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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 03-26-2015 08:54 PM 1725 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started to be a pergola but became a full roofed area over the entrance to the office in the High Chaparral Park. We started it on Tuesday at 4:30 when the load of material arrived from Lowes ( it was supposed to be here at 9AM)and was finished at 4:00 on Wed with help from all the guys in the park. The design was done by Glen Schull from Minnesota. We had Lee, Gib, Jerry, Chuck and me from Michigan along with Kent from Nebraska and Ben from Wisconsin.

I’ll not post this as a project because I was just a helper on this one. I cut the steel in the yard at Lowes. They had 26’ roofing that was bent in the center from handling I cut an 8’ piece off each end and we took the center with us,too. We needed 14 sections and got 26 8’ pieces for the price of 13. My part was to drill the concrete, drill the bottoms of the posts, and cut the rafters and gussets. I did a little of the assembly but we had a lot of help for that. We had 17 hours total work time in the whole thing. It is 7’ wide by 42’ long and stained with golden oak stain. Gib is the creative guy here and made the office sign.

This how it looked before the roof!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 09:07 PM

Greatly improves the look of the building. I bet it will help on the cooling bill also. Good to see a group effort.
Well done guys.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 11:08 PM

Great job by the guys Jim, good example of team work, bet the manager of the park think you boys are king, I like making the pole just part of the build.
Meant to ask you how long does your trip home take?, do you park up along the way?
cheers mate, safe journey

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 03-27-2015 12:25 AM

Nice job!


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#4 posted 03-27-2015 01:16 AM

Many hands make a good job, or something like that.
Man, what a difference that makes.
Congratulations to you all.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 09:53 AM

real nice, add’s a lot of curb appeal.

Just tell your buddy to watch what he’s doing instead of smiling for the camera- thats how fingers get chopped off! :-)

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 04:10 PM

The roof really makes the building look more attractive. So nice to have so many people to help with the project. Nice job.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 09:57 PM

Thanks, guys.
Th owner wants it extended next year all the way to the pool. Lucky we have many more sheets of roofing left!!

Hi Pete. the trip home takes 4 days but we are going west first and then east so it may be more.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 10:34 PM

Great Job, Jim!

Sure makes a huge difference!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 03-28-2015 12:22 AM

Well, that looks about a thousand times better!

-- Dean

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#10 posted 03-28-2015 12:49 AM

A great effort in a short time Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 03-29-2015 12:33 AM

Git er done Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 04-02-2015 01:27 PM

It looks great and I’m sure the shade will be welcome too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 04-03-2015 10:42 PM

Looks nice Jim, isn’t it great to sometimes work outside of the shop with the big stuff at times? :)

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#14 posted 04-04-2015 01:05 AM

Thanks Joe, Dean, Tony, Roger, Mike and Randy. The big thing this will do is keep people day outside the doors and when getting the mail in the front wall of the office. It should keep the mailboxes dry inside too!! It does not rain much but when it does, it is a gusher. You need your swampers after a couple hours of rain! I think it will keep the office cooler, too.

Hi Randy, Yes it is nice to work on bigger projects once again. I can’t tackle them on my own any more but I like being part of the camp team. Glen designed it. He was a builder and I learned some construction techniques along the way. We have the job of extending it another 30 feet next year. I saved all the templates for the rafters.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 04-04-2015 07:04 PM

It turned out very nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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