Building "off-grid"

- Facing Boards -
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November 2005:  My dad came down from Grand Forks, ND, for a week to help me with what was intended to be a major construction push.  As is typical of me, I planned for far more than we could possibly have accomplished in that short amount of time. Fortunately we're both pretty motivated, so progress was made despite poor weather.  It was pretty chilly for most of the week, some days with kind of a depressing drizzle, but we didn't let it bring us to a complete halt.  First we covered the front and rear faces of the building, adding some insulation to the gap left in the floor joist...

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Next we built and installed some reinforcement blocks at the pressure points the "A's" will use.  We put blocks in each corner and in the center of both ends -and- on both sides of the middle beam, in the corners and middle (16 blocks total).

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The last thing we did that week was move around those HUGE planks you see a couple pictures up.  We moved them into the shop part of the garage to mark and saw them for the long legs of the "A's".  Then we moved them around the left (west) side of the building and dragged them up some 4x4's and onto the [roof] to be layed out in their "A" formation and bolted together later.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of us doing this because we were too busy doing it!  Note to the wise:  Give your dad's a break and don't plan for TOO much lifting and hauling.  Why?  Because he might be like my dad and not NEED a break, then YOU have to lift and haul all that time, too!


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