COMPLETED ROOT CELLAR

July 19, 2010

Monday

Linda

The root cellar build is finally completed.  Ronald, Vickie, and their grandson Paul came early this morning to put the final pieces of the root cellar together.

All Done

They installed R19 insulation batting in the rafters and then covered it with sheeting to make the ceiling. Then they put on the roof vent and gutters.   Ronald built five rows of 19″ wide shelves with 14″ spacing between the shelves. That will leave enough room to stack two quart jars on top of each other if I need to.  It’s a bit intimidating to look at all that shelving and wonder if I will be able to can enough stuff to fill them.  I think my few jars of pickles and conserve are going to look lost in there right now.  Ronald who is forever thoughtful, built me two step stools from leftover lumber so I will be able to reach the top shelves.

Empty Shelves

It will make it a whole lot easier than trying to climb the shelves like a monkey.  I think I might be too old for that anyway.  Might break a hip or something.   Last but not least the door was installed.  Now it actually looks like a building instead of a tomb.  The only thing Sonny and I will have to do is paint the ceiling and and the outside block.  Oh, and can, can,can….and hope and pray that our potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins do well.   I think the completion of the root cellar was a little bitter sweet for Ronald.  After all, it was him who has overseen and built every building on this property.  Don’t worry Ronald, you don’t know it yet, but I have a few more projects up my sleeve.

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Root Cellar project begins

June 14, 2010
Sonny

Footer and framing

Well the Root Cellar project has broke ground and moving forward.  Ronald had the Kubota backhoe operator out today to dig the footer and level out the location where the concrete will be poured.  Before they even got started they had to put in a 10′ x 8″ drain pipe in the water drain ditch in front and cover it up to allow the equipment to go across for access to the digging area.  On an earlier supply run they had already picked up the rectangle drain material that will be mounted inside the footer to allow for a good drain system. This drain box material is also installed on the inside where the floor drain will be located. The backhoe was able to do much of the digging but the far side turned out to be a problem not allowing the bucket to get into position.  After Ronald, Vicki and Paul did some serious digging they were able to finish.
Next will be adding some additional gravel and calling in the concrete truck to get the footers and foundation poured. They will also be pouring the Barn floor and entry ramp. Please Stand-By.

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