The Foundation is a guessing game. I wasn’t even sure if we’re going to have enough lumber. I will try to explain what difficulties we ran into using USED vs. New Lumbers.
Just like any other day, woke up and got some coffee going and then head straight to the store. My favorite store this time is Home Depot. Why do I like them better this time?
Well, in my facebook posts I might have said that I was left with 1 vehicle, Miss Burgundy. What can she carry? Rice and Flours. And that’s about it. It cannot carry loads of concrete and lumber. I tried with and was successful but it may take a whole day going back and forth. We can only carry 4 60lbs. bags of concrete a trip. Another trip, we got 8 pieces of 4x4x8 posts. There’s no way in heck that I will force by prettyful Miss Burgundy to carry 2x4x16 lumber or sheets of plywood. It’s just impossible.
Home Depot has a Truck rental section and that helped me get my supplies home in one trip. And the price is very reasonable. I forgot how long I kept the truck but it only cost me $18.50, less than a 50lb. bag of rice. It took me only until 4 pm to find one though. You cannot reserve a truck or any of their equipment. It’s all on a first come first basis. In desperation, I tried U-haul but was unsuccessful as everyone else in Federal Way is busy moving and building.
In desperation, I tried U-haul but was unsuccessful as everyone else in Federal Way is busy moving and building. I was worried that without a truck, I may not be able to complete my foundation by the end of the day. That would put us off on our timeline. Plus, I want to rest on a Sunday so we have to get this thing done.
We started with the placement of 9 concrete footings that were over 24 inches deep. I was told the frost line here is 12 inches but I have my doubts. I don’t think it’s necessary. Since I moved up here in 2009, each winter we may have 2 or 3 days that dip below freezing but it’s a rare thing here. I am not sure where they got that 12 inches from but I am not the expert. Let’s just listen to them. Better be safe than sorry.
We then proceeded on building the floor frame and covered it using OSB (Oriented Strand Board) subflooring. In addition to screwing the OSBs in place, we also put some glues on the edges and in the grooves for extra holding strength. The foundation was completed at exactly 10 minutes past 10 pm.
There were lots of Mosquitos out but we were lucky our neighbor on the west side of us decided they would do some log burning on their side of the fence which chases them mosquitos away. We used screws so we didn’t make too much noise.
Building the floor frame was tough because most of the lumber we used were from the Deck that we demolished and they were not very straight. Most of them were twisted but we managed so I guess it worked out alright. I told my partner we’re going to use new lumber for the wall frames so we don’t have to worry about twisting any more wood.
One of my helpers got us all scared to death thinking he broke his left leg. He slipped and fell and hit the left leg on a 4×8 that we left from the demolished deck. I tried to feel the bone but I couldn’t feel it so I was really worried that my poor son had broken a bone. I was silently praying that he was going to be ok. My wife told me to call an ambulance but I felt it won’t be necessary since Jun is not losing any blood or losing consciousness. What worried me though was how to carry him from the backyard to the front but good thing I have my strong sister with me so she and my wife helped balance the wheelbarrow as I was piloting it out to the car.
To my relief, got a call from my wife who was with our son in the clinic, and everything was fine. It was just bruising close to the bone. Oh my, thank goodness.
I gave my son a long lecture, even when he was hurt. He was playing while I was busy working on my foundation. I told him, he should have stayed focus on our work and think safety all the time. I told him there’s nothing more important than safety. I told him our backyard is a construction zone at this time, NOT A BBQ ZONE NOR A PLAYGROUND. At least, not yet.