Days 108-110: Furring Strips Continue

Friday
Back to the furring strips – we taped the seams on the final seam overlap, taped up the next roll of insulation and secured it in place with a 16′ 2×4.  Then, we removed our previous furring strips to allow the insulation overlap to occur and then reattached that row of furring strips.  One improvement we implemented was screwing the spacers to the previous furring strip so they didn’t fall out while we were screwing in the next one.  Huge relief!

With the overlap complete and the furring strip back in place, we spaced out the next one and attached it.  The entire process was made easier by the scaffold; much MUCH easier.  It’s like we were on the floor, but high up.  The 6′ metal scaffold is shaky and scary.  The 10′ wooden scaffold was a little wobbly but much safer feeling.

The furring strips on the east side are now complete except for the center one on the very top.  Tomorrow – west side.

Another picture of the scaffold, this one in better light.

Another picture of the scaffold, this one in better light.

Saturday
SO MUCH PROGRESS!  We tackled the west side and completed the insulation strip (and furring strips) that straddle the cross beams as well as the final one on the west side.  The last insulation sheet will straddle the center of the house and be pinned in place by a furring strip that goes on the center metal beam.

[We changed our strategy on the furring strip that interacts with the cross beams.  Instead of cutting the furring strip and attaching the pieces between the cross beams, we will attach 2×4’s both above and below the cross beams.  This allows an easier furring strip install with less cuts and better connection; with the original approach we’d have some small pieces connected to only one rib.]

You can see the boundary of the last insulation sheet with its tape pieces securing it to the metal ribs. The next step is moving the scaffold to the center of the house and doing the central insulation sheet.

You can see the boundary of the last insulation sheet with its tape pieces securing it to the metal ribs. The next step is moving the scaffold to the center of the house and doing the top ridge insulation sheet.

Sunday
Having completed all but the last piece of the puzzle, we woke with a conundrum on our hands.  The last task before running the wiring is to frame the bathroom.  But if we disassemble the scaffold to frame the bathroom, we won’t have a way to reach the high places to install the 4×4 plywood sheets that complete the inside ceiling/wall assembly.

We decided we needed to get the 4×4 plywood sheets so that we could at least install the two highest rows of them.  The order of events would then be –

  • Complete the final insulation/furring strip run
  • Attach the 4x4s on the top two sections of furring strips
  • Disassemble the scaffold
  • Frame the bathroom
  • Take the electrical test
  • Run the wiring
  • Attach the rest of the 4x4s

Thankfully, we are very decisive people.  To execute this plan, we would need to get out of town.  We decided to make a run to Las Cruces and pick up a third of the plywood sheets (the amount the roof racks can handle).  We also decided to bring home as many sections of the shower enclosure that could fit in/on the car with the plywood.  [You can check it out here.]

We have discovered that a trip to Las Cruces takes an average of 2 hours longer than one would expect.  So……while we had planned to get home by 1:30pm and finish the final furring strip, that did not occur.  By the time we unloaded the stuff, took care of normal Sunday events and got back to the house, it was past 6pm and dark.  [Daylight savings time is NOT cool.  We previously closed the shack at 5pm and had two hours until it was dark.  That work window has been reduced to ONE hour.]

Plywood on car with paint sticks to protect the plastic. BRIAN

Plywood on car with paint sticks as standoffs to ensure the metal bar is loaded instead of the plastic parts.

For a full summary of our experience with Arched Cabins, please read Arched Cabin Summary.

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