|Bits of the upper story are being built - the frame for the solar water heater and a girder to support the little quarter roof. When it is too cold to use glue, windows are fitted.|
|frame for solar heater||webs ready for girder||first window in|
The weather has been so cold with snow and rain that nothing except small things has been done by mid Feb.
|At this point we had a severe storm that damaged the house. The half roof on the east was only properly fastened on two sides. The wind moved it and warped the top of the walls. It took a lot of thought to figure out how to correct it.|
|got a bargain on some second hand scaffold||girder assembled||windows done and front door in||Feb 26|
|shed lifted off its anchors||moved roof on north wall||northwest corner||south wall||everything straight and true again|
|The walls of the upstairs room are being framed on the upstairs floor and then raised into place. I am not climbing up to take pictures, so they will be taken through the stairwell or from the outside.|
|frame for solar panel in place||frame of an upstairs wall on floor||Harry putting prop under wall to start lifting||steel tube supporting pully breaks; had to change to new pully|
|The eastern wall was framed but not sheathed and raised as a trail fit. One piece of sheathing was fastened while it was up so that the fit would not changed with the rest of the sheathing.|
|wall at about 45 degrees||wall within a small angle to vertical||Harry putting up temporary ties||west upstairs wall in place - perfect fit!||Mar 23|
|frame on floor ready to raise||lever & weight attached to counter balance||Harry lifting the frame up||and up||and up|
|We then had rain for quite a few days. Harry managed to get the wall sheathed in odd dry periods. Ciara & co arrived. It still rained alot but on one day they raised the wall.|
|nearly vertical||after putting back down||Ryan, Jamie & Harry lift & Ciara helps.||no counterwieght this time. Up...||Up...|
|After raising the wall, Ryan and Jamie lifted the girder up to the upper floor and wrapped it to keep it dry. They brought all the stuff not needed down. GREAT HELP||More rain. In the first good weather, the girder was finished with its bottom cord and varnished. Window frames put in solar frame.|
|Harry got the girder up part way and then asked friend Paul Henri to help get it up the rest of the way. GREAT HELP|
|girder half way up||Apr 11||girder in place||north wall framed & up with ropes and counterweights Apr 13||bottom of roof rafters put up|
|All the rest of the roof will be tiled from the outside as normal (hopefully by a roofer). This bit of roof is being done from the inside by Harry.|
|first 2 upper roof rafters up Apr 19||rafters completed||first lot of slate tiles purchased||Apr 25||first slate and a half up|
|There was a couple of weeks of cold, windy and very wet weather. Harry did no slating during that period, but made, varnished and put up a pillar under the girder.|
|start of third row||inside of slates & pillar under girder||May 8||back to slating|
|More rain so work was done under the floor putting a post under the pillar.||When the slates reached the top of the girder, Part of the ceiling of the upper room was put in so that Harry could stand on it to tie the two roofs together and finish the slating.|
|half done||part of ceiling from underneath.||fastening the two sides together|
|Harry from the road - top of the world||the sheathing finished on the road side||almost to the top - but now it rains May 25||finished May 28 ready for chimney & ridge|
|Harry covered the top of the north roof with Tyvex from the outside. There are no pictures because I could not watch but just stayed in ear shot. One of the battens fell so Harry came down to get replacement|
|finishing top of north roof||Harry crawling up roof with last batten||first 2 windows in the solar panel||strip fits in groves in windows & holds them|
|6 in and 2 to go||window held on suction cups to lift into place||held by top & moved to side onto T strip||all in and now raining|
|We had a visit from Sasha (Jun 19-24) and he helped with some lifting, putting in a window and chopping down some dead trees. Photos on visits page.||Next task is to finish the outside of the foundations and backfill around the house. The crawl space is insulated from the outside with foam sheets. Work slow because either storming or baking hot.|
|upper floor window||fire wood from chopped down trees||starting along the west side Jun 28|
It is very hot and only cools down when it rains. Afternoons are not reasonable for Harry outside in the sun.
|the east side next||working along the north side Jul 14||protection over insulation||learning controls on hired digger Aug 4|
We had a bobcat rental arranged next but the machine broke and there was a delay.
|starting utility trench||moving pile of back fill||finishing utility trench||Harry working bobcat|
|Disappointing - bobcat could not lift and move at the same time. Mechanic came & fixed. Nextday the bucket didn't move at all. Gave up on it & will try again later.|
|framing rest of internal walls - my room||bathroom - bedroom frame before raising||after raising||hall - bedroom frame almost vertical|
|Hired Babcat again and it was not fixed - no earth moved.|
Internal framing done except for putting in the top plates between the top of the walls and the roof trusses.
Electricity code requires a tower from floor to ceiling to bring in wires to circuit breakers and distribute them.
|hall - bedroom in place||back of tower||start of closing eaves|
|flashing where wall meets foundation
||flashing under windows
||starting the siding
|During the visits and bad weather very little got done. Bob helped change the scaffold arrangement, and helped with a heavy load of supplies from Bourges on the trailer. A roofer was found and price negotiated, slates delivered & shower purchased.|
|after some work on the siding, a lot of rain
||friend & neighbour helped add a stage to scaffold||measure, climb down, cut, climb up, nail, measure...||starting again with the first nice day - Dec 12
Bad weather again. Harry got as much as he could done before the roofer came. A little bit at the top was left on the west wall. Dec 19 scaffold moved and roofer started. He will work week-ends until done.
|Roofer's first morning's work & weather not bad
||the first day's work - great - break for Christmas
||after the second day's work Dec 28
| Weather continued very cold and wet. Only small things done done these days
|after the third day
||front finished at lunch time on fourth day
||Dec 31 - ran out of slates - back in a week to finish
||Jan 8 - last bit of back done in morning
|While scaffold there putting siding on high bit
||ready for the zinc edge
||Feb 8 in great weather starting siding on east side
Some rain and broken nailer put a hitch in siding. So inside jobs for a while.
|Scaffolding up first stage - back to siding
||new back door put in - outside
||painting the barge board for the roof
|nailer fixed so back to siding
||more time & effort putting up scaffold than siding
asked 'why nailer': easier stance & reach, no bent nails with less
skill, less damage to wood, tighter nails, less effort, only takes one hand, quicker
The last bit is tricky. Harry made a way up, a bit higher scaffold, a preassembled triangle, a bar to harress himself to and then the last bit was done. Or -how to keep an 81 year old in shape.
|this is a man who finds heigths uncomfortable!||as high as possible before higher plank put up||standing on plank and connecting to bar||putting in triangle|
|Back to the west wall where the siding was unfinished when the scaffolding was taken down to be used by the roofers.|
|fastening||zinc almost done - just very point to do||east wall finished and the scaffolding almost down||putting up scaffold|
|starting putting up zinc||scaffolding higher and ...
||to the top with a rod to clip a harness to
||top triangle put in
|just the zinc left to do up high
||just one peice of zinc left
||putting the zinc in place - two planks above platform
||west wall done -grass has grown so mowing, Apr 14
|Some work was done on the
north side (no picture) and mowing etc. before visit by Ciara and Ryan.
They came determined to get a lot of siding done.
|First into town to get more siding
||first day worked on north side
||did some on south and then put up scaffold
||more on south side
||back to the north to finish as high as possible without scaffold
|The men who are putting in the underground electricity gave us a price for deepening the trench, running the conduit from the road to the house for power, water and phone, and closing the trench in. Date for 30th. Great.|
|permanent electrical meter put in but not hooked up
||end of help - what a lot got done! Apr 26
||snow barrier in eave and last board ready in SE corner
||getting conduits through foundation
one red is for electric supply; the other red is spare in case we want
a light or intercom at gate; green is for telephone cable; blue is for
water supply; and the coloured nets are so future diggers will know
there is conduit (and types) underneath. All according to spec!
||All done except making the foundation hole waterproof
||snow barrier on south eave from inside
||start of snow barrier on north eave from outside
|We have a friend,
Paul Henri, who is fixing a very old house. He and Harry each
have scaffolding but borrow back and forth when they need more than
they have. He has came to get a peice he needs back.
|Harry & Paul Henri
||House end of the trench filled in
||The exact amount of siding to finish the walls
||sliding in top piece along the tongue & grove
Even though Ryan didn't like the black metal corners, we did.
It turned out that we needed a few more boards.
|first bit of barge board goes up
||north side with barge board and corners up
||corner and start of barge board in SW
|Harry having a rest on hot day moving scaffolding
||ready to start last bit of siding
||just a few bits left on the south
||eavetroughing just started
| A good deal of time has been spent studying the electric code and plumbing regs.
|Jun 15 - water company arrives
||temporary tap in the house, useful
||the little patch of utilities is almost done
|Harry built a wheeler for moving drywall sheets
||and bought a drywall lifter
||the first light boxes - ready for ceiling drywall
||north eavestroughing done
electrical work does not make good photos but the current state is that
what needs to be done before ceiling drywall goes up - is done.
||More electrics done and the
main cable pushed and pulled through the conduit from house to road.
Harry pushed and I pulled - it took a few day all together.
|the elect. men did some more earth moving and left some stone
||more wiring going in
||first sheet of drywall goes up on the lifter - Aug 11|
rig will take a sheet of drywall and move it to a vertical wall, lift
it up & has a platform for Harry to stand on when screwing it up.
Also will bring sheets up to where they can be put on the lifter for
ceiling. All re-cycled bits from other rigs.
|moved into place against rafters||putting in the screws to hold the sheet up||building a vertical drywall lifter
||sheets are heavy - about 35kg or about 80 lbs
|Next is a series especially for Don showing how Harry puts up a sheet of drywall alone with his rigs.
Harry can lift one end at a time on and off beams and ledges.
||5th sheet going up
||ditto - and after next one
||light fittings put in while both sides can be reached
|sheet moved in a beam with a wheel at one end and a lifting handle at the other
||lifted off beam next to lifter. Lifter at bottom of travel so ledge is on floor
||sheet on lifter and Harry is about to put a clamp on the top of the sheet
||this sheet has to go around a corner and so a piece is cut out
||the sheet on the vertical lifter put beside the other lifter
|the sheet is raised with the winch so level with the other lifter and moved over
||the horizontal lifted to put into the horizontal position
||the sheet is steered into postion and then lifted
|some of the screws are put in and then the lifter moved away and final screws
||At this corner the first drywall was put on the wall
||before the cover was on and the space hard to see, Harry documented the wiring
||ceiling drywall & light fittings in second bedroom
||drywall between kitchen & second bedroom with wiring
|back of that wall with wiring that will be inside
||the tower box is starting to fill up
||Harry made a rig to cut the fiber glass on
||he is insulating the ceiling as the drywall goes up
||more or less last piece of kitchen ceiling drywall
A little break to do some other work like mowing.
|wiring for light & computer in 'Janet's room'
||Kitchen wall on living room side
||also bottom of wall in living room gets wired
|finishing the bottom living room drywall
||start of bedroom ceiling and light
||bedroom wall with switch
||wall between bedroom and bathroom
||raising sheet for bathroom ceiling - water proof type
|Ceiling drywall goes up before walls with
no screws near edge. Then the top half of the wall is put up to press
against the ceiling and hold it up. Then the house can move slightly
without cracking at the joint.
|Janet's room internal walls, wring, ceiling done
||ceiling in bathroom done except for a corner
||bedroom wiring done & ceiling, interal walls almost
||start of walls in bathroom - green drywall is waterproof
||new since last update|