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Here are a few details for the Architects.  Straps are required at the corner entry to prevent wind uplift from lifting the second floor off of the first floor walls.  The builder’s missed this on the drawings, and had to add the straps after the second floor framing was in place.  Lesson: “discuss irregular strapping conditions prior to building because builder’s don’t like reading drawings.”

The other images show the makeshift scaffolding that the framers use.  As opposed to using metal scaffolding which would be a pain to put up and take down each day, this project is a small enough to just build a few flimsy wood scaffolds as necessary.  The guys are gutsy, willing to swing sledge hammers while balancing on a 2×12 supported by a 2×4.  The one unfortunate part of this method is that the 2×4 is supporting all the weight, which I think creates an undesirable point load on the subfloor.  This may create a dent or cause the floor to be un-level.  Not sure.  When the floor has had standing water due to the rain, it becomes very apparent where the low points are.  Hopefully it’s flat enough – that sense of tolerance is hard for me to know about without having seen to many buildings go up.  That being said, I’m sure it’s flatter than the typical New Orleans floor where eighty or more years of settling ground conditions cause buildings to shift.

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