Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Protractors, Levels and Squares, Oh My!

  • We put a plastic drop cloth on the north side because the crooked little carport made a wonderful wind tunnel (I'm being facetious)...it was tacky, but functional.
  • My job throughout the project was to mark where the studs were to be nailed in. Usually you mark the bottom sill every 16". Then lay the top plate next to bottom sill and transfer markings.  Nooooooo. That would be too easy.  Instead we're talking about an angled top plate and straight/flat bottom sill.
  • And it would have been way too easy to have the same 15 degree angle on the back as the front facade. Nothing easy for us! Let's go for a 10 degree angle. woohoo. *shaking my head and sighing*
  • We finally figured out how to mark the left side top plate via trial and error because DIY network does not have a project like this on its site. Neither does Bob Vila. They're too smart to attempt it.
  • In the afternoon, beginning at the back center, we marked the stud placement using the same formula as the back left side. Guess what? After cutting the same stud 7 times -- count with me 1, 2, 3...7 -- we found out the right side was a 12 degree angle instead of 10.
  • Did we pray for patience and totally forget?
  • Anyway, that's why I put a couple of unrelated happy photos in the collage...because we were not relatively happy during today's process.
  • One wall to finish and only one day left to work on it.  

I think some Roasted Garlic Tomato soup sounds good tonight. This Talavera Soup Tureen will keep it nice and hot. Yum!


Karen said...

I am totally impressed with your carpentry skills! Not sure I could ever do what you're doing... in fact I wouldn't be having a carpenter coming this morning if I was as talented as you.
I am enjoying looking at your Talavera soup tureen. I have never seen a soup tureen in Talavera. I am very familiar with the painted pattern, just not the shape. I have lived in Mexico for a total of four years, plus our business is in Mexico... and near where quite a bit of Talavera is made. Nice piece!!
Ladybug Creek

Jayme aka The Coop Keeper said...

I just love your photo collages! So lovely.

Glad you are keeping a good attitude with all the crazy percentages. I've not the patience for that no matter how hard I pray!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I am so jealous of your ability to jump in there and help! On a job such as this, I am far better off in the house getting supper ready! No help at is is usually better than any help I can give!!!

Jill Elaine said...

Hey, it's looking good!!! I think you're gonna get it:) Stressful at times but so worth it in the end. (I know, 'cause we've been DIYing our house since we moved in 12 years ago!!)

Camilla at home said...

thanks for dropping by my blog. Your blog is beautiful will soon be back for a visit:) Have a nice day!

Twice as Nice said...

I think you're every husband's dream wife. You have talent!!

Madelief said...

I hope tomorrow will be a better day! Your garage looks well on its way. You will get a lot more space! Your soup sounds delicious. Bon apetit.

Lieve groet, Madelief

Beth Quinn said...

hi Janean !! thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog and am soo glad you stopped in to say hello !!! have a wonderful day !!!! just love your blog !

paula said...

what a project. you must be glad to be a step closer to being done.

Rachel said...

i can't measure accurately for the life of me- good for you for working all that out!

thanks for your comment on my blog today :-)

Patti's Artful Design said...

It looks like quite a renovation you have going! Thank you for visiting my blog and website...and those lovely comments about my Gracie! Aren't dachshunds the best?! She is, absolutely, the "pet-love" of my life. Beautiful blog!

Martha said...

Great pictures! Love that tureen!