Saturday August 8, Starting the House Walls

After finishing the primary wall work on the garage/workshop, I did a bit of cleanup and and moved the remaining few blocks out and over to the house slab to begin constructing the major wall (the north wall) of the house. It became clear as I stretched my mason’s line that there were some adjustments needed to bring the wall coming off the foundation to a truly straight and level condition. This involved grinding up to a 1/2 inch off some blocks and shimming others to get things up to snuff. Was a tedious and dusty business, with all the cement dust flying and wearing my dust mask to keep the bad stuff out of my lungs. Summer also really arrived with temperatures 33-35C and the humidex of over 40C. Drank lots of water and produced lots of sweat! By 7 PM Tuesday the north wall had been fixed and two full courses of block above the base course were in place as shown below.

August 11, Tuesday night north house wall stacked two courses above base and ready for more rapid stacking.

August 11, Tuesday night north house wall stacked two courses above base and ready for more rapid stacking.

West wall at window sill level.Thursday, August 13, North and west walls stacked to window sill level, and part of the east wall is now at 2 courses above the base course.

West wall at window sill level.

West wall at window sill level.

North and West walls at window sill level, ready for rebar and cement in window sills.

North and West walls at window sill level, ready for rebar and cement in window sills.

Beginning of the east wall of the house.

Beginning of the east wall of the house.

This week, Monday August 17, I had another volunteer helping me. Nik Mueller a grade 10 student was an extra set of hands on Monday for putting up the nailing plates and header on the garage, and on Wednesday did yeoman duty cutting “half-blocks” for the window borders of the west wall. Next week will be here again for a couple days

Friday August 20, West Wall window sills poured, stacked to top of windows.

Friday August 20, West Wall window sills poured, stacked to top of windows.

Looking across the north wall at the west wall and scaffolds in place.

Looking across the north wall at the west wall and scaffolds in place.

Looking across the house from the east, all window sills poured.

Looking across the house from the east, all window sills poured.

Garage with garage door header and truss nailing plates in place.

Garage with garage door header and truss nailing plates in place.

Saturday, August 22, west wall and NW corner to first window, blocks to the top of window ready for framing.

Saturday, August 22, west wall and NW corner to first window, blocks to the top of window ready for framing.

Looking west along the north wall, blocks to top of window from entry door frame to first window.

Looking west along the north wall, blocks to top of window from entry door frame to first window.

Sunday August 23, north wall all halfway to top of window frames

Sunday August 23, north wall all halfway to top of window frames

Monday August 24, north wall to top of window, ready for frames, only 3 more courses for the east wall to the same level.

Monday August 24, north wall to top of window, ready for frames, only 3 more courses for the east wall to the same level.

Tuesday afternoon Aug 25, finished stacking east, west, and north walls to top of window frames. Beginning to really look like a house.

Tuesday afternoon Aug 25, finished stacking east, west, and north walls to top of window frames. Beginning to really look like a house.

Looking along the north wall.

Looking along the north wall.

The garage roof trusses arrived as well just as we were nearing completion on the house wall.

The garage roof trusses arrived as well just as we were nearing completion on the house wall.

Looking east out the entry door.

Looking east out the entry door.

August 29, Sunday, West wall stacked, all window frames in 3 walls, East end and West end of North wall stacked to top

August 29, Sunday, West wall stacked, all window frames in 3 walls, East end and West end of North wall stacked to top

Monday night August 31, North wall complete to top.

Monday night August 31, North wall complete to top.

East wall complete to top except for one course on top of entry wall. Tomorrow the door frame and rebar into the wall columns.

East wall complete to top except for one course on top of entry wall. Tomorrow the door frame and rebar into the wall columns.

Tuesday we finished the block stacking to the top of all three walls, and the door frame and lintel blocks on the entry door. Got started on cutting and bending the rebar for the vertical columns. Wednesday morning, the last day for my helper Nik Mueller who is back to school next week, we finished up inserting the rebar, including the horizontal bond beam, and tied all the connections with wire ties. He did the top on the bond beam while I did my “keyhole surgery” tying the vertical rebar into the stubs in the foundation. That afternoon we started the cement pouring into the vertical columns, lintels and bond beam. Started on the south end of the east wall, and by Thursday night had the entire east wall poured with attachment studs for the nailing plate in the bond beam as shown in the pictures below. Friday morning I start down the north wall.

Thursday Sept 3, East wall of the house stacked, cement in columns and lintels.

Thursday Sept 3, East wall of the house stacked, cement in columns and lintels.

Looking from the entry door down the north wall, next in the cement pour exercise.

Looking from the entry door down the north wall, next in the cement pour exercise.

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3 Responses to “Saturday August 8, Starting the House Walls”

  1. Your Wardsville community association Says:

    Progress. Looking good, Ted. Keep up the good work. I bet it was a great experience for Nik too. I wish I could work with you on it, myself!
    Mary

  2. Steven Perez Says:

    Ted,
    I can I get one of those hoppers?
    I am going to start my dry stack this month of Sept. 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.
    I have follow your whole blog!
    If you are interested in parting with your hopper please let me know.
    If your friend made it for you I can pay him and I will pay shipping too.
    Regards
    Steve

  3. Troy Davies Says:

    Hi Ted, I find this very interesting… I’ve been thinking about building my house like this. Do you think I could “pop” over for a visit? Whereabouts are you, I have friends that live in Appin not far from Strathroy. I’m from Kingston.

    troydavies90@hotmail.com

    Thanks

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