Building My House

I have always wanted to build my own house. I am retired now, so I have the time. I found some land, designed a house that would fit the land and my needs and got started. I am doing all the work myself, so progress will be fairly slow. To read this blog from the beginning, start with the oldest archive and read posts from last to first.

Monday, November 16, 2009

64: East Wall Complete

I finally got everything on the east wall finished. Once the walkboard had been raised all the way up to the 19 foot level (above ground), I could then reach the top of the gable for siding, soffit and fascia installation. I planned to paint everything from the top down as I lowered the walkboard.

An interesting question came up as the soffit was going on, and that was “how am I going to lay the lean-too scaffolds back down.” I had used rebar hooks in the purlins over each scaffold to attach the block and tackle too for raising the scaffold. Now, if I removed the hooks to install the soffit, there would be nothing to attach the block and tackle too. Sure, I could go inside the building and use a long stick to push them over and let them fall back to the ground, but I didn’t like that idea. If I ever needed to again raise a scaffold I wouldn’t be able too. So, I figured the rebar hooks had to stay in place for future needs. Drilling the soffit for the rebar hook to go through wasn’t hard at all.

Pic 1 shows the finished south and east walls.
Pic 2 is the soffit and fascia and some upper painting.
Pic 3 is a close up of the rebar hooks.