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Posted by Larry in Nashville, TN on 9/14/2014

Not open for business, of course, but the walls are out, beam is in and man what a difference it makes!

LVLs arrived Friday morning along with some plywood to overlay the floors, and 2x6s for the new rafter collars in the second floor. Having removed most of the hall wall last weekend, Todd and I added support posts in the basement for the beam supports. There was still an additional wall close by in the kitchen that was going to make a large pantry as best we could tell. For a short while, it would suffice to hold up the second floor while we removed the last studs and lifted the beam into place. I hadn't left much slack (like none) for the beam to slide in so when we lifted the first half, it was a struggle for the two of us using two extension ladders and two step ladders to lift the 160 lb. unit up and into place. Got it started and while I was shouldering one end to keep it from crashing back to earth, Todd took the 8 lb. sledge and forced it into place. Damn, that was not easy nor fun. Still had the second half to put in, but it should be easier now that we have taken the very slight bow out of the ceiling with the first half right! Well even having taken a 15 minute break, we didn't have quite the strength the second time and it was a struggle of a different kind - overcoming exhaustion. But we did get it up in the end,and we sat back to admire our work.

We removed the "pantry" wall which then finished the opening of the kitchen, and nailed the heck out of the two beam halves to crest a single unit.

Removing the walls left sections of the floor opened as you'll see in the pics. And since there are a number of pieces missing from the floor, and cause an unsafe issue while we and eventually the sheet rockers come, we will overlay it with 1/2" plywood upon which hardwood will again be laid near the end of the project. Got about ten sheets laid yesterday and today (Sat). Have another ten on hand to lay tomorrow, but will need quite few more to finish. The other project today was to begin raising the second floor ceiling by adding 2x6 collar beams across from one rafter to the rafter on the other side at ten foot height. The original collars are full size 2x4s at 8' height. I guess I just can't get used to 8' ceiling any more. Seem so closed in. The 10 foot is really going to look great. I'll cut out the old collars tomorrow.

City was supposed to put the water meter in on Friday. Guy came out, but didn't do anything. And then a guy came out this morning to turn it on. But no meter! He was scratching his head as to what had, or I should say, hadn't happened.

Should have water soon though.

This weekend is one where the change is huge. Kids are loving it. But I reminded them that we are going to be entering a time now during plumbing electrical and HVAC where it'll look like nothing is happening. Enjoy the moment!

Photos

First half of the beam is in place.
Pantry wall out as well. Notice the holes in the floor when we took out the bottom plate of the old wall.
Todd nailing the two half beams together



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