Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Build journal – That’s a wrap (almost!)

Whew, finally got caught up with all my build journal posts, so here we are in real time. Well, almost :-) Friday was a bit on the cold side, but there was hardly any wind. So it was the perfect day to start wrapping the garage.

I’ve never been a fan of wrapping presents – wrapping a building isn’t really any more fun ;-) It’s not super-hard, but that Tyvec stuff has a mind of its own. And it makes this annoying crinkling sound with every little wisp of wind. Here we are starting the wrapping…

wrapping started

And coming around on the other end…

wrapping other end

We’re using wrap caps to attach the wrapping to the garage. They’re little plastic buttons with a nail in the center. Fortunately, they come with the nail already in place.

wrap caps

Unfortunately, you really have to use a bare hand to hold the wrap cap as you hammer it into place. Which was OK for the first few hours. But when the sun started getting lower in the sky, it started getting colder, and my bare hand got REALLY cold. I got into the car, turned on the seat warmer, and sat on my hand for 5 minutes to try and warm it up. Hey, you do what you gotta do! I wanted to finish hammering the wrap caps into all four sides, but I had to give up after one end and the back. Brian must have some sort of crazy internal furnace, because he just kept going at it like the Energizer Bunny :-) When I left, this is where we were at – north end, done as high as I could handle going. Not sure how my OCD feels about the upside down wrap, but oh well!

wrapping north end

Back, done. Lots of free advertising for Tyvek & Kent Hardware ;-)

wrapping back

Ocean end and front by Brian. No way in hell am I going that high up the ladder! And my fingers were just too cold to finish the front.

wrapping front and ocean side

And in other exciting build news….. we now have power! The guys from the electric company showed up on Friday and connected the transformer to the pole and wired everything up. It’s just outlets on the pole for now, but it’s progress for sure!

Guys hard at work :-)

brian on ladder

power truck 2

nce the wrapping is done, we have to put on the vent grid over the wrapping and install the windows. Then we’ll be ready for our first inspection :-)

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Build journal – The garage is almost a real building!

I can’t believe how much work we’ve been able to do on the garage over the winter. Thanks to relatively mild temperatures and not much snow, we’ve been able to keep building right the way through from when the foundation was poured in the fall till now.

Towards the end of February, Brian finished framing the walls at the two ends of the second floor and then sheathed them. I was too chicken to go that high up the ladder, so I wasn’t much help. I tried, but I just couldn’t do it. Yes, I’m a wimp!

The north-facing end….

framing tree side


shaething north end



And the ocean-facing end…

framing ocean side

sheathing ocean end

ocean side

He also finished the sheathing on the roof and started working on the underlay. Look at how small he is!

garage ocean end


garage brian working

All done!

roof underlay

roof underlay back


Here’s how our garage looks from a distance – so tiny compared to our neighbours!

garage from beach

Just need to finish up the sheathing on the front of the garage, and then all the walls will be ready for the underlay and our first inspection :-)

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