The day (early April) I started was the day I filed my tax return. Still haven't received the refund which financed this project, but it's coming. The CRA gave me a run for my money, but it all worked out. I think?
So what does this have to to do with flying? Well, that's an airline in disguise.
I will tell one story. Two 747-400 skippers were having a concerned conversation one day. One skipper, recently retired, was asked by the other about money. "How do handle the huge pay cut?" The retired skipper said, "we learned to do things ourselves." I get a chuckle out of that one because I must have missed something. I've been doing things myself since day one. I helped build a house when I was 13 and 14. My first real job started at age 15 as a painter making money to chase a dream. My wife still ensures I have a paintbrush in my hand now and again after 34 years.
The old railings were removed and forms were built to widen the existing steps. The old side walls were smashed off by a maul. The original steps were kept to keep the same profile plus they were bolted to the foundation stopping everything from settling. I didn't want the same thing happening to the newly built airport in Osaka, Japan.
Two cubic metres of concrete. Never did concrete before. What did I get myself into?
The lower landing is ten inches thick but not as thick as a runway.
Doug the mason. At one point I told my wife, "I had met my match." But perseverance wins in most things in life. I got through the hard part.
The steps are finished and six cubic yards of soil is moved in. All before a "red eye."
Captain Doug the carpenter. The posts and railings are made from scratch.
As reiterated in the comedy show, RedGreen, "If your wife doesn't find you handsome, she should at least find you handy." Doug the comedian.
These posts have turned many heads in the neighbourhood. Most use wrought iron railings. These are the first for the area and many neighbours/strangers have stopped by.
The grand finale. I also modified the garage doors by removing the old hardware, painting them and adding 'carriage' hardware. That was one of the many last year's projects. Not bad for being in the house less than a year.