Paul got up before me today and put the last beam up and installed the first carriage bolts. The twisted posts caused the bolts to be almost too short to go through. He had to counter sink them more than he would have if everything was straight. It was so frustrating. A neighbor lady walked by as Paul was struggling with it, and she said, "Yep, sometimes you just have to roll with it." Paul is my hero. If it wasn't for my hifalutin ideas, he wouldn't have to do any of this. Bless his heart.
You can see almost an inch of the carriage bolt between the right beam and the post. See how curved toward the house this post is?
In this picture you can see that the tops of the posts are further apart than the bottoms.
Here are the lessons we learned that we probably will never get to put in practice, so I'm passing them along to you.
Finish any project involving posts ASAP.
If you can't do that, attach "temporary" braces between the posts to help them stay true over time.
Don't buy wood that has pressure nicks in them.
But like a said before, I'm going to love the results and enjoy the SE garden for years. I'll have to think of a great reward for my stalwart husband.
Paul and I started to put up the beams on our pergola, Unfortunately, the posts we planted last September twisted and bent a little. So much for pressure treated wood. I told him to not worry about it, just take the path of least resistance and get it done. Once the wisteria grows over it no one will ever see the problem. When he retold the story, he said, "Once the vine grows over it, the brick patio is down, the bistro set is in place, and you've had a few beers, no one will know the difference."
There's thunder and lightning, The kitties think it's frightening.
We don't Usually get this much rain in July. And wouldn't you know it, my daughter is camping with friends at the Oregon Country Fair. She isn't much of an outdoorsy girl and she texted us that she's miserable. It must be like Woodstock -- only cold. But I'm warm and cozy parked on my reclining loveseat.
It was in the 80's this weekend. (I'm dreading the 90+ temps that are sure to come.) Got some new plants in the ground this past weekend: Carpet Rosemary, Hinoki Red Azalea, and red and white petunias.
The cool thing is that we got an outstanding deal on a big (2' x 1.5') ceramic pot to put by the front door. I planted a Tropicana Canna Lily in it with red Million Bells at its base. It needs a little something else that's just a bit taller than the Million Bells, preferably yellow. Maybe yellow Marguerites, if I can find them, or something more tropical.