My Sky Color

A forty something Dad, Husband, Engineer guy living in Western Oregon. Reflections on all things in life. A few technical things and whatever else comes along.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Shop 12: Purlins Possible in a Day?
Saturday we started out the day meeting at Park Rose Hardware to rent rolling scaffolding. We set it up and put up the center span of roof purlins. The we had to install 4 X's of cable braces. We then did the purlins in the rear and then the front. Three sides have 18" overhangs and the front has a 36" overhang. We had to measure and figure how long to make the purlins in the front and rear bays. The the high level of accuracy on the concrete forms and the level pads where the bolts are for the steel posts (I wish) resulted in some interesting math and averages. We went with the longest dimension under the assumption that it is easier the cut them off than to add on.
Dad and I were up on the scaffolding and the Mrs. was on the ground doing the cutting. She prefers the ground. We tried to trade her but she didn't want the sky view. Pulling 13 foot 2x8's up to the 15 foot scaffold level was a chore. Two thirds of the way through the day we started using a strap on one end of the board to help pull it up from the ground. The big bunks of lumber are now almost gone. I have to frame the overhangs and put the fascia boards on the gables then we're ready for the roof.
I still have to frame in the windows and the walls will be ready. The Mrs. just demanded that I state how wonderful she is and we couldn't have done it with out her. Truly, she made the difference between a multi day job and being able to get it done in one day.
It is supposed to rain for the next ten days but I think I will still work on framing the overhangs. The weather just gets worse from here. DMP


At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really just suggested that you mention me, not demanded. We sure worked hard...

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous michael said...

Wow! You guys are making great progress. I hope you can beat the weather.


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