DIY : Moving the wall — installing the beam – Alexander Jenkins – Medium
The whole story — part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10
Before and after
The deed is done
So, Paul’s schedule held this time and with his expert help, the load bearing wall is officially moved! Paul was definitely worth the wait.
It required several hours to remove the existing wall, but we did it in a way that we could reuse it. Maybe it would have just been faster to hack it all down and rebuild, but doing it the way we did allows us to have a wall that is ready made and definitely saves money on lumber.
For now the wall is simply moved out of the way a bit and temporarily wedged against the ceiling and floor. Before I can set it in place I need to first make some measurements and start snapping lines on the floor to ensure the build remains absolutely square.
A quick run for lumber
A couple days ago I borrowed a truck and made a run for the rest of the studs needed to frame the double room-in-room walls.
Half way through unloading the wood there was a sudden storm that prevented us from being able to move the entire load into the basement. I quickly covered the lumber with a tarp and hoped for the best.
When the storm ended I was curious to see how dry the wood still was. Amazing, the wood was completely dry. The tarp covering the wood however, had collected so much water that it became impossible to remove the tarp without soaking the dry wood beneath. Oh well. After 6+ hours of drying it out with a fan it was ready for business. With all the wood in hand I was excited for framing to take place a couple days later.