we bore holes into the foundation and into the peers.
anchors into the peers, and beams into the anchors and ledger into the foundation. support support support.
it took 3 hours, and we made little progress.
mendards screwed up. we ordered plastic with our treated pine boards. they delivered aluminum. the tag states “not for use with treated pine.”
10 foot flashing doesn’t fit into my car. i borrowed my in-laws’ highlander, was stopped by 4 trains, and had to explain to the people at menards that no i do not want to return this, i just want what i ordered at least 3 times.
i was stopped by another train before returning the highlander.
upon returning, i surrendered the day to the overgrown grass, bushes, and the torrential rain.
friends fought the heat with me, raising hammers, drills, and sawzalls in the name of progress. it started slow. flashing, then ledger board. anchors to follow. we adjusted the boards we already put up. alignment is key. the pitch must go away from the house.
we lay joist after joist after joist. we missed nail heads almost as often as we hit them. the slope of the hill our house rests on was off, and we stopped to notch 5 joists to keep the pitch. it’s all about the pitch.
two of us rained nails into joist hangers, while another cut bridging, and still another nailed the bridging into place. keep the pitch. make it strong.
then they left. they had to go. life was happening.
my father-in-law stayed. we cut and we nailed, and we double checked. shortly after 5, we stood and looked at the framing. it was good.
weathermen are never accurate, but they struck fear into my schedule. i fled work at 3 hoping to beat the rain.
i scheduled the inspection for Tuesday, then rolled out the landscaping tarp. there was rock i’d removed two years ago stored behind a bush in my yard. i moved it back, on top of the tarp. the idea is to prevent weed and grass growth. the reality will be an investment in weed killing spray.
the city asked for chicken wire, so i unrolled 40 feet of it and stapled it into place along the perimeter. prevent dead critters from getting in there, or at least pretend like you’re trying. this is what the city wants, and this is what the city gets.
it rained as i stapled the last few feet into place. it rained as i stretched and reached to the sky. it rained as i put the tools in the garage, and it rained as i said a prayer over the foundation.
please let it be firm. let it be approved.