Now I just need twelve small bolts…

…and maybe then I can finish the Lair’s first coat.

There’s the scaffold…

…and there’s the reason I’m not up on the scaffold right now.

I promised to replace the platform in return for the loan of the scaffold. It wasn’t a selfless promise, because I ain’t standing on that ever again. Worried me to death the last time.

So I spent some morning work time making a new one. But since I’m still an acrophobe, I won’t be walking on it till it’s securely bolted to its frame. And that won’t happen till I can buy some bolts, which probably won’t happen till next Monday.

I could start on the lower second coat, but then I’d probably be out of paint again. First I want to put two coats on that upper front part, and get it out of my life for another two or three years.

So for now I’m fiddling with electricity and otherwise not accomplishing much on the addition.

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6 Responses to Now I just need twelve small bolts…

  1. Ben says:

    It’s a shame: If I don’t have those 12 bolts on hand, I could go get them at my local hardware store before you had a chance to drill all 12 holes for them. But that wouldn’t help you because we have our geographical differences.

    As they say, “Location, location, location”. Or, the tyranny of distance.

  2. Ben says:

    In the same way that handle you attached to the outside of the Lair adds safety by securing your ladder, a few strategically-placed eye bolts would ensure that scaffold can’t lean away from the Lair under your weight and dump you off.

  3. anonymous says:

    Man, that older scaffold appears to be termites holding hands, I’d be nervous too.

    What about wiring or tying the plywood in place ? Insert binding material into screw holes and cinch or twist wire tight to bind together. Its just holding the wood to the frame tight, not holding your weight, right ?

    Ben’s idea on the eye bolts sounds good to me too.

  4. Joel says:

    What about wiring or tying the plywood in place?

    Oh, I can do that. And given the window of beautiful weather we’re having on the last half of this week I may regret not having done so. But there’s also a bunch of interior/routine stuff that’s been getting shuffled aside, like wiring and baking and cleaning chicken yards and washing stumpsocks. And sometimes, this time of year, I kind of like to stop and smell the transitory flowers.

    Speaking of which, this has been a good year for them. I should do a wander, take some pictures and write a desert flower post, before the cattle amble along and eat them all.

  5. Mark Matis says:

    I see you cut the slots in it so it can be used as a backboard when the scaffolding collapses and dumps you on the ground from up on high. Very smart move!

  6. Judy says:

    You only need a couple more sections to be up close and personal with the front edge of the Lair. And eye-bolts is a good suggestion for securing the scaffolding to the building.

To the stake with the heretic!