On Monday I spent the morning taking care of some phone calls and adding to my database and then I headed out to the build in the afternoon. I started off with another coat of Borax on the poles (apparently, dressed timber can be called a post, less altered timber is a pole) to teach the borer and those termites a lesson or two and I'm glad to say there was no sign of life. Natasha has done a great job. They just need another pass to get rid of rough bits and then we can put them up.
Next up I managed to get up a section of ring beam that we had to pull down due to our altered ridge beam heights. That involved taking down 2 posts and putting up replacements at the new heights and bracing them to the floor. It was easier than I had expected to to get them up and get them level. The next part was a bit harder. I set about getting a 3.5m long ring beam up a few metres in the air without assistance. It was a slow process of clamping and running down the ladder, moving it and running up the ladder, inching the beam up and finally getting it into position. Alone I think it took about four times as long but I'm quite determined when I feel like it.
Tuesday. Ivan arrived early, hit by some random predawn enthusiasm he drove three hours and got to our place before I even had the porridge on! We headed out to start on getting the second to last ring beam up, and with two people it was a lot quicker. We are at a really cool stage of the build where most things we do have a visible effect on the structure. There have been stages where this is not the case and I'm appreciating it right now. Next we completed one section of the central ridge beam which connects to the ring beam and by hokey! It all works.
There was also a chance to get the poles up on to the floor, achieved by dragging them across the block behind the ute again. So then it was time for a timewarp, back to digging stump holes. OK, they were actually veranda post holes. Same job. But easier because we've already gone down there and eliminated the rock. I'm doing this because my database told me to. Thanks database!
One other thing. We have two new poles without names. What do you think?