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.
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.
Only a year after buying our chunk of land we are building a house. The dream we came to pursue in Vermont is finally happening, 4 years in (we had planned on 2). Vermont felt right going in, there simply could not have been a better place, better people, better circumstances to surrounds ourselves with to make it happen. These 4 years were more than necessary to make the adjustments needed for such a lifestyle change. We are extremely appreciative and in debt to everyone who helped a couple of flatlanders get acquainted with all the awesome skills we wanted to develop. To this list of skills that is so nicely summarized in the “categories” of this blog, we are adding “building”.
We spent all Winter learning how to build a house & designing it. It completely blows my mind that we live in a time where all this information is available online. I spent countless hours reading and watching videos on building techniques. Not only is information ubiquitous, so is stuff. Every specialized tool or object referenced in these videos is available to purchase online, with reviews, and unboxing videos…
Preparations in no particular order
- septic permit, the only paperwork/requirement
- Sketchup design
- extensive reviews by multiple trusted builders
- research & acquire needed tools
- skill saw
- rip & plywood blades
- run generator and charge devices with it to avoid surprises
- create guides for sawing
- 2×6 with 22.5 angle
- plywood 4′ & 8′
- find cheap recovered windows & fix them up
- visit local lumber yards to get material pricing & delivery fees
- buy portable shower & potty
- emptying our current house of superfluous things we’ve accumulated to get ready for downsizing