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A Nail For All Seasons

December 18, 2014141216 types-of-nails

“NUMBER 73!”
That’s me.

I plop down on a swivel stool at 141219 Dunn logo 40, across the counter from Byron, one of Dunn’s helpful project managers.

This is the third time we meet to make changes to the material’s quote for the shed remodel. How patient he is. We are nearing the end of my long educational journey into materials selection.

I look at my notes, and then at Byron. “Says on a website we need spitless thin shanked nails for the cedar siding.” I lower my eyebrows, a questioning look on my face.

Byron lowers his eyebrows and reflects back a questioning look. He repeats my phrase. “Spitless thin shanked nails. Huh.” I add that the website says the nail head is more like a finish nail.

Sun, Dec 21, 2-4, Dismantle shed roof, shed move
Come at 1:00pm if you have time
Sat, Jan 3, 2-4, Work Party
Sun, Jan 18, 2-4, Work Party
Sat, Feb 7, 10-11:30, Pruning Class
Sat, Feb 7, 1-4, Shed roof build

Here I am, knowledgeable enough to be dangerous, after reading a dozen websites, a couple of primers on carpentry and speaking to three professionals in the building trades.

I follow Byron’s lead to a nail isle. He shows me a nail with a smaller head. “Here you are”, he says, “galvanized shank split-less nails.

We walk back to our respective stools and I look at my notes again. “Says on a website that galvanized fasteners react to cedar and make a stain.” I lower my eyebrows, a questioning look on my face.

Byron lowers his eyebrows and reflects back a questioning look. He replies, “Says so? Huh.”

Nails for every occasion indeed!

There are sinker nails with a rough face so you don’t smash your finger when glancing at your cell phone. A penny nail actually costs less than a penny and a threepennynail is 3″ long. In another dialect, “10d” also tells you the length of the nail is 3″ but that still does not tell you the diameter of the nail. A box nail could be 10d but is thinner than a common nail, so as not to split the wood.

A Bright nail does not glow in the dark; it means it doesn’t have a finish. Don’t use it outdoors. A HurriQuake nail has high withdrawal resistance with rings near the shank end, angular barbs included!

More resistance, however, means the nail is harder to pound. Some contractors used to pour hot wax over the nails so they could get home early enough to watch the football game.

After two hours, we are finally finished with the quote.

FECO hereby sends a big appreciation to Byron and Dunn Lumber for their very generous discount on our needed materials.

Now, first thinks first! This Sunday, December 21, 2-4 pm, we will be taking off the existing shed roof

the before picture

the before picture

and then moving the shed four feet. We need your help. If you are one who pulls out the refrigerator for cleaning, and who yanks out blackberry until it snaps and you fall back on your butt, then we need you.

If you are pressed for time and you live close by, we can call or text your cell phone when we are ready for the big push. Please email us and let us know if you can come out this Sunday. If you can do more, join a couple of us who will start dismantling the roof at 1:00 pm.


An extra minute can mean a lot

July 3, 2014

Many thanks to Greg Meyer who spotted a shed for sale (see photo). Greg took an extra minute to 140414 Meyer Shed CAM01087write down the pertinent details and forward them to us. When the owner, Andy Farr, found out that it was for a community orchard, he donated the shed!

With the generous services and direction from Craig, we had the shed moved to the orchard and reconstructed within four hours. Thanks to Renee, who took an extra minute to find us a strong young volunteer, we had enough muscle power between Fernando, Tracy, Craig, Andy, assembly WP_20140523_001 smJustin, and Nancy.

Craig also took an extra minute at Aurora Rents to explain why he rented a compressor. Aurora Rents waived the rental charge!

We are so happy we don’t have to haul cardboard and burlap between our houses and the orchard. We hope to get funding to rebuild the roof this fall. The result will be more standing headroom, light and ventilation, a larger roof to support water catchment and to shield our communications board from weather.

Sun, Jul 20, 2-4pm, Work Party & Grill
Bring a favorite veggie.
Tue, Aug 5, 6-9pm, Night Out
Bring a chair. It’s a potluck.
Sun, Aug 10, 3pm, Qi Gong
Free. No experience required.

Where will that funding come from? We are still keeping our fingers crossed for another Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund grant. Our grant application was first reviewed in detail. Then, in June, Nancy and Michelle did a wonderful job putting together a display of our project and pleaded our case in front of 30 or so members of the Citywide Review Team.

There are now three more tough hoops to jump through, including a review by Mayor Murray. If we make it all the way through the City Council vote, we should hear by the first week in August whether we would have funding to bring water to the site, add a path, rebuild the shed and build garden beds.

Meanwhile, we are starting to harvest!

Several volunteers are having the breakfast of champions, adding honeyberry, five types of strawberries and now blueberries on their 140527 berries cereal DSCN0820cereal this year (see photo.) Two varieties of strawberries are day neutral and we should enjoy them the rest of the summer.

Day neutral does not mean the berries don’t care what day it is. Different plants flower depending on the daily length of uninterrupted darkness.

Plants are classified into three categories: short-day (long-night), long-day (short-night), or day-neutral, depending on their response to the duration of light or darkness.

Short-day plants form flowers only when day length is less than about 12 hours. In contrast, long-day plants form flowers only when day length exceeds 12 hours.

Day neutral plants form flowers regardless of day length. Examples are tomato, corn, cucumber, and some strawberry cultivars – such as our Aromas and Seascape. http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS132E/FS132E.pdf

We also have fall bearing raspberries, Tulameen and Heritage, in addition to the June bearing Willamette.

Finally, best of all, look for a few apples this fall!


2014 – A Pivotal Year For The Orchard


We are off to a good start, already we have one well attended and extremely productive work party under our belt (see photo).011914 work party people 19

The City of Seattle funded community design process is behind us. We can now focus on implementing the resulting final design (see Library page) that the neighbors are excited about.

This week, ten diligent volunteers met to enjoy a light meal (including lotus root!) and outline top priorities for 2014. We began with a go-around, allowing each volunteer to voice his or her hopes and desires for 2014, and beyond. Interests ran the gamut but all resonated with our mission.

We agreed to three priorities for the orchard:

1) Take Good Care Of What We Have Already Planted

Joan, Justin, Ruth and Nancy M. will share the watering responsibilities, with Nancy H. as a substitute. We will continue with tree guild mulching and weeding. We are very lucky to benefit from top-notch pruning by Ingela Wanerstrand.

2) Water Research

We are entertaining all ideas about securing water for the site, especially since the cost to establish service from the City will cost $10,000.

We had consensus that we should consider a water catchment/storage system, if not as the primary water source, as a sound backup. We will likely end up with a 336 square foot roof on the shed. During an average year in Seattle, that roof could catch up to 7,257 gallons of water, well more than we could use no matter how we build out the site! (In Seattle, the average rainfall is 36″. Two thirds of the rain falls in the winter, from November through March. One inch of rain falling on a square foot of surface yields approximately 0.6 gallons of water.)

Becky, Sue H., Ruth and Justin are researching different ideas about catchment and storage.

3) Community Events

There is a very strong commitment to continuing the events that we host, especially Seattle Night Out (August 5) the Annual Cider Fest (October 18), and the annual Pruning Class (February 15). These events are social binders for the neighborhood, enjoyable, and they further our vision to allow Seattle residents to have nearby access to a beautiful public space where they can learn and participate in food growing, connect with neighbors, and nurture the environment.

Michelle P. has already volunteered to organize this summer’s Night Out. We welcome others to join her team or to start the planning for the Cider Fest. Michelle is also researching and coordinating possible funding sources.

Sat, Feb 15, 10:30-noon, Pruning Class
Suggested donation $10 per family.
Sun, Feb 16, 2-4pm, Work Party
Come for any amount of time that works for you.

Other Commitments

Nancy H., Kimberly and Jennifer have started planning for certain early plantings that can be installed with very little summer water requirements.

Ruth and Justin are committed to reducing their FECO administrative hours in 2014! Boy, that grant was time consuming. However, they both will continue to provide leadership, continue with various tasks, and provide support for the efforts that others have taken on.

Dana and Nora could not attend but both are willing to entertain proposals for administrative assignments this year.

We have an inspiring team and we will be reaching out to those who more recently volunteered to help with the orchard.

Large holes that we still need to fill, and that are closely related to our top priorities are:

1) Finding a Word Press expert who would be willing to donate up to two hours per month to make sure we get the correct updates we need, set up a back-up system for our content, and troubleshoot now and then.

2) Finding someone well versed in construction who would oversee the building of a shed that will have particularly interesting design features.

We are so appreciative of all of the other support we get from you who help with orchard labor, marketing, and general encouragement.

We welcome all ideas and suggestions.