Welcome again free folk of Middle Earth. It’s not easy hanging in there this time of year I know.
Thanks for hanging in there!
Like I said said last winter, hell isn’t hot. It’s cold….Really cold, and we’re getting hit with negative 2 on the Fahrenheit scale people. I mean it’s brutal. Really brutal….. and on top of that the wind is gusting up to 45 miles per hour. I think the real feel temperature is supposed to be negative 45 degrees.
So I went over to the house Saturday to dig out if you will. Man I had no idea how much snow fell while we were away. I guess I just didn’t pay much attention to the walkway at my house but over at Hobbit Hollow there has got to be at least 20 to 24 inches of snow! As the English would say, “Bloody Hell!!!” Well…I think that’s what the English would say. There were mostly English people at the resort we stayed at on Antigua. Hence the Englishman reference. Actually there were some Italians as well. I’m trying to think of a Super sod refain that would go well here but I’m having a bit of a writer’s block. Oh, well. (I’ll think of something for the next post I assure you!)
Like I was saying I spent two and a half hours plowing and digging everything out on Saturday and was pretty depressed about our prospects moving forward. I drew a complete blank Sunday while trying to write a blog post and came up with nothin’. Nothing of any substance anyway. That’s why there was no post.
Monday was Presidents Day here in the States so I had the day off. Another brutally cold day, but I headed over to the house after it warmed up to a balmy 15 degrees around 12:30. I actually got quite a bit done if I do say so myself. The weather being the way it was and all. I had a bunch of little stuff to do which is always kind of annoying. The little stuff is annoying let’s just be 100% clear. I brought my new I-Pod with me, that my children bought me for Christmas, and got some tunes rolling and that really helped.
Before I get to what I worked on just a quick picture of the site when I got there Saturday.
Anyway, I had to start off with additional snow removal and then I fixed two 4×8 sheets of styrofoam that weren’t sitting flat on the gravel. I had to pull up each sheet and then re-screed the gravel underneath them. It actually took a lot longer than I thought. Every time I thought I had it right I would replace the sheet of styrofoam and retest the fit. The old trial and error method. Tedious….very tedious. I got it in the end and everything looks good now.
I also, for some strange reason, decided to leave out a small strip of styrofoam right along the edge on the North side. Of course it is now filled with snow so I put my snow removal hat on and took care of that next. Then I proceeded to cut and fit four inch thick styrofoam into the cavities that were there.
I tried a couple of different ways to cut the 4 inch thick styro, here’s what I came up with. Snap a chaulk line on the styro and then use a skill saw to score cut it. Once this is done snap it off by fully supporting the styrofoam just off the cut line and just giving it a good shot if you will. Once this is done use a sawzall to trim the piece nice and flush. (Usually the piece wouldn’t break off perfectly square.)
I had a nice little station set up to do all this. Check it out.
Okay it looks like a bit of a mess and it was. I’m not giving myself points for neatness here people we just want to get it done. Hobbits aren’t supposed to be working in this kind of weather to begin with.
So all I’m left with is some miscellaneous patching around the pipes and then we are ready to install our air barrier! This will be interesting. Hopefully the weather will be decent this coming Saturday.
Like I said before thanks for hanging in there.
Stay warm and enjoy your week!