Monday, September 26, 2011

Never easy

Out timber framing guy working on the beams

On the posts

With his giant circular saw

Detail of the bottom of the post that's closest to the kitchen: no hint of a problem yet but it was 5/16  to tall and these are NOT easy to move, even less easy when they are assembled and in place

Post "A" bottom

Post"B" bottom, the center of the three large posts.


Plans and tools



Top of post "B"

Tools of the trade

The first post - "B" - vertical 

Tenon end of the beam

Still carving

Top of Post "C" nearest the kitchen

Up Up And Away - Genie lift does its job. Still not fun with a couple of hundred kilos above your head 

BEam into notch in post "B": this was a really tight fit and awkward to "tap" the beam down

detail of post & and beam

Adjustments with timbers this big are NOT easy and require thought, ingenuity, and lots of physical effort

Dealing with the additional length of post "C": The cavalry has arrived with  additional  muscle and lifting equipment. We need to lift, block and support posts "A" and "B" and remove post "C"

The not-straight cut where E and I tried to gut it in-situ  with a Japanese pull saw  called a Ryoba 


Hectic activity with the post off: making sure the lifting jacks stay in place.

Lifitng these things 20 cm [about 8 inches] is not easy when they're assembled
 No pictures of it all back together. Still needs to be plumbed and adjusted, and right on cue the expletive deleted  autumn rains appeared. What is it? No rest for the wicked and precious little for the righteous?

Meanwhile still have the cistern to construct and the rest of the beams to cut and raise and before that putting the laundry chute in place and E discovered that our hard earned tongue and groove cedar had been getting eaten by insects of unknown type, despite a vigorous campaign by A to keep the place insect free.

Sometimes the blog is too nice and doesn't tell the back story of how mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting this work can be [especially when you're fatigued]. This is true for Elizabeth in particular as she does almost all of the physical work and on top of that has to be the ingenious and clever one too.