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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 10/17/2016

Seems I set the delivery of the timber trusses for tomorrow, Tuesday, not today. They are driving them up tonight and we'll offload them in the morning.  Not sure whether we will set them first, or the curved ones.  I'd prefer we set them last as I'd like to stain them before we get them up.  In the meantime, the framers started setting more windows today.  The excavator brought the pump tank and backfilled part of the side.  Tank is set at the right level and he'll finish the connections tomorrow and begin to add some more backfill so I can set the window well.  Yes remember the window well?  


First thing tomorrow I need to run the rest of the electrical conduit now that I can reach it.  Excavator left off backfilling right at the top of the conduit that I ran weeks ago.  I need to get that done before he can add the backfill for the window well.

I took the brackets for the curved beams off today and using a drill press from the company that is bringing in road base, I drilled out the anchor bolt holes so there is some wiggle room to better align them to the beam and the bracket across the room.  Took a while as the drill press wasn't the most powerful.  And fortunately they had a grinder so I could sharpen the drill bit - about ten times. Reset the brackets on the top of the wall and we are ready for beams. 

Over the weekend I cut foam from around the garage door openings.  I need to set lumber around the perimeters to set tracks and springs.  It was not fun.  First I needed to take a saw and cut through the foam.  I looked like Frosty the Snowman afterwards.  Then I took the hammer drill and chiseled the foam and the plastic ties from the concrete.  Some clean up work still to do on one door, but a nasty job taken care of.

While the weather has been nice with night temps a little warmer as well, I've gotten back to setting some stone, expanding what we started a few weeks ago when Sandra tore her rotator cuff, wrapping stone around a deck pillar that is on the wall at the same time.  Taking forever as there are so many corners and with the pillar, extra cuts. I can't wait until I get to a long stretch without corners and I can just run stone after stone.  With all the things on my plate - electrical conduit, staining the timber trusses, running lumber around the garage doors, setting the garage doors (at least temporarily) in the openings, I'm not sure how much stone I can continue to run.  But I'd like to concentrate on it as much as possible as long as the weather holds. That may be wishful thinking.  Oh by the way, did I ever say that being a bit ADD helps when you're building a house? So many things that you have to take care of as the opportunity presents itself. You often have to turn one thing off to jump on another and then back again.


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