Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shingling...well, started at least.

Me and Jeremy after working more than half a day on building this stupid dormer. We had eagerly thought we might get most of the front shingled, but we only got a start after monkeying with this framing most of the day.

Trying to get the house dry. That's why the roof over the garage remains unfinished.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Roof and electric - two big accomplishments!

These were taken around 6pm on Monday night. I didn't make it there tonight to see what was accomplished. Too cold and dark by the time I got home. Shingles coming Thursday so I know what I'll be doing Saturday.

Finally getting power tomorrow too. We've had the service on since we were framing the basement, but when Consumers came out to hook it up, they told us we had to put it on the other side of the house because they no longer cross the front lawn with their wire. HUH? So we now have a breaker box in the garage after calling the electrician to move the service, having it re-inspected and then getting back in queue with Consumers to get on the list for hook up. I hope it's cold for whoever has to dig it. I'll feel better about paying the winter charge that way.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Under 40 days.....

...and this is where we're at. Pretty good progress, but not fast enough for our timeline. And now we've got some more weather coming, that will surely hinder our shingling days. Any one know of a place in the Dorr/Moline area we could rent for a month?

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Well, I can hardly lift my arms to type this post but we're still going to pack some stuff and haul it to storage today. Here's a few pictures from Saturdays work. Starting to see the shape now.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Truss Day!

Truss day is finally here. Here we are holding the tallest truss. Glenn is holding the truss and I am holding the piggyback. They're too large to haul down the road so they come in two pieces. The little one I'm holding will go on top of the big one. We started at noon and finished at 2:30pm. Record time for us. Jeremy was on the roof with me while Glenn sorted the maze on the ground and hooked them up to the crane. Heidi brought pop and snacks and both Heidi and Molly came to take pictures for me. Holy cow, can you say "sore"!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Just one picture

Glenn ran out of plywood today. A delivery tomorrow should mean the rest gets finished tomorrow. At least this shot makes it look complete.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This post brought to you by Folgers, Ibuprophen and Calgon.

We're finally almost ready to set trusses. Hoping that some of this snow melts so we can stand on top of the wall safely. Great progress this weekend and we have the aching muscles to prove it.

Glenn's brother Kal helped stand the back garage wall with the Skytrak. It was impossible for us to stand because the hole for the stairway is right in front of it. Got hairy there for a while, but eventually fell into place. Thanks Kal, it's almost like you've done this before. Thank goodness for brothers. My brother, Jer, has been a big help too. We wouldn't be half as far as we are without him.

The maze of trusses (or "triangles" as Drew calls them) that we have to figure out. One gargantuan puzzle.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Cold, cold, cold. It's been unbearably cold to be outside all day, but at least the snow has stayed away allowing us two great days of wall building this weekend.

Progress at the end of the day on Friday....

Progress at the end of the day on Saturday.....

The floor plan....