July 17. The first corner is completed:
Here is some detail on the third wall section before it was finished. This shows the header detail, a triple 2x8 sandwich with 1/2 inch OSB spacers in between:
July 19. Here is the forth wall section showing most of the components of a framed wall. There are regular studs, headers over openings, cripple studs to transfer the load to jack studs that support the headers, and king studs (so called because they are nailed to jack studs?). When I build a wall, I first nail in the end studs, then the two long studs next to the jack studs. I use the straightest pieces I can find for these studs. The other studs can be slightly twisted. I save bowed pieces for the shorter boards like the window sills and cripple studs.
July 24. Six sections complete. I also built the beam post in the middle of the south wall. It is made of 3 92" 2x6's nailed together. I built A-frames to hold a temporary beam made of two 16' 2x6's so I could determine the height of the two steel lally columns that will hold up the beam in the center of the garage.
Is the beam level? According to this view, it's as level as the building:
The above picture also shows all six wall sections.
I measured the distances from the concrete piers to the bottom of the temporary beam. I traced the pattern of the anchor bolts and stretched a mason's line across the center of the building to find the beam center. The pattern for column 1 looked something like this:
I took the patterns and column height information to Joseph Fazzio's where they will make the two lally columns. In the meantime, I will finish the other wall sections.
July 27. The forth wall is going up. Here I am standing in the first doorway:
The garage door sections required a sturdier header, made of 3 2x12's with about 75 nails in each header. These headers are supported by two jack studs on each side. Here is the middle one from the inside:
July 30. All four walls up:
Next: The Beam.