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Posted by Mary in PA on 9/13/2010

The weekend before framing, John and I packed up some items from our house and moved them to the site – namely two metal (people) doors, two large vinyl windows for the south side of the shop, sill-gasket box, and j-bolt hardware. It was amazing the amount of space we had in our (current) living room after those windows were moved out! At the site, we stacked the items carefully on some pallets and covered them against the weather. Although the doors and windows wouldn’t be needed right away, the framer could use them to take the actual measurements needed for rough openings. It took a little bit of time to do the pack-transport-unpack-tarp for the materials, so it was good to get it done over the weekend with John’s help rather than me doing it on my own on the first day of framing.

 

The backfill process had left a good bit of dirt on the top of the blocks. Maybe this is just a girl thing – but seemed to me that cleaning that off before the sill plate got bolted down would be a nice thing. So I got there early on the first day of framing to get that done.

 

I also got out the sill gasket that we wanted, but would not normally be used by builders in our area. The gasket, from Conservation Technologies, is advertised to provide a good seal against air infiltration. It costs more than construction adhesive or typical (foam) sill sealer, but it is such a small item in the overall cost of the building that for me it is a no-brainer.

 

So with these items ready, I awaited the main event.

The framer showed soon afterward with two assistants in tow, one experienced and one who looked to be at his first day on the job. They all got busy setting up their work trailer, saws, and generator, and checking out the lumber supply. The framer gave his assistants some tasks and then wanted to talk with me to review a few items. And then it was ‘off to the races’. There were a few hiccups and some on-the-fly problem solving that I’ll cover in some later posts – but overall, things moved along pretty quickly.

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Sill Gasket diagram from Conservation Technologies.
Framing starts.
Framing seen from south side.



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