sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Slower than Watching Paint Dry



The crew is hard at work early in the morning at the White Wolf Mine on Arizona's Mogollon Rim. As you will note, the roof trusses are going up this morning. (technically yesterday from when you'll be reading this) The building process is going ahead, all be it slower than watching paint dry. Dramatic elements like the roof trusses are good mileposts for measuring progress, and the steel roof will follow. The concrete siding has been ordered but it's pre-painted at the factory (and the paint has a 15 year warranty) so that won't arrive for another month.

Once it's 'weathered in', a lot of the scheduling variables are eliminated and, with luck, I'll be able to get some sort of realistic prediction for a completion date. At the moment it's all spitballed numbers, and I understand that.

The roof plan looks a bit complex because the southern half of the 5 car garage is higher to accommodate a two-post lift. When you live in the back of beyond, you must plan to do for yourself to the extent possible.

Bringing heavy equipment all the way up to the mine is ruinously expensive - to answer the question before y'all ask it. BUT it's cheaper in the long run to buy jigged, perfect roof trusses than to have Bubba-the-Framer guess and slap them together, leaving me with a leaking an unsound roof.

Meanwhile in other parts of the world, things are happening. The problem with that is that I don't care right now.