Sep 16 - finally remembered to check out the HVAC prework done two days ago. It was mostly surveying and planning. This is the old furnace with covers off. Some new duct has been installed at top.
Sep 16 - the base plate of the master bath has been put down
Sep 16 - kitchen looking into dining area and family room
Sep 16 - kitchen looking into family room. The old plumbing in right foreground used to be the outside wall!
Sep 16 - family room looking into kitchen and dining area
Hmmm...with a little paint and some plumbing, that port-a-john could fit into the permanent landscape!
Sep 16 - a look down the row of family room scissor trusses
An installed hurricane clip
How rafters are fastened at their lower ends
How the original rafters are fastened to the microlam
Sep 17 - newly-framed master bath
Sep 17 - looking from bedroom to bath
Sep 17 - this dumpster was about full BEFORE the roofing. Hoping for a change-out on Monday.
Sep 21 - these four pillars will support the big microlams. Two will be hidden in interior walls, one in an exterior wall and only one will be visible.
Sep 21 - the "big" Simpson tie that will be used to join the microlams to the pillar at the exterior wall. This size wasn't stocked and had to be custom-made.
Sep 21 - smaller Simpson ties (bottom) will be used for the three other pillars
Sep 21 - this thing has been hanging around so long it needs a name
Someday there will be a gutter to catch this
Rain, rain and more rain...
The existing sump pump and its battery backup will continue service
Sep 16 - all ready for a concrete floor under the family room. There's plenty of groundwater down here, so the new area will have its own sump pump. Can't wait to be able to run the dehumidifier again!
Sep 21 - while framing was in progress upstairs, the concrete crew began digging space for the new basement's sump pump
Sep 21 - new sump pump liner
Sep 21 - temporary water line hovering over new sump pump
Sep 21 - drainage in place prior to pouring the basement floor
On its way to being a basement...
Sep 23 - gravel ready to add to what's already in the basement
Sep 26 - bringing in the chute that will pour gravel down in the basement
George (red hat) confers with his crew in the basement on how to position the chute
Bring on the gravel!
Another Indy-car skid loader driver. Check out the spinning wheels -- the mud doesn't offer much traction to drive the shovel under the gravel.
Flipping the gravel up into the shovel
Sep 26 - the first load of gravel goes down the chute
Sep 26 - a look from inside the family room. The crew are all in the basement spreading gravel around.
Sep 26 - leftover gravel
Sep 26 - scraping leftover gravel into a neater pile
Sep 26 - the rest of the gravel was used to stabilize the mud
Sep 26 - preparing to finish the ends of the big microlams, per the structural engineer's drawing. These pieces are to fill the space between microlam and Simpson tie.