Continuing work on the insulation and OSB, we completed the exterior and also managed to complete the framing and OSB on the roof hut by the second week of January. Two windows, the door and tiger foam spray insulation were also installed in the roof hut. The hut will give us easy roof access as we plan on using the roof space on a regular basis.
On Level 4, the main living area, we also installed the garden doors that will lead out onto the upper decking.
Our heavy duty welder, Dillon, showed up to help us get our beams up in the garage area, between Level 1 and 2, and Level 2 and 3. These beams have to be in place before we can remove the inner walls of the sea-cans. The beams will add extra support of the upper cans and allow for the large open span of the garage/shop area.
We can only remove 2 of the garage walls as we still have our steel rack attached to the north interior wall of the shop.
Bill and I can finally see a glimpse of the area he will have in his shop. He put up his sign he got for Christmas from the kids and he can't wait for it to be finished.
During our off days, Bill decided to build a solar heater out of beer cans. The tops and bottoms were cut out of the cans and stacked together, and installed in an insulated box. He then installed a small fan that only turns on when the temperature inside the heater reaches 100 C. When the sun is shining, we recorded the exhaust air at 61 C venting into Level 4. This will give us a little more warmth until we install the floor heating coils.
Bill installed the mandoor in the garage area, while grinding the floor joints on level 4 continued.
Next on the list was the installation of the garage heater. The heater weighs 187 lbs, so he had to make sure he had good supports for it. Bolts were placed into the upper can and also into the ICF wall. Drilling through the IFC wall, for the fresh air and exhaust, proved to be a task and a half, but eventually the B-vent was in place. He used the pulley system to hoist the heater into place and levelled it. BX was ran for the electrical and the black pipe for the gas line (propane), was connected at the internal joint that also supplies the boiler.
Work was put on hold for the time being as Bill's brother Bruce passed away suddenly on Feb. 18, 2012, at the young age of 63 years.
"You will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts."
March started out with nature supplying us with another dump of snow. Our neighbor Dale helped us out with his snow blower.
A fair amount of the work that was completed for the month was difficult to take pictures of. We ran the wiring for the security system in the garage / shop area and Level 3. The system is now up and running. The electrical was also completed on the garage exterior wall and the drywall was installed and painted.
Conduit was installed in the North tower stairwell all the way to the roof hut. Wires were then pulled into place and connections were made for the stairwell lighting and receptacles. Three (3) way switches were installed at all levels.
Painting the interior walls of the garage has begun. They are being painted white as to allow light to reflect from the interior windows of Level 3 into the shop area. It's not finished yet, but it is already making a big difference.
Dillon, our welder, dropped by to complete the welding of the floor beams on Level 4 and the grinding was also completed so the main level floor is now complete. We can begin laying out the interior walls and plumbing.