Thursday, April 1, 2010

Starting to Frame the Main Walls.

It started out to be one of those days right from the start this morning. I started out bright and early in the morning really eager to get to town and get some supplies quickly and head for home to build. I never even got out of the yard and the battery light on the old GMC comes on and the charge gauge is reading lower than normal. So get out the meter and test the alternator itself. Sure enough, it's had. So that was'nt a major deal though. Nothing that a little over 300 bucks could'nt cure and a bit of my time to change. Good thing the old Dodge was rested up and eager to go for a cruise. Then stopped at my favorite bulk fuel place for my monthly shower. lol. April fools. It must be at least once every two weeks. April fools again, I am actually a clean kind of a cat.

So I went over to my favorite lumber suppliers old yard to check out my trusses that I had them build for me last fall, thinking that I did'nt want to be waiting on them. lol. I sure hope they are not to badly warped out of shape. They actually looked pretty good concidering they sat out in this yard all winter. I need to have a look at them so I can plan my weekend framing expedition a little bit, as I hav'nt got a clue. I was planning on building my own rafter system, until I found out that it is a no no with the permit people. They have to be manufactured, or stamped by a professional engineer if I remember correctly. My rafters are the only item left in this yard, as they moved shop. I had to sneak in under the gate. Their new shop is'nt real far away, so I guess they should be able to load me up without a problem when the time comes.

I had a bunch of other running around to do in town. I even went for a drive around a couple of new parts of Grande Prairie looking at partially built houses as I drove by. Just to kinda see how different things look at different stages. I bought 25 sheets of OSB for my walls, some groceries and I should be all set for the Easter long weekend. I came home and put that new alternator in the GMC. It was a little over $300 and it has a lifetime warranty. Whatever that means. I think my reciept will probably wear out or get lost before that time comes.

I did manage to get a little bit of building done. It's not much, but it is a good feeling to get started on this up above the basement building. I should be able to get a good start in the morning.


  1. lol Monthly shower huh? I bet Traction appreciates that. lol Just kidding Mark. :)

    Sorry to hear about the alternator, it's always something isn't it?

    Looking forward to seeing your progress Mark!

  2. yea!! framing!!! I'm anxious to see more.
    "A clean kind of a cat", lol! I like that; have to remember that one.

  3. Copy the receipt, fold the receipt into the copy, and stick it in an envelope and put it in the glove compartment. The copy will definitely last as long as you need it.

    Best Regards,
    The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles.
    Reviewing the Nikon Monarch 8X42.

  4. Jeanie, I could tell that Traction was getting a little disturbed about it. lol. The altenator problem was'nt to bad, it only took about 1/2 hour to change it if that. I hate it when things go wrong and I can't figure the problem out and spend hours if not days trying to fix it. Thats what gets me. I went out for dinner at some friends last night and it all worked good.

  5. You just stay tuned Annie, there should be more to come soon. I am a clean kind of a cat "most" of the time, but, I do sometimes have my slack days.

  6. Thanks for the advice Albert. I think I will give that a try. I never was very good at organizational skills.