5-5&6-12 in NR


Well this is my latest and one of my largest splitting engagements so far. This guy had three huge trees down and had them all dumped in his driveway,relying upon my representations to him that I would split it. My guess is it’s 15 to 18 cords of wood.

 

 

Can you believe it?  One is tempted to say, by way of hyperbole, that it  is a “ton” of wood. However, it is actually probably closer to six or seven tons, as it is three large trees, branches and all.

Well, I will do it, even if it takes me all summer and into next fall. There’s not enough room to build a wood house, although the neighborhood is swarming with little children who would love to have the huge edifice that could be built with all this wood.  However, several neighbors have strolled by and indicated a willingness to take  some of the wood, which is good because there is no place to pile it. The homeowner can take about a cord, but  the other 14  to 18 cords will have to be parceled out among the neighbors and I may be reduced to putting it on the curb to be taken by strangers.   If the neighbors become saturated with firewood then, with the homeowners permission, I may put the address on this blog and any followers can come by and grab some.

By the way, here is  one of my little spectators,who pedeled over from his house to watch me split.   He  is the  five-year-old kid who lives at the house where I  built that good sized  wood house, described in my last dozen or so posts.He lives just around the corner and  was delighted to see me reappear, since he likes to watch me split for 10 or 15 minutes  and pepper me with questions such as, what color sweat band bandanna   will I be wearing on my head tomorrow,and then speed off on his bicycle with his little pals.  I must confess I get a big kick out of these little kids because, my own grown-up kids obstinately refuse to give me any grand children, and so I must content myself with these temporary stand-ins.

 

Stamford House 4-21-12


This is the finished house, my latest one in Stamford. I draped a nice brown plastic tarp over it for a roof but have not yet tied it on. I will do that next weekend it rained on Sunday so I did not doing splitting on Sunday. I finished off building the house and put the tarp on on Saturday, the 21st.

 

And here it is from the back.  Not a particularly large or elegant house but more fun then just stacking the wood pile after splitting it.

 

I did have enough wood after all for a little  wall in the middle of the house separating it  into two rooms.  It’s always a little hard to make out what is what, when  looking into one of these houses since all the wood seems to blend together. Here is a picture of the interior wall.

 

Here is a final picture of one of the two little rooms. As you can see the room is really small.  Since the interior wall is built out of firewood, it is pretty thick, 18 to 24 inches, thick and takes up a lot of room. You can really only have rooms of any reasonable size  inside wood house that is  16 or 17 feet wide. This one was only about 14 feet wide.

 

 

The Stamford House, Continued 4-15-12


Well, looks like there will be enough wood for  a small house after all and, possibly a dividing wall, allowing two rooms inside.

 

As you see I have the four walls finished . And have built a  peak on one end. I have left the doorway, of course, and  will build a peak  on the other wall, opposite to the wall that has the peak on it now.

 

 

That board that you see on the top of the doorway is to support  the wood that I will put on that wall  to make the  second peak. That  board came out a piece of furniture that we threw out, that had some shelves in it that  I saved, knowing that I would need for something just like this.

Another house, in Stamford


This is one of the people that heard my interview on the radio and heard that I would split wood for free and gave me a call. I usually don’t like to go as far as Stamford but I didn’t have anything closer once I finished that nice little house in New Rochelle on Forest Avenue. It looked like it would not be enough wood for a house, but once I heard that there was a child, enough room to build a house and interest in having one,I reconsidered and thought I would try to build a small one. Here is the  first couple of days work:

 

 

 

Here are the logs  left to split.  It  looks like it will be probably enough for a small house . I don’t know whether we will be able to put any rooms in it. I doubt it.

14th and last day 3-25-12


The roof is now completely tied on. Here are couple of views,

This is a view of the side of the house where the entrance is.. Notice that instead of tying the grommets of the tarp through the logs as I did around the rest of the house, I have suspended small logs from the  grommets at the end of the long slope down of the roof, to maintain tension to try to keep the tarp rigid so it won’t collect pools of water during a rain.

 

Here is a view from the entrance up along the slope of the roof. I hope it is sloped enough so that the water runs off it.

 

Final picture of the front of the house. You can see a couple of logs hanging off the grommets to maintain tension on the tarp. You can also see a couple of the decorative “feet” in front of the entrance door, similar to the statues in front of ancient  temple doorways.

13th day 3-24-12


Okay, this is the last weekend. I just have a little bit to add. I have made the entrance passageways two one half turns, with  right turn in the middle of the third one. with a little entrance way which I haven’t completed yet.

 

12th day 3-18-12


Just about finished now. We put on the tarp roof, because I got it from Northern Tools where I ordered it from. It is  16 x 20′ ,just big enough to cover the house. (And my favorite camo design. Notice how it blends in with the background, virtually concealing the wood pile.) The house isn’t quite finished yet, but I wanted to fit it on. We tied it down on one side where the house is finished, on the right, but not yet on the left, because I’m still

 adding to that part.

 

 

11th day 3-17-12


Getting close to the end here, the log pile is diminishing. Amost time to put on the roof,but I have about a cord and a half left and I am determined to add it to the house by continuing the winding entrance. However, since  little boys might have to get out of the house in a hurry, for example if their  mom calls, I made an emergency exit out the back by pulling down a few logs from one of the walls and having the boys build up the stairway inside (I couldn’t get inside myself to build up the stairway.)

Notice how the passageways leading into the front are winding around. It first  goes to the left then it goes to the right before reaching the front door. I’m trying to make each wall a little lower, so that the tarp on the roof will slope down and the rain will run off and not pool on the tarp, even though that means crouching down a little lower as they enter, but they all are pretty small anyway.

This is the inside of the first passageway. The front door is just to the right.

10th day,3-11-12


Just added some work on the passageway, turned the corner and started going down parallel to the first passageway.

Not sure whether it is apparent, but I am trying to make the wall at the end of the passageways (parallel to the end peaked wall of the house) slope down slightly and the walls of the passageway (which are parallel to the side wall of the house) slightly lower than the wall of the house,all with the objective of providing a slight slope for the roof tarp, starting at the peak of the house and sloping down to the furthest outside passageway, which I still don’t know where it will be, since I don’t know exactly how much more there will be to split.

As you can see here the passageway comes down from the front door and then makes a U-turn and will start going back up again. I don’t know how far.

Here is a view of the logs remain to split. I think it will take me about three more days because it looks like one and a  half cords. That means finishing the wall that I have started on of the second passageway and probably making one more turn

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9th day, 3-10-12


The house is just about finished at this point but not the log pile. So, I am continuing to split, since I will finish off the log pile,but I will build passageways in to the front door of the log house for as long as the logs last. I was thinking about whether I would cover the passageways or just  cover the  log house with the tarp, and I decided to try to cover the passageways.

The problem is, one cannot stretch a tarp out flat because rain and snow will pool on it and eventually break through. So I am going to have to make the passageways lower and lower to create a “pitch” from the top of the house down to the outside wall of the furthest passageway so there will be a slope for the rain or snow to slide off.I measured the house and it is 14 feet deep by about 11 feet wide. However I’m going to get a longer tarp to cover the passageways one that is 16′ x 20′, camo, of course.(I ran this by the lady of the house, since my wife doesn’t like camo tarps, thinks they look too military.)I should get the tarp later on this week and then we will put it on next weekend. The kids will be excited.

I also decided that, since these passageways leading to the front entrance are going to be long and involved, there should be a back door out of  the house. It’s a little late now to decide on that, since the house is already built. What I will do, however is, in the little room the furthest away from the front door I will take down a foot or so of the wall and throw a bunch of pieces of split firewood inside for the kids to build a ramp part way up the wall so they can climb up and creep out. Then, at that point, the back exit point, I will not fasten down the tarp. Everywhere else it  is tied down by the grommets on the tarp. This has to be or the wind will blow it away.  Where the tarp flaps over the back door, however, I will not tie it, but hold it down by tying it small log on a rope  attached to one of the  grommets on the tarp,so it will hang down, but can be lifted up.

above you can see that the house is completed but there is a passageway leading along the left-hand wall of the house to the front door.

 

This is a little closer view of the passageway. On the left hand side of the picture you can see a block at the end of the passageway where it will make a right angle turn.

this is the end of the first passageway and I am building  another wall out from the wall of the house to make a right angle turn to start the second passageway.

this is looking down the passageway from where  door to the house, on the right,to the end of the passageway.