Monday, March 12, 2012

Test

After switching back to the old blog format and hopefully doing away with the word verification I tried to add these pictures to the last post, but they never showed up.

The joists that were on 24 inch centers were glued in and screwed in with three inch deck screws and they weren't about to come out so I could go to 16 inch centers as Billy Bob ask about so... I added joists between them to make it on 12 inch centers. Should be even better than the 16 inch centers.

My friends Lee and Dave came over Sunday and Lee brought his water level and with the help of Dave Lee got the platform squared within 1/8 inch and leveled just about perfect. Tomorrow I'll be trying to figure out a good way to insulate it so that  rats won't make nest in the insulation under the floor. They love to do that in case you didn't know.

25 comments:

  1. Holy crap David, that gonna be one stout floor when the decking is on it. Look'n damn nice!!!
    When I built "da porch", everything was screwed with 3 1/2" on the deck....3" everywhere else. Sure hated leav'n it in Deming when I left.

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  2. Snakes like shady places, especially when it is hot. Have you seen the show called "Rattlesnake Republic" ?

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  3. BB, like Bigfoot said at times I may have a lot of people in there. (Standing room only) ;) I'll need a strong floor. So if you ain't hanging out in Deming where is your hangout now?

    Anon, It will be under skirted with metal when it gets finished and since its just a couple of inches to solid rock there isn't much chance of rattlers hanging out under it. Probably isn't much chance of any varmints tunneling under there for the snakes to use their tunnels.

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  4. Looking good Tffn!! When your home is built you are going to have a beautiful view from your front porch.

    Like both pictures but I specially LOVED the first one.

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  5. BTW...my poor tired eyes thank you for removing that fuzzy two word verification :)

    Only because I really really LOVE your blog did I put up with it, others that still have it...sorry it is too much for me to mess with.

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  6. great start David. Hope you didn't use up all your lumber on the floor (grin). Yea, I know, there are some really heavy people living in your area. . .

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    1. Some of us are bigfoots.

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    2. I should have written: some of us are bigfoots at least close to the size of bigfoots.

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  7. MsB, Thanks I can't wait to get it finished, but I'll have to. I can only do so much by my self and with what $ I have to throw at it.

    Yeah I don't like the new word verification either.

    DD, not big people just a lot of them. Fortunately I already had some extra lumber and my neighbor down the hill donated enough to finish the 12" centers.

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  8. Be sure that the orientation is maximizing the view and minimizing the solar heat gain in the afternoon. Great job (and I am watching for those nasty spammer robots!)

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  9. jr, it isn't possible to do both. I want the view to be 9 Points for the sunrises and sunsets so that will put the back 16 foot side to the evening sun. As long as this trailer is here though it will block the late evening sun from the back of the cabin.

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    1. Unc, don't forget, that trailer has wheels and can be moved around if need be. When you get the hut finished we'll have it moved out of the view you want. Just a thought...

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    2. Dale, I'll have the view I want as is. The view of 9 Points is spectacular both at sunrise and again as sunset when it paints 9 points red and is any clouds are above it then it really looks awesome. The trailer will be of benefit of shade for the evening sun.

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    3. Sounds good, glad your getting a start on the hut you want. Wish things were going better here and we could get out to help. :(

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    4. Wish things were better for you to Dale. Also wish you could help to, but it'll get done sooner or later. The floor is finished and the walls come next.

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  10. TYTYTY,,now i can say,,,great job!

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  11. David, as to where I'm hang'n out now, I'm presently in south Texas at Falcon Lake try'n to catch me up a 14 pounds bass. Got bout 9 more pounds to go.
    Since giving up base camp in Deming I rekon I'm homeless again. Ain't got no shoes, ain't got no change, spare me a quarter for a cup of coffee.

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  12. I heard that Billy Bobs sometime hang out under porches charging tolls.

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  13. TnT, glad to see you back.

    BB I bet your pesky neighbor Wayne didn't like that to good. Now who's he going to pester? I ain't seen a quarter cup of coffee in many years.

    Complaints? I guess that's better than panhandling.

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    1. Not mine. They get used for showers and washing before they can add up.

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  14. BB, coffee is $3.50 a cup here.

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  15. Wow, what a difference a month makes. I must have missed where you were getting ready to build. Good for you, and it looks great too. Hope you make your goal for the late spring to have it up and slightly livable? Great pictures too.

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  16. repsychallblues, For now about all I can do is get it built and dried in. Finishing it may take a good while longer than I want it to, but It may come in handy during the warm nights with a cross breeze flowing through it.

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  17. tffnguy, I built a similar cabin here in the high desert of Nevada about 10 years ago and have been living in it since. Regarding your floor situation & insulation, I would just leave it un-insulated where you are. It will be cooler in summer and won't make much difference heating during your winters. Mine is 2 x 6 on 2ft centers with 3/4" OSB floor and has been fine with wood heat only to as low as -18F out here, without underfloor insulation. My walls are 2 x 4s on 2 ft centers, insulated to R-13, same with the ceilings. What I see as a weak point in your floor framing however, is that even with joists on 12" centers, the weight is all supported on the 2 x 6s between concrete blocks looks like 6 ft on center, right? You might consider doubling those 2 x 6s. On mine I used 4 x 6 beams atop concrete piers set about 6 ft on center, then laid the floor joists crosswise atop that---same result as you'd have by doubling the headers.

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