All exterior walls up

Hooray! Yesterday we had another very successful work party. With many hands on deck we raised the east gable wall, built the South 2nd floor wall, raised it, applied sheathing Zip tape to the areas between the floors, as well as finished a number of other jobs. Thank you to all who turned out: Eric, Craig, Brett, Whip, John, Gary, Darryl, Jason, and Terry. A special thanks to Adam, for leading us safely through the exterior wall raising process.

Unfortunately, we were all so productive (we didn’t even have lunch) there were no pictures of the work party in action.

View from Vernon St.

View from Vernon St.

Balloon framed West gable wall raised

The second floor gable walls are balloon framed. There will be a ledger installed south of the transom window to catch the east-west joists. There will be a load bearing wall half way between the gables. Just visible is a bit of the north wall which is balloon framed from the first floor. More sheathing will be added and will be similarly notched to accommodate the rafter tails from the trusses. Also worth pointing out are the notches on the top of the gable wall top plate. This will be where the “lookouts” will be installed. We have a 2′ overhang on the gables of the house; the lookouts are the framing member that provides structural support for the overhang. The 4′ lookouts will attached to the first truss with structural screws.

 

View from the east peak

Another view from east peak. (Pic. by Adam)

View from the east peak looking straight down.

View from the east peak looking straight down. The house is just under 30′ tall at the peak. (Pic. by Adam)

Darryl, one of our neighbors, came to help later in the day.

Darryl, one of our neighbors, came to help later in the day.

Tomorrow we will be receiving the third floor building materials.

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