Progress on the Phippsburg House

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At the conclusion of a flurry of activity spurred on by the imminent annual spring closing of roads to heavy vehicles I showed up to the site and saw the foundation of our new house for the first time.   And then we took a quick trip to PA to check on family.  When we returned I got a call from the excavator – only two days left before he would not be able to take his trucks on the road, he wondered if I was ready to install the drain pipes.  I wasn’t, but, of course, that is not the answer that he wanted!  I showed up the next day,  and began installing drains, and, when that was finished, we filled in with stone…

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and then backfilled the outside of the wall.  It is amazing how much material one can move in a short time with a machine that large.h2

The next job was to install the mud sills.   This was a cooperative effort on a sunny day – Janet helped with the drilling and bolting of the sills. h4

It is always satisfying to  check off one of the hundreds of items on the list !

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Next came the floor joists.. this did not go quite as quickly as i was working solo.   Beautiful sky –  quiet – a wonderful place to work!

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One joist at a time….

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and then , all of a sudden, another item is checked off the list!

Today I returned with a van full of  subfloor panels.    It pays to be patient and to get the first sheet right….

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The shadows sort of indicate that a good number of hours passed between this point…

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and this point!   I was a little sore as I packed my tools away in the van,  and I was thinking to myself that I had imagined getting done quicker.   But, when I got home I looked up the weight of  one 4 x 8 sheet of adventech sub floor and found that it was 70 pounds.. and I was carrying and throwing those around all day .. and I am not 35  any more  🙂   So I guess I don’t feel so bad!

I have ten more panels to pick up and install, and then..  well, it seems like our plan of action at this point will be to cover everything up and hold off  for a while before we actually begin to frame the house.

Spring has arrived in Maine, at least along the coast, and there is a long list of items that need attention in order to prepare for the summer season in Georgetown.   It looks like it will be a busy and fun summer, with lots of projects to keep us occupied.  But  still plenty of time to entertain friends, so call us up and let’s make plans 🙂

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4 comments on “Progress on the Phippsburg House

  1. mary says:

    Ah yes! Trying to get things done around mud season. I remember that😒. Looks like you are making some progress though.

    • lifeat6mph says:

      Always a few challenges! hope you guys are doing well. it has been quite a while since we have headed north – let’s get together for a hike before the black flies come out!

  2. mary says:

    Sounds like a plan.

  3. Frances pinney says:

    Hi Jason, It is a delight to see that you have started your house. I will be back in Maine this weekend. Can you and Janet join me for dinner on Sunday night?

    Fran Pinney 207.449.7397

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