Graphic143 Day 11 - Tuesday 5/30/2006

Truss day begins. This is the big one and it turned out to be a long day.

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Truss truck arrives. Peter and Paul walk up to talk to the driver.

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Tight driveway.

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Oversize load - a little tree trimming and he's in.

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Pretty close to final position.

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We think the driver felt a little better about being on a non-contractor site when he noticed we were rigged with positioning spacers, and had truss support end braces and truss-to-truss spacer bars ready to be put to use.

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First truss dropped right into place.

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The roof is peaked with 12/12 pitch. The trusses are delivered with the top folded over. If they were the only load on the ruck it would not have been an oversize load. The truck had a load for another site so it was a wide load anyway.

Top sections are hinged and will be unfolded and nailed when we get that high with plywood. Our plan was to unfold then raise each one, but the driver convinced us that that would be a lengthly process.

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First truss is in place against the brace, the second one is supported by the spacer bars, which are permanently in place. After all trusses are up, additional wood bracing will be installed to keep the whole thing aligned, stable and secure.

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Spacer is installed on number four as Dan, the truck driver/boomer, looks on.

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Single hook lift worked good. We did have calm to light winds for most of the day so we had no problem moving them from truck to garage.

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Break?

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Around the tree, over the top plate. Tom is on the stabilizer strap.

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Paul D, Peter and Paul F wait as the next one swings over.

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Three to go. Peter moves the scissor lift to the outside. Those lifts need off-road tires.

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20th and last truss. Four hours to get 20 trusses in place and temporarily secured. No injuries or cracked wood - not bad for a first time effort.

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The trusses are ready for floor, ceiling and walls.

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Paul D and Peter secure the last one.

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Paul F does the other end.

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If the truck arrived - it must depart.

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More bracing goes on.

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Paul cuts the door out as others work above.

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Room above the garage - 32x14.

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Looking towards the house.

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Strapping on the bottoms and sides.

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Trusses in place and braced.

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Another long day ends. But now the garage is starting to look like something.

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Graphic165 Day 12 - Wednesday 5/31/2006

Day begins - roof sheathing is on the schedule.

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Bracing comes down so the scissor lift can go along the wall.

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Nancy and Paul discuss the plan.

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Straight line goes down for first sheets.

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Sheathing is supported by a couple of screws. We're ready to start nailing.

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First row being hammered down.

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Second row being laid down.

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Plywood roadway had to be laid down because the ground is too soft so support the lift.

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Paul F and Peter get the line down for the first row of sheathing on the back side.

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Back side goes quicker than the front did.

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Maneuvering on the soft dirt is time consuming. The rule: never drive off the plywood.

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Paul D and Paul F head back to Massachusetts.

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So let's wrap it up.

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Day 13 - Thursday 6/1/2006

Day thirteen is a transition day. Assisting family members are gone or will be soon, leaving Peter and Nancy to complete the job. With roof sheathing needing to be completed and permanent flooring raised, a method is needed to get plywood up to the trusses. A little time at the lumber yard and we were ready to test.

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A pulley with a method to raise it to lifting position and some straps with a rope bridle were the first test. We attempted to raise some plywood to fill the floor as a work area.

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Up goes a sheet. The method worked for a dozen sheets but a single pulley left the plywood a little to heavy to handle.

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With a temporary floor laid down, it's time to look around.

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Stairway is sometime in the future.

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For the sheathing, the basic pulley was adapted. A small, three piece support was built on 2 truss braces. That allows the pulley to be extended outward with it being clamped to the trusses. A second pulley was added to lighten the load allowing Peter to pull from above. He reported that it was very easy to pull and control.

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The peaks will have to go up to get another row up.

The whole rig is unclamped and moved to the next location.

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Peter puts clips in for the next sheet and is ready to screw it down.

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Test sheet is screwed only as the rain begins. We took a lunch break, but constant rain ended the day.

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Graphic193 Day 14 - Friday 6/2/2006

Friday and Saturday were expected to be rain delays. But Friday's forecast changed to occasional showers, so the music started.

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A ladder was added to the lift method to ease the transition onto the roof. A long 2X4 was also used from ground level to help where needed.

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There's the top of the run

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Adding a block to half the load also allowed it to be pulled from the top. It's much easier to control the drop into position - securing and adjusting when necessary - when you are looking right at the work area.

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Third row up on the house side and the other side going up.

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After lunch we reconsidered our bridle method. Line stretch and strap movement was leaving us short of full-pull. So, we went with a 2X4 attached to the pulley and the plywood strapped to the 2X4. This provided enough pull and was overall much more secure. We also added another pair of straps as the originals were getting tired.

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Another view of the new setup.

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Top end - from the bottom. We're taking the load on two trusses. When we did the plywood for the floor there was too much creaking when using one truss.

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Top end from top.

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Here's a sheet stopped half way.

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And looking from ground level. The pusher pole is not really needed, but it still helps when we get hung up on uneven panels.

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At the end of the day, this is what we had. We also freed the red rope from the other side since it was preventing attaching the first sheet.

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May as well stop the music right here.

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Here's how it looks from Wolf Run.

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Graphic207 Day 15/16 - Saturday/Sunday
June 3/4, 2006

The music never started. Continuous rain made things too slippery to work on roof sheathing.

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So, as the major construction phase comes to an end, we are left with something recognizable as a garage. Everyone returns to work tomorrow or leaves, so the pace of work will slow.

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