Tuesday and Wednesday passed quickly with more, and more of the roof falling into place. Two beams were installed on either side of the long central beam; making echoing crashing noises each time a beam was connected. And in other site business, the door jams were mortared into place, and the bathrooms and closet are nearly prepped for pouring the concrete floor. Ground-fill had been a fairly simple business of wheel barrowing dirt and sand, jumping on it a bit, then more dirt and sand, more jumping, and then a layer of crushed rock, and a bit more jumping. Then Gercione visited the site, and said there was a floor tamper on the side, which turned out to be a metal pipe set into a concrete-filled paint can and worked wonders in compacting the ground – more simple, great technology from remote, rural living.
Once our large beams spanning the length of the building were in place, the next step was nailing the caibros into place and spanning the porch with large beams. Jorge and Joao set to work on the side porch beams, and left the caibros to amateur turned expert carpenter Ethan while John and Giorie set to work preparing the back porch beams.
And speaking of tiles, six thousand of them were desposited on site by ContruMAX today. need to be nailed in, and the ripom need to be laid horizontally across the caibros and nailed in to create a grid for the tiles. Nailing in we expected to be a simple task, but Brazilian hard wood proved to be true to its name. Ethan has been hammering ferventely away installing the caibros, and much to his dismay the nails prefer to bend instead of remaining straight as they go into the wood. As we have wood from a few different types of trees, some of the caibros are more receptive to the nails than others, and the others are now clearly marked with seven or eight bent nails before a straight one got through to the central beam.