double smart house #3: Feb 13th '09

Blog entry by Big Al posted 02-14-2009 08:32 PM 2745 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This week was actualy sunny. the snow had melted the day before, and preatty much all froze into ice(i fell twice during the day). fells a little warmer now in the hosue becose it is almost completly closed in. now the goal today was to keep on working on the ceiling. and start on the walls.

Arriving at the job site, showing the grip guard on the roof, getting ready for the steel roofing.

having passed the broom, cleaning the area off to start laying out the walls on the floor. And, no we didn’t miss a spot, someone’s workign on foaming some small gaps in the ceiling so she made a mess after the fact :P

usign a copy of the plans to chalk line all the walls on the floor. made a big mess refilling the chalk lines lol.

Brad laying out closer to the exterior wall while I was more towards the middle of the building.

we had some people cut the bottom/top plates as we were laying out the walls on the floor. after putting down the plates, you can really see how big/small the rooms are. in this case, small. the three small rooms (from closest to farthest) you can see are study, storage room, and bathroom, in the end is one bedroom.

Brad and I framing the little walls… verry easy to make, 8’ long, 24’‘O.C. all crowns up while framign so we get a nicer finish when the drywall is installed. And you can’t see it but we took off all the 1×4 stapping on the exterior walls because they will be in the way when we erect the walls.

some of the door sizes were not in the plans so I found the door schedule and hung it so everyone could see them. turns out we had to fix a wall’s opening and re layout an other wall. *because the dimension’s on the plans were finished and we needed to resize for the rough openings.

This day was a bit short because i had to leave early to make on time to Ottawa for a friends Birthday party. and we will be out of school next week (reading week), so i’ll post the next workday in two weeks.

‘til then, thanks for your comments.

PS: aparantly we are supposed to have the concrete floors and the roofing done by the tiem school starts again in a week’s time

And….. Chester says hello to all the homerefurbers reading this :D

-- BigAl, Ontario Canada

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posted 02-19-2009 12:48 PM

Enjoying the progress Alex.

So, what exactly does it mean to have the crown up when framing? and how does that help with the drywall?

Chester must be a very smart cat for reading HomeRefurbers.

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posted 02-19-2009 01:25 PM

im also enjoying this build . thanks al . im wondering if chester is hittin the “kitty porn ” when your not looking ! lol

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posted 02-19-2009 03:24 PM

Daltxguy, The crown of a piece of lumber is the upward arch you see when you look down its narrowest edge. Builders who don’t take crowns into consideration can create humps or dips in floors or walls. So we frame extrior walls with crowns pointing out, interior walls with crowns pointing the same direction and floorjoists with crowns facing up. I don’t know if it makes sence now, if not I’ll draw some drawings to explain it, after work.

Mrtrim, I hope he’s not :S… If he is, it’s my brother’s computer so he’s the one that will get in trouble :D


-- BigAl, Ontario Canada

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posted 02-20-2009 01:40 AM

Thanks Big Al, she’s coming along just fine, looks like.

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posted 02-21-2009 04:40 PM

I love to watch a new home in progress.Thanks for posting.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 02-21-2009 06:53 PM

Nice work on the pictures, as well as the house. This is a nice story to follow.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 09-20-2009 05:03 PM

Nice progress. on the next project you need to build a snow man. I have to agree this is a good story to follow.

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posted 09-21-2009 01:32 AM

I did make one in the middle of our formwork exam. I (and my two buddies) finished first and we lots of time to shovel around the snow lol,


-- BigAl, Ontario Canada

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