Thursday, August 11, 2005

Japanese Girls and Dry Wall

The Japanese architectural team of young women with their professor visited our building site on Tuesday. They took still pictures, video, and they used an electronic laser to measure everything. They were very thorough and asked a lot of questions. As always, they were very charming and so interested in what we were doing.








Dylan as usual was right in the middle of everything. Sitting in a ready-to-jump up position if anyone wanted to pet him.
After the girls left, Steve did some yard work. We ordered the sheet rock and waited for the inspector. The inspector arrived early the next morning and signed off on the insulation and stucco lath sheathing. He gave us the go ahead to start hanging the dry wall.


Steve rented a dry wall hoist and started screwing in the sheetrock. The screw pattern for the ceiling (we asked the inspector so we wouldn't have any problems like the furring nails) was a screw every 14", but he suggested we go tighter. The
pattern for the walls was a screw every 16". We used 1/2" sheet rock.








At the end of the hall is the family room. And you can see part of a wall with the special structural wood next to the door. This wall is the wall between the family room and the garage so it has to have sheetrock that is 5/8" type X which is fire resistant on both sides of the wall. The garage wall when finished can burn for an hour, supposedly, before fire attacks the family room. This is a safety code as most fires start in the garage.



These last two pictures are of Steve cleaning up. He likes to keep his work area clean as it is easier for him to work. Outside the house is also clean, as he takes all the trash, left over wood and stuff, to the dump. From the front of the house you wouldn't even know we are doing an addition.




Next a much needed vacation for Steve - a three day long range fishing trip. Stay tuned to see if he catches any fish and to find out what Dylan and I will do to the addition while he is gone.




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