Backfill and roofs

Today it’s starting to look like a house.  The rafters and dormers  on the second floor bedroom section are done.  The roof  rafters 18′ x 12″ TJIs were a challenge to get up.  It took much longer than the framers though. You can see from yesterday’s photos how they had to swing them into place. It also looks like we can’t use the window designed for the second bathroom  because of the angle of the porch roof.  We will swap it with a smaller one form the office.

Backfill and rough grading is done and a pad is set up for the shed.


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Family Room end

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Office end

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Shed pad

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Busy Monday (Backfill & Framing)

In the first photo the Bilco door crew was still on site, the excavators started backfilling and the framers were working on the roof rafters.  Look how long the rafters are and the framer swing them into position to be lifted up.  A very uneventful day other than it was the first day of Deer season and shotguns were going off in the distance and deer were running around.

Three things at once.

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Second floor framing

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Doing the roof rafters.75 Roof Rafters

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End of Day

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Busy Monday (Bilco Door)

Was a very busy day.  The framers finished the second floor framing on Saturday.

Today started off with the Bilco door installation.  Easy, the guys from Bethlehem Precast really know what they are doing.   I just noticed I didn’t take a photo of the completed installation. (I’ll add that tomorrow)

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Sill plate details

Just a rainy day in Jersey.  Just the Township’s back fill inspection today, passed.

With a full day of  rain forecast for today and tomorrow the isn’t any progress, the bilco door system is rescheduled for Monday. They need dry weather for their seal to dry properly.

But since the sill plate seal is so important and different with the Thermomass  CIP foundation I thought I’d post the design and photos of the result.  My engineering friends have never seen a sill plate like this.


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Basement Floor

I got to the lot at 8:02 and Marone’s guys were already working.  Two concrete trucks later the floor was poured, Spread it out, shot the height with a laser, then let it set up. After a few hours they were back at it smoothing the floor and cutting the expansion join. Gabe my Grandson can over to watch and the pump truck operator let him move the boom around,

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The Steel & Floor

After fabrication the supporting steel was installed. The columns were installed and leveled one day, and measured for the correct height.  A crane lifted the heavy cross members into place. There were bolted to the support columns and welded to bolted in end plates.

Then Marone’s guys placed 2″ rigid foam panels (R-10) including 4″ up the side walls. The covered it with 15mil Stego vapor barrier and taped all the seams and around any openings.  All ready to pour the floor tomorrow.62 Steel 62 Steel (2) 62 Steel (3) 63 Vapor Barrier (2) 63 Vapor Barrier