Aye yai yai. I think it’s safe to say that today was a doozey. After a zero sleep night with an uber sick baby, we rose to the news that our foundation is, how should I say…off. Kind of big time. Did we measure it a thousand times? Yes. Should we have measured it a thousand and one times? Yep. The short story is this. Originally, our cinder block wall and sonotubes were all perfect, level, dead on. Due to some mis-guidance and a not so calibrated level, we decided to invest over $1,000 in shims to accommodate what was reading as a 2″ discrepancy. What ended up resulting, was in fact a 2″ discrepancy which had not actually been originally present. This sucks super bad for a couple of reasons. First is the time, money and energy that went into the purchase, fabrication, and welding of the shims. Second is how all of this affects framing. We were SO looking forward to the ease and “standard-ness” of this phase and now it is just about anything but. All lumber will have to be custom cut. This means time. This means money. Once this custom framing is complete, we should be back on track. We are so grateful for Michael Wray’s highly intellectual and compassionate approach to correcting this problem that’s got us a bit bummed out. Our take away lesson of the day is that not only should you take a ridiculous amount of measurements always, you should also invest in a number of different professionals who will take those same measurements. If the fallacy lies in one person or one tool, then that one person or one tool can take the measurement a gagillion times and it will always read inaccurate.

Though the day was on the rougher side, we carried on. I was on ‘heal Soleil duty,’ Ryan began laying our final block wall and Michael began framing.

(Oh, and how could I forget?…Our first lumber delivery was the wrong size lumber)

Pillow. Blankies. Oh, it’s on.

Ryan's first solo run at laying block
Ryan’s first solo run at laying block
delivery numero uno
delivery numero uno (well dos)







Back wall of 40 footer
Back wall of 40 footer
Frame time
Frame time



One thought on “Yikes

  1. I had a similar experience, though fortunately, mine was just a 12′ section of fence, and I caught it before framing everything for the fence.

    A simple check to keep in your back pocket for the future is the simple clear tube filled with water. The top of the water at both ends of the tube is exactly the same height. Exactly. No calibration needed. Just a long length of clear tubing. It doesn’t even matter if there is extra tubing laying on the ground, or whatever. The top of the water at both ends of the tube is always exactly the same height.

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