Return to workshop construction
With favorable weather and a some greatly appreciated help from friends, slow progress on my workshop resumed. Since my last updates on the steel frame, I completed the non-glamorous activity of trimming the outside edges of the slab square, and screwing an angle iron flange around the base, and affixing a complimentary angle on the outside to hold the bottom edge of the siding.
Sunday, we craned two long walkboards on the roof. Each walk way was four feet long and about twenty one feet long. These will later be used to install the roof insulation and subsequent metal sheathing. The building swayed as I walked along and sixteen feet suddenly seemed a long way down.
Our last preparatory task before we could begin the installation and siding was to install lengths of angle iron along the ends of the roof rafters (purlins) to define the roof edge and provide a subsequent attachment point for the top of the wall sheeting and the edges of the roof sheets.
Tim and Jim manned the ladders and hoisted up their end…
Tim secures the end in place with self drilling, self sealing screws driven by a 3/8″ 18V DeWalt cordless impact wrench. And with much stretching and balancing, we worked our way along adding fasteners at each intersection.
While we could have measured and calculated the intersecting angles in the middle and precut the pieces ahead of time, reflective of my typical approach, I just overlapped the pieces and then cut them in place with my cut off saw. I’m using a diamond concrete blade but found it works on steel as well and with less sparks than with a composite blade. If you look carefully you can see a smattering of glowing sparks in picture – nothing like the huge plume resulting from a composite wheel.
Having lost the benefit of daylight savings time, our light began to fade as we rolled out the first 15′ length of wall insulation and carried it up the scaffold to clamp at the top and then unfurl.
As darkness fell, we had secured the first piece of siding, clamping the insulation in place. The first piece of siding on each wall is important to set square and plumb as each subsequent piece overlaps. It felt a bit anti-climatic to close the day with a single piece of siding in place, but I reminded myself that only a single column was raised in the first work session on the framing, and steady progress was made thereafter.