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Wood splitting monster maul adjacent to the Roman pool. The 'boys' coined this maul, the FBH. Cleanly, it's a VBH. But depending upon your language skills, it's still a big hammer. Mr. persuasion for things not yet found their landing.

Wood splitting monster maul adjacent to the Roman pool. The ‘boys’ coined this maul, the FBH. Cleanly, it’s a VBH. But depending upon your language skills, it’s still a big hammer. Mr. persuasion for things not yet found their landing.

The exterior wall is 2″ x 6″ on 24″ centres for code compliance and structural integrity. I chose to keep the windows as high up off the floor as possible, using mostly 2″ x 8″ for headers. The windows, save for the 2 bdrms, are awning to prevent rain infiltrating while ventilating during warmer months. The bdrms are casement, to satisfy egress during emergency escape, fire, RCMP, drug squad or terrorists from the South Mtn. etc.

Steve Dickie aka Etienne Randonee of fb fame my teacher and good friend. A great deal of skill, knowledge and companionship.

I chose to use metal corner wind braces let into the timber, with a shallow circular saw cut. These will help keep the building straight and square in the frequent heavy winds that occur up on the side of the mountain.

Metal wind braces let into the 2 x 6's.

Metal wind braces let into the 2 x 6’s.

Once again, I chose to use OSB (oriented strand board otherwise known as Aspenite) on the exterior.

Exterior walls up, braced and awaiting roof trusses.

Aspenite is a good use of scraps from saw mills and works at least as well as 1/2″ spruce plywood. Much of this decision making between competing products for a similar purpose is a party pak, i.e., i.e.,  6 of one half a dozen of t`other. The site is 287” above sea level and if Greenland and the West Arm of Antarctica let go, I can always go into the ferry business. Don’t know where we’d ship the folks to though!

Carport posts and beam up, braced and awaiting the roof. Storage from the elements for the 2 trailers the VW draws as well as firewood and perhaps a propane tank. Undecided on gas as a cooking option. Opinions anyone? In this age of growing scarcity and trade deals that make Canada sell to the US over and above our own needs there are plenty of queries.

Each wall is squared on the pad with its bottom plate against a snapped chalk line and then diagonally braced with 1″ x 4″ strapping.

Using floor scraps to insulate around the garage door. The absurdity of an R30 wall at this point juztaposed against an R6 steel door. At least I have passed the Scottish (1/2" Jewish) test

Using floor scraps to insulate around the garage door. The absurdity of an R30 wall at this point juztaposed against an R6 steel door. At least I have passed the Scottish (1/2″ Jewish) test

After the walls are raised and anchored against the straight chalk line, they are straightened and held in place through window and door openings, to long stakes driven into the soil outside. My teacher on this site, Etienne pulls a dry line tight enough for the flying Wallendas to grant a return engagement of tightrope spectacle viewing.

Taught dry line awaits the resurrection of the famous Flying Wallendas of yesteryear.

The line stands off from the doubled plate with a plywood scrap at each end and then a similar thickness is slid along and the wall is pulled hither and thither, ’til it’s within a hair’s breath of OK.

View from the SE this time. No roof and no jokes either.

At least until the sun, wind and geothermal sources can wreak their havoc on our previous day of;  ‘It’s pretty straight, eh?’

jayöh fills in the space under the garage door header with 1 x 4 strapping to obtain the required 7' clearance to concrete floor.

jayöh fills in the space under the garage door header with 1 x 4 strapping to obtain the required 7′ clearance to concrete floor.

I Am John Otvos, aka jayöh.

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