Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Halloween and Other Porch People

This is Jumpin Jack Flash. We welded him together a couple of years ago with steel rod frame, added a hunk of 2 x 4 for a neck, a recycled pumpkin head, pool noodles for arms, and some clothes. I had a problem getting his pants on, and had to open up the inner leg seams to dress him, then sit under him to sew his pants backup.

Friday, September 18, 2009

1903 Photo of our Front Porch

Imagine our surprise. The Iola Historical Society brought us this amazing photograph of our home c. 1903. Second left is our own Mabel Wrolstad, youngest daughter of Mathea and John Olson Wrolstad (builders/first owners of our 1893 Queen Anne). I'm guessing she's about 16 years old in this photo.

Below is the porch as it is today. Not much changed. I'm in the process of restoring the original 116 year old porch spindles (cleaning, patching with wood filler, sanding, replacing dowel ends). We refrabricated the two-piece railings to match original. When I finish spindles we'll re-assemble railings and build front steps. Later on I'll post photos as we complete the project.

Unfortunately the original railings are wafer thin, broken and decayed. Nonetheless we saved all those pieces and gave some pieces to grandchildren of the second owners.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Building the New Garage

I really know nothing about building a garage. And my words below fail to describe the building process. But, here goes . . .

Jon and Dad (Gale) are putting up the new garage this week. They've had some help from brother Willie, and friend Al a couple of days. Mom and I pick up nails, materials, and we sweep at the end of the day.
Mom and Al watch Jon up in the trusses, tying the trusses one to the other with a series of lengths of lumber.

The garage footprint is 28 x 48. The gable ends running north and south.

Willie and Al watch Jon up in the trusses. Later on Willie will begin nailing OSB Board on the roof. The 48' length of garage will be divided in half. The south end a modified workshop for Jon, and the north end two garage door openings.

Securing trusses together with a ladder type fixture (see fixture lying on the floor).

The bucket truck lifts trusses into place.

Putting up OSB Board on the exterior. Later long metal straps are attached to the side walls to add strength.

Jon coming down from the trusses.

Brother Willie helping install OSB board, while Jon attaches with nailing gun.

Preparation work was extensive before the garage could be built. Several trees were removed, tree stumps dug up and hauled away. Weeks and weeks of adding course fill, tamping, and installing floor drains. The concrete pad just below the truck is in front of a soon to be passage door.
Dad (Gale) drilling holes to mount wall section on the sillplate bolts.

Day 3--three walls are up!

Dad (Gale) drilling holes in the wall section.

Beginning the garage project.

Jon, Willie, and Gale attach OSB Board to the walls.

Gale attaching sillplate around perimeter of garage.

Earlier in August, pouring the concrete for the garage.