Monday, September 3, 2012

Forward progress...

Hello All,

So when we last left off, we were installing the stone facade. Here you can see an in progress shot of the front of the house:

And this weekend, we managed to finished the stonework. Well, there are three stones left to put up and we need to flash the top of the stone. But it still feels like an accomplishment.

Now, while we were finishing the stonework, we heard my old chihuahua Peanut, barking madly. We figured she was making a bed. She likes to bark while making her bed. Well, when we came inside, this is what we found. Yes, she's diagnosed with lung disease and takes Viagra twice a day, and the doctors said she only had six months, at most, back in March. And every day is a gift, but this trashed pillow is a special gift to me. :)

Since she was so full of energy, we took her on a trip to Home Depot to pick up a new ladder. The next step is installing Tyvek and siding on the house. I have a scaffolding system for helping me put on the siding, but I need a taller ladder in order to install the supports. You'll see it in the next picture. Anyways, Peanut enjoyed her outing.

Here you can see the scaffolding in place and the bottom layer of tyvek being installed. If you've never worked on scaffold jacks, the first time is a very terrifying experience. More about that in future posts...


Anonymous said...

Hahaha... Go Peanut Go! She can barely walk, I don't know how she managed that.


Mark O. said...

Hi ... I am reading your blog on pin piles. I have a couple of questions for you ...
1. how come the pins are not threaded together with couplers? instead of using the connector pins?
2. Where did you buy your schedule 80 pipe and where did you rent the 140 lb jackhammer?

I am in the Kirkland area.

Thanks for the information.

Mark O.

Jeremiah said...

Hi Mark,

I'm not sure what you mean. I used standard couplers to connect the pipe. The couplers are never threaded.

I bought the pipe from McDowell Pile King, they sell galvanized schedule 80, you can also pick it up from Everett steel, but they only carry plain steel.

I rented the pile driver (not a jackhammer) from Paco, down by Georgetown (

Hope this helps!

Craig said...

Hi guys - great blog. I've read it start to well... where you last left off... I don't want to say finish.

I hope there is more coming soon!

What do you do for a living anyways to know so much about construction and what you're doing? Or are you a little like me and try to learn as you go?

Thanks and best wishes for the completion of the house!

Anonymous said...

Love the blog! But is this where it ends? Ahhhhhh say it ain't so! great job. We are about to embark upon gutting a 100 year old gold rush shack in Northern BC, I have bookmarked this blog for inspiration. Thanks for putting it out there. Looking forward to updates!

Angel Masterson said...

any more updates!!! I have to say I was a little stunned when I read your blog from the beginning... all the hard work and effort to preserve the original structure, leveling, lifting, dredging, etc. only to after what appears to be almost 2 years of work.. it was basically demolished all the walls and did all new construction from that point... WOW!