Strawbale House

This blog is intended to chart our progress through the self-build process, from half-hearted plot-hunting through to completion of the build. The twist is that we're building the house from timber and straw (hence the blog title).

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Monday, 9 July 2007

July 9th - Moving upstairs, slowly

The first work on site for three days, and in weather terms, it could be a different season, or a different continent. Baking all day, and unbroken sunshine. Melvin had a kilt-fitting (with an extra-long tape!) in Edinburgh, so Mal and I were joined by Jack, my nephew who’ll be around for a couple of weeks. A productive but strangely unsatisfying day. Most of the work was more-or-less invisible, a huge amount of dwanging and fitting of joist-hangers and clips, all of which will be hidden in the floor. Right at the end of the day we erected the first of the upstairs walls, a windowless section in the north elevation.
Jack spent a large chunk of the morning on the big saw, cutting dwangs and all afternoon on a ladder fitting joist-hangers.
Jack: yeah, cutting bits of wood to measurement which were almost certainly all wrong! And fitting 10 joist hangers all afternoon, something Damon or Mal probably would have done in half an hour! I’m a great help.
Nonsense – he’s just being modest! Mick Gamble answered a plea and turned up just before knock-off with his telescopic forklift to lift all the upstairs flooring onto the upstairs joists.
Arrived home feeling pretty frazzled. Must remember a hat tomorrow, and more to drink. Hamish used most of our water in a water-fight with Boston!

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