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SHOP ALONG #11: no joke, you can truss me on this

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Blog entry by patron posted 04-01-2014 05:25 PM 1148 reads 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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since my last blog
i spent some time up in colorado again
working with my bud daniel on his sauna room

the weather here has been on and off like for many this winter
so not as fast as i would have liked it
but this monday i made the last of 19 trusses
and took the ‘drawing board/truss jig’ down
then as it was cold and windy i took a nap instead

at dawn today i went out bundled
and raised more trusses

i had to stack both ends as there just wasn’t enough room for that
this shows how one end is under the first stack
so the other end will rise up and over the other end

then ladders and getting them all out of the way
up and down endlessly to secure them
then back to the next (don’t forget to put a guy rope on the end
as it sure helps steering them around up there)

finally got the last up and moved it as close to the ‘crane’ as i could
but as they are almost top heavy (like to tilt)
i came up with a clamped 2×4 that hung down
creating a longer lever arm there
but it wasn’t quite enough weight
so i clamped my pry bar and a hand sledge to it too
(maybe use a longer 2×6 for that next or a bucket of sand too
so it gets easier to move them)

then had to stop and take the whole crane/lift down
as it was in the way for the middle truss
finally got it down and the retaining strap too back to a ground steak
that was holding the wall from bowing in the high winds
so as we speak this is the center truss in place

now that truss keeps both walls evenly spaced
while i take a break and have more coffee and some food

will walk the rest into their places
(like a few feet at a time off the ladder back and forth)
and put the facia on
so i can panel all along the roof edges
and get all the trusses secured straight
and use metal hurricane clips to hold everything right
hope to get a truck with a forklift
to place the panels on the edge there
so i don’t have to do the ladder lift for them

here is as it stands now

enjoy spring
and stay safe

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 05:57 PM

You are making WONDERFUL progress!

I can see it now…

One super COOL Shop!

You are one very clever builder!

Thank you for taking the trouble to take & post pictures! (That’s a job in itself!)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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patron

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 06:01 PM

hi joe

thanks for the kind words
mostly i just keep things open
and go from mistake to mistake
and try different things
and on the rare occasion

something actually works !

-- 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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SPalm

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 06:13 PM

Amazing, simply amazing that you can do that by yourself.
You are a clever and resourceful guy David.

Those pictures are awesome,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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patron

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 06:18 PM

thanks steve

just in time too
the wind is back
so will maybe move the rest tomorrow
at dawn again

-- 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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Lenny

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#5 posted 04-01-2014 06:20 PM

What Joe and Steve said! Truly David, do you have a red “S” on your chest? What you do, is not possible for the normal being.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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littlecope

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#6 posted 04-01-2014 06:29 PM

Ever Forward, Up, Up, and Away!
That’s Great Progress and quite an Accomplishment David
Wasn’t it just last year that you had no idea
how that would get done?
Here it is, a New Year (and barely Spring!),
and the trusses are all but in place!
Well Done and Good for You!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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patron

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#7 posted 04-01-2014 06:32 PM

hi lenny

hope spring is coming to the great ‘down east’ for you all

this is the result of a misspent youth i guess
i could have done all this
when i was young

-- 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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woodsmithshop

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 06:35 PM

lots of hard work, especially for one man (I won’t say anything about him being old, lol)
great job David, maybe you will be able to work in a nice warm shop next winter.

-- Smitty!!!

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patron

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#9 posted 04-01-2014 06:37 PM

and you were here for the first wall michael
thanks again

ever onwards
will relax once the roof is on
and the building sealed in
so all the bracing can come off

-- 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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#10 posted 04-01-2014 06:45 PM

thats the plan smitty
lots still to do yet
electrical
insulation
paneling
french cleat system

i will need to add another floor too
as this one is like shag carpet
from the rain and snow for 3 years exposed
wont hold all the heavy tools as it is now

-- 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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Karson

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 06:46 PM

Looking great David. Stay warm, Before long it will be stay cool.

-- 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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patron

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#12 posted 04-01-2014 06:53 PM

you too karson

any of that snow melted there yet
you guys sure got pounded this winter
60* here right now
but the wind is ragging

-- 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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CampD

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#13 posted 04-01-2014 07:07 PM

Nice!!
Love it when the trusses go up, you can feel it closing in.

-- Doug...

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patron

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#14 posted 04-01-2014 07:19 PM

you got that right doug

i had to go and brace that single truss
and the wall too (gusting winds)
then brace the flexing braces too
can’t have things wobbling around up there

-- 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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stefang

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#15 posted 04-01-2014 08:42 PM

Great work David! I have to admit that I’m really impressed that you are getting those trusses on, especially since you are working alone. Just be careful if that wind kicks up too much. We are all rooting for you!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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