Week of December 4, 2006

For the coming week, our sewer tap will happen on Tuesday and Wednesday and the substructure consisting of the footers and basement walls will be started on Thursday.

We have scheduled a very low key ground breaking for Friday December 15, 2006 at 12 noon. even though the excavation machinery should be doing that on Thursday. It will be more of a gathering because we are starting on site rather than a true ground breaking. We are not putting out any invitations but if anyone wants to be there, feel free to attend. There will be nothing to eat or drink. I'll put in the time for this on this blog later in the week so check again. Our formal red carpet start will happen in January when our floor deck is on and we raise up our first wall.

This week we finished framing the side walls of our garage. That makes for only the back wall of the garage left for us to modify a bit. We initially thought that we could move 22' walls if we had enough people to help move them. Experience in framing the back wall all in one piece showed us that this really couldn't be done so we need to separate the back wall and make it into two sections.

Squaring the wall using tape measures and equal length diagonals.

After squaring using tape measures, the wall is also squared with the sheathing as it is nailed on providing for a second check for wall squareness.

We thank Phil, our mentor for helping us.


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