I did write another post before Xmas but that was the night of the big storms here in the Port Macquarie region and in Sydney. Not long before the power went out and the internet down (I use mobile internet here, no fixed connection yet), I sent the post. However, somewhere in the ethernet, things must have already died, so it was lost in transit.
I am now back in beautiful Kew/Lakewood/Laurieton so I will catch up.
Hope everyone had a great Xmas and New Year - I certainly enjoyed my relaxing time in Canberra. My New Year's resolution is to do more regular updates, so here goes.
The rest of the frames arrived after a couple of false starts. Also, large packs of beams, both steel and laminated wood, as well as fasteners of various kinds, props and more.
My mate Joe from Canberra had called by on his way back from QLD helping renovate his brother's weekender in the hills behind Brisbane, ready for more hard yacka. But our friends from Canberra were waylaid by family and health issues, so it was just us two. After trying gamely to lift some of the larger frames, we realised we just couldn't do it with two. Many are quite tall because of the skillion roof and have heavy structural beams in them. The height also made them difficult to control as we tried to lift them.
So, being late in the day, we retired to the Metal Mansion (the shed) to ponder our dilemna over beer. As it was a big dilemna, we had a couple more. And retired to bed.
Next day, over brekkie and coffee, we scratched our heads more, but no brilliant answers came. I was feeling a bit despondent and wondering how I was going to get started. My other friends wouldn't be available until well into the New Year.
This bloke comes up the driveway in his ute, steps out and says "g'day, was just passing and saw what you were doing. Need help with anything?"
It turns out Mick had lots of experience in the building game. Though not a tradie, he's self-taught and had worked on various projects over many years. Mick does small and medium size building and general maintenance jobs, all by word of mouth. One of those knockabout people who can turn his hand to most things. So we chatted for a while, and I said I would think about it.
Lacking any other options, I rang him later that day, discussed a few things and agreed to hire him and a mate the next day.
Bang on time, Mick and Trevor arrive next day. Progress at last. We started with the granny Flat, just finding the right frames and placing them near where they would be stood.
Turns out Joe is also an enthusiastic and proficient stapler of waterproofing strip to the bottom of frames!