September 16, 2018 – I finished the bridging for the remaining 11 joist spaces by midday. Hooray! The floor framing is complete. Next task, temporary electric outlets.
The cottage has only ever had one exterior electrical outlet. It is located in the side wall of the living room. Up to this point we’ve been using this one outlet to supply all the power tools. This wall, and it’s outlet, will be removed in the next phase of the construction so I needed to rig up some temporary electric.
Near the kitchen I installed a couple of 10 foot 2 ×4’s to serve as both a light pole and a receptacle location. In front of the bathroom I placed a couple of shorter 2 × 4’s. This will serve as an additional outlet location. I have the wire roughed in. Next time I come down I will install a new motion sensing flood light, some waterproof outlet boxes with GFCI outlets and a couple of breakers inside.
More on the Bastard Gypsy Moth Caterpillar
After I got home Sunday evening Robrandi and I went out to grab a bite to eat. As I was sitting in the restaurant eating, the back of my neck, my shoulder and my right arm started to itch like a son of a bitch. I broke out in what looked like a poison ivy type rash. It was baffling. There is no way I was anywhere near poison ivy. Jokingly I told Robrandi that I was turning into a caterpillar. The only thing I remember was half smashing one as it tried to crawl down my tee shirt.
Well, son of a bitch, it turns out that the hairs on those little bastards can cause a histamine reaction similar to poison ivy. To get the itching to stop I have to wrap myself up in old newspapers. After 4 months I will emerge with full on wings cee…… Caterpillar Gyeem !
September 15, 2018 – Installation of the floor joist bridging continued today. It was overcast and cloudy. The river was raging by at a little over 14 feet. Acorns were falling from the trees all around me. I half smashed a Gypsy Moth Caterpillar that was crawling down my shirt on the back of my neck (more about this little bastard later). All things considered I had a good day.
After the removal of plywood runway from the Labor Day weekend I got my groove on. Finished up the day with only 11 of the joist spaces remaining. Tomorrow I will have the bridging completed.
September 9, 2018 – Rained out! Today the game was called on account of rain! We packed up and headed home while the yard began to flood. Hopefully we will have better luck next weekend and I will be able to continue the blocking installation.
September 8, 2018 – I started the installation of 2 × 10 solid bridging between the porch floor joists today.
Solid bridging provides lateral support to twisted joists and it helps them maintain a vertical orientation. It also facilitates load sharing. Load sharing across wooden joists is important because of the large variation in material properties found between the joists.
It rained just about the whole time. It’s been raining for this entire project and it’s getting old! Once it got to heavy I quit for the day. We packed it in an headed to Shy Bear Brewing for dinner and adult beverages.
Hopefully it will stop raining tomorrow and we won’t have another rain delay!
September 3, 2018 – Labor Day and boy did I ever. Today I finished the all of the porch addition floor joists. The floor framing is 90 percent complete. All that remains is two rows of solid bridging. This is next weekends project.
August 31, 2018 – Framing of the porch floor joists continued today.
I installed the first section of the Yorkshield 106 PT copper ledger flashing. This flashing keeps water from migrating back into the cottage walls.
At the end of the day approximately 22 porch joists were set. To allow for easier access at the living room door, we screwed down some temporary plywood decking.
In the blurred, whiskey soaked wee hours of the night the first Def Jam poetry reading occurred at the new Fire-Pit Stage. Thankx to special guest star, Hurricane Dan and stage Lighting Technician, Studgie Studger.
August 30, 2018 – Today Lowe’s delivered the balance of the floor framing lumber. The delivery included the remaining ledger boards, edge beams, rim joists and all the porch addition floor joists.
Even though the delivery was rather late, after the lumber arrived I started installing the first section of the porch floor joists. At the end of the day I had about 8 or 9 joists in place. Tomorrow will be more of the same, porch addition floor joists.
Sadly, I broke the handle of my favorite framing hammer. This is the same hammer I used to build my house.