Yesterday, Hubs asked where something was and I responded that it was upstairs.
We actually have an “upstairs” in the house!
Now, it doesn’t look like a traditional second floor yet, just some plywood on some floor joists, which we access by a ladder.
But it’s a second floor nonetheless.
Here’s a picture of almost how far we’ve gotten so far.
Floor joists about 1/3 of the way across the loft with plywood staged to attach to the joists.
But now we go back to the beginning of the second floor framing…
Floor i-joists in the staging area (ie our dining room and kitchen areas)
Some of the joists placed on the walls in preparation for attaching
A friend helping us get the framing finished in preparation for the joists.
Princess Girl helped space the joists out on our 16inch-on-center layout
Once the joists were in place, we needed to add some additional blocking where an upper wall will be attached.
Then it was time for plywood!
We glued then nailed the subfloor to the joists.
Once we got a few sheets of subfloor down, we needed to put more joists on. Here, Princess Girl and I are starting the measuring process for the next section of joists.
And that’s about as far as we got, and not likely to get much more done in the next week or or so because I was stupid and got injured.
We got the next joists cut and ready to go, and while we were putting them up on the second level, I forgot to watch where I was walking, and walked off the edge of the plywood! Blessedly, I didn’t fall the 9 feet down to the concrete floor, but that does mean I fell onto the joists. I added an arrow to the previous picture to show where I went through.
I landed on the joists sideways with all my weight hitting on my rib cage. Can I just say that this is one of the few times in my life I’ve been glad for the “extra padding” I have? Between that and the fact I was once again wearing a sweatshirt and puffy vest, I escaped more serious injury. I shudder to think how bad the contusion would have been had I been wearing just a t-shirt as in the picture above.
As it is, I am very bruised and sore. I did not go to the ER since they could not do anything for me anyway other than confirm that my ribs are, or are not, cracked, and send me home with a prescription for pain meds. I do not have any symptoms of internal injuries, but I am continuing to keep an eye on how my body is doing.
The treatment plan, even if my ribs are actually cracked – which I don’t think they are – is just rest (and ice and painkillers, etc). So, it looks like I have an unexpected “vacation” on my hands. Time to catch up on some reading and crocheting I’ve been wanting to do. I’ll update on my condition in a few days.