Much as we were hoping to be able to post all about how we'd finished insulating the cabin and had drywall up by now, Mother Nature has been disinclined to acquiesce to our demands :(
First we got another cold snap and couldn't stay warm enough to work. Then it started snowing. And snowing. And snowing.
In just this last week, we've gotten over a foot (close to two!) of fresh powder and it makes transportation brutal. It's about knee deep, with chest-high drifts here and there. It's that fine granular snow that packs in around tires and boots, just sucking you down and making it impossible to move. And the wind has been hell... blowing all the fluffy powder all over trails, roads and into every nook and cranny.
We did finally cave in and buy some house wrap so we could get some sort of barrier on the exterior and to stop the wind before we blow the insulation. I'd prefer to use felt paper, but it's still too cold to work with that (probably for another 2 months!) and we really needed to weather the cabin in ASAP. We can work with the wrap down to -10, and it's been a little warmer than that recently.
Oh well, we'll have some extra felt for a later project then ;)
G-man is heading into Fairbanks with our neighbor Ken today, during a break in storm fronts, to pick up the insulation blower and another construction heater. If we can get the fire going downstairs and the heater going upstairs, we should be able to keep the cabin warm enough to seal things up and blow in all the insulation by the end of the week. The weather liars are saying that we'll have daytime averages 10-20 above with nighttime averages around zero for at least a week, so if we can overcome the snow and wind to get that done... then it should be REALLY easy to keep the place warm enough so we can hustle to get to the drywall and interior finish work and we can move before April. **please please please**
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Now that it's warmed up to the 0F range, we get to have MORE SNOW! 4" accumulated so far, with 4-6" expected by tomorrow morning. Then it may or may not stop snowing long enough to work if we can drive/trudge through the new drifts. I think Mom Nature is making up for the lack of snow last year :)