Thursday, September 29, 2005

Final version of the garage plans... maybe.

The lights in these pictures will actually be fluorescent, but "3D home architect" only has track lights :-)

Monday, September 19, 2005

"Green" Tree House, er uh... I mean Stand

This is a tree stand built, by Hovak and friends, from "scraps" I had left over after cutting the boards for the garage. Crooked, wet, undersized, with bark... PERFECT!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Old Jed's a millionaire

Water Found!

82 feet deep @ 15 Gallons Per Minute :-)

Water Soon

Well, the well guy showed up today. I should have water soon, hopefully very soon $$$ :(

Notice the ladder in the last shot. I couldn't resist a few aerial photos. Let me tell you it's higher that it looks!

The first picture shows the approximate location of the house. The area above the backhow needs to be cleared for the garage and leech field.

The trees on the ground were all dropped by Dave so that I could have a little sun, although the moon rises have been pretty nice too. I should probably clean up those trees before the snow falls :(

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Trusses for my 28 x 60 garage

Well after many nights reading the New York State code requirements, tons of calcuations, and numerous discussions with my architect, I have come to the realization that I cannot cut my own wood for the roof. Being in the Tug Hill region means that my roof must support 70lbs per sq foot of snow! I would have to cut monsterous rafters, or put in supporting posts all over the place. So... I made the call to the truss engineers and ordered 44 scissor trusses. This will give 12+ foot high ceilings in the middle of the shop and no center supporting beams. Is the garage excessive, yes, but it will also serve as my apartment as I build the main house. The bedroom will make a nice wood shop or spray booth down the road. I wonder if anyone else has 240v outlets in the bedroom :)

Saturday, September 10, 2005


No word from Niagra Mohawk Power Company yet, so I got on ebay and picked up a generator.

Monday, September 05, 2005


Well hurricane Katrina provided the most rain I've see so far since I bought the property. Everything looked good except the low part of the driveway. I had planned on a culvert and a couple a feet of fill to raise the driveway through this low part, I just haven't got around to it yet :-(