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SHOP ALONG #10: scotty, beam me down a skyhook, please

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.... or even a tractor beam ….

and of course he said ….

‘not now we have all the shields up
and no power to spare
you are on your own’

oh well
guess i’ll see what i can do myself
the last blog we were here
i fixed the broken truss
and then made 2 new ones

had to wait for a block and tackle i ordered
got it finally but it had a very thin rope on it
so i got some 3/8” line for it
anyway here is what i did with it

make a 20’ tall ‘mast’ 2 -2×6 x 20’
and a ‘shoe’ for it in the center of the shop floor

i needed to stand it up without having it fall over there
so i put braces that walked with it as it was coming up
and just had faith it would work till i could screw them to the floor

it was obvious it needed a boom that would swivel and work independently of the main B&T
so i found a ‘deer hoist’ B&T at the hardware store said it could lift 440 lb’s
so i made a boom from 2 – 2×4 x 20’ (screwed together as a corner)
and used u-bolts to act as a universal ‘hinge’

and to hook the B&T’s to

well the deer lift only had 3/16” line in it
so overall it took 3 days of running to the store
to buy more line (anyone need some rope i got lots now)
so here is the ‘crane’ i made

it goes up and down and can turn all round to reach
both ends of the shop
(just remove the one brace and swing the boom first)
with a lift from the mast top to the boom end
and a B&T to lift the trusses
no wood was cut to make this
just used what i had for the build with screws
as all my lumber if for the build itself
these can be taken apart and used as intended on the building
(i did make 2 cleats to belay the lines to)

and had to work from one to the other as the trusses were raised
(keep in mind the truss with tails are 34’ long
and the shop inside is 29’ wide)
when i do some more securing the trusses
i will have to raise them and lean them on the others
so i can get them all up there then ‘walk’ them to their respective notches

anyway yesterday i tried the first truss (the one i had fixed)
and it took some time to learn how
but by sundown it was in place and semi-secured with arms back to the end wall

this morning early and all exited
i made the lookouts for the overhang on the end wall

and nailed them in place ready for facia there

my neighbor Te and i had talked about him being the crane man
he came by this morning to check up on me
as i hadn’t answered the phone for two days
and he was worried about me
when he walked into the shop and saw the truss up
and asked why i hadn’t called
i explained that i had no idea if this would work or not
and didn’t want anyone around that might get hurt if something happened
he understood
when i joked that if he got hurt here
he might sue me and make me go live in his trailer house
while he got everything here

well after he left
i then raised the other 2 trusses

and secured them too
this is where faith comes in
leaning the extended ladder to the truss top
to untie the rope

so here we have it from outside

as much as i like michelangelo work
i don’t think we could work together to well
why would i need someone that works laying down all day

so after all the thought and tension over all this
i feel good again
and now it’s back to the drawing board
to make more trusses

thanks for coming by
work safe
enjoy

(now for some food this is so much fun
that i forget to eat) LOL

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



49 comments so far

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grizzman

6463 posts in 1804 days


#1 posted 91 days ago

well this looks just grand, great job figuring this out david, so while your doing all of this, is you know who under the house eating the insulation again…lol…your getting this done, so what comes next, have you thought through what you will do to get the decking up there…i would not doubt that you have….please be careful….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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spanky46

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#2 posted 91 days ago

Wonderful work, and mostly by yourself!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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patron

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#3 posted 91 days ago

not buddy grizz
when it comes to work
he goes to see his GF
besides i closed off under the house a while back finally

i take my time with this
and safety is the first thought
as it should be for all of us

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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JL7

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#4 posted 91 days ago

Right on David, that is really ingenious, but as Grizzman said, be careful…...I am in awe of the engineering on the B&T….

We want to see YOU in the finished shop…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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Gary

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#5 posted 91 days ago

You must have some of that Egyptian blood from those who built the pyramids.
Really great work, David.
Like Bob said, be careful.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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patron

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#6 posted 91 days ago

hi spanky
thanks

i do get help occasionally
mostly a neighbor driving by
that stops to see what is going on
they seem to be in some pictures
pretending to work
then disappear again

they all say to call if i need help
but mostly when i do they are gone
so i quit asking

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patron

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#7 posted 91 days ago

i plan on a party jeff
maybe some more ice cream then

thanks gary
a little at a time

by the time i finnish this
the only pyramid i’ll be building
will be with little wood blocks

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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SASmith

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#8 posted 91 days ago

You are getting there.
Keep at it.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 91 days ago

Determination….
Perseverance….
Ingenuity….

Just proves the old adage: When there is a will….

I can’t help but to echo the sentiments of others….
Be careful!!!

The process of this build is awe inspiring.
It will be good to see the first project come out of all this!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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shipwright

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#10 posted 91 days ago

Looking great David. Your days around boats and rigging are coming in handy it seems.
I always feel like I would rather work alone than have help that isn’t as into it as I am.
I know you have this under control. One foot ahead of the other and you’ll be done when you’re done, and it won’t be that long.

Good work and good thought process.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Woodwrecker

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#11 posted 91 days ago

Your resourcefulness and ingenuity know no bounds my friend.
I have bragged about you to friends at my woodworkers guild and they are fascinated at your accomplishment as well.
Keep up the good work and stay safe.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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Karson

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#12 posted 91 days ago

I’m with you Dave, I hate to pay anyone when i can figure out a way to do it myself.

A great design and safe.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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JustJoe

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#13 posted 91 days ago

That’s really coming along nicely. I bet you can’t wait until it’s finished.
Years ago I saw a book about safely working alone. It had tips on how to do stuff like raise roof trusses and walls, but it looks like you figured it out on your own.

-- This Ad Space For Sale! Your Ad Here! Reach a targeted audience! Affordable Rates, easy financing! Contact an ad represenative today at JustJoe's Advertising Consortium.

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patron

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#14 posted 91 days ago

that i will scott
not much else to do here
thanks
.
ah son (randy)
i just turned 69
who you calling old adage LOL
.
i know how you feel paul
why i didn’t want my neighbor here if something happens he might not do much
but say ‘huh’ when i shout to move
i learned sailing on a 63’ gaff rigged ketch all block and tackle
the lines were 1 1/4” raising both the foot and the gaff peak together takes some attention
i was thinking of you when i used the cleats to raise the trusses line over the cleat and hold
then pull the line and take up that as you keep at it till it is up completely
now with winches it is easy but doesn’t teach the basics
.
wow eric you honor me thank you
.
thats me Karson
‘course with all the money going into the build
i can’t pay anyone anyway
ramen noodles just don’t say thanks enough

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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patron

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#15 posted 91 days ago

hi joe
yes sir
look forwards to that day too
even if all i do
is make a bed
and sleep for a month

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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