I was too busy working for clients this week to make any progress on the second frame.
I intended to get up early Saturday morning and get right in to it.
However, on Friday, I noticed an advertisement on Gumtree for C100 purlins.
I need a fair old quantity of these to go under the wet areas in the loft where the floor needs to be set down.
A quick search shows these going for between $8 and $12 per metre retail.
These were $4 per metre.
Previously I have let opportunities like this slip through my fingers - so this time I jumped on it.
First thing Saturday morning I was at a site in Maida Vale (ex garden nursery closed down and sub divided)
The lengths were 11.4 metres long which I cut to 2 x 4.3 + 1 x 2.8 metres.
I took 12 lengths in all and stacked the cut off pieces across the cabin of the utility.
I will tek screw the pieces back to back at 400 mm centres when I install them.
The second half of the day went on starting the second frame.
So far I have accurately set up the plates and nailed in 4 main studs.
Another 4 simple studs to do on Sunday plus all the tricky work around the door.
First thing, I installed the last 4 easy studs in to the frame.
Then at 10.00 am we went to visit the house that a friend of Linda's had built.
It is twice the footprint of mine, but only two levels and they built it in 11 months while living in a shed.
They did have the whole family involved and worked on it almost full time - but I am very impressed with how quickly they put it up.
I felt very tired and discouraged just looking at all the work they had done.
Then back home. I set up the temporary spine to get the nogging spacings correct and clamped off each frame at its nogging position.
Linda and I popped out for a quick coffee and a little bit of food shopping.
Back home, I cut and installed all the nogging - I achieved a good accuracy this time - accurate to 1 mm and not pushing the centre line of the frame out of measurement.
Monday through Wednesday
During breaks from work I installed all the complicated studs around the door, the door lintel, the short overhead studs and the strapping