September 8, Wall building; the last stage begins.

I spent the Labour Day weekend, labouring and finished filling the remaining reinforcement cores on the West wall. On Monday began stacking the columns for the south wall of windows, forming them to the 6 course level above the bottom sill and putting in the rebar. On Tuesday, when I finished the forming and steel, thought I would finish pouring and vibrating the cement in the “half columns”, but ran out of “gas” (me, not the cement mixer) at about 9:45PM with 3 columns to go. Wednesday morning Tom Ritchie and two helpers arrived to put up the trusses on the garage. Tom is a a local framer, who for many years lived on the lot next door and had his water supply from what is now my well.

I was up an at it before they arrived hoping to be able to mix the last cement and get it in the columns while they were doing trusses, but it turned out they and the boom truck occupied the work area by the gravel pile pretty completely all morning so did other things to prepare. I had moved 75 blocks to another pallet out of the path where I have the masonry wall planned to divide the living room and master bedroom. Ended the day with the remaining cores poured, the base course of the bedroom wall set, and with excess mortar a lot of the chips and gaps on the east wall of the house filled.

Picture below show the benchmarks of the day.

The first truss being placed.

The first truss being placed.

Truss braced and forming the reference plane for the roof.

Truss braced and forming the reference plane for the roof.

Another truss in place.

Another truss in place.

Truss assembly complete, looking from the house entry door.

Truss assembly complete, looking from the house entry door.

Garage trusses complete, looking from the end of the driveway.

Garage trusses complete, looking from the end of the driveway.

Half columns of the south wall, southeast corner dining area.

Half columns of the south wall, southeast corner dining area.

Looking down the south wall from the inside.

Looking down the south wall from the inside.

Looking down the south wall from the outside.

Looking down the south wall from the outside.

Base course of blocks and rebar for the bedroom wall.

Base course of blocks and rebar for the bedroom wall.

Thursday, Sept. 10, installing the roof decking.

Thursday, Sept. 10, installing the roof decking.

Finishing nailing the last few pieces of roof decking.

Finishing nailing the last few pieces of roof decking.

My garage roof wearing a shower cap :)

My garage roof wearing a shower cap 🙂

Sunday morning, Sept 13, the end of block stacking is in sight!

Sunday morning, Sept 13, the end of block stacking is in sight!

A gift from my Perry MacDonald, my excavator, free, real dirt.

A gift from Perry MacDonald, my excavator, free, real dirt.

With the last cement pour, I figure out a foolproof way to cover the "keyholes" for rebar tying;   The next house :)

With the last cement pour, I figure out a foolproof way to cover the keyholes for rebar tying 😦 The next house 🙂

Sunday evening, wall stacked and rebarred to the edge of the master bedroom.

Sunday evening, wall stacked and rebarred to the edge of the master bedroom.

I took 6 days off from construction to help my son Rafael and his family move to Winnipeg from Toronto. Drove up and helped load the UHaul on Monday, and hit the road early Tuesday morning. Three days of shared driving with the truck and an auto carrier with their car. Did some unloading on Thursday night, but the bulk on Friday. Friday afternoon, his wife Meran arrived by plane with Sam the 3 year-old and Anastasia the new baby (4 weeks). Did some more unpacking on Saturday morning, and I was put on the plane back to Toronto mid afternoon, where I picked up my car and drove back to Newbury. I was back at it on Sunday, and on Monday finished the blocks in the south wall. Tuesday I finished stacking the interior masonry wall and did all the rebar insertions in preparation for the last cement pour for the wall columns. Pictures of the stacked walls Tuesday night September 22.

Tuesday Sept. 22, Stacking and rebar complete on South wall

Tuesday Sept. 22, Stacking and rebar complete on South wall

Stacking and Steel complete on interior masonry wall separating great room and master bedroom.

Stacking and Steel complete on interior masonry wall separating great room and master bedroom.

Looking at the walls and window of the master bedroom.

Looking at the walls and window of the master bedroom.

As usual my estimate as to how long it would take to do the cement pour was too optimistic. I finished the actual wall structure on Saturday Sept 26 with a rain interlude.

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One Response to “September 8, Wall building; the last stage begins.”

  1. Domenic Says:

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I loved this article.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

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