Monthly Archives: October 2011

Interruptions and 57 2x4s…


I know I ought to take advantage of all possible days to work on my house but sometimes life intercepts and this weekend was one of those times. For the last 4 years I have been aware of a free bluegrass festival in San Francisco around the start of October and for the last 4 years I have headed several thousand miles away to Scotland the very week before. But this year with my degree all shiny and finished and my attendance unhindered by a continent, ocean or even a full state I packed my bags and galavanted off north. Of course this trip coincided with the first 3 days of my step dad’s week off and perfect building weather (I returned with rain in tow) but I did have a nice time and am glad I went. 

The first thing to do yesterday was to get more lumber. I knew when we bought the last bunch that I’d need to get at least another round for all the framing, roofing and plywood sheathing but I didn’t realize that day had come so soon. My dad had worked on the bay window wall while I was away and finished off the remaining 2×4’s so we gathered the plans and made a list of how many we’d need. Well, we needed 57. Seeing as I’d bought the exact number specified by the materials list last time I am truly bumfuzzled as to how this is possible.

Granted there’s 10 or so that got warped by water damage in the truck, a fair few that got redone for mistakes and the however many extras my dad stuck into the framing to make things ‘really sturdy’ (not so helpful when weight is an issue, but there you go). Even so though, I can’t account for the discrepancy. It is also possible we counted wrong; 57, I mean really…Nonetheless, we made the trip to Lowes and came out $500 later with enough lumber for the remaining door framing, roof, sheathing, and lofts. 

Today the rain continued with a vengance but we finished the last of the framing in the garage and if the weather proves drier we hope to get the walls attached to the trailer tomorrow. Please weather, prove drier…