July 4th in Frankfort

Spent the 4th in Frankfort, and hung out with Bob to help him work on his house. Today, we were focusing on getting some flashing set up for a new overhead porch on the second floor.

I saw in the driveway that his signpost project was completed, and waiting in the driveway to be transported. I didn’t think to take a photo of the post until after we had covered it up in protective tarp and rags.

The post, nestled up on top of the truck.

A random rabbit, who was hopping between the backyards and pausing to chew a little grass. I know that for the area, there are a large number of rabbits currently – and they’re causing a lot of problems, in terms of the damage they’ve done to local flowers and plants (and even some trees).

As rabbit owners though, it’s hard to see them as anything other than adorable.

We pulled out the aluminum brake, and worked on getting some large sheets measured out and folded up.

In the course of the process, I ended up misaligning one of the (large) pieces, and we made a bend that nearly wrecked one of the pieces. Instead of a straight line, my mistake ended up causing a slightly diagonal bend.

Luckily, Bob was able to save the piece (most of it, anyways) with a bit of adjustment and mallet-work. After this happened, I was being extra-careful with every subsequent bend.

Due to some damage to the larger, aluminum brake… we ended up having to use the smaller 4′ brake for some of the pieces. I learned that when working with copper or aluminum, you need to line the brake with something to prevent scratches (duct tape works well).

Bob, installing the flashing.

Not a great photo, but this is of us at a nearby field catching the start of the Frankfort fireworks.

Also not a great photo, but one of the more in-focus ones I got from the evening (and from my phone). I posted up a few videos, too.

Fireworks in Frankfort, 2010
Discovering a Warren of Baby Rabbits in the Backyard, Frankfort, IL

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