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Labor day weekend doings

September 2, 2008

How to celebrate labor day?   Sure, we could have gone the traditional way with a cookout, but I thought the long weekend was just the opportunity to labor away on my current project.

After setting the 2 main roof rafters in place, we set about installing the roof purlins.

While bolting the purlins in place, safety was always my top concern.   I continued to use the spud wrench to align the bolt holes between the weldplates on the rafters and the purlins, and I found that the laws of physics were still in full force.  For each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  In this case, the force of trying to push or pull the building so that the holes would align was translated into an opposing side thrust force on the ladder.

Proper footware is also important.  My steel toe work boots are sitting in the garage, while inexplicably I’m wearing  a tattered pair of docksiders.   Go figure.

I should mention my wife Leslie took over the crane operations while I was bolting things together.   She takes a pretty good off handed self portrait.    There are 4 sets of redundant controls on the crane, two accessible from the ground, and two from a little operator’s platform behind the cab.  The controls are mirrored as you switch sides, so if you pushed the knob for “cable up” on this side, you had to remember to pull on the other side.  This led to a few exciting moments.  “Swing to the left, no, no, your other left…”   To her credit she did really well in figuring out what needed to be done.  I think these are great husband and wife trust building excercises.

Fewer pieces of steel laying on the ground means that we are making progress…

By end of the weekend we have 2/3 of the framework complete.  Note the cable x-braces to my left, strung between the two center support columns.  By adjusting tension on the cables, the columns are plumbed.  More cables will be strung over head as well, and adjusted to square the building before the siding and roof sheeting are installed.

As much work as the framing has been, I’m suspicious that it’s the easy part.  The siding, roof sheeting, doors, and trim work remain ahead.  Then on to electrical.  Maybe I’ll be in by winter…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Garry permalink
    September 3, 2008 8:36 am

    I believe you will make it by winter. Pictures are worth a thousand words. It looks like you’ve been giving those “spud wrenches” a good work out.

  2. September 3, 2008 1:42 pm

    Wow… just “wow”…

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