Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Assmebling the roof trusses and installing the roof!!

We have 1/2 the roof installed! The hardest part, over the living room where we have had to crawl around on the tops of the walls done!

It has been raining a lot these past few days, and so we have been working in between the weather and Scott's crazy/busy schedule. He is working + going to school @ night + doing his clinical, and I am getting ready to leave for North Carolina, to meet with a group of Buddhists from The Great Smokey mountain Peace Pagoda, to walk with them from Asheville, NC to Oakridge Tenn. where there is a proposed new nuclear weapons plants being developed. The rally in opposition is on the 16th of April if anyone reading this is interested in coming. These weapons are not only in violation of numerous anti-proliferation treaties the USA has signed, but they are a blasphemy to all life, as they would kill everything living thing on the planet.
I am get the trusses up on top of the wall and installing as much as I can, the horizontal bracing and windows, before sliding the completed portions of the roof further down to make room on the staging platform ( the upper bathroom loft floor), to work on ganging the next set of trusses together. It's coming along, no major hitches yet!

I bought this generator from the coolest cop EVER! I said he was a skateboard kid and the cops would always hassle him and pull a huge power trip all the time, and so he wanted to grow up to be a cop so that he could actually help people, and be cool, and not just walk around being a sycophant and putting the heavy on every body. After my experience with the police in Virginia, where I was arrested while peacefully protesting outside the Quantico Marine base I was so impressed to meet someone like him!

We have mad a little mock up of the top of the walls on the ground and have been aligning the trusses and pre-drilling them, and attaching the angle stock like book ends, so they will stand up, then lifting them on top of the walls for ganging.

Cutting the horizontal bracing.
It's so nice to have power @ the site.

I have been working for the past month on filling an order of burlap clothes for a shop in Arizona, Paris Montana.
Burlap is rather messy to work with so had transformed the garage into a sewing studio, sewing away and just looking at the roof trusses all in a nice pile. But now that the work is done and off to the wild west I got back to work yesterday, cutting the angle stock that will anchor the trusses to the top of the wall, and leveling the bottoms of the trusses where they will meet the top of the wall.
The next step is a lot of pre-drilling for through bolting the angle stock through the trusses, and also points where the wood is enclosed by the metal. We think it will be less stressful to through bolt these joints rather than bite into the wood with screws on both side. I used my friend John's drill press to pre-drill the 1/4" and 5/8th" holes in the angle stock.

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