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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 11/17/2018

With winter weather and truly upon me now I've decided to stop the "outside" projects in favor of tackling the "inside" projects (i.e., projects that I can complete indoors while the weather is nasty).  The first task to tackle now is to put up the antler chandelier.

I moved this puppy into the house back in mid-2016, where it sat while I was doing door work.  With the outside part of the door finally done and various side-projects that had a higher priority I could finally get back to getting the chandelier installed.

Right now there's a big ceiling fan up in the Great Room which Colleen had tracked down for install back when Tanglewood was being built.  The primary reason for this was that we clearly needed to have something up there, and we honestly thought at the time that we would be able to install the chandelier the following summer by carrying it through the door and starting the process.  When we discovered much to our great surprise we were a bit at a  loss, and took me three tries and some pondering before I finally decided to tear the old door out and carry it in that way.

But that was in the past, and now it's time to get this task accomplished!

First up I had some cleanup to get done though.  Most of Saturday I spent gathering up and putting away many of the tools I'd strewn about while working on the door (and I made sure to put up the tools rather than simply building a new pile in the garage).  That took a good couple of hours to get done all by itself, but by the end of the morning I had a nicely cleaned out spot, had moved the chandelier over to one side of the room (pending erecting the scaffold), and had even done a couple of passes sweeping to clean up all kinds of mess that had accumulated over the last few months. (The end idea is to put a Roomba down in the Great Room, where it will live and vac, but we're not there yet.  I do have the Roomba though, which I admit is kinda odd....)

Once the cleanup was done and lunch consumed I moved towards getting the scaffolding inside.  I had built one lift of the scaffold earlier in the summer and so my first task was to roll it inside the house where it had been living on the porch outside the door.  Then I started to unpack all of the other scaffolding which I'd purchased but left out in the garage and carry it inside, which took a lot of time....much more than I would have guessed.  There's a lot of metal in three sets of scaffolding and I was amazed how much of I carried in....it was kinda like Christmas, and everytime I moved one box I found another!  (It all made a ginormous amount of cardboard to burn as well...wow.)

But once it was all inside and unpacked I took a couple of nice snapshots of all of the pieces parts, and then got a little bit of a start on building the second lift on the scaffold.  By the time I was done I had the outriggers installed (large feet to stabilize me when I'm higher up) and part of the second lift installed.  Tomorrow I'll finish that second lift and get the floor installed.

Lots of work but it was good work....more tomorrow!


Steven in Colorado

Photos

The first scaffold lift moved inside from the porch.
The "fancy feet" for the scaffolding if I were ever to use it outside (probably will eventually).
A view of all the "stuff" I brought in for the other two lifts of scaffolding.
Another shot of all the miscellany. There's a lot of stuff here.
A shot of the guard rails that I will eventually install at the top so I don't fall off and stuff.
Scaffolding with the outriggers installed.
Started the second lift. Note my little stepstool so I can hammer things down from the top (didn't need much, but did need some).
THAT is a lot of cardboard....


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