Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
I haven't been over the house for a few days. I usually take Friday off from my regular job so I can get an early start on the weekend, but by the time the weekend is over, my body is toast and I need a couple days off. I don't have a whole lot to do at Jacobsen Construction, so I have taken quite a few days off. I have only two active jobs and it's Christmas time, so work usually slows down.
We have a couple weeks before we are ready for insulation and the stucco contractor is getting anxious to get going. I think we hit a pretty big speed bump last week though. My buddies doing the electrical decided to drill through my trusses (7 or 8 holes) to run wires because it was more convient for them. Unfortunately, trusses are never to be cut or drilled. So I have to have the engineer give me a fix. I hope it's not too costly or time consuming. My electricians say they always drill trusses. I have never heard anything so scary. If you are unsure if you can drill or cut a peice of wood that is attached to your house, please don't ask an electrician.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Wow, that was pretty fast, not. There is about 2 months between those pictures. My favorite part of framing is laying the sub-floor, as seen in the picture just above here. It's not that difficult to do, but you can really mess up your house if you don't do it right. When it's done, it's like a whole new fresh start. Finally there is a picture of me and my brother, and it looks like my dog is there too. Her name is Anne. The picture at the top is the day that we see the roof trusses. We had the crane at the house for 7 hours. At $85 an hour, it got pretty expensive. Needless to say, we didn't take a lunch. That would have been an expensive lunch. It was a really long day, but it was so nice to see it done. We had a couple other people help set the trusses, thanks guys if your reading this. Your help was priceless. No one fell off of the walls or got hit with the trusses. And the trusses didn't fall over, which happens more that you would think. Setting trusses is very dangerous because your climbing on wood that is wobbling in the sky. You have to swing around a 20 lb. nail gun in one hand and anchor yourself with your other hand. The guys that were helping us tipped over my dad's trusses on his barn about 10 years ago. A couple people had to go to the hospital. One guy broke his leg. I know your all saying "why would you use them?" I would rather work with someone who had made a mistake and overcome it than someone who is perfect and invincible. A couple more posts and we will be current on what we are doing right now. It's more fun to go day by day instead of month by month cause so many interesting things happen that I didn't even mention.
Friday, December 8, 2006
I had the gas company set a temporary meter today and I hooked up a huge heater (400,000 btu's, or about the size of four normal furnaces). It costs about 2 bucks an hour to run, but it warms the house up pretty quick. When the temperature is 20 degrees, anyone will pay 2 bucks an hour to keep their hands and nose from falling off. I hope we can get the house ready for insulation by Christmas with all of this snowmobiling weather creeping in.