Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blood Sweat & Tears

The blood on this build so far is from Dave and that would make it New York Blood (Actually he's a Texan now though.) The Sweat is mine and that would make it Texas Sweat. The Tears would be my pocket book crying.

This is the start of the south wall.

The north and South walls completed.

North, South and West walls. Maybe I'll get the East wall finished tomorrow. After that it will be on the good graces of some of my friends to help me upright them and get them tied together. I should be able to handle the rest then.

Here I'm using T shaped drip rails for braces. I didn't invent that and don't remember where I found it on the net. Seemed like a good idea so I used it. You notch the studs and plates about an inch deep and then the T part goes in the slots. They are then screwed to the studs and plates to secure them and should make for a strong brace. With the OSB board glued and screwed on over them it should be able to handle the wind down here with no sweat.

It was a nice day today although a little on the warm side. Maybe 94 or 95. I had to knock off the building for a while because the tools were getting too hot to handle sitting out in the sun. I was getting pretty hot myself! I had the laptop on to listen to music for a couple of hours and it got so hot in here that it shut down. Fortunately it doesn't seem to have screwed it up.

Every joint of this build is glued using heavy duty Liquid Nails and then screwed together with 3 or 3 1/2 inch deck screws. I don't remember which. It should be plenty strong when finished.

26 comments:

  1. This is so cool! At this rate, you'll have a roof over your head by the end of the month :)

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  2. Abby, not really. I've spent all I can to get where I am on the build now and it will take months to save up enough to finish it.

    stillhowlyn, Nope no rain and I just hope I can get the cabin dried in before it does, I think there's a 10% chance for several days in the 7 day forecast. A lot of heat to. (90s)

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  3. "Every joint of this build is glued using heavy duty Liquid Nails and then screwed together with 3 or 3 1/2 inch deck screws."

    Were you in the Navy or did you know my dad? LOL

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    1. Judy, I was in the Army and don't guess I knew your dad, but I do know the winds down here and would like to see the cabin stay in one piece.

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  4. Well done - looks like hectic work, and I know what it's like trying to work in the heat...

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    1. Dani it is hectic work and the heat doesn't help, but it will all be worth it eventually.

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  5. If you set up a "donate" button on this blog I would donate and many others would as well, I believe.

    Many of us want to see your cabin completed as soon as possible.

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    1. Anonymous, I'd just as soon not do that. If followers were actually getting something out of the blog besides a read then that would be different.

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  6. THANK YOU!! That donate button to me is ,,well,,begging. I quit another blog because they did that. Like you, i would never do such a thing either. lol, guess we're just too proud,,huh,...

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  7. Looking real good on your new home.

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  8. Such progress. This is great! It sounds like it should do well in the winds down there.

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  9. What kind of money is required to dry it in?

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  10. Thanks RedEyeMule. Looks like I mayy be getting the help to set the walls up within a couple of days (If the wind doesn't get up.

    Rubye Jack, I sure hope it handles the wind good. I've done all I can to make it strong.

    rj, I'm not sure on that.

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  11. I think that the smaller the structure,the stronger it is. Good choice on building it 12x16.

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  12. How about drawing a sketch of your proposed floorplan?

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    1. rj, its just your average 12x16 on 24 inch centers and then extra joists added to make it 12 inch centers.

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  13. dont donate to him, donate to me, he is already a thousand aire.

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  14. Lots of progress in your little home. You are so fortunate to know how to build things not counting the satisfaction factor of knowing you did it on your own as well as with the help of your "real" friends.

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  15. Happy 200,000 page views!

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  16. Are you doing a bathroom? What size?

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  17. Complaints?, that would be more like a $50 aire.

    MsB, I'm glad I was able to build it. Its easy enough to figure out how to build by combing the net for info. The hard part is building it.

    Anonymous, Glad you said that I hadn't noticed.

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  18. rj, I plan to rough in for a bathroom sooner or later. I'm figuring on a 4x6 for the bathroom which should be large enough for a throne and small shower. Perhaps even a small vanity? I really haven't planed it out much yet though. The other side would leave a 4x6 for a small closet and kitchen area. Of course with the 6 inch walls that would actually be more like a 4x5 for the bathroom and other stuff.

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  19. Some plans I have seen will place the throne and shower in the room and have the sink integral to the kitchen area next to it. All topped with a sleeping loft above.

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  20. rj, that sounds pretty cool, but as bad as my knees are now days and getting worse I'd probably still have to sleep downstairs anyway.

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  21. Getting a lot of work done. I really like your building technique, strong and solid. Best of luck with the rest.

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