We removed the panels and attached the 2×4 vertical studs/furring strips (going forward, called ‘studs’). We reattached the panels (see featured image above), attached the remaining chamfer strip on the west side and then attached both chamfer strips on the east side.
Great day number 1. Not only did we get a lot done, but we got another section of our shower enclosure without having to drive to Las Cruces! Awesome. A friend was going to Cruces and offered to grab our shower.
An absolutely awesome day! We woke early, completed a tremendous amount of domestic responsibilities (ie. cooked bacon, vacuumed, cleaned bird cage, etc) and arrived at the property around 9:30am.
We recently discovered we can drive around the edge of the house and park where the tent house used to be. I decided to make the pull-through a little easier by breaking off some of our hill. It was a beautiful morning and that kept me busy for awhile. Before heading into the house, we were interrupted by visitors (real visitors, not trespassers).
We frequently are asked by others to invite them over so they can see the house. We have a list of probably 20 people who want to come over when it’s done. I recently realized how long the list was and decided these people should drop in when it’s in progress. I’d much rather show them a messy work-in-progress than be expected to have the house immaculate in the future, when we are living in it.
The ladies were lovely – one of them is planning on building something similar soon so she had a lot of questions. One of them invited us to see her home. We didn’t really want to lose time but said yes. Thankfully, they were only a 1 minutes drive down the road. Great house organization, layout and colors.
Back to work – We attached the rest of the second row, cut the partials for the end and attached those too.
After our break, we got right back to work. We really really really wanted to finish all four rows but we didn’t quite make it. Each panel requires another vertical stud to be measured and cut; then attached. This is all tricky up high, where you’re leaning over the edge. Each weight shift causes a shift in the wood you’re trying to attach. We took it slow and safe.
The plan was to finish the four rows and then disassemble the scaffold. However, we’ve hit a snag. If we take apart the scaffold, how do we reach the high up areas to caulk the seams? What about panels and insulation in the high up areas on the endcaps? But if leave the scaffold up to handle those tasks, we have this giant object to work around while constructing the bathroom AND we have to buy more lumber. The scaffold then becomes a $250 expense that serves no purpose once it’s disassembled.
We haven’t decided what we’re going to do yet but here are the rest of the weekend’s photos: