catch up with me, while i catch up with the world
And just what am I up to now? LOL Been busy as hell the last few days. There are only a few months before the weather starts to turn cold, and I am not (was not) prepared for it other than having a wood stove for the camper. Well, I had a couple of other issues that needed addressed as well, so in my usual fashion, It was time to kill a few birds with a buckshot load of energy.
First thing I needed to do was clear some trees for sunlight issues. I was able to get a decent amount of sun for keeping the batteries tended, but only by cutting into my usage. I was down to only using the laptop every other day and even then, I was dipping the voltages far lower than I would like. So, down come three trees, move the RV forward about 25′, and re-level, then do something with those trees.
The above posts are not from those trees. Those are from a mess of Locust trees that were downed by a local mining company about 5 years ago. My Dad and I went out and picked up the whole lot of them but those 4 were cut to certain lengths for use as posts, not firewood. The intent here, is a woodshed. Not a huge one mind you, but measured out, I estimate that it will hold 2 cord or near enough to say boo about it.
So far so good. The only power tools in use are an impact driver for the screws (yeah, Try and drive a nail through seasoned Oak planks into Locust posts. Go ahead, I dare ya!) and a chainsaw. Y’all remember my Compound miter chainsaw from Texas and the water tower right? Well, its back in service for this job, but most cuts are pretty straight forward.
The top is all oak, poplar and something else, but haven’t figured it out. The sheeting, that you can kinda see in the next pick is from an old above ground wading pool that someone pitched on the side of the road. I hate it when people do that, but hey, it didn’t stay ‘trash’ for long, nor on the side of the road either.
There it is, I am working on leveling the area under cover and then will put gravel there. You can kinda see the woodpile I started from those oaks I removed earlier as well. (it’s behind that smoke in the pic)
The smoke you see is a godsend. Gnats are the worst pest in the world and they always want to be in your eyes. That little smokey pile of old bluejeans and green cedar branches is the key to getting work done out here. As long as that is smouldering away, no gnats, no mosquitoes, no sandhornets, no BUGS! It makes for a productive and safer day. You aren’t swatting at bugs with tools in hand.
Now. Here is the real point of the post.
Cost of woodshed.
Wood, salvage or tree timbers that only needed cut.
Roofing material: Scrap
Well, I will be honest, there are a couple of costs. Fuel hauling the wood, and the fuel for running the chainsaw. The rest of it is all labor. Not counting the gathering and sorting process, total time on the shed is roughly 10 hours.
And I didn’t need to get permission to do it! (and lets be honest, why is it, that we should have to ask permission to build on our own property anyway? And for those that want to argue the ‘merits’ of it, please hold your tongue, as your arguments will only show how beholden you are to the whole myth anyway.)
So, its back to swingin’ an ax and sawing up more wood. But I have to say, God bless chainsaws. I can’t even imagine cutting down trees without one. (and it blows my that they did it without chainsaws not even a hundred years ago! Truly tough people then. Much tougher than us nowadays.)