Sunday, March 11, 2012

Short day today

Didn’t get as much done today as I’d hoped, but still managed to wire up and lay half a course. Having two of the boys with me is at once a hindrance and a help - they cooperated in making up some wire ties for me very well, but on the other hand I’ve had to set up the tent for them, cook them dinner, get them sorted for bed, etc.

In addition to that distraction, we paid a visit to the boys’ surrogate grandmother, Jenna who lives a couple of kilometers away on the mountain. She’s just had a melanoma removed (successfully) and needed some help lifting chook and goat food, so we went for a visit.

So tomorrow it’s into it early to get the last of this course wired and laid, then figure out what I’m doing with the ligatures for the slabs above before I put down the last course.


It just occurred to me. These ligatures are L-bars which extend horizontally into the slab above the wall. How am I going to wire these in with 300mm lap on the stem bars AND get the top course of blocks over them? Something has to give - I’m not going to be able to reach down 300mm to wire the bottom of the ligatures through the blocks, and there’s no way I’ll be able to maneuvre the blocks over the bars.

Something to sleep on I think, with any luck a solution will present itself in the morning :)

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