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Posted by Bob in LaPorte, IN on 11/13/2011

The crane from Buchanan Ironworks (Westville, IN) arrived on time on Friday Nov 4. Our prayers were answered for sunny skies and no wind, as we had a busy day planned setting the trusses. 28 trusses (not including the hips and jacks) to set with our team of four. The step-down trusses seemed to take forever because of trying to take extra care to make sure they were braced properly. We finally ran out of daylight at 5:30 pm with 7 trusses left. We had the crane leave them on the top plates where we laid them on their sides. Saturday we were out there first thing lifting the rest by hand into their final resting place. The rest of the day and part of the following week were spent with the permanent bracing including hurricane ties, and finishing the jack rafters and hips.

Two days were lost due to rain. Thursday was spent battling the cold and lake effect snow. Saturday (November 12) we began the sheathing of the roof. 60 sheets of 5/8" OSB were laid covering half the roof. Hopefully the rains will stay away Monday so we can finish the other half. We are trying to be careful to stay close to our budget. Knowing that upgrades for $200 here and $400 there add up over the course of the whole project. But we did upgrade the OSB for the roof from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch.

HVAC tech and electrician stopped by to get a preliminary game plan going. It's hard to believe the framing stage is almost over. At times it seemed nothing visibly was being accomplished, but when I look back a lot has been accomplished. Working with Jim and Glen has been great. In a society where the motto is 'hurry up and get it done and it's good enough', Jim and Glen believe like I do: take your time and do it right. Thanks guys. I believe the final measurement before the sheathing was 1/8th of an inch off for the whole 40'x68' house, and that was in the garage.

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