There is so much to catch up on! I’ll start with everything that happened over spring break, which was a couple weeks ago. Austin stayed on campus to work on the house while I stayed home to work on wedding plans. Over the week Austin had a ton of help, mostly from his parents and a friend named Kyle (thanks Kyle!). So, here’s a day-to-day walk through for those of you who are interested in that kind of thing:
Saturday: Bolted 2×6’s to the metal frame of the trailer in order to catch the rest of the flooring for the foundation of the house. Put down aluminum flashing (sheet metal) to protect against rodents and debris from the road.
Monday: Austin sprained his ankle because he somehow managed to drop 4 beams of 20′ pressure treated lumber on his leg. While Austin went to Patient First, Kyle put down the sheet of coroplast. For those of you who are like me, coroplast is the stuff signs are made out of…corrugated plastic.
Between Monday and Tuesday: Framed the perimeter of the trailer and then half of the inner framing. Cut the rest of the pieces to finish the inner framing.
Wednesday: Rainy and poopy (Austin’s words). Eric was there to help (Thanks Eric)! Attempted to build a tent to work under, and that failed miserably, so instead worked under the tarp and ended the day as hunchbacks. Finished the inner framing, even though it looked like zig-zag lines instead of straight ones (thankfully it doesn’t matter).
Thursday to Saturday: Put the styrofoam insulation in the floor. Put the OSB on, which is an equivalent to plywood. The subflooring is finished!
BIG shout out to 84 Lumber in Dillsburg, PA who has been such a huge help, especially Nate. On top of having cheaper lumber, it’s also better quality and they give us free deliveries, AND they deliver faster than the major companies.
Today was even ANOTHER way that God has shown His faithfulness throughout this project. We had to have the trailer moved so that it could be weighed. Because of the size of the trailer and since it does not have a title or registration yet, we have to pay someone to move it. When we had it moved before it was welded it was $500, so we were holding our breath for the word on what the next chunk of change would be for moving it today. Once we got to the coal company that was weighing the trailer for us, they took one look at the trailer and said that it was too big and that if we needed a precise number we’d have to go to a truck stop. Since their scale was only 18′ long and our trailer is 29′, they went to weigh the front jack/tongue first and then the rest of the trailer. When we pulled the trailer up just enough to way the tongue, the scale read zero pounds. We were confused at first, but it turns out that the trailer is perfectly balanced on the axles so the weight that we got from the rest of the trailer was the exact weight. What a blessing to not have to pay for it to be moved yet again and to have an accurate number!! Then we led the driver who was towing the truck back to the garage where he dropped it off, and asked how much. My pen in hand, I was ready to sign over a few hundred dollars to the guy, and he told us our total was $40. What?! We still can’t figure out from $500 to $40, but we decided that it’s better not to ask questions. In any case, THANK YOU GERALD. And thanks to the Lord, who continues to provide every step of the way! That’s not to say there aren’t constant stressors, but He always comes through. Please keep the process in your prayers!