June 6, 2020
Today we secured the ridge beam and let in the ledge board for the second floor.
Ryan helped me measure and adjust the ridge beam so that both end walls were parallel and plumb.
Later on I worked on the ledger board the second floor will attach to.
I used a laser level to mark where to cut. In some cases I had to knock the blocking down a bit.
I first cut many 1-1/2″ deep slots between the marks with a circular saw, and then knocked them out with a hammer and finished the notch with a chisel.
The notching came out great, but it was pretty time consuming.
I secured the ledger board with 3-1/2 in. screws which also pulled it the rest of the way.