It’s like Christmas came early today. I am so very happy with the work that was done today. I am 19 1/2 inches away from a subfloor. 19 1/2 inches. Even better, tomorrow I get to start working on my wall framing. I head back to work Tuesday and will be building on weekends from here on in. I am so glad I took the past 2 weeks off to start my build.
Friday morning , a welder came and welded on taller threaded rods onto my trailer. He was fast, and charged me less than what he had quoted. Yay! I got rods. The rest of the day was still spent working on flashing and we got held up by the rain. I had hoped to be a little further along by the end of the day, but then the rain came. We wrangled one of my uncles and a couple of my cousins to come over and help us move some of the sections of the subfloor about, which they did help us do, but we weren’t able to do as much as we hoped because of the rain.
Saturday was a day where a lot of work was done, but nothing really looked any different. My uncle Phil and cousin Alex came back over and helped us move some of the subfloor sections as we needed some muscle. We also put down some more Blueskin on the pressure treated wood on the trailer. We got 2 sections in place, which with the new threaded rod was a bit of a challenge, figuring out where to drill holes and then having to re-drill holes when things didn’t line up quite as expected. The third section was set up in place, raised up on blocks as we tried to line up the holes previously drilled and drill some new ones for the newly added rods. Throughout the process of this build, checking for square has been a regular part of the process. With the 3rd section of the subfloor up on blocks, we checked for square and the previously square structure was completely out of alignment. At the end of the day we had to leave the subfloor incomplete, unscrew the flashing on 2 sides of that section of subfloor and leave the section undone over night, while I went to a kegger at my brother & sister-in-law’s. It was a much-needed evening of laughter, good food, good beer and friends.
When we were able to get to the construction this morning, we unscrewed a 3rd side of the flashing from that section, used a series of clamps to get the subfloor square and then screwed the flashing back on and got back to getting the holes lined up for the subfloor to fit over the threaded rods. My father was amazing as I found the process of getting everything lined up really frustrating. He was able to get the subfloor in place. Yay!
We started getting the insulation into the subfloor, a very quick and satisfying process of laying batts in the subfloor, when my neighbour Mike asked if he could lend a hand. Mike was my favourite person today. I did not realize that Mike used to build houses. Mike also has amazing toys or tools, call them what you will, a contractor’s circular saw is a beautiful thing. With Mike’s help we relevelled the trailer, and magically the subfloor was pretty much complete, if it hadn’t been for my purchasing one too few sheets of 3/4 plywood, the subfloor would be finished right now. As it stands, a quick trip to the hardware store and a rummage through their off cuts and my subfloor will be done tomorrow and the process of starting the wall framing can begin.