Today Louis and I wrapped up some things while Josiah ran to town to get supplies for the Love Shack.
We cut a bunch of 45 degree angle braces for the corners of the spaces between the studs to support the framing a bit better. Before we braced it, if you grabbed the framing and shook it, the whole place wobbled a heck of a lot. Now, it nudges, but mostly stays put. Whew. That feels so much better. While he started installing more, I swept out the floor and started scraping the ice that had built up in there. The floor actually looked pretty good!
I was able to get the light switch installed in its new box. Ooh. Ahh! By the end of the day we decided to run the wiring through the new floor we're installing instead of over top of the shack, so I took the switch apart again. Wheee!
It was such a beautiful day today. The sun came out for a while. It reached at least 45F. Everything was slushy and slippery. Then Josiah brought the blizzard with him when he came back from town. We three stood outside the Love Shack discussing our plan of action for next steps, and I was kinda distracted by the snow falling on us. Thick flurries fell all around us and quickly coated everything in at least an inch of snow. It was so beautiful.. I love how quiet this weather is.
By the time we hiked back down the hill to the shop, the floor of the Shack was covered in snow again. C'est la vie. This time tomorrow, we plan to have the Shack wrapped up and exterior siding on at least two of the walls done. If we get further than that, that would be fantastic! :fingerscrossed: Weather, don't get toooo crazy now!
We were able to find some really neat looking wood for the next phase, and I really hope people like it because we're putting a lot of Love into this Shack. <3
Today Josiah, Louis, and I spend on the Love Shack again. First we installed supports for the future installation of the siding of the upper area of the exterior walls. Then we were able to get it wrapped and put the siding up for the east wall. I scribed and cut the bottom trim for the north and south sides and installed them. We installed the North and South corner siding pieces. As they were hanging the east wall siding, I went down and trimmed the siding for the north wall. We were able to install about a third of that wall before the end of the day. I forgot to take a picture of it at the end of the day, so tune in tomorrow for more progress! 😉😁
The middle rail (why does this thing even exist??) needed to be cut to allow the insertion of our new window framing.
Hans wrote:. To nail the middle of the vertical shiplap siding. In my fathers day they avoided it by putting the shiplap on at a 45 degree angle which braced the structure at the same time. He did that building concrete forms for our infamous Purdy bridge.
Just a tip for anyone looking at copying this style or learning from it- This would not be typical, as it’s a weak form of framing. Normally studs are run full length (base to top of wall) then put the horizontal pieces in between. Years ago they were called ‘cats’, not sure why. It’s done as fire blocking on runs taller than 8’, but can also be done for the reason of vertical siding like board and batten or board and gap. BUT- also typically, if you are running vertical siding you would install horizontal purlins first. All the little 45 angle braces were needed here because there is no diagonal support as would be typical with sheathing, or, as Hans mentioned, running the siding boards at a 45 degree angle. But if you install purlins 16” on center, that will strengthen the wall adequately on a cabin or shed this small.
To get a wish, you need a genie. To get a genie, you need a lamp. To get a lamp, you need a tiny ad:
Greenhouse of the Future ebook - now free for a while