For those that have been following along closely you might recall a gap in my posting and my mentioning of a trip to the cabin for spring break. I returned late last Friday after a week of mixed work and recreation with the girls down at the ranch. My main goal was to get more of the tongue and groove interior siding up at the cabin. When Tori and I were down there for Thanksgiving I got a big chunk of it installed on the west wall, and a big slug of tile work done. This trip started with about 400 lineal feet of sanded and oiled boards loaded in the truck, 10 gallons of water, grout for tile, a few sticks of window trim and 50 feet of roof drip edge flashing, throw in two eager children, one big fuzzy white dog, a 12″ compound miter saw, and a weeks groceries…and there was not much room left.
We left early Saturday morning and made the 6 hour haul in good time with good weather, we unloaded relaxed and popped a cold one…at least I had a cold one the girls had something a little more tame.
A bit after dark I noticed some slight precipitation, a little mix of some rain and sleet. I had left the chop saw on the deck and decided to bring it in. We routinely leave the cooler outside to prevent the ice from melting prematurely. Sunday morning we woke to about 3″ of snow, which was a complete surprise considering the T-shirt weather we had when we unloaded the truck.
A small stoking of the wood stove and the inside of the cabin was toasty warm in no time. After coffee and some snacking I dove right in with the siding for the East wall, since there were no complex scarf joints required I did all of the cutting with the 18 V Dewalt cordless circular saw. The batteries were swapped out and charged via the solar system and the 1000 watt inverter. Later in the week I would swap out the 1000 watt with the 2500 watt unit I had brought down over Thanksgiving. With the idea that it would power the chop saw for a few seconds of cutting every few minutes or so…way more convenient than firing up the generator. I had tried to run the saw before with the 1000 watt inverter but it fell just a bit short on power.
Next up was more siding on both sides of the “closet” wall. This wall went pretty fast due to the shorter sections, and also not having to slip them in behind the studs of the closet wall as I had to do for the east wall. A bit after lunch and the walls were looking sweet.
The wood stock was getting low, and it was apparent that more insulation would be needed to start on the south wall, we also noticed that we forgot mustard and ketchup for the hot dogs…a combined run into Taos was planned for Monday morning.