Well, the day had an unexpected start, a hubbub on the street. A snapping turtle had come up out of the river, and was laying her eggs at the corner of a porch across the street. She dug her hole with her face and feet. Every time she laid an egg, she'd cover it with her back feet.
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
So that was pretty interesting.
We eventually made our way to the building site.
You can see that that huge pile of dirt has become a big pile of dirt.
A lot of the dirtpile was pushed back in around the basement walls.
The is the main beam. It is an LVL beam, which means it is made from multiple layers of wood bonded tightly together. The beam is 40 feet long. This is the first length, the one that caused Tim and I so much grief. His son helped him set it into the notch. It was the best Father's day gift Tim could have gotten.
Tim was dead sure that he and I would be able to get the two other beams in place. We did. It was hard work, but being able to stand outside the basement wall and see what you were doing from above rather than being inside the basement and working over your head made things a lot easier. (And safer). We got it done.
The final step was putting the floor jacks in place. They are permanent, and provide extra support for the beam. We will begin the floor joists tomorrow.
Houdi continues to do alright. He's not himself, but he eats and he drinks. He is a bit more reclusive than usual, but he's stopped...