Posts and Beams

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The middle of May saw huge changes to the work site. I vacated the valley for a quick trip to Brisbane to help Lucy move for her new job at The Brisbane Times.

When I came back posts had been notched, scaffolding erected and everything was ready to head skywards. Rafters and beams needed bleaching and ceiling boards needed white washing so I had work to do.

Chris made brackets and drilled holes in concrete. The big beams were in position.

Early one morning I waited for the truck from Braidwood with more timbers to arrive. It was quiet and cold and beautiful.

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Friday the 18th May saw the arrival of half of ‘Team Uncle’ (see Chris and Holly Build a House) and in no time the southern frame had been built and raised.

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Posts were next. Ivan spent a good deal of his time ‘post holding’. The traditional ‘Y’ landing was adopted when the first post stood alone and steady. Lucy was a bit critical of Uncle Ivan’s ‘Y’ landing but we forgave him as he had never attended Gym classes as a child so was lacking in that particular skill set.

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The next day Peter arrived. Having already built his rammed earth home and being a skilled carpenter we now had added skills and knowledge for the all important beam raising.

Friday was a big day in more ways than one. The central post was the first to go up.

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Next was the first ridge beam. After some adjusting of the height of the endless chain and three attempts (better to be safe than sorry) the beam was in place.

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Ivan was the chain operator. Better than a gym work out!

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The second beam required a little adjustment….

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I needed to go to town and came back to all three beams up and in place.

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With thanks to Peter for being with us on such a crucial day.

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Two more posts went up, everything was secured and tied down and the weather continued to smile on us.

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The Beards have it.

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We can now walk around the spaces in our house defined by posts and beams and understand better how it all works. Ivan has been a wonderful addition to our building team (Chris) and we really appreciate the steady, calm and cheerful manner he brings to the build.

Greg and I continue to bleach timbers in readiness for this coming weeks job of  putting the rafters up.

So much change in such a short space of time.

 

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