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Old 08-25-2015, 02:22 PM
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Default An Unforeseen Journey

That's been my life the past few years. The tightest twists in the road might lie behind me for now, but the loss of our home to fire this May was a bit of a lurching turn. It's been emotionally hard to live all summer near the gaping hole in the hilltop where our house stood the last 18 years, and irksome to reach for tools that are no longer there to do the myriad odd jobs on the farm, including airplane maintenance. Lots of possessions will have to be replaced, slowly, methodically, waiting on the claims to settle and the checks to come in.

Today, all that begins to change visibly. The precast basement was erected this morning, and it's so gratifying to see the place where our next RV will be built rising up from the clay. Beauty for ashes. Joy for mourning. Check it out!

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Old 08-25-2015, 02:28 PM
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:30 PM
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Good to see the rising from the ashes Stormy.
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Old 08-25-2015, 02:38 PM
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My parents dealt with it twice in 5 years. Lightning and a grease fire on the stove.

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Old 08-25-2015, 07:55 PM
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Default So... time to read the archives again!

I've read literally every post ( ! ) in the RV-10 archives within the last year, but life events have forced a temporary shift in research efforts. At this juncture, workshop planning must trump RV dreaming for awhile. Honestly, it's a blast and I'm having fun even with the modular home contractor urging me to get things nailed down in the next few days and weeks.

Faced with the first-world problem of far too many attractive choices (apologies to Warsaw-Pact comrades), the first part of my five-year plan is to agonize aloud here over lighting, wiring, perimeter insulation, plumbing, tool chests, benches, electric and air layout, 20-SEER HVAC splits, concrete floor finishes and compressor selection, to Harbor Freight or not to Harbor Freight, etc, etc, ad-nauseam. With a little help from my VAF friends, of course!

I've already made paper-doll cutouts, to scale, of the RV-10 and RV-14 in order to quantify which support piers in the basement had to be replaced with laminated beams to give me space to attach wings and apply paint within the 40x40 shop space. It's only money, right? My bride and step-kids are starting to grasp airplane builder's disease after watching me play with paper planes on top of Nationwide foundation blueprints. The upsized footers for the remaining beefier columns have already been dug and poured; the monetary commitment to the airplane factory has begun in earnest. There can be no turning back. This may turn into my own version of "flying saves time and money"

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Old 08-25-2015, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill Boyd View Post
.......This may turn into my own version of "flying saves time and money"

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