Eagle River, WI

Pam and I decided to take a few days off and go camping. We have not been in our Airstream for over 3 months. 
We brought it to the apartment to prep, stock & clean. Right after July 4th we headed out. No golf clubs. No computer. Time to relax. 
yesterday, we rode our bikes to the local damn where we met Gene. He operates one of the only damn boat lifts in the country. We watched as he hoisted a boat from the low side of the damn to the high side. Really cool. Cost: $15 – round trip. 
We are staying at Chain ‘O Lakes Resort. Heading home on Wednesday. 

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July 4th Week: More Framing

This is a short 3-day week, but a lot of progress. Unfortunately, some of it is hard to see in the timelapse video. The interior walls were finished including the framing for the see through fireplace.

The electric meter socket was installed and is ready for Xcel Energy to bring in power next week or early the following week.

They guys put up some of the roof trusses showing the 12:12 roof line. Really looking great.

Next week, the crane will be onsite Monday to lift and install the remainder of the roof trusses.

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Framing and Roof Truss Delivery

This week, the basement bearing walls were put up, the floor joists were set and the floor sheathing was laid. Most of the exterior walls were framed and some of the interior walls were framed.

The first video is a the timelapse for all 5 workdays. The new battery worked good for the camera. It lasted all week with lots of power to spare.

The second video shows the roof trusses being delivered. it was a bit exciting. The delivery truck / trailer could not get all the way to the top of the hill, and ended up getting stuck on the side hill. In the end, the guys did a great job and everything was delivered. Ready for more framing next week.

Timelapse: Framing the week of June 24th.

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Timelapse: Backfilling

I wanted to see the progress better over time, so I purchased an ATLI 1080P Time Lapse Camera on Amazon. This little guy can shoot up to a week of video / photos. (if you take 1 photo every 30 minutes) on a single charge. I wanted more detail, so the first day, it took 1 image every minute, but that was too choppy. The second day, it took 1 image ever 30 seconds. I set it up on a schedule to only shoot from 7:30am to 6:00pm or 10-1/2 hours per day. The battery lasted just over 2 days.

I mounted it 25 feet up a tree to have a good view of the worksite and took 2 days of video.

Camera Setup with external battery.

With framing starting on Monday, I wanted to figure out a way to have it record for 5 days without having to touch it. I also wanted images every 15 seconds. So, I bought a big battery, some wire, a USB C converter and silicone rainproof putty and wired to camera directly to the new external battery. Testing looks good. If it all works to plan, I will post all the details next week.

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Backfilling – Ready for Framing

This week saw a bunch of rain again, but after letting the walls harden for a week, we were able to backfill the foundation. Also filled and compacted the under the garage and patio floors.

We took out a clump of birch trees on the hill in front of the basement window, and were able to level a very nice area behind the house; we will actually have a nicer backyard than we originally planned.

Pam, Barry and I then installed new silt fencing along the lake side and west side to keep soil erosion under control.

Finally, Menard delivered the floor trusses, and the first batch of framing materials. Framing starts Monday Morning!!

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