The ridge board has landed and it is spectacular. The 2x14x16 is a freshly cut piece of Indiana Poplar that was purchased from Wilhelm Sawmill in Brookville, Indiana. They were a pleasure to work with. While discussing the purchase, they also informed us that the Indiana Poplar is the state tree! Who knew? We all do now.
Our big lumber delivery happened and we had some time to cut down all of the 16 ft boards for the floor joist construction. We hope to get the joists screwed together this upcoming weekend. It was so awesome to see our order in real life as opposed to the virtual shopping cart I have been staring at for the past month.We have discovered a couple of things we need to consider which we will review with someone before moving forward.
Things we have consulted on:
Screwing in carriage bolts: use old holes or make new ones? We had a five-minute meeting with our neighbor, Home Improvement style, over the fence line. It was a meeting that would’ve put Corporate America to shame with the amount of information that we covered in such a short period of time. We are going to make one new hole for each post and put the carriage bolt through. We are going to leave the lag bolts where they are currently.
Our ridge board might be ½ inch too thick (it is) than what the plans called for!! Do we need to make adjustments in how we cut our rafters? Will the supports be strong enough with the 2×6? Should we use a 2×8 instead? Should we order another one? The directions on the plans called for a 2×14”x16 ft but the supports for the beam calls for an inch and a half-inch opening. I am now assuming that the board, although special ordered, would be the standard size for a two-inch width which is one and a half inches. Per our sensei, we can still use the big beauty that we have and he will adjust the support piece to accommodate the extra half-inch. He does not think this will at all affect how our rafters fit.
If we could only do this again it would be damn near perfect. Maybe we can start our own 14×14 construction consulting business after we get this sucker up. If we can do it, you can too!
In the city we are working on re-homing the sweetest kitty ever in addition to our dealing with our ongoing saga of egg delivery. Poor Dayz is still having trouble laying her eggs. We are really working to get her an implant to suppress her egg production. Fingers crossed we can get that on board this week or next. She is one tough duck.