We took a stab at pouring the foundation for the fence, starting with the electrical service wall. We finished the electric wall foundation and got about half way around the fence line when we got hammered with a few days of heavy rain. Seems that a tropical storm/hurricane passed by Honduras and we got the rain on the outskirts. Here are Armando and Abdiel mixing concrete for the foundations:
Everything looks crooked in the above photo, but it is just the angle of the camera. I straightened it in editing software, but the changes won’t transfer into WordPress.
During the rain, Armando and I spent two days in the shop welding and grinding a bunch of steel. We made a four-wheeled wagon to make it easier to move materials and equipment from our rental house and around the lot. Again, thanks to Bob H. for teaching me to weld back in Seattle. We also made an eight-foot square tent frame, but we still need to make it more stable by adding some angle braces. We’ll use the tent when I weld the fence together and when we dig and form the footings and columns for the house. Here is the wagon. It isn’t red, but it might be sometime in the future!
Armando and I noticed that the storm had passed, so we decided to put the first coat of stucco (repello, in Spanish, pronounced ra-PAY-o) on the electric service wall. Here are some progress photos:
Tomorrow we will put on the second coat of repello. I think we have decided to apply ceramic tile to the electric wall, and tie that tile into the decor of the house. It will give a modern look. The tile will wait until we choose the tile for the house.
OK, it’s tomorrow. Armando and I got the four wall sides repello’d before it rained. Here’s the fruit of today’s work:
Tomorrow we will tackle the roof and the two wall stub ends. I’m really happy with the results so far. I’ll post a completed photo in my next blog entry.
Oh, in case you didn’t recognize the reference to the 1969 movie Paint Your Wagon, it is one of Cynthia’s all time favorites. Adapted from the 1951 stage musical by Lerner and Lowe, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin play two unlikely prospector partners that share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town. The high point of the movie, according to Cynthia, is when Eastwood and Marvin sing I Was Born Under a Wandering Star. When I heard them sing, I wanted to say, “Who stepped on the cat’s tail?”
That’s all for now.