Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Heavy Stuff

I have finished inside so have turned to the deck and the new gate, which is going together beautifully. Getting the old gate off has been the challenge - the screws have rusted in, and since the whole thing was whacked together with five inch nails and 6x2 timbers I feel Lilliputian. I managed only by doing it the wrong way and going for the weak points, so I have ended up with one hinge still on the post and the other completely off. I am praying that the post isn't rotted.

The screws and nails in this old work are so different, solid and heavy and real brass, not like the modern sharp little black screws I favour now. I wonder if I can re-use them - I haven't ruined the heads.


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