You know how lumber comes all stacked and bundled tight with straps? Well, I need 2x4s and I couldn't pull them out from under the straps so I had to cut the straps. No problem, I had my handy utility knife in my tool belt...I just had to be on the other side of the way the strap was going to "fwing" when I cut it loose and I was. First strap - good! Second strap I had to step in between two of the big stacks of lumber to reach the strap ( I couldn't go on the other side because of the "fwing") and cut it. When it went "fwing" the whole stack on the side I was squeezed in on fell over on my legs. It was only about 10 or 12 boards, but I could not get my legs out.
It is one of those interesting things, that I think about from time to time. Why do we cry? For me, I cry over sadness or emotional distress of any sort when I am by myself, or with others, but I never cry from pain when I am by myself, only when I am with others. Hmmm.
So, anyway, no crying. Just put down the utility knife...oh, close it first...and start picking the 2x4s up and putting them back on the stack and off of my legs.
Well, that turned into quite a story and I am happy to report that I only ended up with a few bruises...thank the Lord.
We both returned from our early morning, non-homebuilding events and got to work. Helper bees arrived and things started moving quickly....what a difference 4 people make instead of 2!
Let's look at the pictures, and I'll tell you about a couple more of "those day" incidents...
Helper bees...and the little husband...take your places.
...and get it on the line....
I got to help hoist wall #2, so not action photos.
And here's wall #3 in it's right place. These three walls are our bedroom, reading nook, step in closet, laundry room, and bathroom...with a claw foot tub for soaking and reading!
I had to drive out to get pizza for the helper bees and this is what my home looks like as I drive in to where the garage will be...right behind the bedroom section.
So, here we have sill seal to put under the sills all around the house. Interestingly enough, one of the helper bees says, "You know, sometimes, I've seen contractors put this stuff down to seal the space between the floor and the sill."
"Oh, really," I say. "You know what? We have that stuff."
But, guess what? We stood all those walls up without putting the sill seal underneath. Ah. One of "those days"
Here is the tool of the day. It's real job is to lift dry wall into
its proper place at some point, but today...
...we used 2 of them to lift the walls, small sections at a time,
so that I could crawl about and slide the sill seal under the sill
so that it would seal properly.
That's sill seal in its proper place. I don't believe
we will use this exact technique on the remaining walls.
See the holes. I drilled those the other day. This day, the hammer drill was used to drill the holes into the concrete. It's a BIG old power tool...I'll show you a picture in a minute. We had to clean out the holes and squirt some goo in that sets up and hold the all thread securely...like not even a tiny jiggle at all. Then on go the washers and nuts and my house walls are secure. What? Really? A few screws is all that is between me and wall collapse????
But, another of "those day" moments happened when the little generator that we use for power for now, "walked" over top of the extension cord and burned through it...no power. Off to the store.
Tomorrow, when, it is just me and the little husband, and not all those seriously male helper bees, I will get to use the hammer drill...so, here is a photo of me holding it and looking a bit dangerous...and not at all dressed for work. Just back from church.
And finally, as I was leaving for the day, here is the view
through the "orchard" of our home.
Our "orchard" currently has a peach and an apple tree, but more are planned.
It was one of "those days" and my home is starting to stand!
Thank you worker bees! Come again when you can....