Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Come-along? Come again?


When I say that we built our house, I mean that Mike and I were the ones who manned the hammer, pounded in the nails, and used the measuring tape and level. Yes, we had other people help, especially when it came time to hoist up each 20 foot, 4x6" beam.  The main construction, plumbing, and electrical work were our own handiwork. We've had some repair work to do over the last 25 years but I don't think it was any more than a commercially built home. A while ago, Mike discovered that the side wall of our A-frame
was separating from the front. This week,  Mike and a neighbor worked to fix the gap.

 The repair work started with a heavy chain and a "come-along", which is a pulley type hook and chain that you winch to tighten.
A lot of digging and chiseling concrete has taken place. My neighbor brought a tractor and I have heard rumors of a bull dozer coming tomorrow. The two of them also made a trip into Bryan/College Station to purchase a 4000 lb. come-along. The last I heard, the gap was down to about 2 inches (from 5 1/2!).
It has been extremely cold this week, for Texas that is. And, it has been raining lightly for 2 days. It won't deter them...
I'll just make a dutch oven full of something warm to eat and make a pot of coffee to sustain them. I'm thinking chicken and dumplings. What do you think?

I'll keep you posted.

6 comments:

Pam (Rose) Beeler said...

Mmmm. I should think that chicken and dumplings would do the trick ... though I must say I was not aware that one could wench a house back together!

Southern Comfort said...

Yes, it is easier to "winch" it though! Actually, it remains to be seen how well this method works. I'll keep you posted.

Pam (Rose) Beeler said...

Oooops ... yes, I meant winch, not wench. I actually do know the difference. ;-)

Pam said...

Nothing Mike enjoys more than a challenging outdoor project!! The weather has been less than pleasant though. We've had workers here installing siding, and the rain hasn't helped any. A big pot of chicken and dumplings should do the trick!!! That may be what I fix for supper now that you mention it lol!

Southern Comfort said...

Well, I started the "wench, winch" controversy by writing "wench" on my blog. I know better but I obviously wasn't thinking. Can you imagine Mike using a "wench"? I can tell you, it wouldn't go over well! I had my act together when I made the chicken and dumplings though because they were delicious.

KathyB. said...

I am catching up backwards, and wow! That really is quite a gap to repair. Your home must be all the more special since you and Mike built it yourselves.We built our home too with the help of family and friends. For some reason this makes our home actual 'family' and my husband and I often talk about selling and resettling closer to our sons but I don't think we will ever be able to part with our home, at least without some big prompting and grieving.