Monday, November 22, 2010

Floor Joists

I've been neglecting updating blog posts recently simply because I have been so busy and I am so exhausted. During the week I am still painting a 48' flat bed trailer for our Peterbilt that we want to sell, I've been trying to keep up with all the animals and housework, and I've been going twice a week to Fort Worth to help a friend who is battling cancer by taking her to appointments, running errands, getting or making dinner, etc. Then on Friday I am heading up to Oklahoma while Tony and I build on Saturday and Sunday then I head home Sunday evening.

These photos are from the weekend of November 13th & 14th.

First is a photo of the support system for the floor joists that Tony completed the weekend of November 6th & 7th while I stayed home in Texas.

Here's the box Tony built to support the boards and floor joists on the area where the posts ended up being too short because the ground drops significantly in that area.

A view of the boxes that are the floor joists. We built 8'x8' boxes with 2"x10" beams every 16 inches. All this to help support to load across the beams and help make the floor sturdy enough that we can lay a tile floor later.

A shot from underneath.

The completed floor joists.

A make-shift retaining wall I've started working on to help with washout that has started to build up around the posts.

The weather was beautiful that weekend and we had some critters show up.

A lizard (dead center in the photo).

 Some beautiful moths and butterflies, this is the only one I could catch though.

And there are a ton of Daddy Longlegs. This particular type is an arachnid but is not a spider since it only has two main body sections (abdomen and cephalothorax) instead of three. There are other Daddy Longlegs who are spiders though.

And finally some views of fall. I missed the main weekends where the trees were changing, but I did catch the tail end. The strange lights on the image are noise from my camera. I'm shooting with a film camera instead of a digital. Once the house/cabin is complete then I will be getting a digital SLR camera.

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