WEEK 10 – Let’s talk about building walls!
Having laid the subfloor last week, week 10 was all about starting to frame exterior walls, the largest of which was a 42′ beast that ran the entire…east???…side of the house. Josh decided to frame it, sheet it, and wrap it all while it was laying flat on the floor, and then angle nailed it into position so that when we tipped it up there would already be some anchor points to help ensure that it didn’t slide as it was raised. Honestly, for the size of this thing, it’s hard to imagine it was going anywhere. But also, for the size of this thing, if it did start going, there would be no stopping it!
The original plan to stand the wall up involved an elaborate crank system that when turned would raise the wall via “pulleys” and then three giant beams that tipped down like bracing when it got high enough. The general idea was concocted in order to take most of the brute force out of lifting something up that weighed hundreds and hundreds of pounds, and it was a good idea…in theory. In practicality, less so. Thus, left with a broken crank system and 42′ of wall still on the ground, we resorted to the brute strength model employed by house builders of old and called in a bunch of friends to ask for help. We quickly amassed a crowd, and up it went!
There will be many more wall raisings in the week ahead. Josh and ‘the other Josh’ and Ryan have already stood up two more of the smaller walls, and I’m told they should all be easier and faster now that the big on is out of the way.
Of course…it’s also probably worth noting that we’re building a two story house, so this whole 42′ wall thing…yeah…we’re going to have to do that again!