Friday, August 23, 2019

More progress, even in the Texas summer heat.

We finally began having triple-digit days here in north Texas. We've been lucky--in summers past, the triple digits were coming in June, sometimes as early as the end of May, and always in July. This year, it took until August.

But that's not to say I enjoy them. Far from it. Especially when working in a large metal building.

Nonetheless, progress is being made and here is a brief checklist of what we've accomplished on the new hangar house project:

• All i-beams are cut and welded into place

• Stairwell framing is complete.

• Water heater on top of downstairs bathroom and laundry room has been relocated downstairs and new Pex plumbing has been installed. When new, larger water heater arrives, the smaller 40-gallon water heater will go to the south end of the hangar to feed the kitchen and upstairs laundry room.

• The back balcony/deck is framed and ready to have the roof/awning installed. Once the inside back wall is framed, we'll cut out the metal for the sliding glass door and the office window and the second bedroom window so our steel man can frame everything in.

• I-beams are painted and sealed with anti-rust stain, as is the stairwell framing structure.

• Floor trusses have been built and delivered and are ready for install.

Next phase coming up is ordering and installing the Advantech subflooring, then designing and welding the freight lift elevator.

More updates to come as they happen.

 Floor trusses arrive!

 14' trusses in the foreground, 22' trusses in the background.

22' trusses and some custom-length trusses for the stairwell.

New Pex plumbing utilized to temporarily relocate the small 40-gallon water heater.

When the new 50-gallon water heater goes in, it will be dedicated to providing water only to the bathrooms and showers. The smaller heater (pictured) will be used to provide hot water to the kitchen and upstairs laundry room.

Stairwell is framed and painted. Ready to design, cut and install the wooden stairs.

Early morning view of the outside balcony/deck. The deck faces the west/southwest and will have an entrance into the kitchen via a large sliding glass door.

The deck is coming along nicely. Ready to put the awning/roof and rain gutters on it. When complete, it will have two outdoor ceiling fans, LED lighting and propane plumbing to feed our gas grill.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Let the building begin

Sold our house in February, moved in March, began preparations and structure design for our hangar house in April. After much, much research into structural design, weight-bearing capacities of various strengths of steel, load-bearing capacities of the foundation and hangar framing, etc, we had our framework structure design ready.

Our welder is an artist, honest as the day is long, and in extremely high demand, so we had to wait. And wait. And wait a little more.

On a sidenote, he is in high demand because there are too few skilled blue collar workers in the trades today. We have an abundance of useless college graduates with degrees in high-demand fields such as gender studies, Renaissance languages, Twelfth Century African Art, Museum management and the ever popular General Studies--the vast majority of which graduates had to move back in with their parents because well-paying jobs for entry level museum manager trainees are few and far between.

We need more trade job training schools. But public education looks down on those who have dirty hands, wear a uniform and sweat for a living.

So we waited for our welder to finish the jobs he had scheduled before us.

And finally, the day arrived this week. Our steel was delivered and the cutting and welding began.

I'm posting some pictures of the progress.

As I write this, I figure to be looking at the better part of nine months to make the new place inhabitable, with another six months afterward to have everything finished out.

As it stands now with the final plans, our living quarters will be around 1700 square feet with a large pantry and laundry room combination, two bedrooms, a large office where I'll trade my hammers and saws for laptops and desktop Macs and resume writing books, two full bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area, living room and a 10-foot by 20-foot covered deck/balcony accessible through the dining room.

Downstairs will have 2250 square feet to park our vehicles and airplane, plus a full bathroom/shower & laundry room, my reloading room and a work bench area.

So let the pictures begin.

The steel arrives! Unloading the big six-inch steel support columns for the I-beams.

Two of the three lateral support I-beams.


Steel for the decking and for framing windows.



More steel on the hangar floor.




 Plattes welded to the four-inch support columns.



Six-inch column mounted and welded in place.




I-beam being cut and prepped for the balcony/deck.




 All I-beams are now in place.


 Finishing the welding on the I-beams.