Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The manipulations involved in putting beam number two in place would have made G. A. Henty proud. The guys used the truck as an intermediate resting place for the beam and as a fulcrum about which it could be pivoted until it was resting on top of the garage and easily dragged and pushed up on top. They seemed pretty pleased with themselves for getting the beam in position without putting themselves in too much danger. I wonder which of Henty's books gave Sam the inspiration for hoisting the beam?
At the end of the day on Tuesday all the beams are in place, and the OSB covers about half of the top surface of the beams. Don't forget to pray for safety for Gene and Sam!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Monday's activities were rained out, but the weather forecast predicts sunny weather ahead.
Friday, September 26, 2008
On Thursday, Gene and Sam were able to complete the east wall and set one of the I-joists before Sam had to leave. Gene proceeded to set a few of the joists by himself, and saved the rest of them until I got there so I could join in the fun too.
Here's a short video composed of still images that gives you some idea of how the joists went into place. Notice the images of Gene carrying the second end of the joist up the ladder on his shoulder. I think he likes doing that kind of stuff that makes him feel like he could do some steer wrestling.
I took this shot from down low so you could appreciate the pergola effect of the I-joists. They're only nailed to the south wall so we can adjust both the north and south walls before everything is nailed in place. The two gaps where the joists are missing are left open for laminated beams that will support more weight. Those beams should arrive Monday.
The end of the day photo for Friday.
That one looks like a keeper! Actually, they were all tossed back (on the ground) when these pictures were taken since I was testing the new pole and skimming off the extra floaties. Don't be too disgusted. Although there could be some bad bacteria that make their way through to the sample port, the water is intended to be clean enough to discharge at this spot.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Here's a close-up that may not look very appetizing, but I'm sure it looks like yellow gold to Farmer Wagenbach who hopes to harvest it soon.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Here's Gene fastening a sill plate to the top of the foundation wall.
Our friends, the Anonymous family, dropped off a large bag of peppers today along with instructions on making tasty grilled stuffed peppers. Since the grill was already hot, why not give it a try? I guess I shouldn't be surprised that some of the peppers were pretty tame while others cleared your sinuses.
Thanks Anonymous for sharing the wonderful peppers, and the delightful idea for preparing them!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Now that the rain has passed and the gravel in the garage is leveled, Gene layed out the styrofoam and attached the heating system lines to the foam. In this picture from Tuesday, he's mounting the cement form boards to the foundation in preparation for the cement pouring scheduled for Thursday.
Thursday --Thursday was a beautiful cement pouring day with plenty of sun and a light breeze. Brett Kaiser and his crew showed up a little before the cement trunk arrived at about 9:45. If I knew anything about concrete, I'd say they are probably going to need to spread that cement pretty thin if they want to cover everything. Speaking of covering everything, yes, I did put some digitally-produced shirts on the guys so the ladies in the audience wouldn't be embarassed.
Now the crew's got a bit more cement. As you can tell, they finished the concrete in four sections so it was more managable to work with. They've done a primary float on the southwest corner, and they're moving on to the northwest. Do you think they're wearing sunscreen?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
This spot in the yard collects standing water in any heavy rainfall, but this is a bigger puddle than most. I don't think we should locate the pool quite so close to the house...
The rain is still coming down in this shot taken before 8:30 AM. Kinda reminds me of a rice paddy...
The garage site was not ignored by the rainfall either. I've got a better shot below of the rain inside the foundation. It's a good thing styrofoam doesn't mind being wet.
If only our downspout were this efficient. As it is, the gutter typically overflows more water than what goes down the downspot. Hopefully that will change when we replace the gutter.
We even had standing water in the front yard and on the side between our house and the neighbor's. I don't recall seeing standing water in the front before.
Having trouble seeing how much rain is in the gauge? That's because the gauge is full! The gauge had 2.5 inches the day before when I looked at it, but I didn't empty it at the time because the rain was still coming down. As of 8:30 Sunday morning, we had over 4.5 inches more. Only the Lord knows how much rain we actually received...
Here's a better shot of the new garage with the rain helping to compact the gravel. Notice how easy it is to see how level the concrete blocks are...
One more shot of the lake in the backyard with something unusual in the background... our neighbors have their back door open while it's raining. After taking this picture, I went to their house and found all three of them bailing water out of the basement. We quickly got our family in action, and spent the day removing the water. Since the water was as much as 4 inches deep in places we employed buckets and pumps initially, and finally worked our way down to squeegees and vacuum cleaners. Carpet covers the floor in most of the rooms, including a thick shag with a pad underneath in the largest room. The other rooms cleaned up pretty well, but it was a lot of work to get the water out of the shag carpet. The video below illustrates why Karen (and the rest of us) were tired at the end of the day.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Last fall Karen gave the support a couple coats of paint to match the trim color we used around the doors. This picture was taken when we progressed with the soffit project to the front entry and realized that if we were ever going to do something with the roof support, the time to act would be before we enclosed it with new soffit.
Since we've been attracted to craftsman/prairie style home features lately, we thought a tapered wood post would look more attractive on the front of the house than the old steel one. After agonizing over how to best construct the tapered post, we finally purchased some wood and found a friend knowledgable enough to help us build the thing.
Here's Ken preparing the cut boards so that we can nail three of them together. These oak boards are merely decorative as they will simply surround a 4x4 wood post that will do all the heavy roof lifting.
Three-fourths of the finished product! The taper is a little hard to discern in this photo, but it should show up nicely when the post is in place. Ken did a wonderful job cutting the pieces with nice sharp edges so the mitered corners went together great and look stunning. Stay tuned for future reports on the staining and installation of the post, as well as a before and after shot or two.