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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 8/14/2016

Busy weekend. Weather held pretty well this weekend and that allowed Sandra and I to begin framing the third floor. We are able to do this before the next level is done because the concrete topped out at a uniform finish and height, where the two previous pours varied some due to the nature of the pours. Saturday we chalked the walls which as you recall we couldn't on the second level due to the wetness. What a difference in setting the walls! Set the walls on the lines and they're in. Two long days with Sandra culling 2x4s from the pile of ICF bracing and cutting them to length while I laid out the spacing and put the walls together. Together, lifting them in place they were set and plumbed.


The final set of floor trusses arrive tomorrow. The framer will get them up the hill, but sounds like he'll be a day or two before he sets them and begins framing the last level which is part of his contract.

Still haven't given the OK to order the roof trusses as I don't have the final heel height, nor gotten a final design on the decorative timber trusses. Talked to the timber guy today and I'll sketch out my idea of the cantilever supports tonight and get it to him. This has simply got to get sorted out early this week.

Got a call from a freight company today. They had the windows loaded on a regular semi truck. I specified they needed to be brought on a box truck when I placed the order. No way a semi truck can make it up the drive and I don't wish to risk damage by shuttling them up from town. Told them they needed to find a box truck with a lift gate. I had paid extra for that service. They need to deliver by Wednesday as we are leaving for a few days that evening. I sent an email to the factory today for their help on the matter.

Last, there is a change in the air here. Summer is quickly fading at 9,000'. Nights are much cooler, and today Sandra was in a sweatshirt much of the day. The hummingbird food is lasting a bit longer, and we see new birds passing through. While most of the rest of the country is still sweltering, and fall is far from anyone's minds, it is definitely approaching here. Makes getting in the dry all that more important as winter will not be far behind.

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Third level poured.
View from the kitchen area to the slope side.
Framing up the third level



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