Measure twice, cut once. ~English Proverb
This blog post is going to be chocked full of photos. The framing crew did an amazing job since I last posted. Friday, November 1, they concentrated on sub-floor installation.
Here’s what it looked like at the end of Friday, November 1. All of the sub-floors installed except a small area in one of the front bedrooms. I enjoyed walking on the flooring the next day. The floor plan was beginning to take shape. I could start seeing where different rooms would be located.
The framers glue and nail the floor boards. If you really want to take another step in making sure your floors don’t sag or hardwood floors squeak, you should screw the floor boards. Bill wanted that extra step. When Jill and Jim built their home, they had the construction crew screw the floors after the framers were done. There are no members of the construction crew any longer. If we want extras done, we either pay someone to do it or do it ourselves. Well, not “us.” It’s always Bill. Here was another PITA job.
Bill talked with Greg the framer about screwing the floor boards and Greg said he had a screw gun that Bill could use.
Bill ordered the screws from the lumber company and they delivered them the next time they came out.
In between his shared General Contractor job, Bill worked on cabinets. He put the drawers together to make sure they all fit.
Monday was the day I was looking forward to watching the framers. It was the day that walls would be built. I decided to spend the day down at the pole barn watching. I was so excited! Since we had the time change early Sunday morning, the framing crew told Bill they would be ready to work EARLY! He went down to the pole barn at 6:00 am to open it up and get out any of their supplies he was storing for them. Bill said it would be awhile before they would work on any walls as they needed to finished the floors first. I told Bill to text me when he thought the walls would start going up.
At 9:00 am, Bill sent me this pic via text and it said – Walls!!!
Here’s the funny about this. I didn’t see or read the text before I went down to the pole barn shortly after 9:00 am. Bill came walking out smiling from ear to ear and asked, “Did the text get you down here quickly?” I said, “What text?” I looked at my phone and saw the text and the pic and noticed that there were no walls up on our house. Then Bill said the pic was from when Jill and Jim were building their house three years ago! He thought it would be a funny joke to play on me thinking I would have missed seeing all these wall going up. I guess it would have been a mean joke if it had worked! 🙄
It was a cold morning but Bill let me use the heater because we had the garage doors open. I loved watching the framers from my chair in the pole barn. Here are some pics of how the first couple of walls went up. The framers would measure and cut and then nail the structures together while they were flat on the floor. Then they would lift the walls and nail them in place. Then they would nail another 2×6 to something else to make sure the wall didn’t fall.
Here is a set of photos showing the master bedroom and master bath walls going up.
The guys worked on several more walls on the floors but nothing was going up. Bill decided to go up to the house and eat lunch. I decided to stay and watch as the guys worked. Bill came back around 1:00 pm just in time to see this:
That was impressive! It took all five members of the crew to lift that wall. It was the family room wall with the two windows flanking the fireplace, then the dining room with door, then the laundry room wall with door.
The guys worked together to get it totally squared and in place. Greg was at one end and was calling down to the guy at the other end. He asked, “How is your end?” The guy said, “It’s almost perfect.” Greg said, “What do you mean almost perfect? Do you think Mr. Rogers wants to install his almost perfect cabinets on an almost perfect wall?” Everyone laughed. I like Greg.
After they nailed the wall in place and I had time to sit and look at the wall, I noticed that something was wrong! 😯 I called Bill over and said, “Honey, there is a window missing in the laundry room next to the door.” He looked at me and said, “Are you sure?” I said, “Yep. Let me show you on the plans.” I told Bill I know the floor plan backwards and forwards.
While Bill and Greg were looking at the floor plans, Bill noticed that Greg didn’t have the correct measurements for the fireplace. That was along the same wall. They talked about a solution of how to fix the windows on each side of the wall that was already up. Greg said if he extended the fireplace a few more inches which was needed and he left the windows where they were they would not be symmetrical in placement to the fireplace. Bill had me come over and discuss if it would bother me or not about the windows. It was going to be 1-1/2 to 2 inch difference of showing drywall on one side. Bill said it wouldn’t bother him. I said I guess it was too little a difference to bother me. However the next day we talked with Greg again about the situation because the more I thought about it, the more I knew it would bug me. He said he’d re-do that part of the wall and make the window placement symmetrical. Thank you, Greg!
By the end of Monday, all the exterior walls were installed and some of the interior walls were up.
Bill decided to start screwing the sub-floor that evening.
The framers were able to work a full day on Tuesday, a couple of hours on Wednesday morning before being rained out, and full days on Thursday and Friday. It is so much fun walking through the rooms that only a couple of days before were only on flat paper. Here are pics of the everything built by the end of Friday, November 8.
Greg thought they would be done framing by Wednesday, the 13th. Bill has called the plumber, HVAC guy, and roofer as they are next to come in. And, Bill continues to work on those cabinet drawers. As Bill always says, you can’t have enough clamps. To keep these big drawers square as the glue was drying, Bill had to use 12 clamps just on this one drawer. 🙂
I spent a lot of this weekend measuring the walls and rooms in the house to make sure everything was good. Especially the walls where Bill had built cabinets. These guys are great. If there was any difference (which there was only in a few places) the measurement difference was only off about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Almost everything was spot on.
By the way, Bill did finish getting all the floors screwed. Another PITA job done!
Can’t wait to see how the house looks once all the gables and roof are on. What a difference a week made!