Graphic74 Day 8 - Saturday 5/27/2006

Long day begins. Peter plugs in the radio, Paul handles the extension. Paul's presence means reinforcements are on-site.

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Start of the lay-out of the left front wall.

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New crew - new methods.

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Kathy and Paul work the sill, Peter and Deb look on, Tom sweeps in the background and Nancy is at the calculation station.

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Kathy points out that THATS the left end.

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That's what it is supposed to look like when we are done.

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Tom lays down the cut line, Paul and Ryan look on.

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Amanda shoots the job site from the second floor of the house.

We're all waiting for some numbers to discuss.

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Top and bottom plates clamped for marking.

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Nancy lays down the marks.

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Don't try to hide behind that cup. We can see you.

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Time to shoot some.

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Top - OK. Bottom - wait, wait.

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Short cripples above the header go in.

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It looks ready to go up. Peter tries to levitate it (Deb looks on in disbelief) before we do some serious lifting.

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That didn't work - so where did everyone go.

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Peter tells Ryan and Jes how to work the braces.

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We're ready. It's hard to see but we have a stopper block on the outside wall.

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Almost there. This is where building with a complete sill plate pays off. The studs to the headers are just temps for stability and pushing spots.

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We're up and Peter convinces the bottom plate into alignment on the sill.

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The bottom plate has been cut and John removes the splice brace.

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How much room is left?

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The last wall section gets laid-out.

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Assembly.

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It's on the wall and Kathy makes a little adjustment.

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Lift starts. The header is the same size as the other one, so we know what to expect.

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Mid way - it's getting heavy.

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Hung-up. Kathy is using the crow-bar to make a little room.

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Almost there - we just need to stop it before it goes too far (actually, we have stop blocks again.)

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It's up!

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We need to convince the sill plate out on the sill with the sill anchor hanging us up. We ended up tilting back slightly and sliding.

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John secures to the stop block.

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Outside corner is secured.

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The short sill section is not level - the front is down - Deb is sliding shims in.

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Completed walls. Hey Bet, it's the other way!

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Bella checks the work.

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That's it.

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Graphic114 Day 9 - Sunday 5/28/2006

Another day begins.

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Mary and Deb move some lumber out of the way.

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John and Peter assemble the staging so we can work the high lumber.

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Peter, John and Paul fit check a window. Everyone's smiling, so it must be good.

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The actual installation will be after the trusses are up.

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A square check.

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If the wall tops are correctly spaced, the trusses will drop right on.

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The neighbors were slowing down for a look-see as they went by all day.

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As Norm always says, cut long - trim to fit.

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First row of plywood goes on.

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Peter makes sure there are enough nails to hold it secure.

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Continuing along.

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John cuts the first window opening.

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If we start here, when we meet the other plywood, it should line up; right?

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John stands clear as Peter shoots the last few nails on the first row.

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Two rows, and this is the second side.

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Cleaning up so late the camera decided flash was needed.

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Peter checks his watch and calls time.
(The crew left when the music stopped.)

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Graphic132 Day 10 - Monday 5/29/2006

Pre-start activities include watching some of the reinforcements go home. Kathy and Amanda go first leaving Paul behind.

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Followed by John, Deb and Jes.

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Now day 10 begins.

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Paul and Peter lay down some nailing lines.

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Tom and Paul made short work of chopping some lumber into truss alignment blocks.

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The top-top plate in position and attached.

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There's the end, you can see the top-top plate on the lower top plate. Positioning it is important because they carry the trusses and the wall-to-wall dimension is very close to the truss length.

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Peter finishes nailing down the back top-top plate.

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As we were trying to figure how to correct a minor side wall issue, Paul showed up to solve the problem. Paul D, Paul F and Nancy discuss the plans.

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Decision made, the side top-top plates are installed.

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Alignment blocks are on the back wall. When the trusses show up in the morning, they will drop right into place.

Being ready for truss delivery has been our main goal over the last week+.

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Peter is ready with the radio in hand, but Paul sweeps on.

Paul just returned after being away for a week, so we'll give him one more day to get back into the routine.

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Peter isn't waiting.

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