You will remember our snow splitter. It collapsed under the onslaught
of a thaw plus a lot of snow on the roof. If you don't remember, the
relevant tag is "splitter."
So we are rebuilding the splitter. This time we used batter boards.
batter board is a simple framework upon which strings are set up. You
adjust the strings so as to have equal diagonals. It is much easier to
adjust strings than to adjust big heavy posts. You try to keep the
string square, but the ultimate test is the diagonals. This is used both
by constructors of big heavy structures and by cabinetmakers. If your
diagonals are equal, the strucure is square, and that gets you out of a
great many difficulties, because in construction you cannot rely on
carpenter's squares, and the same is true for cabinetmakers. You should
level the strings. I used a line level for the purpose. Then I sawed a
notch in the batter board so that I wouldn't lose the reference. Now
you have corners for your framework. You dig holes at those corners.
(much later, like today) we set up the posts. Below, Fluffy holds up a
post prior to leveling. John has rigged supports so we can plumb the
you have the batter boards (and the strings) it is relatively easy to
set up the posts. Note that we have encased the posts in plastic bags. A
bit of insurance against moisture seeping in. We thank Fluffy's father
for the advice. The posts are supported by temporary braces. Thanks,
the rest is pouring concrete. So we did. A bag of concrete,
high-early-strength (HES) stuff does the trick. One bag per upright
post, but just in case we will add some more concrete. Lowe's is your
friend. In the picture above Fluffy and John are recycling our concrete
bags to provide a tent for our concrete, in case it rains tonight. It
probably will. This is Alaska. Fall is rainy. It has rained continually
for the last week. This one day, it did not rain, and we got a lot
done. The posts are plumb . We will pour some more concrete as
insurance, but this is a major step forward.