Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We Have Walls! Sort of.

We have framed walls at least.  In this barndominium, we are doing double wall construction separated by an air space.  This creates a super insulated and very energy efficient living space.  But it's also a little more work than just nailing the framing to the steel.  The walls are built like a regular framed house, but before lifting them, foil faced polyiso foam insulation is attached to the back, and all the joints are taped.  But one those difficult walls were finished, the next wall went up pretty fast.

Marvin's brother, Lonnie, came out to help us this weekend, bless his heart.  Thanks to him, I didn't have to do a lot of heavy lifting.  We got most of the bedrooms framed but need a couple of pocket doors before we can continue with that part.  The kitchen, dining, and living area just has three walls, so that shouldn't take as long, even though they have a lot of windows and doors to frame.

Marvin's father was a builder and both boys worked for him when they were living at home.  I got the feeling they didn't have a choice in the matter.  Marvin enjoyed the work but Lonnie would have liked to be with his friends instead.  But he said he likes it more now, especially when it is something like this when you see what you've accomplished at the end of the day.  I like seeing this come together too.



We still don't have electricity, but we are one step closer.  Last week, the Oncor inspector came out and didn't approve two things.  Today, the guy who did the ditching came out to put gravel under the pull box, and tomorrow the electrician will come out to replace the conduit going to the meter.  Then we'll cross our fingers and hope they get out here quickly to install our lines and transformer.

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