Friday, March 2, 2012


I suppose one of the jeopardies of owner-building for the first time and setting a self-imposed schedule, is that it’s really, really easy to under estimate how long it will take to get things done.

Case in point - how long can it possibly take to stack a bunch of concrete blocks on top of each other (without mortar!) and build a wall? Couple of weeks, tops?

Maybe it’s my mostly-hidden perfectionist side coming to the fore, or maybe it’s just that I want to do the job right, or maybe even I’m just crap at concrete lego but this job is taking way longer than I expected.

For example, now that I have all the steel I need to complete the wall I can get stuck into it. “It” being cutting the steel to length, positioning it in the wall, cutting tie wires and bending to shape, and wiring each bar securely in place. This is part of the job of building this wall which is so easy to underestimate - two hours have just been spent doing exactly this, (and I’d done half of the job with the steel I had on hand last week!) and not a block has been laid.

But it’s done now, and I can finally get stuck into laying these blocks and making the wall bigger!

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