Sept. 6th, 2017 – Well, we survived the great Houston, Texas floods that hurricane Harvey brought with it. Our area did not flood at all and we only lost power for a day and a half. All in all we fared pretty well compared to others. My heart goes out to those affected by the storm.
Today I got all the framing done that will be needed to put up the side walls. On the bottom near the floor I used 2×2 lumber as it is actually 1 1/2 inchs in width as is the chair rail above it.
Then on top of the chair rail I screwed down 2×4’s that I placed on edge, as once again it is the exact same thickness as the chair rail.
I attached the 2×4’s with Tek screws that are made for attaching wood to metal.
First I drilled a pilot hole through the wood and also through the metal ribbing where I was attaching it to, using a drill bit made for #12 screws.
Then I screwed in the Tek screw to just below the surface of the wood with a #3 phillips head bit.
There will be a slight gap at the top of the 2×4 caused by the thickness of the chair rail metal. To keep from having the 2×4 slant inwards I used a wood shim just the right thickness so that it would be attached perfectly perpendicular.
Once I attach a 2×4 at the bottom of each window sill it will give me a perpendicular surface all the way down to the floor to attach the side walls. Also, as a side benefit, the 2×2’s at the bottom and 2×4’s above it give you places to anchor your floor cabinets. Here is a completed shot without the 2×4 under the windows.