Our Straw House


Knee Braces & Top Plate

1 September 2007

Next, we installed a top plate.  This was attached to the I-beam using a ramset.  Eventually the trusses will be nailed to the top plate.

Then we attached cedar to the bottom of the I-beam.  Unlike the top plate, the cedar is cosmetic.  Eventually the I-beam will be completely encased in cedar.  It was too difficult to use the ramset upwards through the I-beam, so instead we drilled holes and attached the cedar using self-tapping screws.  Drilling the hole was difficult, and metal shavings rained down - ergo the sweatshirt over my head!

Once the cedar was attached, we could install the knee braces:

End of the day: