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Planning a Swatara
Updated Map swatara_watertrail
Public access points about every
For comparison, when the
Harpers gauge at our
launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following
5.5’, & the
Road to site #1 is almost covered, not accessible
and partly flooded;
7’ our ramp is covered to
the top gravel border;
9’ the swell puts water onto sites 1-4 & site 8;
10.56', only sites 26-35 do not flood.
National Weather Service provides forecasts for Harper's
and Hershey gauges. Check the gauge nearest your start point. Reschedule
if experienced, but water is rising between
3.5' & 4' or below .4'. Kayaks may float a bit
lower. Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.
|Use caution at dams: With groups, avoid
low-head dam in Jonestown. Uneven portage on left bank, which disappears
into tree line in high water. Hershey dam portage is also
on the left. Long, but flat, mowed route. Take out at
feeder stream on left before warning sign.|
|U-Tow Canoes Available
Canoe Use agreement:
CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf
Seasonal Primitive Camping
Fishing, hiking, picnicking
Visit the Bordner Cabin in Swatara
Bordner Cabin Drive
thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat
Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct.
Most recent Newsletter:
2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf
About the Swatara Watershed
Rivers Conservation Plan
Swatara on Great Nonprofits:
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Cabin Roof Repair 8/12 & 13/2006; 9AM-4PM
So that we know how many
people to expect, please rsvp by email.
Swatara Township is to be
commended for their 2.6 miles of Old State Road upkeep north of the Appalachian
Trail Bridge. It looked like a grader just went through to take off the center
hump. You will only need to go another one-tenth mile to reach the cabin lane
on the right, but watch out for potholes on this final stretch. Parking at the
AT Bridge and carpooling to the site is a good idea. Bring your signed release
form—MANDATORY--found at Adopt
a Cabin . FYI: Cell phone reception is five-bars at the cabin.
ELK donated shingles
but at Lowes, we purchased supplies and roofing materials.
Roofing Nails _2-30 lb boxes 1 1/4"__
8 Penny Sheathing Nails _________________
75 lb Felt _7 rolls_____
OSB 7/16”Sheeting _35 sheets-4x8’ South side
Drip Edge _19-10’ pieces_
Continuous Ridge Vent _6-10’ pieces__
1”x6” Planks _10 tongue groove_
40 lb. bags Cement _4 bags_____?_____
Staples for felt _______________
Muratic Acid to remove graffiti ______________
general preparation, the north side needs the shingles removed.
The south side is just a few pieces of tarpaper, and to
smooth it out, will need sheeting prior to shingles.
arrange for a dumpster, both extension and step ladders, special
nail-removing shovels, line and
chalk, slap staple guns, brooms, circular saw, double headed nails, extension
cord, and a generator. **Does anyone have a generator we can use to
power the circular saw and the special shovels, or other items like ladders, or
should we rent what I don’t have?
wants to volunteer to bring sandwiches and beverages (no alcohol of course) to
the workers, that would be great. Otherwise, we’ll send someone for sandwiches
This is my experience with roofing. If you have other
recommendations, please advise.
Bordner Cabin Roofing Instructions for August 11 & 12,
- Inside, a team can start removing rotted tongue and
groove from the ceiling and replace it with new wood. Likewise, the floor
needs about three new pieces of wood. Please note that the original tongue
and groove was one foot in width, but we can only purchase 6” wide boards. It
looks like this same method of repair was made in the corner already.
- Outside, to catch debris like nails and tarpaper, a team
can cut a sheet of plywood into four 1’ x 8’ strips, and nail
perpendicular/vertical to the edge of the south side of the roof.
- With special nail-removing shovels, start removing
tarpaper and nails.
- As the debris rolls against the guard, other people can
shovel up the debris, carry it across the roof, and drop it into a waiting
dumpster, truck, or trailer.
- To “level” out the roof and give it more strength, 4’ x
8’ Sheathing gets nailed down horizontally on the entire south side with 8
penny nails approximately every 12 inches—leaving an opening at the peak for
heat to escape. (Does OSB require more or less nails?)
- Next, the drip edge is installed.
- Then, allowing a ½”overhang on all sides, staple the
tarpaper in place, from the lower edge to the peak. After installation, trim
the tarpaper to the drip edge.
- Follow with a row of shingles on the bottom edge, nailed
straightedge toward the bottom. The shingles should extend ¼” beyond the drip
- Overlapping edges (1/3 offset), the next layer goes
directly over top of the first row, only tabs toward the bottom.
- From there, chalk lines are snapped, and the bottom edge
of each row of shingles lays against the “cut out” section of the previous
- When the south side is completed, the shingles,
tarpaper, and nails on the north side must be removed. It does not appear
that the north side will need sheathing.
- Steps 6 through 10 are repeated on the north side.
- Once the shingles reach the top on both sides, a ridge
vent spans the open peak.
If we need fascia underneath the drip edge, this would be