Miscellaneous Construction

Deck Stairs

As always, but especially with stairs, figuring them out on a more malleable and fault tolerant medium saves a considerable amount of time. It helps get all the little details right too.

It will move with the ground frosts, and so it attached to the deck in a way that will allow for this.

A Door

This is the first door inside the house, and it’s going to the kid who started needing privacy. He still leaves it open at night because he’s not used to being isolated, he’s still just a little boy. We had to explain a few things about door use that are not obvious when you didn’t grow up with them. Being careful with where Esther’s fingers are when he closes it, or how not to close the cat in. He of course slammed it once, and I told him just as I had constructed the door, I would deconstruct it if he did that again. The threat was deemed plausible and it’s been honestly hilarious to see him ever so gently yet angrily close his door when he throws a pre-teen fit.

9 Gallons

That’s the verdict for Sugaring 2022. I’ve heard that the sugar content in the sap wasn’t very high this year, and I believe it. I was surprised at how little syrup we got for how much we boiled. Another thing we’ve been told is that the later sap runs were “buddy”, meaning that the taste is a bit off from the trees budding. Except they weren’t actually budding so that is this year’s peculiarity. Nothing to complain about though, it’s been a good year.

Sugaring Week End

Kids love the little basket, but they aren’t to put anything in it while the evaporator is going. Yes we learned it the hard way.

Another lesson learned the hard way: preheating the mason jars to reduce the thermal shock on the glass when the hot syrup goes in.

Getting there…

We use a hydrometer for higher accuracy, and we’ve learned to draw a little ahead of time as the syrup keeps evaporating during filtering.

When all is said and done, about 2 gallons for the day with a lot more sill in the pan