Monday, June 14, 2004
Holy SMOKES! My dad and I really worked our rears off this weekend. Didn't seem like much, but we managed to get the new handrail and spindles in place. It was quite a bit of work in all honesty. This 'solid' oak hand-rail had to weigh somewhere between 50 and 75 lb. The posts themselves were a real bugger when we tried to install them. It didn't seem to matter what order or method we tried to install them, there was always some obstruction that made it hard to screw them into place. Once we got them secured, they looked like something you would see on a battle-ship. There were 33 different screws used to make the post 'permanent', and they were all within one inch from the bottom of the post. The angle for the spindles was a real treat too. They where somewhere between 40.5 and 39.5 degrees. And yeah, one degree does not seem like much until you see it. A little gap here, a bit of a shift there. There was NO room for error, or at least, errors that could not be disguised or covered up with copious amounts of glue or putty. In all, it took about 10 hours of work to get it in place, with breaks for allowing the kids to sleep and meals. This was certainly more than a two person job, but we managed. There was no way that I could have done this without the help of the man who I still consider my hero. My dad. Hey dad, happy father's day in advance. See you on the 4th!