Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Roofing Phase Two






Yesterday was the BIG day. We'd finished installing the rammed earth in the master bedroom last Thursday, then spent Friday pulling screws and form ties. But Monday was the day we had been waiting for all summer. We were about to see the house. Gilbeau showed up with his crane truck at 9:30 and we got started right away. Gabe and Edward were rigging and taking down the form panels one at a time and laying them along the east side of the building for disassembly and clean-up. As soon as one panel came off, Taj pulled out the beam pocket forms behind it and set the hangers. Abe and his brother Flynn were cutting and notching beams as fast as they could go, trying to stay ahead of the crane. Khyber and I were fabricating the clerestory frames and Rigo was removing door bucks. That part took about three hours.
After lunch, Gilbeau starting settng the six big beams with his crane and we set the smaller ones off of ladders. Once the timber was in place (about two hours) n we started picking and setting the SIPs. The big panels were 8' x 20', the smaller ones 8' x 10'. It didn't take more than ten minutes per panel. By five o'clock we were done. Take a look at the pictures.
They illustrate Taj working on a beam pocket, one of the form panels being lifted out of the bedroom, setting one of the beams, setting one of the SIPs, and a view of the house taken at 5:00 pm.

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