is always easier the second time around, and building is no
exception. Last year, we mulled over every step in our building
project, and I made
so many measuring mistakes that I begged my father not to point them
out when he came to visit.
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Although we're still
making the odd mistake here and there, our wood
stove alcove project
is flying along. Since we caught up on inside chores during a
rainy Tuesday, we were able to spend all day building on
Wednesday. We cut the piers to size, topped them with a couple of
sill plates for bracket-less joist attachment, then a box of treated
2X6s with an extra one in the middle for an extraordinarily sturdy set
of floor joists. Add a sheet of heavy plywood and we had the
subfloor in place by lunchtime, despite having to tear off the trailer
wall to get to it.
came the alcove walls. After some head-scratching, we figured out
that if we put three sides of the wall box together on the ground, we
could top it off with the exterior plywood and square the wall in no
time. Then it was just a matter of adding on the top 2X4 and the
ones in the middle and we had plumb walls. Let me tell you,
nothing is plumb in the East Wing, so all of these ninety degree angles
blew me away.
Now, if the rain will
just hold off while we put together the ceiling and roof....