Sunday, September 13, 2009

And now for another time drain

People have been emailing me or calling to ask what is going on. They have been asking why no blog posts, no trailer work. As I told them, I am busy. I am working hard. Unfortunately, the work I have been doing is keeping me from my Aistream life.
We (me alone with no support except Beth saying "When will this be done or that") put an addition on our house two summers ago. It was a major undertaking for me working all alone. The project of course evolved into the other major project. The first was residing our house. A house built in the 1870's did not use insulation or sheathing. That coupled with termites and carpenter ants made the project into a summers worth of evenings and weekends. The addition left our patio and out door entertaining area torn up and non existent. A large deck with a roof over part of it was always part of the plan.
So a couple of weeks ago I began using my evenings and weekends to build a deck. My neighbor came over while I was laminating the curved outside beam. He was scratching his head and asking me "why can't you do things like normal people? Decks are square not curved".

Well, he is right. I just cannot seem to do things like normal people do. I wanted a deck that is unusual. I have worked with wood for many years and curving a 36 foot long beam is child's play. Why not make it something fun?
So the idea of a curved deck has been in my head for two years and I made it a reality. Looking at this photo, I cannot help but notice that the shape is half of the interior profile of an Airstream.
I have all the decking down and trimmed off to the curve it should be. I am now working on the joists for my roof area. The roofing material will be galvanized metal like all the porch roofs in Texas. I look forward to sipping my cocktail and listening to the rain fall on the metal roof. Hopefully this project will be done soon and I can go back to working on aluminum.


TomW said...

I like the curve.

Any steam involved in the bending?


utee94 said...

"The roofing material will be galvanized metal like all the porch roofs in Texas. I look forward to sipping my cocktail and listening to the rain fall on the metal roof."

That is indeed one of the most beautiful sounds in the world, especially to those of us who live in areas that are commonly drought-afflicted.

Deck looks great, looking forward to seeing the finished product.


Brad Norgaard said...

Very nice work Frank. I see you already have the cooler in place. The aluminum will come in due time.


crowldawg said...

I feel your pain.
NICE job

Steve Vande Kieft said...

I love it. Anyone can build a square deck. Just watch a tv show to see how to do it in 30 min. or less.

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed with the rock on the hand truck. Gods man! Watch out for your toes!

I'm trying desperately trying to finish up the patio now... sand course, then bricks to go. Speaking of which...


TomW said...

Heh, heh - I noticed that rock, too, and wondered about who put it on the dolly. Since Frank didn't whine about the effort, I figure someone else did it for him.

He is middle-aged, and not the man he once was... :P

Just kidding, Frank - I'm ragging you.


Frank's Trailer Works said...

the rock weights 1283 pounds and I used a large lever and my middle aged back to lift that rock. I lost control of it three feet from it's intended drop zone. I did manage to wheel it 30 feet before loosing control.

The beam was made by laminating 3/4" plywood rips with epoxy, screws and lots of clamps. I laminated four layers to make a 4x 10 beam. It's true dimensions is 3 1/2"x 9 1/2" It took a gallon of epoxy, a quart of hardener, over a thousand screws, and five hours(alone) to build.

Anonymous said...

You lie!

I personally spoke with TomW and HE said that rock weighed no more than 1282 pounds.