Over the weekend, we began building like mad.  Saturday, Richard met me about 10 and we worked until 3.  First item on the agenda were to make columns.  I had ordered 12′ long, 12″ in diameter sonotube concrete forms.  They are a coated, heavy cardboard tube that are used to make concrete piers.  At Home Depot, you can get them 4′ long and I have used those before, but you end up with seams across your columns and there is no good way to join them together to make longer columns.  And actually, a 12′ runs about $30 while a 4′ is $10, so the price is the same.  The caveat is that you have to plan ahead and order them shipped to the store. Once they arrive at the store, you have to have a way to transport 12′ long items.  Fortunately, Larry had left his trailer at the scenic shop for me to fill with wood scraps so I could use it.

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