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Posted by Rob in Washougal, WA on 1/9/2016

With the holes, water, and setting concrete taking longer than planned, the trusses got delivered before we were ready. We put down some 4x4's and laid all of the trusses out in the field, and covered with tarps to protect them from the rain. 

The weather looked good for the coming weekend in early January so we decided we'd reserve all the right equipment and raise trusses over the weekend. We needed to compact more gravel for the other side footings, so figured that could wait while we got the trusses up. 

To make it easier, I got 2 rough terrain scissor lifts and a forklift reach reserved and slated for delivery on Friday afternoon. That was the easy part. Come Saturday, when the weather man was wrong, and there are snow flurries and wind blowing about, having the right equipment is only part of the equation. With my wife and I, and 2 helpers, there were 4 of us in total. And the windy was getting a wee bit more gusty as more snow flakes fell. Determined to get something done, we went ahead and figured out how to get this 44 wide truss up in the air and moving all around. Down right scary is the best way to describe it. I drove the forklift reach, looking up through a window with security bars on it, realizing that the bars aren't there for security, rather their there in case anything tries to come crashing down and in onto me!

Long winded story compressed is we got one truss up and called it quits. We needed to re-evalulate how we were going to do this because it was just too scary having these huge trusses dangling around that high up in the air with only 4 of us. 

Things learned at a bit of a cost since we had that equipment end up sitting around all weekend with a total of say an hour and 1/2 on the meter:
-Always have more hands around than you think you need so there can be extra hands for the things you didn't think of. 
-Don't mess with the wind
-The person managing the process can't be a key person in the process... I shouldn't have been driving the forklift reach, while trying to tell others what to do. 
-Plan for the worse, and then things can only be better than planned. 

It would be over a month before we could try this again but the next time we had only one scissor lift with 2 people in it, got a crane and operator, had someone bringing lunch that day, had a total of 8 bodies on hand, missed the SuperBowl on TV, but got 23 trusses up in a single day. Pictures of all that in a different entry. 

Photos

Topping the center pole so everything was flush
Trusses getting delivered on time, but before we were ready for them
Yeah, one done and thats it
One is better than none



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