Once we got done with our cleanup (removing a lot of trash, doing a quick pass with our shop vac), we worked on cutting up some plywood to continue strengthening up the walls.
After work, Liz and I suited up and headed to the basement. I have to tell you – it was not an easy or pleasant thing, to keep that momentum going. The last thing I want to do after a day of work is to come home… and then do more work.
In addition to some brats and sausages, we decided to cook up some of the spaghetti squash that came from our garden boxes. We ended up using our grill as a kind of glorified oven, with Liz constantly checking in on them over the course of an hour.
An Eye Exam Leads Me to Acknowledge the Slow March of Time, Bemoan the Frailty of the Body, and Grapple with My Own Mortality
After today’s exam, I learned that I should probably get… progressive lenses. Which is a nice way of saying that I need bifocals.
Everything else mostly fell into place after that, though it was a bit slow going. The first set of measurements took a while, as Liz and I talked through the logic of what needed to be recorded, and how those lines translated over to the plywood.
When checking in on Liz tonight, I found her surrounded by yarn. More than that, she had her head down writing things down in her notebook and constantly going back over to her phone.
I’m excited by Liz’s new site, and I hope you’ll swing by and drop a line to tell her congratulations. She’s a skilled maker, and there’s just so much on there that she’s documented… it’s really incredible. Worth browsing around, just to see all the things she’s made by hand.
The big cement pour was a large step for us, and the stairs will allow us to start to bring down boxes from the second floor. We’ll have to clear out more space in the basement, but the eventual goal is to relocate most (if not all) of our “things” on the second floor, down to the basement.
I came home around 7:30PM, and on opening the door heard all sorts of banging and crashing from the basement. When I opened the door to the first floor bathroom (which also leads to the basement), I saw this.
After a very busy week involving us getting 45 bags of cement, setting up a new support beam, and cutting/prepping the pit… the big day finally arrived. Our final basement pour, which will give us a whole, solid floor again. Something we haven’t had in quite some time.
Big night for us in the basement! With a second column pad poured, and a new support beam installed, and a first pass taken at lowering the pit depth… we were ready to cut a clean ledge for the pour, and to do a final pass at getting things to the proper depth.
The striped line on the bottom represents 4 inches (the actual depth of what we need to get). The line above with the arrows is adjusted for the height of the laser level itself. So if the red dot is hitting that line, we know we’re good.
Bob getting the second column prepped. Note that these are not the final columns, and are just to help raise the joists up a little more. Again, look to the line and the red dot on the left.
In preparation for some work we’ll be doing in the basement, Liz started to work on opening up the transoms on the second floor. While they’re not over every door, we have them over three doors.