I know I am very late with week 3— and by very late Im doing this blog while Raymond is at the bayou working on Week 4! See I told y’all I’m late.
Friday July 17
Lowes trip to pick up, you guessed it, more wood! We got 80 – 2x4s, 4 – 2x6s, 8 – 2x4x16 , 4 regular and 4 treaded. We also got two sliding windows!!
We hooked up our window AC units in the garage so it can start to cool off for all the work Raymond had to do in there.
All the real works begins!!! Started with the side walls by laying out the bottom treated 2×4 and the top regular 16’ 2×4 and marking all the studs 16” on centers. Then making the ends with 3 2x4s and also making sure the outside part of the wall would have a stud to fall out every 4 foot on center for plywood sheeting. Started placing the studs into the marks and screwing them in, then had to frame up for the window using the 2×6 pieces doubled up with 3/8 plywood in between them to make the header for the windows. Raymond built the walls stacked on top of each other since they are identical 16 foot long it made making everything straight and square very easy. Then for the front and back walls he did the same thing except he framed out the back wall for the window unit air conditioning up higher than the side windows but framed the same way with room to grow if the ac isn’t big enough. The front wall was identical to the back wall except for the door frame. He used some treated 4x4s and 4×6 he had left over to make one strong door casing so when the metal door is installed nobody will be able to brake in. The windows are not big enough for anybody to crawl thru. He was so happy to have a cool place to work.
Raymond got 24 foot trailer and got some help to load the walls onto the trailer then brought the trailer to the tugboat dock in order to use the forklift to stand the walls up. He did this because it’s easier to do things himself than find anyone willing to help. After he dropped the trailer off he went and launched the boat and made it up to the camp and pushed the camp from behind our house to the tugboat dock. Then he used the extendable boom fork lift and some chains to grab each wall. Before lifting the wall in place he used a spare 2×4 lightly screwed down to the porch boards in line with the edge of the plywood subfloor to make it easier and faster to line the wall up in place by himself. He used a bead of liquid nail along the length of the wall on the subfloor for extra strength. Then he lifted the wall as close as he could get it and got one side in place and put a 3” screw then slid the wall into place and screwed it down with numerous 3” screws. He repeated this until all wall were secured also using liquid nail where the wall corners met up. He then pushed the camp back to behind the house.
We also received some of the stuff we ordered for the water and electrical systems.
- 50 gallon water tank.
- 12volt water pump
- Foot water pump for bathroom sink . We will use just a gallon of drinking water – brushing our teeth.
- 100’ of 16/3 marine wire for all the 12volt items
- 10 rv/boat led dome lights to put throughout the camp in certain spots for lighting
- Lights for all of those domes.
Things are finally coming along. We are so ready to be at our lease and in our camp!!