Erecting a 9 foot post

by singlemomseeking on July 23, 2011

After living in a mother-daughter household for almost a decade, it’s still taking some time for me to get used to all the guy talk around here. Moving in with Thunderpants — a man who loves his tools — this past spring was a big change. Now that I’m face-to-face with contractors and carpenters every week, there’s a constant stream of testosterone around here.

Like yesterday, when our lead carpenter asked Thunderpants how things were going with finding a pole for our living room. A pole? For structural reasons, we’ve got to add a sturdy beam inside our home to support our second floor addition. The height was not something that was up for discussion: it needs to be nine feet tall, from floor to ceiling.

Fortunately, my man seemed very pleased by this measurement. The shape and dimensions of this post, however, are open to discussion. We both agreed it would look beautiful if was exposed.

A naked post in the center of our living room? It’s going to be a real piece of art. At first, there was some joking about my husband carving a personalized tiki pole, like this:

From the moment that this pole idea first came up, it was clear that he had very strong opinions about what it should look like. Everyone on our building team agreed that it should fit into the current “experiment modern” style of our home. Still, we could get creative.

Yesterday, during our contractor meeting, one guy jumped in with this idea:

“You can carve it so it bends–”

“Curving it sounds like a great idea” another guy added.

I blushed.

Up until now, I’d been quiet, in the background. But I wanted to be part of this pole-talk, too: “I hope we can use salvaged wood to make the pole, instead of cutting down a tree–”

The guys nodded in my direction — but then they returned to discussing its texture, shape, and color. “It should be solid and sturdy… Darker wood would be ideal.”

More realistically, the pole will look closer to this image, below — yet, with a slight bend 🙂

Welcome to my world.


Tiki photo courtesy of Backyardxscapes

Wooden pole courtesy of Design Berry Fields

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T July 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Oh men and their poles…. I’d watch ’em closely though. Their measurement idea and it’s actual size may vary. 😉

I love the smell of testosterone in the morning…
.-= T´s last blog ..Single Mom Confession =-.


Shannon July 29, 2011 at 7:21 am

So excited to see all your talk of home renovations. Although stressful, they can really make you feel bonded AFTER they are done. 🙂 Great way to cement the newly blended family. Worked for us.
.-= Shannon´s last blog ..Smartphones and parenting: friends or foes? =-.


shim aka NappyKitchen July 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

@rachel: I’m not going to tell you what I thought the post title said when I first glanced it. I had to read it twice;)
.-= shim aka NappyKitchen´s last blog ..Swing Out Sister =-.


Crazy Computer Dad July 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Structurally and artistically speaking, one thing to consider would be a metal pole you decorate. We used to make totem poles by decorating coffee cans. Consulting a family friend sculptor for either wood or metal might be a good idea too. You could take long walks on the beach looking for drift wood, but I don’t think it would be structurally sound. Have fun with it!
.-= Crazy Computer Dad´s last blog ..Kids are gone so what are the parents doing??? =-.


rachael July 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

hahah. so much talk of erecting poles. i think i’d have a hard time hearing grown men talk so intensely about erect poles. see? i keep saying that just to say it. i’m such a kid sometimes.

darker is better, so i’ve heard though.
.-= rachael´s last blog ..and the questions begin.. =-.


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