monday--new car maybe? barn reno continues
Monday, September 25, 2017
good morning! hope everyone had a great weekend. it was hot and miserable here--I think it is going to be hot here until next weekend. managed to get our sunday dog walk in during the early morning so the pooches were happy.
spent our time over the weekend working in the barn (hot and sweaty work). we are in the process of insulating the walls right now. my dad put drywall up in there years ago--so three of the walls and part of the forth had drywall on them. when we tore half the barn off we had to reframe part of one wall to accommodate the new door and big window that we had repurposed, so before we reinstalled the metal sheeting on that wall we were able to insulate it from the outside. the other three walls are a different story. we had to figure a way to slide the insulating bats between the outside wall and the inner drywall. there was plenty of room, but posts and side rails for the metal wall were jutting out here and there, making it not the simplest thing in the world. after some experimentation, we developed a method. we took 2 small batten strips of wood and screwed them to the bottom of the insulation. on the end of one batten was a screw eye that we attached a piece of twine weighted at the end with a carriage bolt. then rob could drop the string down (we had cut the bottom 2 feet of the drywall away to gain access to the bottom of each panel) until I could grab the twine and gently pull as he fed the insulation down from above. most of the time it worked like a charm. we stapled each bat at the bottom and top to secure it. my dad had put a vapor barrier over each drywall sheet when he installed them, so we were good there. a little duct tape here and there for added measure and the system was working as well as could be hoped for, given what we were working with. after we had gone in to shower and rest on Saturday, chuck stopped by with his rickety little trailer to pick up the planer and table saw. so we went back out and helped him load. these are seriously HEAVY pieces of equipment that required ramps and dollies and boards to roll them out of the barn and into the trailer. then he secured them with rachet ties and off he went. we told him to call us when he is ready to unload them. it is NOT a one person job by any stretch.so the last two big things that needed to leave are now gone! sunday we worked some more until we ran out of stryofoam insulation. we were cutting narrow strips of those to fit between the sill plate and the stud walls--so the insulation would be completely shielded from contact with the earth. we lined each "channel" between the big side posts with heavy plastic and then cut stryo to fit snugly and fill the channel. we ran out and stopped at that point, went to town to get more, get some stuff to clean up the prius (trading it in for our NEW CAR--a 2018 Subaru outback) and had a quick salad bar lunch at the grocery store. back home and relaxed the rest of the day. hot again today--going to do leslie here and then take ralphie for a quick trek at the park before it gets too hot. have a great day!