Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Scratch One Stump

Some of you may recall that some weeks ago, Lisa and I dragged a stump that had been dumped by the side of the street out of the area it was blocking (we feared a truck would run into it in the dark as it pulled in to park) to the front of our house. Today, Lisa got out the electric chainsaw and I wielded the splitting wedge and we set to work on reducing the stump to usable pieces.

Scratch One Stump

This work was slightly challenging at times. The tree stump is effectively a bunch of knotted wood, which makes cutting and splitting it difficult. However, we kept at it and when finished we had one wheelbarrow full of pieces of wood that will fit in the fireplace. I took it over to the "dog run" on the back of the house where we store cord-wood. We hope that having it sit in the sun this summer will season it sufficiently to give us a day or so of heat next winter.

Chainsaw Lass

Lisa takes care of the chainsaw, which has given us excellent value for money. We got it from the Bi-Mart in Stayton, Oregon, several years before we came to Nevada. We do not use it that often, but when we need it, it works well.

We took advantage of having the chainsaw out to cut some other pieces of wood we have here down to burning size. Some of the cord-wood we had bought was too big for the fireplace. Also, we had some long pieces of salvage wood that are usable as well. Waste not, want not, and these pieces were effectively free, aside from our labor in cutting them down to size.

After clearing the wood and resting for a while, Lisa drove us into Sparks, where we managed to find a piece of hardware that had eluded us in Fernley: a large-size level. Easy enough to find in Fernley, if you are willing to buy Chinese. We found one that suits what Lisa wants to do, and is made in the USA. Not everything is made in China, despite what some people seem to think. Yesterday, we were looking for a certain kind of drill bit at Big R, and while most of the bits were Chinese, there was a Bosch bit that was made in Germany, and we bought it. Moreover, it appears that there are more and more tools coming back to the USA. Possibly the length of the supply chain and the difficulty of maintaining quality at such long distances is coming home to roost for some of those companies that thought that cost was the only factor.

Feeling accomplished, we stopped at the Nugget for dinner (actually second breakfast) before heading home. Very routine stuff for us home-bodies.
Tags: house, lisa, wood

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