An Eccentric Anomaly: Page 7: Houses

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There's been some nice weather and some not-so-nice weather. The bad weather hasn't been terrible - just finely judged to slow things down with the minimum amount of effort with days of drizzly showers and winds just high enough to make lifting purlins be not really sensible.


Transit of Mercury

I ended my previous blog post with “Looks like wind and/or rain (mostly “and”) till Friday now. We'll see.” We saw; it was. Though it dried up as the week went on it was windy until Friday, but things have been a bit better for the last few days - particularly today (Monday) for the transit of Mercury.


First Purlin Up

I've now got the first purlin up which is pleasing as it was something which was worrying me a bit. I had various schemes but wasn't sure what would actually be practical.


4th, 5th and 6th Frames

The last week or so has been quite wet and windy (usually both) and I only managed to get the three tie beams for the next frames done, each on a separate day. Yesterday (Tuesday), though, was much better and I got the joist holes drilled in the posts for the last three frames and the frames put up.


An Epiphany and Two Flat Bottoms

TIL that the backing plates for my post-top purlin joins aren't quite a symmetric as I'd assumed.


One Forward

As expected, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were washed out. Thursday was a little better and I made up a more robust gin pole then today got that frame up.


2 Forward, 1 Back

As previously reported the first frame went up easily enough. So did the second. The third, not so much.


First Frame Up

Having put all the available main posts up and marked laser level points on each the next job is to take them down again, drill holes for the joists to bolt on, fit the steel brackets and the tie beams between north/south pairs (across the house) and stand them back up again.


Laser Level

Following a short Twitter conversation with @littletinhouse I too got myself a new toy in early December, a Stanley Cross Line and 90° Laser Level. I like it.


House Orientation

As I was wandering around the site on 2016-03-09 Wednesday (astronomical format of the date is relevant) I noticed the shadows cast by the post brackets and also that it was just a minute or two to noon (UTC) so I took some photos.