07/17/18 07:13 am  Road: Dry  Temp:  56° F  Wind: 2.7mph (E)

February 20, 2008

I just discovered GeoCaching. It's like hunting for treasure via GPS. There's a LOT of GeoCaching going on around the North Pole Loop. So I dedicated a whole section to it, including some maps.

January 07, 2008

I've been testing the semi-finished weather station in my basement for the last few weeks. It has been working quite well and in fact there is a version 1.0 charting system online now. Before you look at the data, it's probably best to read up on exactly what's going on with the weather station project.

September 24, 2007

Here's some excellent news. I had more communication with Dee who works for the State of Idaho in the sanitation department. She is the one I'll be working with to determine the septic system(s) size and placement. I was intially under the impression that I would need to have a seperate septic system (tank and leech field) for the apartment above the garage as well as one for the cabin. I found out yesterday that I would be able to simply tie the bathroom from the garage apartment into the cabin system. Ah, what a relief. It does sound like I'm going to need to put into a ground water monitoring well however.

September 3, 2007

I posted up some pics from our last trip up to the property. The trees are doing extremely well. A few of the Aspen trees are close to poking out of the top of the 4-foot tree tubes. It's hard to believe but the pics are up at the bottom of the Tree Planting section.

June 1, 2007

The rest of the drip system is in. Don had already been watering heavily on the trees that had the drippers. It's amazing to see a difference already. It's also incredible to see the growth from some of these little transplants. I had heard that the transplants establish themselves quickly and grow much more rapidly. It's nice to see. As usual, there's more in the Tree Planting section.

May 28, 2007

The drip system is installed. At least most of it. I ran out of drippers for about 75 of the trees. What I found was that the soil around the trees was very dry. Low snow totals from Winter and an unusually hot spring seem to have done their damage. From what I saw, out of all the plants, I would estimate about 15 will need to be replanted. I don't think that's so bad, considering. The good news is that in the wetter areas, the trees are doing extremely well. There's more in the Tree Planting section. You see to the left that those are Aspens in the tubes. I would say that those are roughly twice the size as when I planted them!

May 9, 2007

I received some disappointing news about the trees. Don sent me an email to let me know that many of them have started to brown rapidly. It has been unseasonable hot recently, and the snow totals where way off of the averages. I'm guessing that water is going to be the issue. The drip system must be installed ASAP.

April 11, 2007

We just went to up check on the trees and I have info on the drip irrigation system.  Check on the updated content in the Tree Planting section. 

March 29, 2007

The site is finally live.  It's going to take a while to get the content up here.  There's a lot I can already show and I don't even have the building permit!  I promise a lot of pictures.  I recently picked up a Canon EOS-30D digital camera and have already put it through its paces. 

I know that this site will be interesting for many different groups to watch.  From just a basic construction standpoint, it should be pretty entertaining.  Now add unique and 'unusual' construction methods (dare I say 'green construction'?) and this should appeal to an additional audience.  What's so unusual?  ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) to achieve the highest possible thermal mass and R-Value --it is quite cold in Sharon, Idaho.  Monolithic footing/foundation pours and highly efficient radiant floor whole house heating, just to name a few.  This should be a very interesting endeavor.  I'll  do my best to keep the site update with the latest.