Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A beautiful morning in Paradise...

A beautiful morning in Paradise...  Paradise, Utah, that is.  The photos below (click to embiggen) are from around our yard, looking south, southwest, and west, respectively.  Yesterday and today we're having a bit of a cold snap.  We had rain from yesterday afternoon through this morning (about 3/4" all totaled), and then it abruptly cleared and the sun broke through.  Looking west we can see the Wellsville Mountains, which got a fresh coat of snow during the night.  By eyeball it looks like the snow line is down to about 6,000'.  The Wasatch Mountains to our east are also dusted with new snow, but they're in shadow this morning and I couldn't take a decent photo of them.

I've had our home's heater shut off for over a month now, as the weather has been pleasant to a little warm (though the house stayed nice and cool). This morning when I woke up, though, the house was 46 °F – brrrrr! So I lit off the heaters to get it up to 65 °F, where it is right now.  Running the heater in late June is rather a new experience for me :)

The flooring guys have been working in the house for a week now.  The basement rooms (other than the cattery) are now floored in a beautiful hickory; they're all done down there.  They've now started on the most challenging room on the second floor: the TV room.  It's challenging for several reasons, but there are two particularly odd things.  First, there's a “ramp” about 3 feet long that rises about 2 inches over that length.  This ramp connects the main part of the second floor to the large TV room, whose floor is 2 inches higher than the rest of the second floor.  Wood floor systems are designed to be laid on flat surfaces, so this requires some ingenuity and cleverness.  The top transition is done and looks great!  The second odd thing is that we have a steel brace (for the end of a stair railing) that is about 3/16 of an inch thick, and has four lag bolt heads protruding about the same amount further.  The wood is 3/4 of an inch thick, which means that a carefully routed out matching hole in the wood should leave plenty of wood above it (especially if we fill the cavity with glue).  But this calls for some tricky hand routing.  They should be attempting this today...

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