Building the Floor page 1


May 28, 2008.   Floor Joists arrived today.  More work to do.  At least they aren't that heavy...well, for their size.  The longest one on the top is 40'.


7/9/2008.  Wow it's been a long time since I got this updated.  I wish I could say a lot has happened.  There has been a lot of thinking and a lot of planning before the actual doing.  And even then I had to go back and do a few things over.  Shortly after getting the floor joists, we laid them all out where they would go.....didn't bother to nail them down or anything....and then went to bed.  Well the wind picked up and blew the joists over like dominos.  Well, like dominoes but much louder.  So decided to actually nail them down before the next night.  It was much quieter the following night.  Here are some photos of the floor joists.

Turns out that when you buy your lumber from the lumber yard they give you....absolutely free!...a green plastic thingy to cut off the floor joists with.  This is just one of the special perks that contractors, like myself, are treated to!   The green thingy doesn't actually do the cutting, but it does help guide the saw in a straight line.

One interesting thing...The floor joists we got were 2.5" wide.  This wouldn't normally seem like a problem, but if you notice towards the top of the picture you can see where I have cut the joists but the piece didn't fall off.  That's because a standard 7.5" saw cuts to 2.375" deep.  I had to follow along with a hand saw to cut off each one.

Here are some photos of the floor joists all nailed down.  Wind can't blow them over now.


The next step was to put in the footing drain.  You can see it in the photo above.  It runs along the footing so that if any water tries to get under the house it has the option of getting into the footing drain and taking the path of least resistance.  At least that is the theory.  We used 4" perforated flexible pipe with a silt sock for the footing drain.


Next were the downspout drains.  For this drain we used 4" schedule 40 pipe.  It seems a little big, but I figure it's better to go a little big than to have a system that is undersized.  Our roof collects rain from over 3000 sqft.  So, by my calculations, for each inch of rain we will get 2000 gallons of water down the downspouts!  I can't wait for a large rain so I can go see water shooting of out of the gutter drain.

In this last photo you can see where the footing drain connects to the downspout drain with a backflow device.  This way if the downspout drain gets plugged....and we get a big rain...the water wont' back up into the footing drain.  The backflow device is basically an expensive piece of plastic that only lets water flow one direction.