Patrick's Barn: Wow! It's starting to look like somethingcomments (3) November 28th, 2011 in Blogs
It was about twilight on Sunday when I was standing near the road that accesses our small subdivision and looking at the recent progress on our barn. A small car pulled up, and the driver put down her window. “It’s really starting to look like something,” she said. “Thanks,” I replied. “I’ve been watching you guys since this started. You’ve been doing all the work yourselves, right?” she asked. “Yeah, pretty much--just me and my wife, with help from some good friends on occasion,” I replied.
When you’re in the middle of a large project like this, progress can seem almost imperceptible, but this long weekend restored a sense of accomplishment, and the neighbor’s kind words further reinforced the point. I started work early on Thanksgiving Day by installing pressure-treated plates where the framing meets the slab. I always imagined that this work would be easy with a powder-actuated tool, but the nails just bent when they hit the concrete.
I regretted waiting so long, because it wouldn’t have been a problem if I had done this when the concrete was green. I then turned to a rotary hammer and used Tapcons to secure the plates to the slab. My wife watched our boy and cooked Thanksgiving dinner while I worked on the barn. This work, along with framing a carriage-door opening on the shed-roofed part of the barn, took until the end of the day on Friday.
Saturday was Carol's turn to work on the barn. She spent the day installing the first layer of foam insulation on the first floor of the main barn. She made great progress, despite the fussy nature of the work, which included cutting the foam to fit around the various framing members and the electrical panel and conduit. The following day, I turned my attention to putting the first layer of foam on the gable ends of the main barn. This was fussy too, but it sure looked like major progress when it was done. And it was especially satisfying to not be the only person who noticed.
You can read more about my barn here.
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