Full speed ahead on the loft level

Work on the loft level resumes full bore after a short hiatus during Paige’s high school graduation and weekend family visits. I also just hired my first employee – Brooke while she’s on summer vacation. She’s been a very good helper plus she’s very tall which is useful for handling me tools while I’m up on ladders.

We completed one of the loft end walls (a hilarious 3 feet tall), prepared the 2 x 6 roof rim joists (ripping a 1/12 slope or 5 degree bevel then drilling vent holes and marking out where the rafters will attach), and mounted one of the rim joists to the wall with the monstrous 6″ structural screws.

Making swiss cheese from a perfectly good 2x6
Making swiss cheese from a perfectly good 2×6
Attaching the rim joist to the loft wall
Attaching the rim joist to the loft wall
The finished wall. All those holes will be covered by louvers to vent the roof but keep critters and bugs out
The finished wall. All those holes will be covered by louvers to vent the roof but keep critters and bugs out

Moving the wall onto the trailer for erecting was a four person job. Fortunately Paige and her friend Kamyab were around and helped us lift it onto the loft beams. We tilted it up, clamped it into place, checked for plumb, and shot it with a ton of nails to keep it in place. A shout out for Jorgensen bar clamps – these are invaluable for bending walls into place and closing gaps for nailing.

Nail that sucker down
Nail that sucker down
How can so many holes weigh so much?
How can so many holes weigh so much?
High anxiety
High anxiety
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