Stairs and Another Visitor

Another visitor.

The sun came out today nice and strong hoping it will dry things out. Not to fun to walk around outside on the job site with all the mud. I had a very small visitor today that was extremely aggressive. He kept following me along the wall trying to jump on me. He was defending his territory I suppose.

Basement Framing Nearly Done.

Girls side of basement.

The girls’ side of the basement is starting to really take shape with the addition of the outside wall and window. Before we stood up the outside wall I laid down a bead of none-drying roofing tar on the concrete to seal for air-leakage. Then I put on top of that the typical foam membrane but doubled-up to account for …

Day One of Basement Framing

Basement set for framing.

One more delivery from Home Depot this morning and now I had everything I need to start. Got my work table set up, electric run from the pole and air compressor ready. I never had large paper blueprints made since I just did all the designing on my laptop, so I kept it up there on the table for reference. …

Basement Lumber is Here!

Home Depot truck leaving

There goes the HomeDepot truck that just delivered our first of many loads of lumber. Some stuff we would go pick up ourselves but for these large deliveries the $60 for them to drive it all the way out here and drop it. It is soooo worth it.

My Favorite Framing Tools

Along the same lines as the old adage “the clothes make the man”. Maybe tools don’t make the carpenter, but boy can they make a big difference in efficiency and reducing frustration. In this post, I have included pictures of many of the incredibly useful tools and accessories I used in the framing of our house. I will try to link …

Basement Slab Pour is Here!

Pumper truck is ready.

The pumper truck is here, the tools are all in place. Let’s pour this thing! Big rains in the spring delayed our start by a month. We have been itching to get started and finally after this concrete part is done we can truly begin our portion of the work. The guys have got more rebar in place to put into the …

More Slab Prep

Concrete form.

Not much to mention today. While I was at work the concrete guys came to do the final prep work before they pour our slab.

Underslab Plumbing

Digging drain paths.

Before we can get our concrete guy to come pour the basement floor we need to get all the under slab rough plumbing in. We grabbed our blueprints, tape measure, and some flags.

Geeky Diversions #1

Comicon wtih baby.

Planet Comicon!!! A family as large as ours doesn’t take too many vacations. This is the one thing we try to make every year.

Walls and Waterproofing

Completed concrete walls.

The forms come off!!! This really seemed like a momentous day for us. Having these walls up was a big “solid” milestone. Digging out the basement was a start, but that was just removing dirt. This was actually putting something in place that was ours. Something that would last and hold up everything else.