Friday, August 28, 2009


Aaron and I meet at the work site on days that I build and we trade cars and he takes the kids. So what happens is I put the camera in the diaper bag and forget to take it out before Aaron leaves. I promise I will have posted new pictures of our house on Saturday!
Anywho, I just wanted to update everyone on the progress. I know I said we started last Friday, but that wasn't really true. Our lumber was delivered last Friday, but until yesterday it was just sitting there looking pretty. Last night I went over there with the help of the Frasers and Monica and we all worked on green plate, porch cap, and rim. We finished the green plate and rim in about 3 hours! It was awesome! It went super fast! We had an awesome assembly line of laying out boards, marking, drilling, cutting, putting the washers and bolts on, and drilling them down that it flew! Then we did rim without running out! It was pretty sweet. I'm not sure if our house plan is a lot easier than the rest because it has a small porch and is mostly square, or if I have just gotten really good at building, but everything went without a hitch. I didn't even have to call our supervisor for help! I think that might be a first for me.
So today Aaron will be working with the Prathers to build the load bearing wall in the basement and then they will layout the joist play, and maybe even start laying out joists! Monica's house is almost ready for trusses too! It seems like that went really fast considering we started last Saturday. It just needs sheeting and double top plate on the garage walls. Hopefully by next Saturday we will be doing trusses for our place!
That's it for now. Check back on Saturday night for pictures!

Monday, August 17, 2009

I finally have some new pictures!

So we are in week 8 of building and are just putting the finishing touches on the Wilson's house and Jason and Lisa's place. It seems to be moving at slugs pace. The group that is in Payson that we were originally a part of is working on their LAST(8th) house now. I think that is partly why I feel like we are moving so slow, because they are moving so fast. Our supervisor is in their group though, and he has mostly built the houses himself. I have to keep reminding myself that.

Supposedly the lumber for our house will be delivered on Friday, but that's what Tony has been saying for 3 weeks now. It isn't a huge deal. I don't mind not starting on our house because it doesn't really matter, but it is exciting that we might get to start building on it soon. I wanted to set a goal to get Monica's house ready for trusses on Saturday, but nobody else seemed to chime in much on that, so it probably wont happen. My prediction is we will have all the outside walls done by Friday. Today I would have been working on floor joists, but instead I have to go fix a bunch of doors and windows that were put on wrong. I get frustrated when I don't hit my goals.

So here are some pictures of the Wilson's house and Jason and Lisa's house as of Saturday afternoon.

This is Jason and Lisa's place(house#3) getting shingles

This is the Wilson's place(house #2) almost done shingling

This is Jason on top of his house

This is Aaron working on green plate for Monica's house(#4)

That's it for now. We could still use volunteers if anyone wants to come. Just call or message me for the addresses.