So Margaret and a new friend, Pete, came out to help me push through the final steps of sheathing. Everything else thus far I have been able to fumble through or research enough to fake it, but for some reason the door absolutely terrified me. Pete, who was the only one of us with any actual construction experience figured out how to frame the door, made the door jam, and gave me the long awaited rough opening measurement. With that in hand, and the header and cripple studs in hand, I was able to finish all the sheathing and cutting of the windows the next day. So now I have real walls! The next step will be wrapping the house so that I can begin the roof. The weather this weekend is supposed to be spectacular, so it just waits to be seen how much can be completed before work begins again on Tuesday.
|Pete chiseling out for the hinges on the new door jam.|
|My neighbor Lynn donated this weird snake like tie thingy to the cause, which when soaked in water inflates and helps cool you down. Margaret christened it this past weekend.|
|One of the ways to hold up plywood when working solo was to use a 2x4 with one screw (so it can turn) |
to hold it in place.
|And there be the rough opening!|
|Then she showed her dad what she learned that day- put the screw on herself and, when we did it,|
even pushed the button.
|Added some modified drip edge to the bottom of the ply as well.|