On Saturday, I erected one of the upright 4 X 4’s, and bolted it to a pillar. I put a couple of test pieces on the top so I could place a rafter on it to determine the actual height of the ledger board on the wall. It was a lot of work for me, because my dedicated helpers were missing yesterday. But I struggled through, but by the end of the day I was whacked. Here was yesterday’s accomplishment.
With this post in place and a rafter placed on it, I was able to mark the wall over the door, the draw a level line across the door and mark the center position. I decided to call it a day after doing that, and we would be ready to put up the ledger board on Sunday.
On Sunday I initially had my son son Dave helping out. We marked the ledge board for the hangers and the bolt holes. I drilled the bolt holes and then placed the hangers on the board and screwed them down. I left one hanger off so that it can be used so the rafters can be trimmed to size because the foot boxes and rafter hangers are measured for trimmed lumber, and instead of being 3-1/2”square and 1-5/8” thick respectively, they’re actually 4” square and 2” thick respectively, so all the rafters will need to be planed down to fit the hangers.
Having prepared the ledger board it was time to get it up on the wall over the door. It was then that I realized there was no way I was going to be able to do this. I just didn’t have the strength. So I pressed my step-son Aaron into service, and between the three of us (them doing the heavy work) we succeeded in getting the ledger up on the wall.
We marked where the first hole needed to go, drilled the hole, placed the anchor in the hole, then bolted the board to that first anchor.
We then swung the ledge board up with a level on top of it and when level marked the last hole. We drilled that hole and placed the anchor, then swung the board back up and bolted the board up.
Once the ledger board was in place, we marked the remaining holes, brought the board down on one end, and drilled the remaining holes and placed anchors in them.
Then swung the board back up and bolted the end bolt in again and then proceeded to bolt all the remain bolts in the board (10 in all).
Finally, the task for today was complete. We were all beat because these boards, weighing in at about 100lbs a piece, and a temperature of 73°F, take it out of you manipulating them. Next week we’ll put up the second post and brace it, and put up the two cross members. Then we can put up the rafters and anchor them down. Stay tuned, we’re getting close.
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