Garage progress report

A week ago Saturday, the concrete work finished, it was time for us to get down to galvanized nails and start framing. We are building a garage to start the process, which will serve as not only a garage, but a place to store tools and do work that requires a flat surface. This is a luxury we are pretty excited about as the last couple of builds have been complicated at times from this particular lacking!  In addition to beginning the garage framing, we are winding up the electrical conduit project. This particular project involved a lot of digging trenches, followed unsurprisingly by a lot of rainfall that made the job just a bit more fun. :-)  We connected all of our conduit, hooked up the electrical meter base, sunk it in quickcrete and with the aid of some friendly folks at a local electrical supply company, were able to borrow a pounding tool to sink the 2 eight feet ground rods into the earth. Photographs taken and L&I called for inspection, we were able to fill the trench back in  (hello again to the sunshine) and now are awaiting inspection and the energizing of the unit by the local power co-op. That will be nice since we’ll have a power plug in and won’t have to rely strictly on battery tools.

Speaking of battery tools, however, please look forward to a couple of reviews in the following weeks of the two battery powered tools, a Bosch circular saw and DeWalt nailer, that have enabled us to make so much progress this week.

We have the garage framed and sheathed on the first floor (though windows are not yet cut out), the ridge beam is up, rafters installed and rake walls framed. We also framed in a loft space for storage. The framing was straightforward and over the course of the week we have been getting our framing physiques going again…it’s amazing what different parts of the body each project utilizes. Hands are a bit sore, but we are well on our way and framing feels very intuitive this time around. Perhaps by the third time you do anything, you are really getting the technique into your bones and consciousness. In any event, it feels good to be out and doing it again.  Please see the progress pictures below and check back in as we proceed. This coming week we begin the second half of the roof installation, merge and barge rafters, overhangs, brackets, etc.

Some thoughts that have occurred to me along the way this week…not all parts of the building process are fun. Some are boring. Some are frustrating and there are times when it seems things just aren’t going smoothly at all. After a build is done, you tend to forget these parts (if you are lucky!) because the overall experience is so gratifying, creative and rewarding. I am reminded of mothers who mention that if they weren’t able to forget the pain of childbirth, they wouldn’t have had more than one child!  Building has this character as well. There is worry and frustration and difficulty along the way. There are also days when the sun is shining down on you and you can’t believe you are doing what you are doing. Every step is one forward, and there are so many steps involved. Being a part of the process is an amazing educational experience and profoundly satisfying (especially on the smooth days!)

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