Redford is on its way!Read Now
Great news! I contacted the Ford dealership today and the sales rep let me know that the van is on its way. Apparently it has to go further before it gets close... Manufactured in Kansas City, MO and is currently in Fort Wayne, IN (which is further east.) I suppose there must be some general import location that Ford uses for almost all of its vehicle processing after arriving to Canada. Then the vehicles get dispersed from there. Getting closer!
Spent lots of time today in some preparatory work and also collecting some needed pieces. Everything takes so much time. Going to install a brighter LED light in my future work area meant I had to swap out the receptacle. Getting the wiring ready for the some connections meant drilling the holes larger in cable connections, searching for and collecting together bolts, nuts, various washers, etc. Also got some more rings crimped and heat shrink wrapped onto a cable. I also made some "extra hands." They are pieces of wood with slots and embedded magnets to help me hold things in the van when I'm working on my own. I bought the magnets predrilled and set in steel cups so they are loosely screwed into pockets in the wood. Thank goodness for being retired because that means I do have time...
Supplies continue to arrive. The basement is now filling up. WE WANT THE VAN! (That's our daily rallying call. I suppose we might change that to WE NEED THE VAN!)
Wood costs are up, waayyy up!Read Now
Oh my, wood is expensive! In our region, there is a massive building boom going on, and this has caused the price of plywood and lumber to double or triple over just a year ago. We're fortunate that this won't be prohibitive for us, but it certainly increased our costs. Developers are building hundreds of townhouse units at a time and we are feeling the effects (both on prices and on the surrounding neighbourhoods).
Calvin here - after spending almost 33 years in education as a high school teacher, elementary teacher, and elementary administrator, it was time to retire! I did so happily and with no regrets; it was a terrific and fulfilling career. I do enjoy building projects as the design and building process is very therapeutic and you see a completed functional product in the end. Now to combine the build with another of Angela's and my passions - travel - is something we're really looking forward to.