eye block to lift it. The rope is visible in the picture but the screw-eye block is nearly invisible. It consists of a short 2x2 with a big screw-eye on the bottom. The end of the 2x2 is visible between the column and the log wall, but the screw-eye is hidden behind the column.

6/14/21 In this close-up, the 2x2 is clearly visible but the screw-eye is still hidden.

6/22/21 Here you see the tricky part of re-configuring the outside scaffolding. The original 3-tier tower gave me access only to half of the front windows. Now that those have been washed, the tower had to be moved. To minimize work, the strategy was to erect a tandem 2-tier tower using two frames of the original tower. Then, with a deck spanning both 2-tier towers, the outer frame of the 3rd tier would be removed and carried across the deck so that it could be set up to use to complete the 3rd tier of the new tower. Then the original tower could be dismantled leaving the new tower giving access to the rest of the windows. This picture shows that tricky maneuver of carrying that frame across the deck. You can see it resting on the deck and leaning against the central frame toward the cabin. It stayed that way overnight before it finally made it across.

6/30/21 This is the scaffolding I set up on the loft railings so I could install a light fixture above the loft stairs.

6/30/21 Here the light fixture is installed.

6/30/21 Here's another picture of the fixture, working, and the scaffolding removed.

7/1/21 Baseboards installed inside the living room closet.

7/9/21 Baseboards installed inside the curly fry closet. This is the last of the baseboards on the first floor.

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