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Phase 2:  Framing (continued)

Over the next week, framing continued at a pleasing pace.  By the time of my next visit, only two working days after the last time, Bob (with help from Rod) had finished sheathing the back shop wall, and had built the two interior walls that divide the separate bays.  These walls remained unsheathed, with the final interior surface up to me to decide and install.

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Phase 1:  Site Prep and Foundation
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Phase 3:  Finish Work
Phase 4:  Shop Setup

I was interested--and a little amused--to discover four of the roof trusses standing upright next to the construction site, all tacked together at the appropriate spacing.  I told Bob I had expected the roof to be a bit higher than ground level!  The method to this madness was to allow for a sturdy, stable set of trusses from which to work against immediately; once the crane lifted this prefabricated section into place at the back of the building, there would be less fooling around with floppy, oversized trusses, making for a quicker and safer construction of the remaining trusses.  It seemed like a good idea to me, and also served to provide the first real idea of the size of the building.

The trusses contained a framed opening for an attic storage space, and it was immediately obvious that this would be a huge space with massive amounts of storage--an outstanding addition to the building, though I wouldn't relish carrying heavy items up or down.  I'd figure that out later on.  Needless to say, seeing the partial roof structure together with the fully-framed walls increased my anxiety about raising the structure, which I hoped would happen soon.  Patience, patience...

Before the end of the day, Bob and Rod had laid the two gable trusses on the ground, and applied the sheathing (Advantech) and blocking for the trim, which would greatly accelerate the closing in of the building, and make the job much easier (as opposed to attempting to do this work from ladders or staging).  I planned for an all-vinyl exterior, so the vinyl trim pieces would be applied directly to the substantial blocking they installed.  This would be done before the trusses were raised into position, leaving only siding to be completed afterwards.

Below are several photographs showing the state of things as of Tuesday, November 8, 2005.

The prefabricated section of four roof trusses, showing the overall size of the structure and the attic space within.

Another view of the same.

And yet another...

This shows the two unsheathed center (interior) walls, framed up on top of the outer walls.

One of the rough openings for the doors running between the bays and the workshop area in the back.  Solid blocking will allow easy installation of door hardware.

This is the other opening in the same wall, which will lead to the second of the two boat bays.

The back wall of the shop, all sheathed.

Another view of the interior walls.

One of the gable trusses, sheathed and with blocking for trim applied.

The other gable truss.

Tuesday morning, November 15, was slated to be crane day #1:  the walls.  With the size and weight of the walls, everyone was anxious, I'm sure, to get them upright.

I arrived on site early, a little before 7, and ended up waiting for 30 or 40 minutes for Bob, Rod, and Bill the crane operator to arrive.  Once everyone was on site, things began to move quickly, and by 1100 all the walls--3 exterior walls and two interior walls--were raised and braced in place.  Because of the size of the garage doors for the front, and the need to frame a specific opening based on the doors' size, there was no front wall whatsoever at this point.  It would be framed in place later.

Below is a series of photos showing the raising of the walls, in order:  the rear wall, the center wall between the bays, the right-hand wall, the left-hand wall, and the inside back wall.

The day began with the back wall of the shop, which was lying flat on top of the two framed side walls.  As the smallest wall to be raised this day, it went up quickly and easily, and Bob and Rod soon had it tacked and braced in position.

Preparing to lift

Up she goes!

Bob and Rod work to tack the wall in place.

Ready to release the crane

Next, Bill the crane operator picked up one of the two interior walls (with no sheathing applied) and laid it on the ground away from the barn site, as it was lying on top of the other walls and was in the way.  Then, the guys set up to lift the long center wall, which divides the two boat bays down the long axis of the shop.  This wall was lightweight, as no sheathing was applied.

The crane lifts the longitudinal center wall off the two side walls, which are lying flat beneath.

Twisting the center wall into position.

The center wall is set in place.

A view from the other direction.

Next, it was time for the big, heavy right-hand wall, which was complicated not only by the huge amount of lumber within, but also a heavy LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) beam at the office corner.

The first attempt to lift the wall was aborted when it became clear that the straps were not spread widely enough.  The wall was bending badly.

With the straps repositioned, another lifting attempt results in success.

Slowly but surely, the wall became vertical.

An LVL beam in the back wall interfered with the beam in the side wall, so Bob cut it off, intending to replace it later.

Perched atop a wobbly ladder, Bob tacks one of the braces in place, the wall held only by the crane.

With additional bracing, the wall became steadier, and everyone could breathe again.

This shows the LVL beam at the office corner, which allows the office to have a clear span with no posts to support the building corner.

X-shaped braces hold the wall in position.

Looking back into the bay.

Next, it was time for the other long wall:  the left wall.  Thanks to the lessons learned on the right wall, this one went much mroe smoothly.  There is a huge amount of lumber in these walls because of the numerous framed window openings.  I don't intend to install windows in all the openings, but it was easier to frame the openings now than decide to add one later on.

The lift begins.

Getting closer...

Nearly upright.  You can see the numerous window openings, and the amount of lumber required.

The wall is vertical and ready for bracing.

A view from the driveway coming in.

A view from the front, showing both bays.

A view from back in the field, looking out.

Next, and finally, it was time for the last wall:  the transverse interior wall that defines the back wall of the boat bays, and closes off the wood shop.  The two openings near the center are for large doors that allow access to either boat bay from the wood shop.

Bill lifted the wall high above the upright shop walls.

Booming back into position.

Slowly lowering into place

Done, and the crane is already gone!

Back corner view

Front corner view

Next:  roof trusses.

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This page was originally posted on November 9, 2005.
Updates 11/11/05