Putting in Windows


| 11/14/2012 4:19:07 PM


Tags: homesteading, cabin, off grid, window installation, Bethann Weick,

before the windowsLike many days, this was another one in which we had set ambitious constructing goals as we continued building the cabin.  Driven by the desire to be done, and threatened by the season’s first nor’easter, our to-do list was full considering the shortened daylight hours of the season.  . 

The morning hours quickly passed as we secured insulation between the floor joists.  Post lunch-break, we were ready to lay the sub floor.  However, we were mindful of the snow and sleet predicted for that evening and the next…and the gaping holes that stood where the remaining three windows had yet to be hung were prominent in our minds. 

While laying the floor was psychologically a significant step that we were excited to complete, installing windows to keep the weather off the fresh floor was quite appealing as well.  Who wants to see snowdrifts or melt puddles in their living room?  Optimistic as we can be, the likelihood of doing it all ourselves was outside our realm of realistic. 

Quite on cue, enter Bob and Maria.  To them we eagerly gave (and they willingly took, we think) the task of window installation.  To our complete un-anticipation, this turned out to be much more difficult than expected. 

Imagine!  Wood framing that had once fit so nicely during the hot, dry days of summer, now offered nothing but resistance.  Perhaps it was the recent rain, perhaps our skills, perhaps it just happened as the house moved and tensed during the building process.  Whichever the reason, this was no longer going to be an easy, 1-2-3 process. 

As mid-afternoon turned to late-afternoon, Bob and Maria continued to chisel and rasp the western window frame in all the right places.  With each test of the window, we kept hearing “its closer…” but never quite there.  Taking breaks to help lift the window in and out, Ryan and I finished the floor and placed the small loft window in the gable end. 




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