I'm a Lumber Jack
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No, really. Not many people know this, but before I was born I had a very cool and sporty uncle, an excellent footballer and cricketer who also won war medals in the Territorial Army before tragically dying (of leukemia, I believe) some time after World War II. Although Jews do not name children after living relatives, we do name them for deceased relatives, and I consider myself fortunate to have been given the middle name of Jack, in memory of my long lost uncle whom I sadly never knew.
Needless to say, today all the lumber finally arrived: TJI I-Joists and plywood sheathing for the sub-floor, and pressure-treated wood for the mud sills and the lower retaining wall. It was all piled high on the site on a beautiful warm, sunny day, just sitting there ready for the next exciting stage of the construction process - building the floor, which is now due to start at the beginning of next week.
Today's project was to cut out the entire sliding door header, and to remove the extra 12" of concrete and steel from the rear basement wall, using a big-ass saw with a big-ass diamond blade. While Dave the Concrete Cutter was busy doing that, Hector the Framer was making a start on setting the mud sills. So it's full steam ahead, with the concrete truck booked to return on Friday to (re)pour what will soon be a newly-formed header (replacing the one in the picture below).
As it was such a nice day today, I'll leave you with a few more artsy-fartsy pictures of the sun-kissed Minnie House...