Week 33 – Get ‘pump jacked’ up!

No matter how I read the title of this post, it ends up sounding kind of bad or dirty. That being said, I can’t help but leave it there! Get pumped! Get jacked! The pump jacks are here.

Admittedly, I did not really understand what the difference between a scaffold and a pump jack was. Nor did I understand why it was such a big deal that we got this thing, and couldn’t we just continue making progress with the ladders like we have been doing? The answers are 1. that a pump jack moves up and down where as a scaffold is stationary and 2. that yes, we really did need them because they are awesome, much safer than the ladders, and give way more flexibility in maneuvering around to hang the 12 foot sections of siding without figuring out bracing and how to move a ladder while it whips in the wind.

In short, pump jacks are very good things!

As the end of November quickly approaches we’ve been gifted slightly better weather. That is to say, it’s not single digits anymore, and the wind and windchill have been much tamer through the last week as well. We figure we have about a week of exterior work left to finish, with the electrical hookup to the house also coming in this week meaning the outdoor panel work can be finished up and the grounding wire trench buried again.

Admittedly, as we get into the holiday season, I am a little bit bummed out about the house. When we first dreamed of starting last March, we had speculated that if everything went exactly according to plan, and the weather cooperated we could, in an ideal world, be done and moving in for Christmas. Instead, nothing went quite according to plan; we had the worst winter ever, started late, faced the wettest spring/summer on record and one of the coldest falls. So here we are, speeding towards Christmas and the end of the year, and not in the house for the end of 2019.

Hindsight is 20/20…and in 2020, hindsight will probably remind me that 2019 showed me every reason why house building was never on my bucket list. But then again, unpacking those moving boxes in 2020 might make me think that 2019 wasn’t such a bummer afterall.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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