Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cabin Building - Day 79

Ken came to help :) It's been snowing off and on, and it's a tad chilly, so things are going a little slowly. We spend a lot of time warming up our hands on the generator exhaust and sweeping snow of the work surfaces and lumber.

Yesterday we got all the sheathing installed downstairs and the subfloor put up on the loft, as well as started cutting out the door & window holes from the sheathing until the batteries in the cordless SawzAll died on us (too cold to hold charge for long).

Today, used corded SawzAll to finishing cutting the holes. Made one rafter template, verified it worked, then begain cutting all the pieces. Got four trusses assembled, but ran out of daylight before we could stand those up.

Tomorrow is errand day, but hopefully we can get back from Manley in time to cut all the remaining rafter pieces and all the blocking for the roof. Then Ken can come back over on Thursday to stand the 4 completed trusses and we can build and stand the remaining 9, get all the blocking and the outriggers and barge/flying rafters installed so we can frame in the end walls and sheath the loft and roof on Friday.

Have pics, but the computer the camera works with is on the fritz until we get a replacement keyboard (coffee & computers don't mix!).  I'll try to shoot a video walkthrough tomorrow when we get back from Manley since that camera works with my computer. Only problem with vid (besides having to wait until the middle of the night to upload it!) is getting adequate lighting with the snow. Last time I tried to light a scene when it was snowing everything came out all white and grainy from the reflection... we'll see if it works better this time. Maybe it won't be snowing tomorrow or won't be as overcast. :)

9 comments:

Sonny said...

PC - Try doing your walk through early just after the sun starts coming up and it is not quite as bright.

Quinton said...

This brings back memories of our first winter working on our cabin. We sheathed with green lumber which left 1/2" cracks. We were burning our wood stove full blast and it was above freezing for about a 10' radius from the stove. Burrrr! We finally got tar paper nailed up and made it through the winter in relative comfort. But we always had the comfy motorhome to retire to each night. You guys are tough!

Anonymous said...

I come back every other day to see your progress. Very inspiring that you made it the first winter in the tent and are pushing through so many obstacles for your dream.

Keep the updates coming and warm sunny weather thoughts coming your way.

HermitJim said...

Slow but sure things are coming together! I know you will be glad when you can move in for at least a night!

Looking good...or should I say, "sounding good?".

Marybeth said...

Glad things are moving along now. Just think at least it's not rain!!! How's your hand with the cold? I hope it is well, and you can get settled in and finished up for the winter soon. =)
MJ

Plickety Cat said...

My gimpy hand is not doing so well in the cold. It's the first thing to get cold, numb and hurting; and it doesn't recover very well. In fact, today, I can barely grip or pick up anything and it's aching all the way up to my elbow :(

No cutting rafter pieces today -- just gonna sit at home and rest the hand. G has to rest his hand a bit as well since it smashed his thumb with a hammer yesterday. Nailing can be so much fun when everything metal sticks to your gloves!

Plickety Cat said...

My gimpy hand is not doing so well in the cold. It's the first thing to get cold, numb and hurting; and it doesn't recover very well. In fact, today, I can barely grip or pick up anything and it's aching all the way up to my elbow :(

No cutting rafter pieces today -- just gonna sit at home and rest the hand. G has to rest his hand a bit as well since it smashed his thumb with a hammer yesterday. Nailing can be so much fun when everything metal sticks to your gloves!

Plickety Cat said...

My gimpy hand is not doing so well in the cold. It's the first thing to get cold, numb and hurting; and it doesn't recover very well. In fact, today, I can barely grip or pick up anything and it's aching all the way up to my elbow :(

No cutting rafter pieces today -- just gonna sit at home and rest the hand. G has to rest his hand a bit as well since it smashed his thumb with a hammer yesterday. Nailing can be so much fun when everything metal sticks to your gloves!

Dan said...

Sorry about the hand, PC.

Thanks as always for the great update. Sounds like the going is getting tough.

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