June was mostly about working on the shop/studio although we had time for the fascinating annual trip to the dentist and the even more exciting bi-annual (that's every two years, although it could mean twice a year. Stupid language, isn't it? Just read the other day in "Outliers", Malcolm Gladwell's latest book, that the reason Asians seem to have an edge with mathematics is because they do. Chinese and some other Asian languages have much shorter and more sensible names for numbers so not only are they much quicker to recite, but that it is obvious to a child learning arithmetic what any two numbers summed are. This early advantage facilitates further learning and translates in to a lasting superior skill much like a hockey player born in January, but I digress. Read the book. It's not as breaktaking as "Blink", but it is as least as good as "Tipping Point".) trip to the Optometrist.
We ended the month with a short trip to Edmonton to take care of some business and to attend a one-day course on steam tracing at the union hall. It was a good refresher and I even learned a few things that were more than review of past knowledge.
Insulating the Shop/Studio
Insulating the shop/studio continued in June.
I debated putting in firestop blocks in the balloon framed exterior walls, but a little research convinced me of the value and the tedious task commenced and once commenced didn't take that long.
R20 batts went in the vertical 2x6 wall spaces and two R20 batts went in the sloped and horizontal ceiling 2x12 spaces. This was covered with plastic vapour barrier before nailing a layer of 1-1/2 inch Stryrofoam SM board over it.
Once the seams of the blueboard were taped the board was covered with 3/8 inch OSB as a protective layer. The next step of interior finishing will be to line the whole building with 2x4 studs to provide space for wiring and the next layer of fibreglas insulation. All will be covered with gypsum wallboard aka gyproc or sheetrock depending in whose market area you grew up.
The final second-floor is 2x6 spruce tongue and groove with 3/4" OSB tongue on top. The temporary floor for the first year was made out of panels. The panels were designed to be assembled into a storage shed.
Soccer Season Ends
June was the end of the soccer season. Both girls showed noticeable improvement over last year in skills and understanding. We hung out on the sidelines and noticed.