DAY 35Today started out with a thunderstorm. It was severe enough that the power went out for about 1 1/2 hours so I lit candles then played Dutch Blitz with Pepe and RJ while the other kids played with their toys around the dining room table. It was so cozy!
Since the storm disappeared after lunch, I headed out to the site. Jay was there at about 1pm to meet the man delivering the trusses. Yes, the most exciting part of yesterday was the delivery of the trusses!
DAY 36Today was a continuation of yesterday with me continuing to frame the few remaining walls upstairs while Jay continued to work on the garage floor. I was able to get a few more walls framed before Mr.W needed my help moving trusses (and, therefore, I still have about 3 walls left to do). Today we started making the roof. Remember I said that the roof had an 8/12 and a 12/12 pitch and that working on that pitch of a roof on a 2-storey house puts you rather high into the air. Then imagine trying to shingle the bottom of the roof hanging out over the ground working backwards. That is why we are creating the roof on the ground and craning it up in sections. So, to start off the roof, Mr.W pounded stakes into the ground (the same stakes used to form the footing for the basement) and ran 2x10s and 2x6s along it to recreate the line of the walls. With a chalk line snapped on one side, we know where straight is. He then marked the locations of each of the trusses.
Once that was done, Mr.W and Mr.E carried trusses to their spots and laid them down. Imagine a row of dominoes that has been pushed over. That is how they laid the trusses so that eventually you can just stand them up and they are where they need to be.
While I was doing the fun job of moving the trusses, Jay continued with his boring job (his words, not mine) of tying rebar for the garage floor. Pepe came to help him as did RJ for a while (until they went to grandma's). It takes a lot of time to lay all that rebar in place. Tomorrow he will add the pex pipe for the floor heat to be ready to pour at 3pm. He was kinda jealous I got to help with the trusses but I am jealous of all the extra time he gets to spend on site when I am at home. It balances out, at least for today! :)