Sunday, November 29, 2009

Second Story Mudding!

Since we last posted to the blog, Adam spent three laborious weekends placing bales in the second story, a process which was time consuming and frustrating due to the poor condition of the bales and the need to trim many as well as replace quite a few with fresh bales stored in the barn. No pictures of this painstaking process, sorry.

(before, west facing)

(before, east and north walls)

We set our sights on closing the building in this past Thanksgiving weekend, with four days to work. Unfortunately, sickness slowed Adam down and the weather interfered on Sunday (just an inch of snow but enough to give us a very late start waiting for snow to melt off the three story scaffolding necessary to do the second story of the house).
We did manage to get one side done each day Friday (west facing 2nd story wall)

and Saturday (north facing second story wall)

but the third (East facing) is the longest and Sunday was the day we got the latest start due to snow overnight. We also had to put the ***FINAL*** window in before we started...notice the difference between the pics above and those below...on the east facing wall, closest to the north gaping hole anymore!

It was exciting and back-breaking to be working on 2 - 3 stories of scaffolding to get the process done; we had considered rigging up some sort of a pulley system for the 50 lb (plus) buckets of plaster but in the end Adam just muscled them up every time we ran out. Between that and physically pushing the intact scaffolding around whenever it needed to be moved, his back got quite the workout!

We appreciated all the friends who have been out for all the other mudding weekends to this point, in their absence we found ourselves moving much more slowly, especially when the extra height was taken into account!

We have set our sights on finishing up next weekend, December 5 (if anyone local happens to check this blog and wants to come out to help complete the project...this portion anyway)!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Last first floor wall plastered!

Exterior, that is!
This view is from the roof of the trailer, a new vantage point! (That's what the shingles in the foreground are.)

We had friends John D. (again), and Michelle G. and kids out on Saturday to get us started on the last section of first floor wall. We got a late start because we had all the prep work (tar paper and expanded metal to apply to the posts) to do, as well as some additional work with bamboo to set up a frame for the interior kitchen cabinets (at some point in the future). Though our helpers showed up by noon, it was well after 2:00 when we started plastering.

this is a "prep shot" for inspection purposes

We got most of the way through it but Halloween interfered, and we had to knock off early for a stellar party at a fellow PF 4th grade family's home in Boulder Pointe.

We finished it up (just Adam and me) on Sunday, and we'll see if the freeze/thaw cycle affects it much. It hadn't dried out much by Sunday afternoon (even the part done Saturday afternoon), and it is definitely freezing every night now (though up near 60 during the days...don't you love the temp. range here?)

We also managed to get a couple more windows installed on the second story, and used up the last of the mud on that section.

We (read "Adam") still have a lot of bales to place upstairs, so look for the next mudding update to be around Thanksgiving. Nonetheless, we'll have pictures as the bales and windows get placed.