|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 78 days ago||748 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
78 days ago
OK, so finally some progress… This past week we have been welding up I beams and welding tabs onto the I beams for the 8” Purlins. Each I beam truss is 46’ wide, free spans 40’ and weighs more than 800 lbs each. We rented a sky trach fork lift for the weekend and have an 8 hour clock. We managed to install 3 of the 5 total trusses today and will install the final 2 trusses tomorrow. I will say, being this is our first go around at this, it was a bit nerve wrecking.
I can certainly say when this is all done, we will be very proud of ourselves since we have not outsourced but rather built the building on our own, from concrete and foundation, to welding up and wiring and plumbing and final finish out of showroom/office/break area, all completed with in house labor. I do believe I will hire an insulation contractor to come in after and spray the entire building with 3” thick foam. Unless I can find a way to do that ourselves, otherwise we will have to hire it out. The other thing we are very happy with is that we have purchased materials as we had profits from our kitchen jobs. So we will not have a payment on the building, it will be fully paid off.
One side note to put out there, next year we are scheduling the initial breaking of ground for our future home. We intend on building the exact same 40*80 metal structure, but we will erect non structural interior walls per sketch up drawings I have been working on so we are very excited about our future barndomium. We will pay cash as we go so it will take us probably 3 years to complete, but in the absence of a mortgage, it will be well worth the patience.
So as promised, here are pics:
OK, this is my trusting wife standing inside our new shop, trusting that those 1000 lb trusses were welded really good and will not be falling down as she stands for a photo moment. I love her so much, she is the best in my world :)
Trusses welded together on the ground
Guys working hard :)
Goodness were they heavy, but look so nice in place :)
More pics to come in a few minutes…...
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net