Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The poor blogger, and some updates

So sue me, i'm a poor blogger when it comes to having much to say during the winter months here in Newfoundland. Work has kept me busy as it should and in my spare time I have been moving snow. Yeah, winter finally showed up and is making up for the past 3 years of non winter. But some good has come from my absence from construction. I managed to snag the elusive 10ft x 20ft car shelter on sale at Canadian Tire. This will serve as my temporary boat shed so I can get a jump on the cabin installation. With that I have enlisted the help of my father who's building me a wood stove for the boat shed. I plan to pick that up soon. This will keep the temperature up so the epoxy will cure. This shed will need a place to go and so a LARGE area in my yard will need to have snow cleared for it to fit. I'll also need to clear a path to move the boat and trailer to the shed. Much snow to clear for this. I was intending to remove the boat from the trailer by setting up my "crane" that I built last year. But time and weather has persuaded me to forgo that idea and simply remove the wheels from the trailer to lower the boat once i'm in final position. It will let me get aboard easier and the trailer will be easier to level.
 I am also nearly out of epoxy supplies and will need to make a run to the store to pick up that as well as a supply of stainless screws, poly strip (hatch slides) 3M 5200, and other small items.
In an unrelated note Peter Croft has given me some great reviews on his own Pathfinder cabin and is encouraging. His own version is captured in a couple of pictures I posted here a little while ago.


  1. I have no first hand experience of this, but it's been suggested that the fumes from stoves / gas fires etc could effect the curing of epoxy. I'd be inclined to slop some epoxy onto some old ply and let it cure beside the wood stove to see what happens. If it works fine, excellent. If it does not cure so well, then you save yourself a world of pain.

  2. Thanks for the information. But it is a wood stove in use, and only to bring the inside of the shed up to room temperature. A normal formulation of Interlux epoxy won't cure properly below 18 deg C. As for putting any wooden object near a wood stove, Dangerous is an understatement. Not only does it heat up the wood and curing epoxy, it serves to dry the wood to a point (Pyrolysis) where the ignition temperature is lowered, aka burst into flames. I have experience with this and it's not pretty.