I’m Floored!

Despite being one armed for the last 4 weeks, I have been able to progress the build enough to start laying down the floor deck and placed the first 4 sheets today!

Since your last visit the following tasks were completed:

  • finished framing the basement bearing walls (Ted came by one day and helped with the majority of the East wall)
  • installed the truss hangers on the east and west walls
  • Hired Byron from Embers for a day to help move down the Roxul ComfortBoardIS from the driveway to the cold room below the garage (from here it can be walked out the basement walkout door and around the foundation base for installation)
  • Finished framing door headers in basement bearing walls
  • Cut up beam stock into individual beams required for basement level
  • Un-Stacked floor truss bundles with tractor
  • Hired Rob and Koffi from Embers for a short day to place all beams and to stockpile the truss packs in key locations across the wall plates near their final deployment spots
  • Repacked remaining floor trusses for second floor so waterproof and level.
  • Laid out BT1 and BT8 truss bundles, cut BT1 to length and secured at required spacing.
  • Placed first 4 sheets of deck
Ted and I fabricating one of the east bearing wall segments.

Ted and I fabricating one of the east bearing wall segments.  I had miss-measured this one and made it a foot too tall, so I am in the process of popping off the top cap and cutting it down.

Yes that is yours trully carrying down a 50Lb bundle of ROXUL 3" ComfortBoardIS

Yes that is yours truly carrying down a 50Lb bundle of ROXUL 3″ ComfortBoardIS with 1 arm in a sling. I ended up moving about 40% of the pile while Bryon did the other 60%

Un-stacking Floor Truss shipment with Alfie

Un-stacking Floor Truss shipment with Alfie

Beams roughly in pace and trusses stacked in bundles on top plates

Beams roughly in pace and trusses stacked in bundles on top plates

BT1 was too long for space (trusses sold in 2ft increments). The upright squash block has to sit right over bearing

BT1 was too long for space (trusses sold in 2ft increments). The upright squash block has to sit right over bearing

Nothing that a skill saw and reciprocating saw could not make fast work of. The TriForce Floor Trusses are webbed at one end to allow up to 24" trim. This makes the product very adaptable while stilling giving the benefits of an open truss for the rest of the length).

Nothing that a skill saw and reciprocating saw could not make fast work of. The TriForce Floor Trusses are webbed at one end to allow up to 24″ trim. This makes the product very adaptable while stilling giving the benefits of an open truss for the rest of the length.

Truss Bundles BT1 & BT8 are spaced and secure and decking started. Still have that darned sling (starting to get really smelly now)

Truss Bundles BT1 & BT8 are spaced and secure and decking started. Still have that darned sling (starting to get really smelly now)

I am using 3/4″ Tongue & Grove Plywood that I am gluing and screwing.  The engineer only specified 5/8″, but 3/4″ is best practice to reduce deflection and vibration in the floor. To speed up installation and to save my back, I bought the Simpson Strong-Tie Quick Drive.  Boy is this a sweet tool to have! I will be able to use for drywall and wall sheathing as well.

STaging area for main shipment is complete. Very Pleased with progress. Starting to look like a house.

Staging area for main shipment is complete. Very Pleased with progress. Starting to look like a house.

The 4 sheets allowed me to create a staging area where I can have the next 35 sheets delivered right to the deck to save a mountain of labour of me trying to move from driveway down scaffold to deck.

Most truss manufacturers (roof or floor) ALWAYS recomend reinforcing a staging area before the delivery of the material, as the loads imposed can easily exceed the intended loads of the trusses.

Most truss manufacturers (roof or floor) ALWAYS recommend reinforcing a staging area before the delivery of the material, as the concentrated loads imposed by the delivered materials can easily exceed the intended loads of the trusses.

Someone asked how the beam pocket repair turned out.

Back side of pocket

Back side of pocket

Perfectly formed beam pocket repair. Strong and true.

Perfectly formed beam pocket repair. Strong and true.

As I am working off a computer for the vast majority of my construction, I fabricated this simple clip on portable desk that attached to any flat 2×4 on the scaffold.

Portable laptop desk

Portable laptop desk

quick construction of 2x4's, 2x8's and plywood

quick construction of 2×4’s, 2×8’s and plywood

I had originally hopped to have the floor on by now, but considering the circumstances (and the heat), I am satisfied with the progress.  The floor should be complete by the end of the week and then we can turn our attention to prepping for back-fill.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  and  “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”   —Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Statesman, Prime Minister, Author, Nobel Prize Winner

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a (darn) fool about it.” W. C. Fields

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.” — Helen Keller (1880-1968) Author, Lecturer, Activist

“I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”
—Zig Ziglar (born 1926) Motivational Author, Speaker

With that I bid you goodnight and Thanks for visiting!

 

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