Another 12h days, too tired for comments, just a bunch of pics.
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12h day with Mark & Jared helping get all 4 walls up!
Raising a wall
I fell off a ladder twice, thankfully not from much height. We clamped to no end to keep the wood straight.
2 done, 2 to go.
20:30, all 4 walls are up!
I especially liked looking at the views through the windows’ rough openings
The next day, somewhat protected from the impending storm with help from Peter.
I also got a kick out of seeing the design I have been immersed in for months come to life. I’ll try to take better comparison shots.
The Sun was beating on me all day and a fire broke out pretty close to our land. I had trouble finishing the OSB and barely got started on a wall. Tarping everything up for the night took for ever. Not a productive day.
Once again I spent hours measuring & leveling; the laser level has proven itself to be invaluable.
To lift the beams up I used a technique I don’t know the name of but that I discovered watching this: link. This is no Stonehege but 3 2x8x16 with plywood sandwiched between is more than I can lift, this technique worked really well.
Leveling, mesuring, hammering for 9 hours. The 2 heaviest parts of the house, piers & beams are up a month ahead of schedule.
Getting ready for fun
Clamping left & right, not all 2x8x16s are created equals, it’s very hard to mitigate their imperfections.
The inevitable was not evited.
Take it away Ken
In spite of the batter boards & strings, it takes a very long time to get everything level and right where it needs to be.
I love the fact that Ken doesn’t give a flying crap about liability and expects you to be in the hole & helping as he makes 750lb piers fly above your head. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Great & fun guy, knows his stuff too. “Uh oh Ben, we’re running out of piers.”
Filling it all back up & calling it a day
Thanks to Matt for stopping by unexpectedly and helping for hours.
Level, like an Egyptian. This method is both cheap and very accurate. Note the use of windshield wiper fluid for color & anti-freeze.
Unfortunately I couldn’t come up with a way of doing right angles I trusted, so I ended up getting a laser level; which is a pretty awesome toy and confirmed how accurate liquid leveling was on top of giving me a perfect 90°.
A perfect right angle if ever I’ve seen one.
End of the day, with every mason strings finely adjusted to a perfect & level square. It doesn’t look like much but it took 7 hours to get there.
Unlike the pricy electric laser level, the liquid one can sleep outside.