Friday, August 14, 2009

Chick on the Jobsite

It hasn't happened very frequently in the last several years, since I became pregnant, and subsequently, a parent, but today I donned the tool belt, laden with tape measure, speed square, and other miscellaneous macho tools, and kicked it with the boys on the jobsite. The project for today: hang our long, 27-foot rafters, over the master suite section of the house.

It's actually quite hard work, schlepping 27-foot I-joists around, each of which required a plumb cut on each end, attachment of some plywood scabs, and a level cut at the building end. There were 14 of them, and it took all morning just to do the cutting and hauling of all of them. I was beat by lunch, and sent Drew out to do the hanging after lunch. It dramatically changes the feeling of that section of the house already, giving a semi-permeable ceiling of wind-waggling joists, allowing fantasizing about what the room will be like when finished. Clerestory construction also began in earnest today.

If you'd like to see me in my construction getup, you can check out this link:

It's an old picture, but you get the idea!

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