Sunday, October 15, 2017

The T2 Trusses are Up!!!

And it got a little hairy toward the end as the ratchet handle teeth started failing but with a little help from Hal's tractor we got the 4 trusses up! Here are photos and a time lapse video. He has ordered bigger, stronger winches for the rest of the house. Hopefully those will work better with fewer hiccups.

4 winches, one on each pole 

smooth notch atop pole of for straps

destroyed ratchet handle
Hal bent that handle off to be able to attach a socket wrench to continue turning. At that point we were only about 8 inches from the top and he used a 4 x 6 pole in the tractor bucket to push each truss corner onto their respective poles.

And now the video. Photos were taken every 90 seconds using my Panasonic FZ300. I will make the photos every 30 seconds on the next lift.
In the meantime, until the new winches arrive, we have plenty of joist and purlin (joist hangers on the roof side) hangers to attach.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Anniversary to Us

Actually our anniversary was a few days ago but we finally were able to go out to dinner tonight on Hubbard Lake at Churchill Pointe Inn. Had a great corner table with a nice view of the lake, and the food was wonderful.

There was garlic butter escargot for an appetizer with crusty bread, then we both had a terrific thick lobster bisque. Hal had crab cakes for a main course, which I got to try. Great flavor, perfectly cooked. I had pan fried lake perch with homemade dill tarter sauce. The fish tasted great with and without the sauce.
forgot to take the photo till I'd eaten the other 2
the lobster bisque with a dribble of sherry in it
lake perch

Maryland style crab cakes
The sides were sauteed zucchini and buttered parsley new potatoes.

And because it was our anniversary we got to share a complimentary slice of key lime pie.
And Hal selected a pinot gris from J Vineyards in California. An excellent choice.

We may have to eat here again when they reopen next spring.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Trusses in Position

Click on the photos to make them full size.
garage in the front with trusses placed willy nilly but off the ground
It took more than one day to set them all up off the ground and then another day and again today to take the ones placed alongside the garage and lay them back down then pick them up again with the tractor, ropes and a winch to maneuver them inside the garage and line them up where they are going to go. But here they are, all 17 trusses, in the 300 pound and up range, set up to prepare for lifting.
all the trusses in place

Looking at the garage end
Next we have to add purlins and some hardware before lifting them into place. But not tomorrow, it's going to rain and we need a rest!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Trusses Came

The trusses finally came 3 days ago. When the delivery guy dropped them however, we had to drag them back off the hill they slid over. Can't have trusses bending over a hill no matter how low a hill. It is recommended to stand them up as soon as possible so Hal did what he could before it rained.
rotated trusses
One truss also had tails 1.5" too short but we confirmed with the pole barn company that we can use it, just attach the fascia differently. Hal stood the 3 smallest ones next to the poles they will attach to. The others are all much bigger and he will need help today to position them.
trusses 2 and 3 are are the right, stacked together
Other things Hal has been doing is lining the crawlspace skirt boards with rigid insulation. This will help keep the crawlspace warmer in winter which will help keep the floor warmer as well.
foil covered foam boards
It's slow going but it is still progress.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Little More House Build Progress

After the concrete cured for a couple days we took the bracing down and Hal got to work on laying perforated 200 feet of drain pipe inside the future crawl space to keep things dry in the spring. He covered the pipe with drain stone, then landscape fabric and fine sand one half yard bucket load at a time. More fill will have to be added to ensure the concrete footings are buried to frost grade. In our area that is 42 inches. That won't be fun as we have to bury those footings only 6 inches at a time, tamping the fill solid with an 8 foot long 4 by 4 dropped from a 4 foot height. There are more than 25 footings.
laying out the drain pipe
covering pipe with rock
Till then Hal has been adding the skirt and underskirt boards which do a couple of things. The finish grade comes to the bottom edge of the top skirt board and provides a base to attach the steel siding. The under skirt board is buried and is there to help deter digging critters from entering the house.
a few skirt boards and the sand inside the crawlspace

6 nails per end on each board
I don't have any photos yet as he only bought the insulation yesterday but Hal is also lining the interior of the skirt boards with rigid insulation to help keep the crawlspace warm in winter which will in turn keep our floors warmer.

And our steel siding did come. I don't have a photo of the gray roof sheets but here is the lovely blue of the sidewalls. It took the two of us 3.5 hours on a very hot and humid day to move the blue sheets one or two at a time into the pole barn. Some of the sheets were over 20 feet long. We opted to leave the gray ones outside and cover them from the weather. Hopefully they won't rust.