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Friday, December 2, 2011

Holidays are for demolition.....and I'm so glad you're mine

Ok, so now that's its winterish outside and  thanksgiving  is over we decided to make a nice comfortable  dome over  Delaware to make for a warm winter in the tundra.

Here Ken and Jen illustrate that even the most mundane tasks can be fun in a dome.  The goal for  this phase of the internal work on Delawares restoration is replace the carlins that hold up the engine room cabin.

To be able to access the carlins, sheer clamp, and deck beams the decks have to be removed . Preferably  being able to reuse the original material.
The right people for the job are definitively the A-Team apprentices as I like to call them. First they start out be putting registration lines so when they do go back in it not such a puzzle.
Then it is a matter of cranking some loud  classical or bluegrass and pick them bungs out. The bronze screws came out fairly easy, at least from my point of view anyway. Everything looks easier with a cup of coffee in your hand.



After the decking has been removed we can see the extent of work we need to be doing.
The carlin is not only rotten but has more scarfs in it than a  large gypsy family. Thats a lot, and it ruins the integrity of the deck and has made the cabin sag in the middle by inches. The sag then holds fresh water on the deck when it rains and rots things like deck beams and carlins.....oh what a vicious cycle.
Next time I'll explain the making of a carlin in place and how we plan to jack the house back into proper height. Until then, go work off those extra thanksgiving pounds.

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