Monday, January 19, 2009

The Boardwalk

Our recent snow dump has left us with a huge pile of slowly melting snow out front of our house, it being the convenient place to plow it DCP_5692 all up into at the time. A result of this is that we have mud, then it freezes, then we have mud, and more mud as frost heaves mix it up a little more.

Since we have to deal with this until the snow melts which at its current rate will be sometime in June, we decided to get a little inventive and build a boardwalk over the worst of it.

The boardwalk is constructed of an old unsafe ladder that I had promised to deal with and slats from old pallets left lying around by our local commercial enterprise. TS of course did most of the heavy lifting, but it was a joint venture overall :)

All together we figure there is about four dollars real money invested in it in screws and 1 spruce 1x4x12. The area between the boardwalk and the house we have cleaned out so I can build a small greenhouse to help us get the season started, I’ll post more on that as it progresses.


What we started with..

TS cutting the metal strap that runs down each leg of the old ladder..

Initial fitting..

JJ cutting the cross slats (thats “Cy” from the cylon contest hanging in the background :) )..

Preparing the ground….


Operational… (we’ll do the corner next…)

Good Ol’ Canuck Quality

More tool stuff….  Figured I’d take a couple quick pictures of my  DCP_5664favorite tape measure. I have a few, and I only use the others when I need something longer than 12 feet as this remains the easiest to use, most dependable tape I’ve used since I picked it up off a bargain tool table for about three dollars sometime back in the 1970’s :)

DCP_5669 You’ll notice the proud “Made in Canada” notation both on the case and the tape itself, but the real reasons this gets used so much is the 16” easy mark red notations for on center stud marking and the red feet/inches marking making it easy to read as opposed to having to translate the inches after the fact.DCP_5668

Notice its only feet and inches which should mean I can’t use it, but I grew up with feet and inches and the switch to metric here in Canada happened after I’d learned imperial. And of course almost all lumber is still measured in imperial here in Canada.