Today began week 2 with the crew from New Mexico. Michael Reynolds had to leave Sunday for some family business, but crew member Taylor and his girlfriend Stephanie came in his place! We also welcomed several new apprentices as well as several returners.
Today all of the cedar planks went up on the greenhouse wall, so the next step should be the glass! Chad and Lou, our plumber, went to Lowes together this morning to figure out what kinds of parts we’d need with our plans for placement of bathroom sinks and toilets and showers. Meanwhile, some more trenches were dug today for the blackwater travel, as well as our back door airlock. A lot happened on the roof today! They first finished installing the double-layer of 4-inch insulation boards, and then screwed in 1×4 purlins with 12 inch screws reaching all the way through to the vigas! Toward the bottom of the slanted roof we placed a few strands of pex tubing that the solar hot water tank will pump hot water through in the winter to aid in snow melt for water catchment. After this task, we began the final layer of the roof: the metal! At the end of the day, my sister surprised us and showed up with an anniversary cake, brownies, my favorite ice cream, and champagne! Thanks Cait, it was a really special celebration! Then we went out to eat with a gift card my mom insisted we use tonight, despite how much is on our minds in the middle of this build! Of course that was followed by a trip to Lowes for screws and spray-foam insulation, and two stops to a couple restaurant/bars to check out their bottle recycling situation (we are now in need of clear wine bottles!)
My car last night filled with bags and bags of much-needed cans!