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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Oz Posts Are Not Australian, But They Are Handy, Like Australians


Mikey and his buddy Tony are quite a pair. Tony finds great stuff at auctions, and Mikey buys some it for projects. Like these wonderful Oz posts that support our new, keep-me-from-expiring-in-the-heat shade cloth cover over the back porch. You just drive these things in with a jackhammer (or the tireless joints of a much younger man), set your metal post in the bracket and move onto the next post.

http://www.ozcobuildingproducts.com/Oz-Post.html

The first post was driven in on the previous weekend by our own mighty Mikey. It took about 20 minutes, including rest periods. Soon after, a decision was made to rent a jackhammer for the other 3 posts. Each of them took about 35 seconds each. Nuff said.


Here is a clip of Mikey using a jackhammer to drive one of the posts:

video


Here are the 4 metal posts secured to the ground by the Oz post ground anchors. A ledger board is attached to the house and a continuous loop of multi-strand wire is laced through eye bolts.
A slightly closer look at the wire loop. Carabiners in the corners allow the tension to be adjusted.
Mikey resting under the shade cloth after the fence post bit him. More on that in the story of the backyard gate. He is wearing an ice pack on his head.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Horse Shed Demolition - Stage 1

Last weekend, we started salvaging the wood from the horse shed that blew down last year. There is a fair amount of decent wood in that big, messy pile, so we just dug in and began to unscrew and de-nail the boards. It was very satisfying work until the temperature started to climb, and then it was just misery.

A bit of a mess.




OSB pieces in a less than satisfactory structural role.


Mikey likes to think about things before entering the fray.


There was lots of bending over.


A nice neat pile of reusable boards.
Yay! Phase 1 is complete!