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Category Archives: self sustainability

  • House – Finished 2nd floor joists & some sheathing

    The OSB isn’t attached to the 2nd subfloor yet but it’ll help prevent the tarp from sagging. It almost looks like a shelter!


  • House – 2nd floor progress

    Another 12h days, too tired for comments, just a bunch of pics.






  • House – All 4 walls are up!

    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.

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  • House – Not a great day

    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.


  • House – Subfloor Framing



    Blocking is very time consuming; so is having to deal with uneven boards. Thanks to my boss Mark for taking his own time off to work 11 hours straight thus saving me time and mistakes made.

  • House – Support Built-Up Beam Anchoring

     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.


  • House – Support Built-Up Beam Assembly

    Getting ready for fun


    Charging station


    Clamping left & right, not all 2x8x16s are created equals, it’s very hard to mitigate their imperfections.


    Helpers helping



    The inevitable was not evited.

    IMG_3663End of the day, 3 built-up beams ready. Next thing is to attach these monsters to the piers.



  • House – Pier Install Day

    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.

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    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.”

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    Filling it all back up & calling it a day


    Thanks to Matt for stopping by unexpectedly and helping for hours.

  • House – First Load, Piers & Wood for the Main Beams

    3 tons of precast 5′ piers


    Remote controlled crane


    Hats off to Shane for trying to get closer to the site