Trusses

October 19, 2013

Winter is just around the corner. We got some snow Friday night. Not a lot, but enough to temporarily stop the harvesting and the truss machine was able to arrive Saturday morning. So the snow was a blessing but it made for slippery conditions. The first job of the morning was cleaning off the snow.

Early morning and ready to start the trusses. The moon is lighting the way.

Early morning and ready to start the trusses. The moon is lighting the way.

Our helpers for then day were Curly (operating the truss lifter), Cousin Al (the man in charge) and Nestor and Ferdie (friends from Winnipeg). Oh, and me too. This was a serious operation and my help was required as well.

Curly and I worked on the ground attaching the trusses. Curly attached the chain by which the truss was lifted – he never did trust me to hook it up. I struggled to learn how to tie the perfect knot to attach the rope to guide the truss. Each time, Curly patiently showed me again how to tie it so they only had to pull the loop to release the knot. He’d say “Okay Kapusta head” and then show me how to do it again. On the 3rd last truss I finally got it. Not the fastest learner but was pretty pleased that I finally got it.

First truss ready to lift into place

First truss ready to lift into place

Once the rope and chain were in place, Curly lifted the truss and I led the west end of the truss to house, trying to stay out of reach. Got whopped good once and was doubly careful not to get hit again. Then I had to toss the rope up to the boys on the second floor. (If you have ever seem me throw a ball, you will know that was the hardest part.)

LIfting truss into place

LIfting truss into place

Once the boys got possession of the rope, I would scamper up the stairs to retrieve the rope and chain and scamper back down the stairs to get the next truss ready to lift. They started by leaving the chain on the lifter after they disconected it. However, after it fell off once and just missed my head, they decided to take it off each time.

The boys guide the truss into place

The boys guide the truss into place

Nestor guides the truss through the house

Nestor guides the truss through the house

The boys guided the truss into place, nailed it in and secured it. Ferdie had the high seat, working on the top of the trusses.

Ferdie handles securing the top of the truss

Ferdie handles securing the top of the truss

Al handles the west end

Al handles the west end

Al had the west end and Ken and Nestor the east. It was tricky work but so much easier than having to manhandle the trusses into place.

The double trusses on each side of the dormers were tough as you had to get them under the dormer roof trusses that were already in place. However, after the first one we learned how to do it without almost ripping the dormer out. The hardest ones were the small girder trusses that went behind the dormers as you had to get them over the dormer and slip them into joist hangers.

It took 4 hours to get all the trusses up. No breaks for lunch as Curly had to get back to the harvest. By 3:00 we were able to take a break and have lunch. (Black Bean Burritos – my attempt to duplicate Burrito Del Rio’s Burrito. A hearty lunch, I will post the recipe later. Raw Brownies and Chocolate Clusters)

Ferdie and Nestor working on the south gabel wall

Ferdie and Nestor working on the south gabel wall

The rest of the day was spent securing the trusses, finishing the gabel ends and lots of other little jobs. It was dark already when they quit at 7. They needed a trouble light to make the last cuts. Supper was Baked Beans (Pat’s recipe, I will post later) with Baked Potatoes, roasted carrots, cole slaw and Apple Crisp with whipped topping (a seriously good dairy free whipped topping from the Forks Over Knifes Cookbook).

Poor Hanna, she had to spend most of the day in the shop. Too much going on and I didn’t want her to get hurt. Once the trusses were up, she was out and ready to play.

Hanna with her ball - waiting for someone to play with

Hanna with her ball – waiting for someone to play with

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About Darlene & Ken

Experiencing life off the grid, building a home, and trying to live sustainably.
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