Let’s get Wired!

January 21st, 2014 Posted by Hops 0 thoughts on “Let’s get Wired!”

The goal this weekend was to wire the first six rows with anchors. I was lucky today to have Beege and Pineapple Larry along to help out. Beege arrived first. We used the bucket lift to place the 1200lb. Spool of wire into a homemade cradle that we placed into the back of the dump truck. Beege backed the dump into position and helped me unroll the wire from the spool. We placed the wire through the pole eyelets and wrapped the end poles. Then we secured the runs with clamps. Before you know it, we had two rows done and were securing the fourth anchor of the day. That’s when Pineapple Larry showed up.

The crew- (l-r) Papi, Pineapple Larry, Beege, and Copper

The crew- (l-r) Papi, Pineapple Larry, Beege, and Copper

Pineapple Larry needed a job to do. He was extremely eager to hep out, but he looked confused. Beege and I tried to get him to look up so we could explain the process, but apparently Pineapple Larry is afraid of heights. He wouldn’t even look up!

"What do you want me to do?"- Pineapple Larry

“What do you want me to do?”- Pineapple Larry

We gave Pineapple Larry the job of cutting the wire after we tightened the runs with a come-along and a couple of haven grips to pull the wire.

Pineapple Larry cutting the wire.

Pineapple Larry cutting the wire.

Now we had to find something else for Pineapple Larry to do.Beege and I decided it would be best to let him drive the tractor. Anything that would keep him grounded. I don’t know which was more interesting– teaching Pineapple Larry how to drive the tractor–or watching Beege struggle with rolling up the tangled mason twine.

Everybody has a job to do!

Everybody has a job to do!

Next it was on the the East yard where the mighty, mighty oaks tethered our anchors. I wrapped each end post twice and prepared the oaks to receive the anchors.

Wrapping the end posts.

Wrapping the end posts.

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I drilled each anchor oak with a pilot hole and then inserted 7″x 1/2″ lag bolts to secure the anchors. I am so happy to incorporate these border trees into the project! I’m thinking that someday they might provide a foundation for a Hop yard observation deck!

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Securing the anchors.

Securing the anchors.

Turnbuckle awaiting anchor wire.

Turnbuckle awaiting anchor wire.

After a hard day’s work, with perhaps 30-40 times up, down, in, and out of the bucket lift, I decided to call it a day. 3 rows were complete! We went inside to enjoy a warm fire, some cold beverages, and watch Pineapple Larry’s girls and sweet little Addie–our granddaughter– play with the dollhouse. Pineapple Larry’s girls provided us with some interesting music.

Music by Rae and Penny

Music by Rae and Penny

Addison gave us her best impersonation of Uncle Pineapple.

No, Pineapple Larry! Don't look up!

No, Pineapple Larry! Don’t look up!

On second thought, perhaps she was just laughing at what happened to my favorite work jeans after 40 times climbing in and out of the bucket. OOPS!

Are you friggin kidding me?

Are you friggin kidding me?

Anyway, a good time was had by all. The next day I finished the other three rows, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as this day with family and friends sharing work, dinner, and a few laughs together.

Until the next time– Don’t worry, be Hoppy!!!
-Papi

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