Now for something a little different: Bricks! Had to check – it’s been 6 months since I’ve gotten around to the Eternal Brick Project. When we last left our intrepid, in the sense of insane, project as of October 1, 2018, the section of the wall out front that I’d been working on looked like this:
Now, since I’ve been feeling better, the days are longer and the rain let up, we’re here:
The subtle difference is the bricks capping the little wall, and the invisible but essential cementing in of the upright spikes with construction epoxy. The wrought-iron style fencing is now a permanent feature. A friend with welding equipment is going to come by and drop a little weld on the through spikes, which are afixed to the bricks but loose in the cross pieces.
All that’s left is the caps on the towers. Then build a duplicate wall from the end to near the telephone pole visible in the background, leaving a gap for access to the water meter. (Lame, but best I could do.) Project for this summer.
Also, as of June 3, 2017 – 21 month ago! – the front walk portion the Insane Project looked like this, featuring a little break-you-ankle-if-not-your-leg clifflet on the left:
Got a little work in on this as well:
Upon the 75% complete little tower above will be perched a mailbox and mounted a handrail. Behind it, up against the house, will be a much more narrow tower to hold the other end of the handrail.
Over the years I’ve collected a number of funky bricks, as in weird sizes and colors and banged up in interesting ways. They appear to be quite old. Why not deploy them in this tower, I asks myself, I does:
If I do more than 2-3 hours of this sort of work at a stretch, seems I need most of the next day to recover. But at least I recover! Got to build up some stamina, since I’ve hardly done anything for almost a year.