Well, against all odds, I framed a wall today! I know, not very impressive really – but I did it with only one working arm.
Today’s activities were preceded by the precise measurement of the foundation walls and top curb on Saturday and Monday. Although I did achieve really accurate elevations of the foundation and my walls are also all straight, they were not perfectly plumb. The ICF brick was also a bit challenging to line up at the corners and as a result, I did not get dims that completely agreed with the drawings. I also misplaced one of the internal forms a few inches.
All in all, this meant a pretty sizable update to the AutoCAD model to ensure its accuracy so that I can continue measuring off it for all framing activities. With the slight movement of bearing points, I needed to make sure all of the point loads were still supported or could be moved the 1/2′ – 2″ needed based on the actual poured foundation. I am about half way through the model updates but got enough done to allow for today’s framing.
On Thursday I also repaired one of the beam pockets that failed to get concrete under it due to the pockets proximity to some reinforcement.
I also met with Graham Finch from RDH and Jason Teetaert from SMT. We have come up with an awesome sub-slab insulation testing lab that will test EPS, XPS, and ROXUL for compression over time, resistance to wetting up, and testing for reduced R-Value if it does wet up. I will post the plan once I have finished drawing it up.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Statesman, Prime Minister, Author, Nobel Prize Winner
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