Friday, September 24, 2010

First There Is A Mountain

"First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is" - Donovan.

By Tuesday morning, we had a finished header for the sliding patio doors, formed by concrete, steel, pressure treated lumber and ICFs (insulated concrete forms).

By Wednesday the concrete header was gone, cut to pieces by Dave the Concrete Cutter and hig Big Ass Saw. On Thursday, Hector the Framer set about rebuilding the header at the same height, using the same materials and starting with the pressure treated lumber, bracing that with several 2x4s.

And by this morning, Friday, the header was gone again. What's up with that, you might well ask? The Mies Police deciding Less is More? Not exactly. Hector the Framer and Rich the Contractor realized that, with the reduced height, we wouldn't be able to pour a sufficient depth of concrete to make a strong header, so we had to ditch that idea and move on the next one: a humungous 8x12 Parallam PSL beam, which will be strong enough on its own to support the entire header load.

A cross-section through the cut concrete. Pretty cool.

The beam should arrive today or on Monday, and then we can move on and start building the sub-floor. In the meantime, here are some more photos...

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