Saturday, October 20, 2007

Winter is here, and I am behind.......

Well as always it has been awhile since I last posted, at least I am consistent if nothing else. We have gotten a fair amount done since the frame was raised, the 2x12 sub-floor for the second level is on and about 90% of the tongue and groove is on the roof. I left the 4' pieces out of the peak so I could get to the roof to put the ice and water shield on to protect the t&g and it snowed before I've had a chance to finish the t&g. I have most of the ice & water shield on but on the south side there is about 2/3 of the roof that I haven't gotten to yet.

I was going to install the t&g at 45 degree angles to give it a herringbone pattern but decided to put in some wind braces instead and then run the t&g straight. When I was cutting braces for the frame I needed 24 that were 42" long and 26 that were 48" long. I accidentally cut 50 that were 42" long and couldn't get them to stretch no matter how hard I pulled. This left me with a bunch of 42" braces that I wanted to use as wind braces in the roof but I didn't have time to make the mortise pockets before we raised the frame (I was frantically cutting braces). So after I got the sub-floor in I installed the wind braces and am really pleased with how they look.

I was hoping to have a little more time to finish but the snow beat me. Since it is here I hope it snows lots. We got Thane's snowmachine out today and he rode around the yard a little but we need a bunch more before I get mine out.

North Side of the Barn

With the exception of the peak this side is winterized.

South Side of Barn

Need a couple of warm days to melt the left and center sections to put ice & water shield on.

The wind braces form a diamond in the center bent.

Wind Braces with T&G.

The house from the second level of the barn.


brad_bb said...

Hi Tyson,
I'm just wondering how the braces went in? It seems you had cut the mortises before the raising correct? Were the braces able to just slip in?? Did They have to be forced in with a big hammer(beetle)? thanks, Brad
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brad_bb said...

Sorry I was referring to the wind braces. Brad