After raising the first wall with help, and the second wall just Sharon and I, we knew we needed to figure out a better way. After doing some research it turns out there is a tool to help for situations just like this, go figure. It’s call a wall jack! This allows one person to raise a wall all by themselves. So from now on we would be using a wall jack to raise walls. We ended up using it for other jobs it wasn’t even designed to do. That’s another story for another day.
The walls are ten feet high and the plans call for a 2×6 to be embedded in the wall at eight foot height. I clamped the wall studs together and cut the notches all at the same time. This insured that they are all at the same height.
At the back of the cabin the walls were only eight feet tall so the notch is only in the front section.
We have a large picture window an this wall, so again we sandwiched insulation between the wood for the header. With the plan to use a wood stove to heat the cabin, every little bit helps.
Once the wall was nailed together it was time to try the wall jack. We put the wall jack on a 16 foot 2×4 then simply jacked it up.
After struggling to lift the first wall with four people, using a wall jack I could lift this wall with one hand.