Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What's Your Angle?

Remember when adults told you to pay attention and do good in math because you'll need it when you grow up? They weren't lying. 

On the plan we wanted a "Western" barn front facade, which would blend with our Dutch barn that has a gambrel roof. My CAD program didn't have any roof that matched the western barn  criteria, so I had to design it based on all the barns around the Old Sweetwater area.

Seemed simple until I had to figure compound degrees and angles that would not just work on paper, but on a crooked little carport (see yesterday's post).

 "Let's see, I'll make the shed roof sides at 15 degree angles to cover the crooked angle that exists, but the end boards will have to be 12 1/2 degrees to be 90 degrees square - in a perfect world. Then the center section, which is 8 feet wide by 3 feet tall will be 40 degrees, but the center board peak...."

"I  need brain food!" I cried out.
"Cheerios will have to do," my honey replied.
"Add almonds and pray."
"Yep, because you didn't figure on the double door header either," he mumbled.

Back to the drawing board, literally. I wonder if Miss Brusike, one of my best math teachers, is still alive and teaching?


I'm going to light a soy candle and soak in the tub. We bought this one at Lowes (where I've spent a lot of time lately).


Brabourne Farm said...

I'm having trouble understanding what you're trying to do much less how to do the calculation - clever you! Thank you for the comment you left at Brabourne Farm - it's so nice to get lovely feedback. Leigh

Sara said...

That candle looks delish! :)

And, I would not remember all that math if my life depended on it... so, good luck to you!!! hehe

Rosey Pollen said...

They were right about the math, except I need it to help my son with his homework now! Those candles smell divine. We had one outside in the spring and a bear bit into it, it smelled so realistic. Darn it!

kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

"...add almonds and pray..."

this had me smiling! too funny...


blueviolet said...

I'm afraid I was like minded and didn't pay enough attention either. :(

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I agree, a good soak always works wonders! Loving reading about your renovations--it's giving me courage to start my own, slowly but surely!

Sue said...

Wow you are brave. With the building and the math and all.

It certainly is candle weather, especially now that it gets dark earlier!

Anonymous said...

This is funny -- it reminds me when my son and I built a village within my laundry room. To start the walls were not square which we found out after the fact --- it was a huge pain to take down and redoo -- but we did finish the project and it's one of those project we never did again -- way to much dusting of all the lifesize buildings --- even though it was a hit! We Learn and move Forward -- right!
So I am sure you will have a beautiful project once it's done - so don't mind the grade you gave yourself : )

Kristeen from northern Utah. --- kandgough@gmail.com

stitching under oaks said...

enjoy your candle and soak in the tub...I'd need more than that to help me figure out those angle issues. Geometry is enough for me this year. Best wishes to you! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi...it's nice to 'meet' you.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Math and I... we're no longer friends.

Dawn said...

Hey Janean, make sure you come by soon...I've got a winner...can you take time off building to bake?

Mila said...

Hi Janean,
nice to met you :)
Thank you for your sweet note on my blog :).Usually I write my post in Italian (of course) and in English..but this time I forgot to traslate in English...Oh my!
Funny this post :))
Have a wonderful day :)
Mila :)

Federica said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and leave a comment! I'm glad that you liked my post.
Hugs from Italy!

seasons of my house said...

Funny story! Thanks for your sweet comment on my Blog. If it's oke with you I'll be back.
Greetings from a rainy Holland

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