Bloods & Cribs, Jacks & Wedges

It was a mallet and hoe kind of week.

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Pret and I were, ostensibly, the only ones present at The Jones River project the last few days.

But as things progressed, we were joined by Jack…

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You load (a 15) ton (jack) & what do you get / Another day older and deeper in debt…

 

And Pine…

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Pine graciously offered to let Pret and I take her boat for a spin on the Jones.

 

and the neighborly Peter Follansbee, who paused for a moment, in between panels and posts.

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I like the set of your teeth. The saw’s all-right too.

 

Even the Tide came and went–

–and then came again.

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Gilligan!

 

To fix a frame, it’s necessary to transfer the weight of the building from one place to another. Blocks of 6 x 7s–built up mindfully from the muck–can accomplish remarkable things.

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It’s really a building within a building.

 

We fabricated beams from 2 x 8s to carry and transfer the load.

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And with 6 jacks below…

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And a few closer to the rafters…

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Jack has that Festivus-vibe going on. Maybe it’s the red and green.

 

…we were ready to crank the jacks and lift the roof–

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–shims and tims (locks) in place.

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Outside, we removed a little trim and sheathing.

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Sky rockets in flight.

 

In such an open build, we needn’t lift but a few inches before we could replace the “gently used” wall plates–

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The ol’ plates had seen their share of launches.

 

–with new material.

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Modern 2x4s are smaller than those milled 100 years ago. I blame the recession.

 

Speaking of new material, Day 4 drew to a close with Pret’s favorite game, “Plant the ear-worm”:

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Hi Dave? Pret here. Just wanted you to know that it’s been a delightful afternoon. You might say, an AFTERNOON of DELIGHT. Rick was just remarking on the sky-rockets in flight.

 

Speaking of launch, it’s noon. Until next time…

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http://jonesriver.org

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2 GREAT SHOWS COMING UP–

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Put down that drumstick.

Banish your tryptophan stupor.

See former Pilgrims show their shins, move their hips, and use swear words melodically!

Here’s something to add to your post-Thanksgiving menu:

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If you find yourself in the vicinity of the Plymouth, Mass area on Saturday, November 30th–hie thee to The BBC to see The Gobshites. Peter’s band is internationally renowned and kick-ass. They hardly ever play drinking songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2DDqO0nbzA

Plus, it’s a GREAT cause.

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Or, on the same night, head to the New World Tavern to see The Dinghys. There, you’ll see Pret working a banjo like nobody’s business. Click on this link to hear the band and see sawing in the sawpit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7uJ4UPQLNw

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2 shows, 1 night, plenty o’ fun.

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2 thoughts on “Bloods & Cribs, Jacks & Wedges

  1. John Wolf says:

    I see from the pictures that I have really been scrimping with the cribbing while working on my barn. I’d better re – think that!

    • Rick says:

      Hey John, Pret has told me that building cribbing and moving buildings is one of his favorite things to do. It’s clear working with him that he has a special genius when it comes to this. He can see about 50 steps ahead before he sets a single block down or cranks a jack. It helps that, like other geniuses, he can’t help but visualize and fine-tune the process a hundred times in his head before we drive a single wedge. He always errs on the side of too much and redundancy, rather than too little or things left to chance. As always, good to hear from you!

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