Oh, T. I thought we were friends.

I have found the heaviest thing in the world.

Why did he think he wanted this? What did he plan to do with it? Was it only a practical joke on me, that took its sweet time paying off?

Whatever, it’s outa there now. And so is this damned thing…

Funnily enough I thought that pole was going to be the hardest thing, being not only heavy but also too big around to properly grip. But it’s short enough that I could end-over-end it to where I wanted it to be.

Once the trailer was loaded I could have a look at that old fuel tank rack. Landlady has wanted it gone for a long time. This one is bolted together rather than welded like the other one and I brought WD-40 and big wrenches in hope I could unbolt it rather than cut it up – but I was unable to unscrew a single big square nut from a single rusty, painted-over bolt. Couldn’t even budge most of them. So I need to look at a plan B. Wonder if I could winch it into the trailer intact?

You want to see something pretty?

Probably looks like an eyesore to you, but to me it’s beautiful wealth. There’s easily enough wood there to stuff my shed full three, maybe four times. My winter wood consumption varies from year to year but I’ve never yet used enough to empty the new woodshed in one season.

Sounds silly, I know – unless you’ve sat in your overcoat waiting for your heater to flame out on the last few molecules of propane or kerosene, not knowing where the next hour of heat will come from. Call me paranoid but I’ve learned in the worst possible way that some forms of paranoia are good. You can never have too much stored food (not just beans and rice) or heating fuel or wall insulation or ammunition.

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9 Responses to Oh, T. I thought we were friends.

  1. Ben says:

    Wealth indeed. At your present rate of firewood consumption, that pile could possibly last you five years! Now if you could just convince the pack rats to cut firewood as rent for their condo. Could you trade them in on beavers?

  2. Eric says:

    That piece of angle iron looks to me like the makings of a real nice target stand.

  3. billf says:

    Wow,look at all that firewood !! You’re sitting pretty !

  4. Desert Rat says:

    It looks like you could drill out the two bolts on the bottom of the crosspieces on each side, and fold the stand into a more compact unit for transport. If you had an old axle with wheels, you could even turn it into a temporary trailer for the drive home.

  5. When we heated exclusively with firewood I used to say that I’d rather have firewood than money. Looks like you are rich rich!

  6. jabrwok says:

    On a completely un-related topic, I found a new project for you! (because I know you’re always looking for new projects:-D).


  7. Edward says:

    Joel, that u channel or I beam has “extend my porch another 8′ “written all over it, or it can be the single support for the roof you plan to build over the existing porch. I keep major bits of steel like that, never know when you can use em. Shove it under the lair for future consideration. As to the other material, is there enough to build a windmill? I happen to have a spare DC motor laying around here somewhere, wind turning it makes a generator. Sun + Wind = more power capacity..

  8. Judy says:

    jabrwok – Good use of a stock tank!

  9. Norman says:

    RE: recalcitrant bolts/nuts – either a good metal cutting blade in the cordless recip saw to de-head the bolts (the Milwaukee “Torch” blades are quite good), or a bit of hammer and chisel work on the nuts to get a split, then drive the bolts out. It would require an air compressor (and, obviously, a pneumatic hammer) but air chisels make very short work of splitting nuts.

To the stake with the heretic!