Tuesday, May 13, 2014

September 2013

There's behind, and then there's waaaaaaaaaaaaaay behind!  I'm in the latter category right now!  Yikes.  We'll see what I can do about catching up.  When I left off we had just finished the main floor.  Hold on tight!  This will be a whirlwind update!

As usual, life is never dull.  Just as soon as we got the main floor done it rained.  And when I say rain, I mean RAIN!  Ugh!  I got a super duper squeegee and squeegeed it out.

 Next step was the sill plate - bolting that down.

Then the walls go on top of the sill plate.  To get the walls to fit over the washers and nuts you had to chisel out part of the board.  

One simple line that is rather important - the center line.  

Tools of the trade:

Battery powered!  What a life saver!

I was trying to take a picture of the scaffold, which has been hugely helpful, but then I noticed the ladder.  That ladder is our main "staircase" even now!  Another very important tool of the trade!

This lift has been a back saver and probably a life saver too!  You'll see why in later pictures.

Slowly but surely the gabled ends go up.

 With much work done under plastic to try to keep dry.  It was either gorgeously sunny or raining, sometimes both in the same day!  Not much mediocre weather this past fall!

Barry was incredibly faithful in helping out!  There's no way we would have gotten it all done before snow flying without him!

We put up Bituthene and then treated plywood over the area that would soon be back filled.

Mike didn't take long at all putting in the septic - that's our tank on its way to its new home.

Tamping it in.

This is Alaska.  Yes, you put insulation over your tank.

Beginning to back fill.  The house looks more like a house and not just a huge white blob!

It looks so much nicer once Mike finished the dirt work around the house!

And he put the electric base in place!  Now to wait for the electric company to get around to hooking it up!  Our neighbors across the road were waiting too.

With all the driving back and forth we saw a ton of amazing scenery.

It's a rough life but someone has to look at all that scenery!  This took us through the end of September.  

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