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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 10/23/2016

The weather has been wonderful for us these past weeks. No rain to speak of makes things a lot easier.  But as is typical here, you can be wearing a Carrhart winter coat at 7, switch to a flannel lined jacket at 8:30, and be in a tee shirt by 11:00. Talk about layering!

Friday the framers got the other decorative truss up.  It was pretty easy as it was on the lower gable.  Finally got the curved trusses up at the site off of the ski run where they have been laying for over a month.  A crane is coming from Santa Fe first thing in the morning to set them.  I'm giving it an hour for each one. Hopefully goes quicker but a lot of things have to been done as they get set - strip a small amount of foam at the wall for the bird mouth on the trusses so they can set down properly, drill four 3/4" bolt holes through the beam and set the bolts, brace the beams, and hopefully everything aligns properly.

Got some help on the stone Friday and Saturday.  I'm still trying to decide whether it's worth the money being spent.  They are coming back this week and I'll try to get things moving more efficiently, but it is coming along.  As the weather has held up, it would be nice to get the entire first floor front done yet this fall, but we'll see.

Sandra spent yesterday and today staining the deck framing.  The guys doing stone were amazed at how hard she worked and how much she got done.  Making great progress but so much more to do.  There is a heck of a lot of deck!

I spent the last two days trying to finish framing out for the garage doors.  Between the thickness of the wall (18") and the issues with the openings not being very square, having a sag in the initial concrete pour, or the small blowouts on that pour, it has not been a very fun time - LOTs of shimming. But I did get the double door framed and it looks pretty darn good.  I have all of  the material cut, and some installed on the two single doors, and once I get some low expanding foam, I'll set the rest in place, and begin to look at installing the doors, if not just getting them temporarily in place to stop the dirt that keeps getting blown in and also to help keep the garage warm.  It's been a dozen years since I last installed garage doors.  Gonna take some time to gear up for the task.

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Front truss that ties into the roof and sits over the front porch. Not sure we'll get it set tomorrow, but we think we can set it with the Skytrak if necessary.
Nice to see a large patch of stone done
Starting to wrap around the front



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