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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 7/7/2016

Another long day for me and the framers, but by the time they finished, all the second floor trusses were set! Yay!???????? I was worried about the shorter trusses that set on the front wall of the elevator shaft. Three of the four trusses were right on. The fourth hung over about a half inch due to the concrete issue. I'll trim it with a Sawzall in the morning.


While the crew was at lunch, I got out my monster hammer drill and began drilling holes in the concrete for the blocking. Each block gets two bolts. Got about 80 holes done before they came back. The thing drills concrete like butter. Was offered a battery powered torque wrench to set the bolts. Man! That worked fantastic - while the batteries lasted. As you can imagine, torquing these 1/2" bolts chewed up battery life pretty quick. I went through four Li ion battery packs before those 80 bolts were set. I've taken home all the batteries tonight (7) to make sure they are fully charged for tomorrow's work. I've got around another hundred or more holes to drill as the crew sets up for decking.

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Underneath shoot of the trusses from about 1/3rd from the right end wall. Behind the scaffolding you can just make out the front wall for the elevator.
An artsy shot with the shadows playing off everything
Lifting trusses with the Skytrack



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