Archive for December 19th, 2009

Searching for Used Lumber

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

We love wood and want our house to have some history to it.  Accordingly, we’re looking for old wood that we can remill to use in the house.

Using reclaimed wood is good for the environment, it looks beautiful, and it gets us some LEED points.  The only problems are that it is difficult to find and, when you do find it, the wood is expensive.

Bryan set off to visit a ranch near Livermore to see some 50+ year old lumber.  He liked it but didn’t buy any.

Barn north of Livermore where wood is covered by the white tarp.

Barn north of Livermore where wood is covered by the white tarp.

2x Redwood lumber that is more than 50 years old.  This would clean up nicely.

2x Redwood lumber that is more than 50 years old. This would clean up nicely.

The Douglas Fir beams were too short and didn't meet our requirements.

The Douglas Fir beams were too short and didn't meet our requirements.

Measuring the 4x beams.  We need 6x beams and have reclaimed 4x beams from the original house.

Measuring the 4x beams. We need 6x beams and have reclaimed 4x beams from the original house.

If we need more 2x Redwood decking, this is where we will get it from.

If we need more 2x Redwood decking, this is where we will get it from.

Measuring the SIPs

We need to put lumber into the SIPs so we can attach the roof panels to the flat decking and attached the roof panels to the pony walls.  The foam will need to be removed in the roof panels, just like the pony wall panels.

Bryan measured the actual dimensions so we can order the LVL and other 2x materials.

The SIPs are under a tarp, so they are all dry.

The SIPs are under a tarp, so they are all dry.

The SIP pony walls and other components are all individually numbered.

The SIP pony walls and other components are all individually numbered.

The 45 degree roof SIP requires a 16-1/2 inch LVL.

The 45 degree roof SIP requires a 16-1/2 inch LVL.

Looks like the pony walls will require a 2x10 to attach to the 45 degree roof SIPs.

Looks like the pony walls will require a 2x10 to attach to the 45 degree roof SIPs.