Ooh! Artsy shots!
These little fellas were attempting to break through the tough dirt.
In order to dig the footings to the right depth and level, a contraption is used called a laser level. In the photo below, Tyler is handling the stick that measures the height/depth and the other "thing" on the tripod does the rest with it's fancy laser tech. For me, a person completely ignorant of what all goes into the building of a house (unless of course it's Legos), I was entirely impressed and amazed by this part of the process.
In this one, he is digging the holes where the pillars will be. These will hold the beams that stretch the width of the house for extra support.
My lovely Xterra, which I've been calling the Gypsy, and Evan's pretty red Chrysler, which I believed has been dubbed the Phoenix.
Then, to protect from moisture and such, a seal is put on top of the block and a wood "plate" is bolted down. From left to right, helping out on this particular evening is Evan's dad, my brother, Evan, and Tanner (Evan's cousin).
My future father-in-law is a master builder. And his sons are gaining all the experience to be. :] Very proud of them.
Haha! These liddle guys kept popping up in random places every now and then. . .
Evan can wield a mighty hammer. ;D
My daddy. :] And no! he's not shooting nails into his hand.
That green stuff on the center petition is a special kind of sheetrock that will help stall a fire long enough for the inhabitants to safely exit, should that ever happen. Lord willing, it won't!
Putting up the center beams!
Sometimes your lumber is delivered and is rather crooked or bowed. And sometimes it needs a little weight to help it out. And in this instance, Tyler was perfect for this job! *wink wink* (No offense meant, of course!) ;D
And that concludes phase two and three. Next up, installing the floor joists and flooring!!
Thanks for reading. And many thanks for your prayers!
Happy Wednesday, y'all!