May 13 thru 17, 2012
This was a VERY busy weekend. I went to pick out paint for the new airport home. I couldn’t figure out what color to get, so I just chose a color that I felt wouldn’t show dirt very well - green (NOT my favorite color). It worked pretty well, however. With the purchase of a new airless paint gun, I was able to make quick work of it. It actually took me longer to paint the trim than it did the rest of the house!
While I was working on painting, Walt L. started installing the bathroom fixtures. After he was finished, I painted the inside of the bathroom. We also installed the generator, water filter system and aux. water pump in the generator house. In addition to all of this house work, we also took the time to start knocking down the rest of the second grove of trees that were right next to the runway. Although I had originally figured on leaving the trees there for shade, I realized that they presented a potential hazard to landing airplanes. They had to go!
May 19th - Taking a breather!
I took a small breather this weekend and spent most of the day on Saturday as a fly-in at another private airpark community out near Sherman (about 50 miles north). I flew the Stinson up there and enjoyed the Spring temperatures. As I flew over the airport, I took a picture of the progress that we’d made. After landing, however, we went right back to work.
When I first purchased the property, we had pushed up a huge pile of dirt and concrete pieces. The pile had sat just west of the house for 2 years. It was like a small “Mount Taylor”, except that it wasn’t very pretty. Because of the large chunks of concrete (and the failing hydraulics on the loader of my Masey), we hadn’t done anything with it. With a borrowed skid steer and the dozer, however, we were able to easily move the pile out to where it could one day do some good - over by the draw/ditch separating the runway from the future hangar. After a couple hours of work, the house area was finally looking more presentable.