Garage and house framing

We decided to first concentrate on the garage and get that finished first so we had an undercover area for storing building materials before we started work on the house.  That is Ray walking on the garage roof.
Start installing the Hebel panels.
Hebel panels are a product manufactured by CSR.  They are made from autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) which weighs less than 1/3 the weight of bricks.  It has an improved R rating (R1.5) and is fire resistant.  It comes as 600mm wide by 75mm thick panels, which are reinforced with steel rods.  The panels are as long as the ceiling height.  The panels are cut to size with a diamond blade saw attached to a shop vac to keep the dust levels down.  They are screwed to the steel frame with galvanised roofing screws screwed into the panel from inside the building, and adjacent panels are glued together with Hebel thin bed adhesive.  The panels are finished by rendering with Hebel skim coat render and then painted.  The render is only 2-3mm thick so is not that difficult to apply, but rendering is still real hard work.  Great material, much better than colourbond cladding which gets stinking hot in the summer, but they are significantly more work to install, but I think the end result is worth it.
Arrival of the house externals kit.  A nervous time, there is a lot of money invested in the kit.
Garage has been rendered, now we can start work on the house.
The PAAL homes building system is based on lightweight high tensile steel frames which are no more than 1.8m long.  The biggest panels can be easily lifted by one person.  This has an advantage in that one person can assemble the wall frames (that one person was me!), but the disadvantage is that all panels have to be bolted and screwed together so takes quite a bit of labour to assemble.  The first step is to lay out the external wall frames around the perimeter of the house.  It ends up with frames all over the place, quite dangerous tripping ground.
Very first wall frames erected.  Soon after this was almost a big disaster.  A strong wind came up, one of the braces broke and the whole thing almost ended blowing away.  I managed to hang onto it until the wind died a bit and then added more bigger and better braces.  Phew!
More wall frames erected.
Start on the roof trusses.  The roof trusses come in a pack and you open it out and bolt it all together.  It takes 2 people to get the roof trusses on.  Fortunately by this time Ray finished the other job he was working on and was able to help me.
Roof trusses almost finished.
On weekends I was able to paint the garage.
Finished installing roof trusses and roof battens.  That is Ray sitting on the corner, surveying a job well done.
Roof trusses finished and verandah frame erected.  The verandah frame is timber, and there was a panic session of mad painting to get the verandah ready for roofing because the plumber was arriving to help us get the roof on.

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