Wednesday, August 24, 2022


I have not posted since 8/5.   My two college age grandson's left on 8/5.   The following week was completly book at the cabin,   so I have only had 4 or 5 days that I could work since that date.   
We completed the stairs and got all of the plumbing drain system installed and all of the water lines roughed in.  Progress has been slow.   We will work whenever we have a day or two that we do not have visitors at the cabin

Friday, August 5, 2022


made it to the top today by noon!   3 custom spiral staircases - a total of 42 steps!   Heat index was headed to 105 this afternoon.    We decided to call it a day at noon.   Jack and Carter - my two grandsons are done for the summer!   We made lots of progress since 6-1.   4 or 5 rain days in June and sweltering  heat in July!   We got all of the main sewage system installed under the 1st floor; all floor joists and subfloor installed on 4 floors; all of the perimeter walls installed; all of the interior walls framed; built an octagon roof on the ground and had a crane lift it up to the top of the silo; electrical wire completed on 3 floors, and 3 circular stair cases completed.   We still need to add risers, and extra support to the stairs, but the main structure is walkable!   All of the lumber piles that we started the summer with have dwindled to just a few boards.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


It has been a couple of days since I posted, but we have been busy working.    Trying to finish all of the interior framing,  the electrical is nearly completely done on the first three floors; and we started the stairs.   The stairs have been meticulously slow and complicated.   The exterior wall is a 19 sided polygon with each wall section about 31 inches wide and changing direction - approximately 21 degrees every 31"   The stairs are about 32 inches wide, and the interior edge is also a polygon, but with a smaller radius.   All treads are located from a radius that originates in the middle of the room.   The outside edge of the tread is 11.25" wide and the inner edge is around 7.25" wide.    To complicate matters, the inner edge of the stairs goes up at a much steeper angle because of the shorter radius from the middle of the room -- all the while trying to keep the treads even and level.  There will be one more stairway that we must complete and then add all of the risers to close off the steps.   When we stopped today, it was 96 degrees - felt like 100 degrees, with absolutely no air movement.    We are trying to survive working in the silo with fans blowing HOT air!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022


Today was the BIG day - the cap of the silo (roof) was lifted by a crane and secured to the top of the silo.

The crane arrived at 8 am sharp.   Carter crawled under the roof to get all of  the straps in place.  We used 4 straps to cradle the roof.   Once it was attached, the roof was lifted about 7 feet, and we removed all of the boards the supported it while we were building it.  Then,  up it went - the top of the silo is 45' in the air.    We had some short delays, while the crew - on top of 3 sections of scaffolding on the 4th floor, had to make some final adjustments (remove one of the brace boards; place 2x4's on top of the wall - so the roof could set on them so we could push the straps out the gap.   No one volunteered to get on the roof to unhook any of the straps, so we devised a system to where all of the connections happened within the confines of the silo.   By 9:30 the straps were unhooked and the crane was folding itself back up.   We spent the rest of the day removing the spacer blocks, adding an extra board at each of the 8 peaks and securing the roof to the top of our wall system

Tuesday, July 26, 2022


We have been hard at work - getting the roof ready to be lifted and placed on top - scheduled for Wednesday, July 27. Felt paper, metal roof sheets, ridge caps, and the final octagonal cap on the top!   Channel 12 News from Wichita came to do a story on Monday, July 25.  Cutting down a tree which could possibly cause problems when lifting the roof and extra bracing on the walls of the top bedroom.   Hopefully all goes well with the lifting of the roof.  I told Christian that Channel 12 News was coming and that we needed to "dress up".    He showed up in his suit!   To see the news story, go to and look for the silo conversion story.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022


Summer is officially here!~   The HEAT is on.    Zapping our energy by noon.   We removed rods and metal bands sticking up above the silo and progressing on the roof structure.   We were originally scheduled to have a crane come and lift the roof to the top of the silo on Thursday, 7-22.   The roof metal did not come as scheduled, so hopefully that will happen on Wed or Friday of next week.    We have all the sheathing on, so on 7-21 we will put on the felt paper and start attaching the metal roof panels.   Unfortunately all of the panels will need to be cut at some angle to fit on the roof - probably a rather slow process.

Monday, July 18, 2022

 Finally made it to the top.    The interior walls are up to the top of the silo.   Heat chased us out of the silo.  Early tomorrow we will cut the metal rods sticking up at the top and then back to working on the octagon roof.   I had a crane scheduled for Thursday, but I do not think we will have it ready. My grandson's Jack and Carrter are peaking of the top at 45'  up

 8-22-2022 I have not posted since 8/5.   My two college age grandson's left on 8/5.   The following week was completly book at the cabi...