what’s been happening at the house, lately? walls, that’s what. and when it’s not walls, it’s been roof (which has also, interestingly enough, involved walls).
i’ve also been getting started on prepping the interiors (can you say scraping, anyone?), but more on that later.
for now, check out the progress!
they decided to put lag bolts into the ceiling beams rather then drilling down into the adobes. problem solved–at least on the portion of the roof where the beams are close enough to the bottom of the bond beam to make this possible.
so, as mentioned, not only has there been wall building on the ground–but also on the roof. we have to build up the center portion of the building so that there will be a slope to the finished roof (which means it will actually shed water–what a happy day that will be!). note the little mason’s stool for mud mortar. it was taking four or five guys to supply each station. a crew on the ground ferrying adobes to the base of the wall, then two or three forming a fire-line to hand them up, then the guy who was actually laying them. and when they weren’t schlepping up the adobes (which are HEAVY), they were sending up buckets of mortar on ropes (also HEAVY). i think i may owe the guys another round of doughnuts soon…
meanwhile, i’ve been finding time to scout materials. we have to put something on the parapet–the top part of the roof that sticks up–so that the rains won’t wash away our new walls. we talked about doing a concrete cap (not excited) or concrete pavers (also not excited) and then i spotted some of these on top of a wall in our current neighborhood. i showed a photo to randy, who correctly (big surprise) identified them as a type of adobe that they make in mexico called san luis (or at least that’s what they call it at the adobe supply place here in town–i know, you didn’t know either that there were actual stores devoted to nothing but adobe, did you?). the san luis adobes are fired with horse manure, which makes all of the cool colors. they’re going to look amazing on top of the finished wall edge.
check the flotilla of wheelbarrows. i think they are likely winning for most indispensable tool when re-building an adobe. they get used for everything–mixing mortar, moving mortar, moving adobes, carting around rubble, picking up trash–you name it. we might have to have one bronzed one after we’re done and leave it in the yard.
here it is today, out of the molds. i have to say: it looks really strong! should tied the entire house structure together nicely once they get all the way around the perimeter. then they’ll only (ha, ha) need to add another few courses of adobes on top of the beam and our parapet will be in place.