I was trying to think of something fun and punny to say about raising the walls and nothing is coming.
- Who let the walls out?
- Who’s got walls?
- FOUL WALL!
So, let’s just get to it. Ryan took off 11 days of work and it immediately started raining. Figures.
But the dream team was able to dodge some of the raindrops and work on building and raising the two story walls and install floor trusses for the second floor. (If you remember, the last update involved the basement floors and walls. And I also discussed trusses, if you are interested – or bored. Whatever.)
HEY-O. This looks like a house. Did I get your attention?
I’ve learned that building a house makes you thankful for math classes. Who would have thought so many calculations were involved in building? These two guys – that’s who. The calculators are getting a workout.
The plan for wall-building was mighty ambitious. Ryan decided to build all four walls (in once piece each). They built them on the ground floor and then sheeted the walls in place. This meant that once they were lifted, they would be square and ready to go. The goal was to have them fit together like Lincoln Logs – or Legos. Only bigger, obviously.
So, there was LOTS of measuring and planning to get the windows in the right place and the pieces very very square. Because even a few centimeters could spell TOTAL DOOM. (Insert doom sound effects.)
Here’s papa bear, thinking about those storm clouds rolling in. You can see the four walls are framed and ready beneath him. (Also, Henry took this picture. He’s such a prodigy.)
These walls would obviously be too heavy for the crew to lift without years of performance enhancing drugs and the help of the entire Chicago Bears Football Team. (Minus Cutler – he wouldn’t be any help.)
So, Ryan rented some large piece of machinery for a week to help with this job and other tasks.
There were some hiccups (and tons of mud), but they got all four walls in place in a day. And we’re happy to say, all the pieces went together perfectly. Our neighbor actually came down and ran the equipment and his experience was invaluable.
He also insisted upon helping out with his own tools from time to time.
It was wild to see those walls get up in one day – but all the prep made it happen.
Once the main walls were in place, it was time for floor trusses for the second floor. This process went the same as those for the first floor.
Measurements, brackets, installing in place.
Each truss was labeled and the crew used a blueprint from the truss company to get them in the right order.
The second floor trusses were in place after one day and the dream team started working on installing the plywood floors on the second floor. The Skytrak was a pretty big help in getting those sheets of plywood upstairs.
After the floors were in, they used the second floor as the building site for the front and back peaks.
So that meant more measuring, cutting and building.
They finished the front peak the first day and the back peak the second day. Then, they lifted them into place. And we had a real house.
I’m pretty proud of this dude.
And beyond thankful for these helpers, who have been here every day. Meeting of the minds.